The Christmas Challenge part n°2: handmade jewelry

I love jewelry. I have alway loved jewelry. I can remember running around when I was a little girl, covered in sparkles and long pearl necklaces “borrowed” (ahem) from my female family members and feeling great about myself. So it’s no surprise, that twenty years on, making jewelry still keeps me busy.

Since there is a Christmas Challenge going on Happy DIY encouraging you to make many things (if not everything!) yourself for the upcoming Christmas season, it seemed appropriate to write a post about handmade jewelry. Making Christmas stuff in advance, like gifts, ornaments, candles and candy, is like 50% of the Christmas fun anyways! If you’ve missed the blog post about the Christmas Challenge, you can read it here; and The Christmas Challenge part n°1 can be found through this link.

So, for the challenge part n°2, I’d like to focus on handmade gifts. Handmade gifts are the best. Pinterest is full of gorgeous DIY gift ideas, but making jewelry is one of my specialties, so I’m dedicating this blog post to handmade jewelry that you could gift for Christmas.

  1. Classy and luxurious earrings

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I’m quite proud of these cuties that I’ve designed and made myself. As you can see, the earrings are built up by three different elements: first, two semi-precious, ruby coloured gemstones were mounted on a metal pin. Next, a rosé-coloured and geometric center piece was added. And finally, pieces of gold-coloured chain were attached to the center.

Because of the gold and rosé colours, these earrings are very festive and sparkle in candlelight. It is a great gift for a classy lady you might know. I was so fond of them I actually put them on my Etsy Page.

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2. Playful necklace

This necklace was created during a jewelry workshop I took with one of my friends, who makes jewelry herself. I wasn’t going to put it on the blog, but I’m really quite proud of this one too, and so I’ve worn it many times already. This necklace is a great tool for giving that extra pop of colour to any outfit that might be too boring.

The use of semi-precious stones, and the beads in gold, blue and pink make it a very feminine piece. If you would like to create something similar, I’d recommend you pay attention to the symmetry of your piece. My necklace isn’t symmetrical, but I’ve made a conscious effort of spacing out the gold beads, the blue beads and the pink beads to make a nice balance of colours.

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3. Turquoise and sparkle

This necklace is a little bit more mature in design, and is made with turquoise stones, blue beads and crystal beads. This necklace was designed using two different techniques: one was colour blocking, the other was the off-center method. Basically, there are two major color blocks on this necklace. The bottom is turquoise, with different kinds of beads, and the top is made with crystal beads with the effect of a nice sparkle. It makes the necklace more interesting and alive when you are wearing it. The other technique, off-center, means that the beads aren’t completely symmetrical. On the right hand side, the blue beads go up higher than on the left hand side. Because of this, the necklace isn’t just a row of beads; it comes alive when someone is wearing it, and the crystals sparkle as the person moves.

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4. Baby doll necklace

This is a necklace I’ve made last summer. The beads are made completely out of polymer clay, therefore this is an easy and affordable piece of jewelry to make. Because of the sparkle and the soft colours, it is a very feminine piece. You can find the full tutorial by clicking on this link.

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5. Rosebud earrings

These earrings are also very cute as a present! They are also made out of polymer clay and are thus affordable to make, because one package of polymer clay comes around at about 2€. You could make a whole bunch of earrings in one sitting, easiest Christmas present ever! The full tutorial can be found through this link.

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I hope you will get inspired to make some beautiful gifts yourself. Challenge yourself to be creative, I know you can do it! Your family and friends are going to be very lucky to receive such beautiful pressies!

Happiness: Do It Yourself!

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