Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Collage Jewelry

During the holidays I like to collect all of my festive beads and put them in a container together so I can make some standard gift jewelry quickly.

I have a tendency to want to create symmetrical patterns with beads, but if I push myself a little, I find that I enjoy making "collage" pieces.

This does involve "making a mess" with your beads, but it is well worth it!

Just make a pile of beads and get a clasp on a wire for a necklace or bracelet and just start randomly stringing them.

I like to use some kind of tiny toho seed bead in between beads just to help set each of them off a little better.

Memory wire bracelets are the most fun because you can easily do more than one strand AND they are "one size fits all" which is wonderful for gift giving!!

I hope you are all having a great week! :)

5 comments:

Cathryn said...

I didn't think about Memory Wire! Oooooooo Now there's something I gotta do! Thanks!

JustATish said...

i LOVE random!!! each time you look at a random piece you find a new bead. soo much fun!!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Random is good...it took me three years to do random/asymmetry though!!!

Cheers

Kokopelli said...

I started making jewelry with random pieces. I just bought a beautiful bead mix and started stringing it. I still have some of the pieces I made back then.

Adventures with Millie Making Jewelry said...

Thanks for this post! I have a few Christmas themed beads and I've just been staring at them...I love random pieces, but I've not been sure how to approach it...silly, huh... MEMORY WIRE! That is a fantastic suggestion!