Start with a purchased stylish chain and give it a dangling, vintage feel with the addition of gemstone beads–or use crystals, pearls, or metal beads if you prefer. It’s the dangle that gives it the vintage feel, so the choice of which kind is up to you!
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Learn how to make a necklace with beads, how to quill metal clay, and making an art deco ring in this free jewelry making eBook! These vintage inspired jewelry projects will show you how to make vintage style jewelry today whether you want to envelop yourself in the Belle Epoque or create a keepsake piece with personal mementoes.
How to Make a Beaded Necklace
Aventurine and Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace by Tamara L. HonamanEven a complete beginner to the world of jewelry making can make this necklace! The gemstone drops (use any gem, crystal, or metal bead you like) are reminiscent of the dangling beaded designs so popular at the beginning of the 20th century. And because its base is curved bar chain from Rio Grande, it couldn’t be easier. "I loved the shape of this necklace," the designer said, "but knew it lacked something … I added some drop elements to it and voilà! Success. I have sold many using freshwater pearls and love the way it looks with the different colors of aventurine. The possibilities are endless."
How to Quill with Metal Clay
Wire-Wrapped Metal Clay Bouquet by Paula Bastian-DeLeon
Does anything shout "vintage" more than flowers? Whether they remind you of your grandmother’s garden or a floral chair in a retro cottage, flowers evoke a feeling of happier times. This pretty floral bouquet combines two fun jewelry-making techniques–wire wrapping and metal clay design–into one pretty, vintage-inspired jewelry design. It takes advantage of paper-folding techniques like origami and quilling, which also have a vintage, crafty feel that remind us of childhood.
How to Make an Art Deco Ring
Openwork Silver and Opal Dinner Ring by Victoria Lansford
The curves in this ring’s design have an Art Deco feel, but it’s size and general fabulousness make it feel more like a true Dinner Ring, for a time when dinner was an event. "Spectacular rings can be elegantly bold and glamorous while still being exceptionally light and airy;" the designer said, "even the name ‘dinner ring’ suggests sophisticated evenings in past eras of opulence." It certainly does, bringing to mind evenings in the 1930s or ’40s when people dressed for dinner and nights on the town in their finest, sparkliest, most fabulous garb. Use a sparkling faceted crystal or other eye-catching stone in the center in place of the opal and you’ll be ready for a black and white movie. Bonus: Take advantage of the alternative design provided and make a big, bold cocktail ring, evoking an entirely different era–but vintage nonetheless!
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