One of my girlfriends is getting married this summer and she asked me to teach her bridesmaids how to make earrings that they could wear in her wedding. Her favorite color is turquoise and she wanted something simple with a little flash. We settled on a Caribbean blue crystal drop inside a Quick Links™ silver ring with large kidney ear wires to add some length and movement.
It turned out that two of the bridesmaids didn’t have pierced ears. Instead of clip-on earrings, one wanted a bracelet and one wanted a necklace. Luckily, I brought extra supplies with me to the party! We used the Snake Chain Kit to create the foundation for each custom design, then attached the same dangle as for the earrings.
Everyone loved their jewelry so much that they wanted to make stretchy bracelets to match. We used Elasticity to string alternating crystals and spacers to make these fun bracelets. (Beadalon 49 would be a more durable alternative but the girls were excited about knotting instead of crimping, so we went with it!)
Tips for hosting beading parties:
• Start with the basics: Choose a project or projects that will make all of the guests feel successful.
• Be flexible: Someone may want to make a matching necklace with her earrings, or someone may want to make a bracelet instead of earrings. Choose a versatile project that can meet a variety of needs.
• Be prepared: Set a place for each guest with a beading mat and any necessary stringing materials, findings, or tools. If guests are choosing from a variety of beads, place them in pretty bowls around the table. Bring a stash of extra supplies, just in case.
• Don't forget the snacks! Offer sweet treats like chocolate kisses or candied almonds to keep spirits and conversation up. A glass of wine never hurts, either!
- Katie Hacker for Beadalon