When it came to bridal jewelry, I wanted something subtle but vibrant. I kept falling in love with jewelry sets on Etsy that used this Bermuda Blue Swarovski crystal. I fell so much in love that I wanted to buy matching earrings for my bridesmaids as well! At this point, the jewelry was getting expensive! I’ve dabbled with jewelry-making in the past, and decided to I could take on this project myself! I bought all the materials at http://www.bestbuybeads.com/ and http://www.artbeads.com/. I would have gone to my local bead store, but it was 11 PM when I came up with this idea and I was just too excited to wait until they opened to start shopping!
As for my earrings I modified a design I found here (scroll down to #87). It took a while to decide on the length, but I found a nice medium between classy and costumey.I kept my necklace very simple with just the crystal pendant and a sterling silver flower bail. This brought together both the peacock and sunflower aspects of my theme. I strung the pendant and bail on a silky silver chain, and the necklace was done!
Everyone had different necklines, so I decided to just make earrings for my gals. My MOH came over one evening and we went to town with the needle-nose pliers! We used simple french-earring hooks with the bermuda blue pendant, a small pearl, and a simple bail. To add some extra flare, I attached some mini-peacock feather eyelets (cruelty free, of course!) using crimp beads.
- They were gorgeous! Everyone at the wedding commented on my and the bridesmaids’ jewelry.
- They were also cost-effective! For about $150 I bedazzled myself and 6 bridesmaids (and this includes many left-over pieces! I can make at least 2 more pairs of earrings and I have silver fixings for many future jewelry projects). I easily could have spent $350 on pre-made jewelry!
- I was able to try different styles and ideas before deciding on a finished product.
- It takes A LOT of time and patience, especially when it came to attaching the peacock feathers.
- The peacock feathers were very lightweight compared to the crystal, and it was a windy day. They would have all blown in front of the crystal if one of my girls didn’t have the idea to stick a small piece of double-sided tape between the feather and crystal.