You’ve probably seen jaw-dropping jewelry pieces created with fabric, resin, polymer clay, enamel, wood, ribbon, leather, and other fun materials. Have you desired to spice up your handmade jewelry pieces by incorporating nontraditional materials with your traditional jewelry elements? Look no further. Creating mixed-media jewelry is all you’ve been waiting for and more. In this free mixed-media jewelry eBook, you’ll find six jewelry making projects with complete tool and material lists and illustrated step-by-step instructions for incorporating inexpensive elements for leather jewelry, fabric jewelry, ribbon jewelry, paper jewelry, and more with designs that are affordable, whimsical, and easy to make.
Get your free eBook today to discover great tips, techniques, and free projects from the experts. Working any variety of materials into earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or rings qualifies as making mixed-media jewelry, but to most of us it suggests combining some traditional jewelry materials with some nontraditional materials as well. These six free projects are easy to adapt into something even more personal, more technically challenging, or both.
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Discover free mixed-media jewelry designs using simple techniques and fabulous materials to get you started creating jewelry pieces that are memorable, refreshing, and fun. Turn special items you’ve been saving as keepsakes into pieces of incredible art.
Using Resin for Jewelry
Underwater Mermaids Resin Necklace by Stephanie Gard Buss
When Stephanie received these mermaid images from Nunn Design, she knew she wanted to make something that captured the dreamy feeling of being underwater. With a few pigments and a couple of layers of resin, she was able to create a kind of seascape in a bezel. Using these simple instructions, learn how to create a standout piece using resin..
How to Make a Scrabble Tile Pendant
Home Sweet Home Pendant by Ellene McClay
Scrabble tile pendants are a huge trend in mixed-media jewelry. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make a Scrabble tile pendant, this project is just what you need. Also as a tip: Don’t want to buy the game Scrabble just to use one tile? Find used Scrabble tiles at thrift stores or on eBay. This necklace’s pretty little pendant features a bucolic country-home vignette made by applying collage techniques to a wooden Scrabble tile, then drilling a tiny hole in the top. To finish, hang the pendant from a delicate chain.
Leather Jewelry Making
Cool, No-Tool Bracelet by Linda Larsen
No tools were used in the creation of this supercool, one-size-fits-all bracelet! The designer simply decorated a purchased leather bracelet with charms, wire, and ribbon for a signature wrist accessory. Think outside the box when deciding what to use for your charm. Instead of a glass ring inside of a bezel, try a broken earring, a monogram, or a cluster of favorite beads. Any special items can be incorporated with the leather cord to make leather jewelry that is truly unique.
Paper Jewelry Making
Musical Note Earrings by Deryn Mentock
As a jewelry artist who also loves paint, paper and collage, Deryn has a passion for including nontraditional elements in her pieces. The challenge is sometimes figuring out how to accomplish that without compromising delicate materials, such as antique paper. These earrings are an easy project reminiscent of the shape of musical notes with the theme reflected in the paper from an antique hymnal. Try this paper jewelry-making project with other kinds of wire; copper, brass, sterling or fine silver.
Glass Tile Jewelry
Cherry Blossom Bauble by Anne Engelhardt
Glue decorative paper to one side of a small tile, add a bail, and you’ve got a signature glass tile jewelry pendant ready to be incorporated into a necklace, as shown here. The paper used in this project is washi paper, a type of Japanese decorative paper that is durable and available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and thicknesses. Find easy instructions and helpful material tips in this project for creating unique glass-tile jewelry.
Wood Jewelry Making
Rain Forest Bangle by Candie Cooper
Turn an ordinary wood bangle into something extraordinary by painting, burning, and drilling it. Even your doodling skills will be called upon as this bracelet requires colored-pencil accents! One helpful tip: a scrap piece of wood is handy for testing to see if the wood-burning tool is up to temperature or to try out different attachments. Find illustrated instructions and more helpful tips for creating unique wood jewelry in this free project!
This download is essential to any jewelry maker.
Follow step-by-step projects to learn how to use your creativity to make a personal statement through something you can wear. Create jewelry that means even more by transforming mementos into masterpieces with these tips and techniques. Learn how easy it is to incorporate paper, make resin focal pieces, create glass-tile jewelry, and more for a look that is exclusively yours.