Jewellery in a jiffy: Black pearl necklace
Black and other dark-coloured pearls are divine and make exquisite jewellery. For this piece, very dark pearls are combined with crystals to create an unusual effect. The string is longer than a normal string of pearls, but can be made shorter by simply using fewer pearls and crystals.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Blue cluster bracelet
Although the basic principles remain the same, cluster bracelets can be great fun to make. Using a variety of beads, bead caps, metal charms and even buttons, any number of strings and embellishments can be connected to the chain. The more different components you use, the more interesting the result will be.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Earthy necklace and earring set
This is a classic example of combining various types of beads and an interesting chain. Diverse beads can sometimes be risky, but in this case they are highly effective. The necklace consists of six strings, all different from one another. The earrings match the necklace beautifully.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Fit for a bride
This floating neckpiece is the perfect adornment for an evening bride. As the stringing material (tigertail) is barely visible at night, the illusion of ‘floating’ crystals is created. Swarovski crystals are chosen for their splendid lustre and light-reflecting quality.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Glass pearls on silver chain
Substitute the silver chain and champagne pearls and beads of this quick and easy necklace with a brass or copper chain and beads and pearls in shades of olive-green, brown or orange for an equally attractive piece. Wear it doubled up, with the two beaded ends taken through the loop, as shown in the pictures.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Grey pearls and crystals on memory wire
Memory wire is a fairly thick coil wire available in bracelet and necklace lengths. The extendible wire always returns to its original length, hence the name ‘memory wire’. The pearls and crystals form a pretty combination, with crystal ends lending a finishing touch. These can be replaced by silver balls glued to the ends of the wire. Choose beads with care, as heavy beads may cause over-stretching of the wire.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Lustrous crystal necklace
This beautiful necklace, made exclusively from Swarovski crystals, is exquisitely smart and elegant. Fit for a queen, it takes only half an hour to make! Because the crystals are fairly expensive, care must be taken to choose the best quality clasp and bail, preferably sterling silver
Jewellery in a jiffy: Macramé lariat
Jewellery in a jiffy: Magnet magic
Haematite beads can be magnetised, a particularly useful attribute when it comes to jewellery making. Apart from eliminating the use of fasteners, magnetic beads can be worn in different ways, depending on how they are arranged. This project features two beautiful items: one with haematite and moonstone, and the other with haematite, crystals and pearls.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Multi-string crystal bracelet with matching hoop earrings
Worn with the matching earrings, this quick and easy bracelet is the ideal accessory for a matric dance. To create a unique piece of jewellery, follow the basic instructions using beads and colours of your choice.
Jewellery in a jiffy: Multi-string with floating pearls
Their subtle gloss and beautiful shapes make pearls the perfect choice for jewellery. Available in countless colours and shapes, each string of pearls possesses its own charm. Every woman should own at least one string of pearls in her lifetime!