How To: Something Old & Something New Designer Inspiration
This post is here to inspire all jewelry designers to have a fresh look on beading. Learn how to refresh your inventory with something old and something new, plus two How To tricks
In this post we will go over a few different jewelry design styles with the goal of inspiring you to take a look at your inventory and see at it with a fresh perspective. In my many years of selling beads I always here my customers say that they have more beads than they will ever need yet they always want to buy more. My response is always that when you get something new it helps fuel the fire of the beads you already own and still have not used.
As our styles evolve so do our skill sets.
Each necklace that is featured not only has new beads but it is also using beads we have been seeing for years on the market in fresh new ways.
Never Ending Necklace in Mixed Medals:
This Necklace idea uses Handmade Mykinos Beads as the show piece. These Mykinos beads are sterling silver or copper plated over top of ceramic; the best part about these beads is they shine up if they tarnish. You can also find these beads in different colors and glaze finishes. I always like to pick them up at the bead shows or we do carry them in store at Art and Soul Beads. This style of beading is one of my favorites to wear. The idea is you can wear it any way and show off your favorite part of the necklace with just one simple spin. When you are designing a never-ending its important to use a fabulous closure. I wanted to stick to the sterling silver theme so I used one of my favorite Saki Toggles.
Saki's design style matches this concept perfectly.
When I am starting to design necklaces like this I like to lay out my color story. There are always a few beads I know that I want to use, usually my new beads. Grab a necklace board even if you think you're too advanced to use necklace boards... they are usually a neutral color background and they have many compartments. I grabbed the strand of Agate stone, A&SB Geo's, color coordinating seed beads, a pack of Swarovski Bicones in Montana, and a pack of rondells for a touch of bling. Then I went back to look for a few beads that will set this design off! That's when I decided to use the handmade Mykinos beads. Remember there is no set pattern to this style of necklace to just cut a long strand of wire and get started!
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Two-to-One Vintage Inspiration
I love making two-to-one necklaces. They are perfectly chunky with only half the weight, plus you save on beads. This necklace is a simple design concept but it really brings a lot of wow to any outfit you wear it with. When making a two-to-one necklace design you need to make sure you have some tiny beads that help flow the design from two strands into one. It's also important to be sure your beads are big enough to get two wires through it because that is essentially what you are doing with the top part of the necklace. Grab your bead board and pick out a few beads in coordinating colors and sizes. My something old is definitely the Swarovski 5040's we have seen for years and seed beads. Something new is the A&SB Oval beads and the really cool way to use 20g wire scraps to make a toggle bar.
Seed Beaded Toggle Bar using size 8o Seed Beads.
- Box 1: Use a scrap piece of wire that is at least 3 inches in length. Find the center of the wire, then use a round nose plier to create a loop. Take one side of the wire tails and wrap it around the other than force the wire over so they are back in a straight line like a toggle bar should look.
- Box2: Add On 9 size 80 seed beads on each side.
- Box 3: Use your round nose pliers to create a loop then snip off the access wire. The loop insures the beads wont fall off and also adds to the design.
Making the toggle ring is very easy.
- Box 1: String on your crimp and size 8o seed beads to the end of your wire. You may want to check with the toggle bar on how many before you crimp it off because the loop needs to be big enough for the toggle bar to pass through.
- Box 2: Loop the wire back through the crimp bead. be sure the loop is very tight so it holds its shape. Crimp this end by just flattening the crimp with a flat nose plier.
Double Strand with Dramatic Pendant
I have been totally obsessing with the new stones that we picked up for the store. I thought I need to make something with them before they are all gone! The colors in the Agate stones are very warm and mild so I wanted to play off of them but at the same time add a little color and pop to the design. I had sitting around for years a bunch of large Swarovski Avant-Garde Pendants and I knew this would be a perfect color addition to the Agate stone. I already had a bunch of seed beads open from my Never Ending Necklace and I had in my stock pile a few Swarovski Pearls and Silver Shade Bicones. I piled them all up on my bead board and I knew my color story was going to work great.
There are a few ways to hang large Swarovski Pendants. You can use a pinch bail that is made for the specific pendant, a large jump-ring would work too, or my favorite option is the dramatic beaded Y-shaped drop. Then there is one more chance to add the Agate stone for an extra dramatic flair. The Y-shaped drop is easy and you can use this technique go any style of beading.
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How to Make the Y Shaped Dramatic Drop
- Box 1: Gather up your wire, pendant, seed beads, and anchor bead. Add your pendant on to the wire
- Box 2: String on seed beads so they form nicely around the pendant. Sometimes the seed beads will go through the pendant so you can just add them on to one end of the wire and not worry so much about counting; or add the same amount of beads to each side of the wire and measure to be sure the seed beads rest nicely around the whole pendant. Find the center of your wire by putting the two ends together and slide on you anchor bead.
- Box 3: You are ready to start your necklace design. Be sure you add some small seed beads on each side of your wire so that it has a nice taper from one strand to two stands.
I hope that this blog has inspired you to use some of your beloved treasures and to try out some of these tips and tricks the next time you make a piece of jewelry. Remember the scraps and miscellaneous beads in your stock because you never know when they will be a perfect addition to your next masterpiece. Leave us a comment if you have any questions or if you wanted to share your experience with this post!
Happy Beading, Emily Kaniasty