Published: 18th May 2020
Bring sparkle, colour and plenty of “je ne c’est quoi” by making your own necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings with objects you may well have lying about the house.
Fashion models, clothing models and those eager to enter the modelling industry will certainly keep abreast of fashion and know just how important it is to make a statement.
Parents of teen models or those with offspring in child modelling may also wish to encourage them to take an interest in making something unique while exploring their creativity … and remember this isn’t just a female thing!
*Try a Kit
Those keen to have a base to work from should browse the internet and explore the various kits you can order online.
These range from sets of beads and accessories for making bracelets, necklaces and earrings to small pieces of equipment that will enable you to weave, knot or tie colourful fabric items.
Many of these kits will provide you with the basics and then encourage you to build on what they offer by bringing in additional materials from home.
*Order the Basics
If you don’t want to work from a kit, order the basics online and then use them to design your own works of art.
Packs of plastic and glass beads, wires, earring hooks and clasps can all be ordered cheaply and in bulk if need be. You might also want to invest in a small pair of wire cutters.
Peruse your favourite fashions magazines and surf the net seeking tutorials and videos to give you inspiration.
*Hunt for Interesting Items
Wander round the home looking for interesting objects to incorporate into your items of jewellery.
Old buttons, coins and even washers and bolts can be painted, sprayed, coloured or left plain before being tied, twisted or glued together to make interesting pieces.
Bright fabric, pieces of porcelain or tile and cut leather can be recycled and upcycled to make exquisite adornments.
*Reuse Old Jewellery
Seek out your old and unwanted costume jewellery and then experiment to see whether you can give it a new lease of life.
Try twisting old necklaces together to make one bold statement piece; prise paste jewels from necklaces to set into rings or to bring new sparkle by hanging them from earring stems.
*Hair Grip Earrings
Here’s one quick and easy DIY jewellery idea – hair grip earrings.
Sort through your drawers and cabinets, gathering up any old hair grips (also called kirby grips or bobby pins) and dig out your favourite nail polish colours.
Find a couple of washers (about the size of a one penny piece) in the tool box and set aside two earring hooks – either new or from an old pair of earrings.
Colour the grips in different shades of nail varnish or create a pattern across all of them. Wait for them to dry, clip them through the washer, then hang the washer on to your hooks.
You now have an eye-catching pair of new earrings – and, of course, the colour can always be updated as often as you wish to suit whatever you are wearing at the time.