Anyone who has read a few of our blog posts knows how important accessories are to our approach to fashion and you may have picked up that I can’t resist an opportunity to look at YouTube clips. Which is my way of trying to legitimize the HOURS I have spent looking at clips of people making their own accessories, you see if I write a blog post about it, it was “research” and not “a total waste of time when I should have been doing something much more worthwhile”.
The major advantage of hand-made jewellery is that it is always one of a kind, even if you have got your inspiration from some one else or pop culture it will still have little quirks that make it yours. Another advantage is cost, despite the fact that some DIY methods require a cost outlay to begin with the variety, uniqueness and quality of the pieces help make it money well spent. The final factor I would mention is fun, I had a blast making my own pieces and I am sure you would too.
There are a number of ways you can make your own pieces of jewellery and the results really come down to your level of creativity and skill. I have limited supplies of both but my, albeit limited, successes gives me hope for the future.
How to get started:
Recycle what you already have – I had a lot of jewellery that was languishing due to one minor fault or another.
Because I have large wrists a lot of my bracelets were a bit stretched or I couldn’t wear then because they were tight. So I re-threaded a number of my bracelets to come up with some cute new designs that are comfortable. Given my limited creativity it was a perfect and simple project and the results have encouraged me to take a plunge into the slightly deeper waters of actual jewellery making.