Hello, Yellow!

Friends, spring is just around the corner…can you feel it?  I’m just waiting for the day when I can leave my winter coat at home and break out my flip flops instead.  It’s the time of year when I get sick and tired of bundling up, of sweaters, and of every single thing in my wardrobe.  So, I decided it was time to take action.
I took a trip to the Potomac Bead Company and made myself some sunny jewelry to add a springy “pop” to any outfit!
Hello, Yellow Jewelry!
Let me preface by saying that before this project, there was not a single yellow item in my closet, my drawers, or my jewelry box.  Nothing.  I just don’t wear yellow.  My complexion and coloring aren’t right for it.  About 10 years ago, a dear sweet friend of mine got married and chose yellow bridesmaid dresses, which was probably my lone public appearance in banana yellow…Robin, it was proof of my love for you, girl!  But adding some chunky yellow jewelry to a black or grey outfit?  That I can do!  Why didn’t I think of it before?
Materials: 8 large yellow beads, 2 jump rings, 2 crimp beads, stringing wire, silver chain, jewelry tools {pliers, crimpers, and cutters}
STEP 1: Place crimp bead on stringing wire, add jump ring, thread wire back through crimp bead and use crimping tool to close.

STEP 2: String beads onto wire.  Repeat step 1 on other end of wire so that there’s a jump ring on each side of the beads.

STEP 3: Cut a piece of chain to your desired length.  Open each jump ring and attach it to one end of the chain.  If you prefer, you could also use ribbon through the jump rings instead of chain for a different look.

STEP 4: Optional – You can add a ribbon, a rosette, or any other adornment you like. 
STEP 5: Wear and enjoy! {and when you’re done admiring it, clean that mirror!}
 Next, I made a pair of earrings by placing a yellow and silver bead on each head pin.  Then, I created wire loops and added earring backs.  For a full tutorial and step by step photos, see here.

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Finally, Little Crafter helped me to make a bracelet.  I prepared the stringing wire with a crimp bead and jump ring, just like for the necklace.  Then, LC strung the beads and I finished it off with another crimp bead and a clasp.
I’m excited to wear my sunny new accessories and think spring!
What about you?  What do you add to your wardrobe for some color and cheer?

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  1. These are so great, Amy! I especially like the chunky necklace. I may just have to try my hand at jewelry making. 🙂

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

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