Creating Fashionable Homemade Jewelry

Yes, it is a breeze and a pleasure when you begin creating fashionable homemade jewelry! Take a look at what your friends and celebrities are wearing to figure out what is hot, and then put your own twist on it! For instance, if you see your friend wearing a cute necklace with a heart pendant then you could individualize such a piece by using different beads than she did. Around Valentine's Day heart pendants are and endearing way to so you care, so an attentive boyfriend or husband could even make such a cute piece of jewelry for the love of your life. Designing a necklace with a heart pendant is much more affordable than buying an overpriced diamond, and your lady will adore you for the heart and thought you put into this piece. Okay, so I do not buy into the mindset that beautiful jewelry must be diamond and purchased for over a thousand dollars, but if you wife or girlfriend expects something more extravagant, then this tutorial for making your lady love a necklace might land you in the dog house for Valentine's Day. If you know your lady love appreciates handmade things, and you realize in this economy people should watch their money and use creativity to make something from the heart then making your wife, girlfriend, or just a special lady friend a necklace is definitely the way to go..

This is what a handmade necklace with a heart pendant looks like when completed.
This is what a handmade necklace with a heart pendant looks like when completed.

Step One: Slip On The Heart Pendant

Slip the heart pendant on the beading wire you will be using for your necklace.
Slip the heart pendant on the beading wire you will be using for your necklace.


Measure out how much beading wire you would like for your necklace, but might I suggest using at least twenty inches.  Slip the heart pendant on the center of the beading wire and you will soon be ready to move on to the next step.  I would recommend finding a swirly multi-colored glass pendant as these are much more visually interesting than heart pendants of a solid color.


Step Two: Pattern of Fake Pearl Bead, Pink Seed Bead, Fake Pearl Bead, Pink Seed Bead

Start out the pattern with a fake pearl bead, and then add a pink seed bead.  Repeat this pattern on each side of the necklace.
Start out the pattern with a fake pearl bead, and then add a pink seed bead. Repeat this pattern on each side of the necklace.


This heart shaped inspired necklace with have a pattern of one fake acrylic pearl, one pink seed bead, which will be repeated up both sides of the necklace.  Creating your own homemade jewelry is a very personal thing, so tailor the pattern of the necklace you are making to suit your own taste.  Feel bold to create something way out there, and even wear it if you like!

Step Three: Feel Free To Use Beads That Are Not Uniform

Part of the fun of making your own necklace is using beads that are not always uniform in shape.
Part of the fun of making your own necklace is using beads that are not always uniform in shape.


Using beads that are not uniform in shape gives your necklace character and whimsy.  Anyone can be a massed produced necklace with all the beads being the same shape, but do you really want that out of a handmade necklace.  Be bold and use fake acrylic pearl beads that are not all of uniform shapes and sizes.

Final Clasp: Attach The Clasp

Use jewelry pliers to attach the clasp to each side of the necklace.
Use jewelry pliers to attach the clasp to each side of the necklace.


Use the jewelry pliers to attach the clasp to the necklace.  This can be done by lopping the beading wire through each side of the clasp, and then pulling taut with the pliers. Once the clasp is attached you are ready to wear you necklace, or to give it to your girlfriend or wife for Valentine's Day.  Handmade heart shaped necklaces also make great birthday presents, so keep this jewelry making tutorial in mind for future reference.

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pjdscott 8 years ago from Durham, UK

This is great stuff - not only do you save money, as you mention, but also create something very personal and unique. The instructions and pictures were really helpful.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

pdjscott,

I love how with making your own personalized jewelry it is very personalized and unique. Also, I like being able to tailor things to my liking. It is possible to even create fashionable jewelry, or even trendy jewelry by mimicking some of the celebrity looks of the moment. Mostly I just make what I like, but anyone making handmade jewelry can emulate any style. I am glad to see your post again after such a long time, so thank you for stopping by.


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jonaitis 8 years ago from San Francisco

One of my favorite necklaces was made by a friend of mine. I never thought I could make anything like it, but maybe I can! Thanks for the hub.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am sure you can a beautiful necklace on your own jonaitis and it is so easy! Actually the necklaces I make myself are complimented more than the ones I bought. However, most of the jewelry I bought was not the real expensive type, so it would be a different story if you are wearing pearls or gold. I think inexpensive jewelry is just as beautifl and my goal is to share this knowledge with everyone online. Thanks for stopping by.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SweetiePie,

There you go again. Great job!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi C.S. Alexis,

I had fun with this activity because I used a few antique and new beads, which resulted in a beautiful necklace for cheap.


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

I will be back with my kids. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad to hear your kids can get some use out of this page. Thanks for visiting R Burow.


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

beautiful DIY projects. these can also be great gifts. thanks. I think I can start doing something with my old beads taht I have been keeping since my college days.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

midnightbliss,

I do love making necklaces and other jewelry, so I am sure you will have fun too!


tiffanyjewelry 6 years ago

You are very creative and resourceful. I love your design. keep posting!


sheila 6 years ago

i am from uganda in eastafrica i started making necklaces last year in june but it's something i have ejoyed as a skill.


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ayliss08 4 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Great hub, I love your ideas for jewelry making at home. I love the design of pendent necklace. What an excellent design idea! I will get beads and other jewelry supplies prepared, and have it a try.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I hope you enjoy making your own jewelry ayliss08.

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