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I Learned How to Make Jewelry this Summer

Updated on January 23, 2016

Caribbean Blue Bracelet

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A DIY Project with Mom Turns Into a Much Loved Hobby!

This summer I spent about three weeks visiting my mom and her husband, and one of the many DIY projects Mom and I took on was making our own jewelry. Well, maybe I should say, Mom already knew how to make jewelry, or "bead", as she would say, and decided I needed to learn, too.

I must admit, I was definitely skeptical and more than a little hesitant to try beading in the beginning. I had all these negative thoughts going through my head telling me how hard it would be, and how it would look "homemade" instead of professional. In the end, as most moms are able to do, she convinced me to dive into this new project, and I am super glad she did!

By learning how to make jewelry, I have opened up another part of my creative side, I did not even know existed! What is even more exciting is, I now know how to make my own pieces, which is both fun and money saving! In this lens I will share with you some of the pieces I created this summer, and some other discoveries I made while making jewelry.

Turquoise Spike Necklace

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Beading: my new way to relax.

The learning curve for beginning beaders like myself was not too steep. However, I will say for any new skill, practice makes perfect. My biggest problem was realizing I needed to be patient with myself, and not expect to learn everything all at one time. A positive trait I have in my pocket is my determination. When I really enjoy doing something I become unstoppable! No matter how many times I fail, or have to start over on a piece, I keep going until I get it right.

The same is true with beading, and it was during one those many "do over" moments, a light bulb went off for me. I paused, looked at the clock and was startled to discover several hours had passed while I was working away on my project! Despite being tired from my efforts, I was utterly taken aback by the realization I had thought of nothing else, but the piece I was working on during those hours. Seriously, nothing else crossed my mind. I was in utter disbelief when I discovered all worries, problems, and thoughts of my ever present "to do" list were gone. I don't know about you, but I found this extremely liberating and relaxing!

My jewelry making skills are still at the novice level, but I am thrilled I have found a new creative outlet in which I can put all my anxious energy to great use! I am ever so grateful to my lovely Mother for introducing me to the art of jewelry making, or beading, without her gentle push I would never have attempted a craft like this on my own. Finally, the best part is my Mom and I now have a mutual hobby we can share together, and nothing can replace that!

Jewelry Gallery

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Faith BraceletI was drawn to the beautiful blues of these beads when I saw them, and this is hands down, my favorite piece I have made so far.Funky Java Blue NecklacePurple Multistrand BraceletTurquoise and copper is another color combination I love. This necklace was a snap to make
Faith Bracelet
Faith Bracelet | Source
I was drawn to the beautiful blues of these beads when I saw them, and this is hands down, my favorite piece I have made so far.
I was drawn to the beautiful blues of these beads when I saw them, and this is hands down, my favorite piece I have made so far. | Source
Funky Java Blue Necklace
Funky Java Blue Necklace | Source
Purple Multistrand Bracelet
Purple Multistrand Bracelet | Source
Turquoise and copper is another color combination I love. This necklace was a snap to make
Turquoise and copper is another color combination I love. This necklace was a snap to make | Source

Have you tried making your own jewelry?

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Bead Design in Beading Board and Gray Flock with Lid, 9 by 13-Inch
Bead Design in Beading Board and Gray Flock with Lid, 9 by 13-Inch

I love my beading board! This allows me to work with the beads better, and this board is easy to store when I am not working.

 

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      Tracy Arizmendi 2 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Thank you @Charito1962! In fact, I do have my own jewelry business now. Check out my shop on Etsy at: www.etsy.com/shop/designsbylolabelle You can also follow DesignsbyLolaBelle on Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. Thanks a bunch for stopping by my hub!!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      What pretty designs, Ms. Tracy! You should start a business with this hobby.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 2 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Teri, Thanks so much for your lovely comment and encouragement as well. Your communication comes on the day before my very first arts and crafts show where I will be selling my work. I am excited and nervous all at the same time!! :) Thanks a million for sharing my hub with your followers!!

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      Teri Hansen 2 years ago

      Tracy, thank you so much for this little insight from a beginner to beading jewelry. You validate my feelings exactly. Being an instructor for over the last 10 + years this is exactly what I teach everything you just shared here. It looks complicated but truly is simple on so many levels. I have never grown out of the beginner stage simply because I love the basics to beading entirely too, too much. Glad to have found you and would enjoy sharing your story with my audience. Cheers to a new beading buddy.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      No problem, tracy-arizmendi.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 2 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Thank you!!! I am still making jewelry!! I love it!!

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Awesome!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 2 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Thank you very much!!! It is one of my favorite pieces also!!!

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I went through this page to your Etsy store. It is beautiful! I especially like the Celtic Love Knot bracelet.

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      Skipsmom 3 years ago

      Hey, baby girl! Your article is wonderful! I'm so excited for you, with your new hobby! You've made beautiful pieces, with colors that anyone would love! You have an excellent eye for colors, can't help but think your cross-stitch background may have helped with that! Lol! If I didn't have so much stitching to do, I'd like for you to teach me! And you mentioned the time going by so fast....that's what the perfect hobby does! Keep up the good work on beautiful things! We love you!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @Susan Zutautas: Yay!!! I am so excited to hear you say that susan-zutautas!!! Many thanks for taking time to read my lens, for the great comments, and the squid like!!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I love all sorts of crafts. I haven"t spent much time making jewelry, but I do have a bunch of stuff bought up for when I have time.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Super!! I have so many beads right now it is crazy, but I still want to buy more lol!! Thanks for stopping by my lens and for commenting!!!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love to do stained glass and I used to make jewelry. You may have inspired me with your lens to start making jewelry again. Beautiful pieces!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @Ibidii: Awesome!!!! Thank you for reading my lens, commenting, and for the squid like ibidii!!!

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I am working on Jewelry too this summer Tracy! -great story!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @tracy-arizmendi: You're very welcome, Tracy! That's wonderful.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @PAINTDRIPS: Thank you very much for the comment and squid like DeniseMcGill!

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      You did a lovely job. I'm so happy for you. Congrats of finding a creative way to relax.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @junecampbell: I understand what you mean about the tiny parts being difficult to see. I have a light I use to help me see the small parts better, and I have been looking around for a magnifying glass too! Many thanks for stopping by my lens and for the comment nightcats!!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @Merrci: It is super fun and relaxing Merrci!! Thanks for dropping by my lens and for commenting!!

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Your jewelry is lovely. Congrats on your new hobby. I have tried beading and jewelry making but unfortunately my eyesight doesn't let me see the tiny little clasps and things that are needed. Reluctantly, I had to face the fact that this hobby isn't for me.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @MariaMontgomery: Thanks for reading my lens and for the nice comment and squid like!!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love all types of crafts, Tracy, and I'm also a jewelry designer. It's exciting to see your wonderful introduction to making beaded jewelry, which is a skill you will enjoy and be able to share with others for the rest of your life. My friends and family love it when I give them gifts of one-of-a-kind jewelry, and I'm sure yours will, too! :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It looks like it would be relaxing and fun--what a great new hobby. One day I will have to give it a try. Love the jewelry you've included.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I love beading. My bead-making has been limited to bracelets and prayer beads. I see I need to branch out a bit. Your pieces are beautiful -- prettier than some I have seen in stores for big bucks. Keep up the good work, bead girl.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks for taking the time to read my lens and for the lovely comment MSchindel!! I am already addicted to beading and have made a couple of pieces for a family member's upcoming birthday.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @RinchenChodron: I totally agree RinchenChodron!! Thanks for the comment and squid like!!

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      This is a great new skill and you will enjoy this for the rest of your life. Congrats.