Making your own jewelry can be a fun activity. It even has the additional benefit of being an exciting way to develop creative crafts skills that could be profitable should you decide to sell your hand-made accessories. In most do-it-yourself jewelry projects, beads and crystals are among the most commonly used materials, so here are a few tips on how and when to use them:
Pearl beads are among the most popular. They come in a wide array of colors, and can be used for bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, to name a few. While most pearl beads are made of actual pearls with threading holes bored onto them, others are made of polished glass or plastic (the latter is usually the one with the varied color choices) – and these are cheaper alternatives.
Crystals are oftentimes aesthetically superior to other types of jewelry beads, especially considering how much they resemble actual, glimmering gemstones. They are affordable, very versatile, and comes in a wide assortment of shapes and sizes, as well as colors. In short, they make for sparkling jewelry without the steep price that typically accompanies it.
Metal beads can be carved and intricately designed, which is why they tend to be rather expensive. However, metal beads are excellent for vintage jewelry pieces, and while they don’t always shine like crystals, they can be plated with gold or silver for that nice, royal touch with an exquisite design that rarely goes out of style.