Bead or Not to Bead
Jewelry options are endless, coming in any color, shape and size. Are you looking something petite and simple, or do you want a statement piece, something bold? Instead of searching online for hours upon hours or spending hundreds of dollars on something at your local jewelry store, have you considered making your jewelry?
When preparing for my wedding I had gone through the same experience, looking for the perfect necklace online, finally when I found it, it was just out of my budget. Among many other projects my mother and I were working on, we decided that we would also make our own jewelry. Not only a necklace, but special memories were created with my mom, who is my best friend.
I went to Potomac Bead Company in Hagerstown, MD, as that is where my family lives. Being an avid “beader”, I love making my own earrings and necklaces, I didn’t take any classes, but if classes is what you need, classes is what they’ve got! They have everything from Beading 101, Wire Work, to Ring Making. These bead shops are popping up all over and they are often very similar, offering thousand of bead options, classes, and anything else you may need. I have found that most bead store employees are very helpful and always willing to teach you something or help you create the perfect piece.
Below is the white and beige fresh water pearl necklace I made for our wedding day, I also used two different silver chains that I wove together.
Would you consider making your own jewelry?