Jewellery Designing Institutes adhere to the fundamentals of jewellery making, and quite rightly so! After all, isn’t it important to be by-the-book and stick to the rules when learning a craft as intricate as designing jewellery?
But what about experimentation and innovation? Every jewellery designer has played around with trending styles, unconventional material as well as novel techniques to create unparalleled collections. For instance: Suhani Pittie has always been liberal with the usage of unorthodox materials to craft her pieces.
So, in line with this innovative thought process, we decided to help you make your own quirky jewellery made out of FABRIC.
Yes, you read it right! Jewellery, no longer, follows the rules of convention.
Today, we will deviate from the regular topics covered during jewellery design training so that you can learn how to make 6 different jewellery pieces which are not only beautiful but also very easy to make. So think of this as one of those rogue jewellery design classes and break away from rules!
Whip out some of your old outfits and dresses, scrounge for extra pieces of lace or net and get started!
Have you ever heard of a t-shirt necklace? If not, then here’s how you can make one for yourself in just few quick and easy steps. All you need is a pair of scissors and couple of old t-shirts.
Begin by cutting horizontal strips of 1-2 inch each. Once you are done cutting couple of strips, you could either run a machine or hand stitch by folding the raw edges or just stick them with a fabric glue. To add an element of interest, you can loop in a small metal tassel at the center. And here you go…You have a fantastic neckpiece ready!
Cloth Cluster Necklace
Wow! Who could have thought of such an innovative idea of creating a cloth cluster necklace? For this, you just need to dig into your jewellery box and fish out ornaments of all shapes and sizes. Take a long strip of any leftover fabric (strong one) and stitch the ornaments on it. You could decide the placement of each ornament or just roughly cluster them together. Voila! You have a lovely necklace ready.
What would you do with a broken brooch? Especially, if it’s your favorite! Basically just keep it.
Instead of simply keeping it, why not try some different so you can reuse it. Here’s what you can do. Take a thick satin or a velvet ribbon and stick the brooch to it. You could also stick press buttons or a Velcro at the ends. This will keep it more secure on your wrist.
Voila! Now you can add this to your jewellery collection.
Flower rings is just a 10-minute craft work. All you need to do is take any stiff fabric like jute or linen and cut them in the shape of flowers. If you don’t have a stiff fabric, then use a fabric fusing. Take the fusing and place it over a soft fabric.
Run a hot iron so it can fuse with the fabric. Cut the fabric into flower shape. Make tiny fabric balls or you can even stick a tiny bead at the center of the flower. Then take a fabric strip, wrap it around your finger to test the finger width and cut it. Use fabric glue to stick the flower on the fabric stip. You have you lovely ring-o-flower ready.
Fabric Button Earrings
Many times, our shirt button snips off or buttons from a dress just pops out. Eventually, we collect every piece hoping to stitch them back, which never happens. So, here’s a brilliant idea of using buttons to make funky earrings.
You’ll need some leftover fabric pieces, glue and earring posts. Begin with wrapping the fabric around the button, making sure you cover the entire button. Stick the earring posts on one side.
Here you go! Flaunt your very own fabric button earrings with any outfit.
How will you make a boring coat/blazer stand out? Simple, a brooch is the only accessory that will add an element of interest.
For this, you have to take lace trims (keep the colour of the coat in mind) while choosing one. Make sure you strike a decent contrast between the colour of the coat and the trims. All you have to do is gather the trim and stitch the ends. Attach the safety-pin so it’s easy to pin it on the coat.
The above designs are only a drop in the ocean when it comes to the plethora of opportunities that exist within the realm of Fabric Jewellery Making.
Perhaps not all jewellery making classes can teach you how to set groundbreaking trends, but a little experimentation can make that happen.
So wear these designs with pride and remember: you don’t need gold to glimmer or silver to shine!