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There are lots of different types of jewelry you can make – here are some ideas to inspire you!
1. Recycled Jewelry
Of course, this is the first one on my list because we love upcycling! This can be anything from using recycled t-shirt yarn to make bracelets and necklaces to using ound objects in your designs
You can also try some of these fun + funky upcycled jewlery ideas.
2. Remixed Jewelry
It’s easy to find huge lots of broken jewelry for a great deal + these pieces are so fun to work with to make your own unique one-of-a-kind creations!
This is a great way to breathe new life into old jewelry pieces, or even create something completely original. There are endless possibilities!
3. Beaded Jewelry
Beaded jewelry is always popular and there are endless possibilities when it comes to beadwork. You can use all sorts of different materials, from glass beads to natural stone beads, to create beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
4. Wire Jewelry
There are no limits when you are working with wire to create jewelry. Using colored wire, you can create all sorts of designs, from simple bracelets to more intricate necklaces and earrings. You can also try your hand at making wire-wrapped jewelry pieces with gemstones, crystals and more!
5. Polymer Clay Jewelry
If you’re looking for something a little different, why not try making some polymer clay jewelry? This type of jewelry is very versatile – you can use it to create colorful beads, pendants and charms.
6. Laser Cut Jewelry
If you have a laser cutter, you can so easily make all kinds of jewelry from almost any material, whether it’s wood, acrylic, metal, leather and more.
7. Metal Working to Make Jewelry
If you’re a fan of silver or gold, why not try your hand at making some metalwork jewelry? This can be anything from simple wirework to more complex pieces using sheet metal.
8. Resin-Based Jewelry
Resin casting can seem intimidating, but with a little practice, it’s not that hard! You can use resin to create all sorts of beautiful pieces, including earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
9. Leather Jewelry
Sometimes, a little rustic style is all you need! Leather jewelry is perfect for adding just the right finishing touch to any outfit – and it’s surprisingly easy to make. From simple leather cord bracelets to more intricate pendants and earrings, there are countless great ideas.
10. Knitted or Crocheted Jewelry
If you’re a fan of knitting or crocheting, then why not try making some jewelery. You can create all sorts of different pieces using these techniques – from bracelets to necklaces and even earrings. And there’s no rule you have to use yarn! You could use plarn, flexible metal wire, twine, cord, rope – the sky is the limit!
We even have some fabulous vintage patterns that would make for great knitted or crocheted jewelry!
11. Paper Jewelry
You might not think paper would make for a good jewelry material but that is simply not true! You can make paper beads, decoupage jewelry pieces, or even make custom art on paper to use in kits for making necklaces, earrings, lockets, bracelets and more!
12. Natural Stone Jewelry
If you want to make something truly unique and special, then you should definitely consider working with natural stone. Stone setting can be a tricky skill to master, but it’s worth the effort.
There are many different types of stone you can use in your jewelry designs, from natural stones like agate and amethyst to colorful gems like opal and turquoise.
13. Sea Glass Jewelry
Speaking of beach finds, why not make jewelry out of sea glass? Sea glass is broken and discarded glass that has been worn down to be smooth by the ocean waves. My husband’s aunt makes some beautiful sea glass pieces from the pieces she collects near her home in Delaware.
14. Wood Jewelry
Wooden jewelry has a natural beauty that is perfect for summertime. You can find all sorts of different wood beads or cut out shapes to use. You can also use wood to create personalized stamped jewelry or even carved wooden jewelry pieces.
15. Alcohol Ink Jewelry
If you love working with vibrant colors, then you’ll love creating jewelry with alcohol inks. You can use these inks to make all sorts of different jewelry pieces, from pendants to earrings and more.
16. Enamel Jewelry
Enamel jewelry is beautiful and timeless – and it’s not as difficult to create as you might think! All you need is a little practice and the right tools to get started. And with all sorts of different enamel colors and kilns, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.
17. Sequin Jewelry
For a little bit of sparkle and shine, sequin jewelry is the way to go. You can use all sorts of different colors and shapes of sequins to create beautiful pieces that are perfect for any occasion – from casual to formal.
18. Geometric Jewelry
Geometric jewelry is yet another popular trend that’s been sweeping the fashion world. From simple shapes to more complex designs, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating geometric jewelry pieces. You can also use a wide variety of different materials!
19. Recycled Cork Jewelry
Cork jewelry is a fun and unique way to add a touch of nature to your style. You can use old corks to create all sorts of different jewelry pieces, from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and more.
20. Button Jewelry
Who doesn’t love buttons? They’re the perfect way to add a little bit of texture and color to your jewelry. You can use old buttons that you have around the house or sew them onto fabric or wire for unique embellishments on necklaces, earrings, and more.
21. Filigree Jewelry
Filigree jewelry is beautiful and delicate – and it’s not as difficult to make as you might think! All you need is some patience and the right tools, and you’ll be able to create your own stunning filigree jewelry pieces in no time.
There are so many different types of jewelry you can make – whether you stick to one type or like to mix and match different techniques, the sky is the limit!
What’s your favorite type of jewelry to work with? Which one of these ideas would you most like to try? Let me know in the comments below!