I like to make inexpensive handcrafted jewelry, like bracelets, necklaces, rings, pins, earrings, and pretty hair accessories. I have made simple jewelry with beads since my children were young. They enjoyed making beaded jewelry with me.
It all started when I was in fourth grade. One rainy day after school, one of my school friends came over with a bag of pretty plastic beads, in various shapes and colors and some string. I had never strung beads before. We made bracelets and when she left, she told me I could have the leftover beads! I was so excited and from that time on, I have loved beads.
About 15 years ago, I started working with polymer clay. My first project was an angel Christmas tree ornament. After that, I started making small charms for jewelry. I would glue them on rings, hook them on bracelets and necklaces with a lobster claw, and add earring wire to make pretty earrings.
Recently, I started filling miniature glass jars with corks to make pretty beach charms and sparkly glitter charms.
It is a great idea to keep some beads in a lot of shapes and sizes, some for kids, as well as glass beads for adult jewelry. Sea glass beads and other beach themed beads are a favorite.
Get some thin bead wire, some clasps and other findings as well as the stretchy beading elastic to make bracelets.
HINT: You will need to add a drop of crafting glue to the knot you tie on the elastic bead bracelets to prevent it from coming undone. I learned that trick from a professional many years ago as I could not make a tight enough knot that would last long.
Beads, rhinestones, and clay are also great for making hair jewelry like bobby pins, barrettes, clips, and bows.
Here is a list of general craft supplies to keep in your craft room for you and/or the kids to craft fun jewelry.
You can purchase bead kits and clay kits at craft stores and on Amazon that contain everything you need for several projects. This gives you exposure to the many types of bead making crafts there are and you can use different beads and findings and see what types of jewelry you and/or the kids enjoy making.
NOTE: Make sure your young children understand that they should not put the small components and beads in their mouths as they are a choking hazard.
Have fun creating!
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