Simple Summer Elegence

Summer fashion means sun dresses, sandals, strappy tops and tees, plus lots of shiny, jingling jewelry. For me though it seems when I buy new summer outfits I can’t always find just the right jewelry pieces. This year I set myself a challenge to make up some really fast fun simple and elegant pieces.

First a trip to my local Joann’s Fabric and Craft store, straight to the jewelry aisle. I turned the corner and what did I see, a gorgeous display of Blue Moon Beads chains. So envision this, a grown woman standing in the bead aisle with their mouth hanging open (I’m sure I drooled a little). Got my chain, grabbed some jump rings, clasps and headed home to create. Now to challenge myself and see how long it will take to make some stunning summer jewelry.

Love this gold chain necklace, time to make: 5 minutes

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Measure out enough chain to make your necklace, place it around your shoulders, decide where to add your Blue Moon Bead pendant (love this one with the beads and chain dangles), add a clasp (I used a pretty Blue Moon Bead toggle clasp). Five minutes and a pretty necklace that you made in no time.

ImageThis snake chain also from Blue Moon Beads (comes in different diameters) is even easier and took 5 minutes. Glue on the end caps that come with the chain (thanks to Blue Moon Bead for including the end cap with the chain). Add a jump ring and clasp and wrap it around your wrist (wrap bracelets are a big trend right now). Added bonus with this bracelet its convertible and can also be worn as a necklace drapped double.

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Last project uses this luscious sparkly black cup chain and fancy black chain with. Time spent 15 minutes.

Measure your chain (about 7 inches) snap on the end cap and gently squeeze closed, add jump rings and a clasp and your done. I added another Blue Moon Bead pendant for more blingy fun and movement.

You now have 3 pieces of gorgeous, blingy, sparkling summer jewelry. The hardest part of these pieces is hanging on to them because all our friends are going to want them. Which means your next summer get together is going to be a jewelry making party. Anyone need a good Margarita recipe for the girls night jewelry party?

All products are Blue Moon Beads and the only tools used were two pairs of chain nose pliers and E6000 glue. Don’t forget you can find all these components at your local Joann’s Fabric and Craft store.

Love Necklace

Love pendant 1

I LOVE romance, it makes my heart flutter, my cheeks blush. For this sweet and simple necklace I was inspired by the Blue Moon Bead Love pendant.

Love Pendant 2

Using a black braided cord, I attached the Blue Moon Bead Pendant with jump rings. Then a simple silver heart with a pretty red heart glued on. For the other dangle, I used a Katedid pendant that I filled with 4MM clear swarvoski crystals and glued another red heart to the Katedid. Using a head pin I ran it thru the Katedid attached two 4mm clear swarovski and one 4mm red swarovski crystal made a wire wrapped look, attached it to two square jump rings which I attached to the Love pendant on the opposite side. Such a simple gift of Love to give to that special someone.

Earrings, a girls best friend

Earrings, Earrings, Earrings, a girl can never have enough earrings. Small one, big ones, big hoops, little hoops, sparkles, bling, earrings that jingle, earrings that make you smile. Earrings for a fancy dinner party or to wear dancing. We women need earrings for every outfit we own and then we still need more. Here are three designs that I recently created using Blue Moon Beads.

 

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Using the Blue Moon Bead Branch goldtone earring findings and the goldtone discs in my stash I attached those and Blue Moon Bead Pink and Mauve colored acrylic beads. These turned out so cool and I can’t wait to wear them out and about.

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These Blue Moon Bead Ear Cuffs are just the coolest thing I think I’ve ever designed. When I got them I squealed in delight, I have been looking for ear cuffs for months at the craft store. These were so much fun and so easy. I used small black cable chain and draped it under black and opaque white swarovski crystals. Added more black chain and dangled the butterfly, white flower and silver flower from the bottom of the each chain. There are going to be my go to earrings for spring and summer.

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How about these Disco Ball earrings, don’t they just yell a fun night at the club dancing? Using the Blue Moom Bead glitter beads (tip: a little spritz with hair spray will keep the glitter from wearing). I made my own chain from black and silver jump rings, attached the beads I had placed on head pins and next I’m dancing the night away.

Hope you enjoy these designs and they give you inspiration for your earring projects. Please feel free to leave your comments, I enjoy hearing what you have to say.