St Patricks Day Irish jewelry ideas

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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!

Irish Celtic Earrings
Irish Celtic Earrings with Swarovski Crystal

There earrings are a beautiful and simplistic design with Swarovski Crystal and Celtic design charms. See the materials list here:

Design Idea – Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sterling Silver Celtic Drops
Irish Clover Earrings

These Irish Clover earrings in green and gold are another fun design to make and wear! Click below for a supplies list and instructions:

Learn how to make – Earrings with Swarovski Crystal, Gold-Plated Brass Beads and Gold-Finished Brass Chain

These are just a couple of ideas to get you started. Check out all of the Celtic and Itish jewelry making supplies at Fire Mountain Gems!!

Celtic and Irish Jewelry Supplies

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Christmas crafts and holiday DIY projects

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Christmas crafts and DIY projects for the holidays are fun to make for yourself or to give as gifts. Click through the projects below for step-by-step directions and lists of materials needed.

The tutorials below can be followed exactly or use your imagination and creativity to make them a special custom creation.

Everyone loves handmade gifts, and these tutorials serve to fuel your inspiration.

DIY Holiday projects and Christmas crafts

Christmas Tree Earrings
Christmas Tree Earrings

Tutorial: Christmas Tree Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads

Super easy to make Christmas Tree earrings that can be made in any color! Also known as “Yule Trees”, they are a popular symbol for the Christmas holiday.

Dreidel Earrings
Dreidel Earrings

Tutorial: Sterling Silver and Swarovski Dreidel Earrings

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. These adorable sterling silver earrings are a great holiday jewelry project to make and share with others.

Snowflad ornament
Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Tutorial: Steel Snowflake Ornament

Make several of these beautiful snowflake Christmas ornaments to give as gifts to family and friends! Experiment with other beads and components to make a truly special holiday decoration.

Check out the great selection of beads, charms and components shown below to add to other Christmas crafts!

Shop below for holiday charms and components

Halloween costumes accessories add spooky fun!

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Halloween costumes accessories and jewelry put you at the top for contests, parties, or trick or treating.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and Fire Mountain Gems has a wonderful selection of fun and frightening items to put the finishing touches on your costume.

Resin dragon eyes, gemstone skulls, crystal spiders and more. They have everything you need to add a creative, personalized touch to your costume.

Sew beads or charms onto costume, glue on cabochons, dangle spiders, create a bracelet or earrings. There are so many ways to have ghostly fun with this assortment of Halloween costumes accessories.

Another great idea is to buy several charms to hand out in lieu of candy.

Love Halloween and all things spooky? Then check out these items below!

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Click here to see the whole selection of beads, charms, findings and more.

Our favorite Halloween costumes accessories for the best costume ever!

Breast Cancer beads that give back

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the United States, a cause that people are very passionate about! Many women and their loved ones have had this form of cancer affect their life in one way or the other.

According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s a pretty scary number! But regular screening and higher awareness can help with early detection and treatment.

Show support for Breast Cancer

Purchase and wear one of the beautiful awareness ribbon pins below to show your support. Fire Mountain Gems donates 100% of the sale to research! These also make great gift ideas for women and healthcare providers.


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1.5-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $11.46
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $6.21
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research

European beads for awareness

Below are high quality charm beads that 10% of each sale goes towards cancer research. These beads are compatible with Pandora and other trendy charm bead bracelets, they also make great gifts!

Beading supplies and charms

There are a variety of options for beading and jewelry design if you are making a gift for someone or preparing for a fundraiser. So be sure to check them out!

Learn something new to enhance jewelry designs

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Want to learn something new this fall? Let your creativity loose and explore these different art forms to use in your jewelry making!

As the fall approaches and kids return to school, many of you may have a little more time each day. Learning a new skill to incorporate in your beading craft is a great way to spend that extra time!

Learn something new and expand your skills

Below are three different techniques that you can learn to enhance your jewelry design and skills. Make really unique gifts to give as gifts or sell at crafts fairs or fundraisers.

Learn Kumihimo
Learn to make a Kumihimo braided bracelet

Kumihimo

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique that lends itself well to modern jewelry design. These beautiful braids are made using easy-to-use foam disks, spool-taming bobbins and other convenient tools, and can be embellished with beads and findings.

Resources & Supplies

Kumihimo Braiding Chart
Square Braid Tutorial
Kumihimo Design Ideas

Learn Macrame
Learn to make beautiful Macrame jewelry

Macrame

Macrame is a technique of knotting cord to produce a lace-like pattern. It’s often used to make jewelry, belts, purses and more. It is a versatile technique that lends itself well to gender neutral or masculine designs, especially when woven with darker color tones and paired with metallic findings.

Resources & Supplies

Macrame Video Tutorial
Macrame Charm Bracelet Tutorial
Macrame Design Ideas

Learn resin
Learn to make a beautiful resin pendant

Jewelry Resin

Learn how to use jewelry resin  to preserve and create beautiful, original components. You can make lockets, bracelets, frames and more with a clear, glass-like coating.

Resources & Supplies

How to Use Ice Resin Video Tutorial
Creating a Jewelry Resin Frame Pendant
Jewelry Resin Design Ideas

All of the above will teach new skills and make your handcrafted jewelry stand out from the crowd!

Leave a comment and let me know what new technique you are learning 🙂

Need fundraiser ideas for jewelry and gifts?

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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!


Instant-Jewelry

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.

Fundraiser-bracelet
Use beads, charms or both to show support for a cause!

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.

Fundraiser-charm-beads
Large hole beads are a popular favorite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Fundraiser-cord
Leather cord or hemp is a great choice for non-metal jewelry

Metal-free zone

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.

Fundraiser-pendants-etc
Try cuff links, tie tacs or pendants to appeal to all types of customers
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.

  1. Some people will walk away–that’s okay.
  2. Some people will offer a donation without wanting a piece of jewelry–that’s great.
  3. 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!

Design with
Almost Instant Jewelry
Dione large-hole beads
Gemstone donuts and go-gos
Charms
Pendants
Flat backs
Cuff link findings
Almost Instant Jewelry ring settings
Dione easy-on chain
Cord
Ball chain
Chain
Bails
Magic-Glos tools and supplies
Apoxie Sculpt tools and supplies
Glues and adhesives
Pliers

Get inspired with unique Valentine’s heart beads

Get inspired with these unique heart beads from Green Girl Studios. Perfect for making inspirational jewelry and beaded designs.

Jewelry making ideas are often inspired by really cool beads, and below are a few examples of the awesome beads from Green Girl Studios.

Click on the photos for more information.

Inspirational Jewelry bead laced heart
Green Girl Studios Laced Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Get inspired with cool beads

Ordinary heart beads and jewelry making supplies are everywhere, but all of the designs from Green Girl Studios are interesting, unique and are excellent for making meaningful and inspirational jewelry.

Making custom jewelry by hand for family or friends is such a special and unforgettable gift!

Inspirations Jewelry unbreakable heart
Green Girl Studios Unbreakable Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Create jewelry designs that will be a lasting keepsake or memory for people who are dear to you.

Make cool pendants or use as a focal bead in your next beaded jewelry design to tell someone how much you love them!

Besame-Mucho-Green-Girl-Bead
Hot Lips Besame Mucho Green Girl Studios Bead. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Check out the selection of beads, clasps and jewelry findings from Green Girl Studios in the Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

These beads are made from Lead Free Pewter and make a great focal piece on bracelets or necklaces. Check them out and Be(ad) Inspired for Valentine gifts or for anytime!

Locked Heart for inspirational jewelry
Green Girl Studios Locked Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner