Zombies, bats and gargoyles, oh my! Creepy jewelry beads are a must in Halloween jewelry. These awesome beads from Green Girl Studios are perfect for Halloween!
Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of the year and I love all of the ghostly and ghastly costumes, horror movies, and wearing spooky jewelry to work and parties.
So if you are thinking about making something new this year, check out these really cool beads from Green Girl Studios.
Bats, Zombies, Gargoyles and Skull beads for Halloween jewelry ideas
I have accumulated a nice collection beads and jewelry making supplies that are perfect for Halloween ideas! Great for jewelry designs or other Halloween crafts. This Halloween Bat bead is the perfect touch for making something creepy for Halloween!
Zombies, walkers or undead anyone?
This zombie bead is so detailed and just an awesome bead for Halloween or anytime really. Great for fans of the popular “The Walking Dead” or “Fear the Walking Dead” TV series or any other horror flick with zombies.
The actual use of Gargoyles was meant to scare off evil spirits and be a form of protection, but these gargoyle beads are still really freaky looking and are a great addition to Halloween jewelry.
And don’t forget about skulls!
Halloween would not be complete without skull beads! Skulls conjure up ideas of death and are scary looking to many people. However skulls were also traditionally used as a form of protection and to scare off bad spirits.
Please Note: Green Girl Beads DO NOT FIT ON PANDORA bracelets.
All of these really cool Green Girl Studios beads are made of pewter and the beads are fairly large, so they would be perfect as a focal bead or pendant, plus they are really affordable since Pewter is a lot less expensive than Sterling Silver.
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St Patricks Day is coming in March and I wanted to share a few Irish Celtic Jewelry ideas! Even though this is right around the corner on March 17, there is still time to make something – in fact, if you love beads, there is ALWAYS time to create!
Irish jewelry ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
First of all, anything green or with a clover will work, but below are a few jewelry making ideas for inspiration!
There earrings are a beautiful and simplistic design with Swarovski Crystal and Celtic design charms. See the materials list here:
I have always loved rocks and minerals, and as a bead and jewelry enthusiast, I have used many awesome stone beads in jewelry.
I am happy to introduce Jessica Kane as my guest blogger for this post. Jessica is a professional writer who also shares a love of handmade jewelry. This informative article includes details about 5 particular minerals that are great to use when making jewelry.
5 Minerals that make beautiful jewelry
by Jessica Kane
Though gemstones can make breathtakingly beautiful jewelry, minerals create an intrigue all of their own.
A rainbow of color variations brings uniqueness to a piece of jewelry; and the healing properties of crystals and minerals have been utilized for centuries. In fact, gemstones are merely highly attractive—and pricey—variants of minerals. For example, the precious sapphire is actually composed of the mineral corundum. Both can be used in jewelry, but since sapphire is more spectacular, it is dubbed a ‘gem.’
What many people do not know is that there are many stones that make better friends than diamonds ever will.
Fluorite is known as the “Genius Stone” and the “most colorful mineral in the world.”
Loved by mineralogists and metaphysical healers, fluorite is a favorite when it comes to jewelry and spirituality.
No matter the color—blue, green, clear, yellow, pink, mixes—each crystal has the same stable energy. A perfect solid structure makes fluorite luminous; glassy yet soft in luster.
Staring into fluorite is said to bring order to chaos and fine tune concentration. For example, blue fluorite is a calming stone, due to the luminescent blue shade. Rational energy flows from the stone, tidying up a disordered mind and allowing for pursuit of purpose. Since blue fluorite connects to the Throat Chakra, it is said to promote smoother speaking skills.
Blue John fluorite (Derbyshire Spar) is famous for its striking appearance. The unique purplish-blue and creamy yellow hue makes it a decorative stone to wear, while it charges the Third Eye and Crown chakras and encourages adventure and personal growth.
2. Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)
There is nothing foolish about the positive powers of this brass-colored mineral!
The gorgeous metallic gold of pyrite is a stunning addition to rings, bracelets and pendants. In the 1800s, pyrite was a coveted addition to Victorian fashion and used in rosettes, buckles and rings.
Native American tribes value this stone for its magical properties. Pyrite lends strength to spiritual talismans by tapping into the wearer’s latent potential, unleashing a flow of ideas and increasing self-confidence. This stimulation of the Third Eye and Throat Chakras can also strengthen will power. Those suffering from psychosomatic and environmental diseases will find relief when wearing a pyrite amulet.
Probably the most utilized mineral, quartz is also the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s soil.
Since antiquity quartz has been used to make jewelry, used in carvings and even modern technology.
Spiritualists believe that quartz has energy-channeling properties, making these crystals an indispensable tool during meditation and Reiki healing.
The beauty of quartz creates a diamond-like highlight when added to jewelry. Variants of quartz include onyx, jasper, citrine, carnelian, agate and aventurine.
The beautiful green featured in malachite is undoubtedly alluring. The mesmerizing patterns are soothing to the viewer, and there is a healing quality that is said to represent the effects of nature on the human soul.
Malachite is also called a stone of transformation, for it promotes spiritual growth when worn. Much like nature, malachite draws out impurities from the body and cleanses one’s Life Force.
Malachite has been worn for centuries by the Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans to ward against the “Evil Eye.”
Deeply associated with the Heart Chakra, the green energies of malachite promote balance. Due to this connection, the stone is often used as a pendant on long chain necklaces. Wide-band bracelets and simplistic brooches are another way to show off malachite’s splendor.
Known as “the stone of the Northern Lights.” Inuit folklore states that this stone fell from the Aurora Borealis and emits a mystical glow that separates this world from the next.
A member of the feldspar family, Labradorite comes in a variety of cooler color shades—grays, greens, blues and blacks—intermingled with cyan, coppery red and gold.
The beauty of Labradorite makes it ideal for statement pieces, like chokers and bracelets.
It is believed that Labradorite brings out the best in people and for this reason it is often worn or carried to reduce anti-social or reckless behavior, and to aid in addiction rehabilitation.
Whichever way you decide to wear these visually appealing minerals you will obtain a host of benefits.
About the Author
Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in arts and crafts, DIY, and other handmade products. She currently writes for Indian Traders, a leading vendor of pendleton blankets and jewelry.
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Searching for fundraiser ideas that are easy and quick? Many jewelry designers and artisans use their talents and time to raise awareness and funds for a cause. Below are some ideas and inspiration!
Fundraiser ideas that are quick and easy
Want to make some jewelry for a fundraiser, but are short on time? Try easy to assemble jewelry such as Almost Instant Jewelry®. This line of metal settings is calibrated to specifically fit Swarovski® crystal fancy stones or other components. You’re able to produce a professional-looking piece of jewelry in 3 easy steps!
You can also use the settings as a base for other jewelry media such as Magic-Glos® top coat, Apoxie® Sculpt and your favorite polymer clay. Some settings don’t even require glue!! These open-backed settings are held securely closed by stringing onto a chain or cording. Want to switch out the pendant? Unstring the pendant and open the setting back up.
With such a vast selection of settings and Swarovski colors/effect, it’s fun to let customers customize their own jewelry. Lay out the options and allow customers visiting your fundraiser pick their favorite setting, chain and matching Swarovski crystal. They get a piece of personalized custom jewelry and your cause reaps the benefits.
Bracelets full of charms and beads
Charm bracelets are a fantastic and fun way to show support for a cause. Attach lobster claw clasps to charms such as awareness ribbons plus other dangles in matching colors. Add hearts, angels, affirmations and more for a full selection of charm options.
Customers will love being able to quickly and easily create a bracelet that stands for a cause they support. Plus, since the bracelet is interchangeable, charms can always be added later giving you the opportunity for repeat customers.
Large-hole beads are favorites for creating personalized jewelry. Dione® Easy-On Chains have threaded ends that twist off and on for putting on or taking off beads. There are even ring settings specifically made to accommodate a large-hole bead and are created simply by unscrewing the decorative top, adding the bead and securing the top back on.
You aren’t limited to just using metal bases though. If you’re a fan of custom cords such as macramé and kumihimo, make colorful cords at least 3mm in diameter and large-hole beads slide on perfectly.
Non-metal options include cord and simple loops or knots. Some metals can cause allergic reactions to metal-sensitive individuals, so having a selection of metal-free jewelry ensures no one gets left out.
Knot closures are an added benefit as well since they slide to fit a range of neck or wrist sizes. Fundraiser attendees can then purchase jewelry not only for themselves, but also as gifts for friends and family without worrying about the jewelry not fitting. On the other end use a lark’s head knot to attach gemstone donuts, go-gos and other shapes with center cutouts. This type of jewelry is also a fan favorite with males–further expanding the reach of your cause.
Something for everyone
Want more ways to appeal to both the male and female demographics? Consider quick-and-easy pendant jewelry. Choose pre-made colorful multi-strand necklace cords or metallic chains including ever-popular ball chain. Then let customers select a pendant to match. Voila!
Other potential sale opportunities for men also include tie tac and cuff link settings made handsome by simply gluing a flat-backed component on the pad with a strong jewelry-making adhesive.
While we’re on the subject of gluing, bails turn beads, donuts, cabochons and more into pendants with just a dab of adhesive. You’ll be able to create more, in less time, for your favorite charity or community fundraising event. Decorative bail options give you and attendees more to choose from so everyone gets a piece of jewelry they’ll wear again and again.
Want even simpler? Try pinch bails. No glue required. Simply select a bead, charm, drop or other component with a hole and align the prongs of the bail. Squeeze with a pair of pliers and you have an instant pendant to attach to earwires or slide on chain as a pendant.
What to expect from the crowd
Now that you’re prepared to create for the next event, what should you expect? There are 3 possible outcomes.
Some people will walk away–that’s okay.
Some people will offer a donation without wanting a piece of jewelry–that’s great.
Some people will buy your jewelry to support the cause and spread awareness by wearing it–super!
Not only do you end up helping your cause, but you also end up meeting a lot of caring people. You’ll also form a newfound appreciation of your own talents as you create fundraising design lines. Charity events and community fundraisers are sure to attract attention for your cause when tables are lined with your sparkling jewelry creations to buy or bid on.
Make it your mission to engage in deliberate acts of kindness and use your jewelry-making talents to foster a better community, nation and world one jewelry design at a time!