The big trend in fashion and jewelry this year has been inspired by the 80s. Bold looks, bright colors, and handmade items are hot. For many of us it has been fun to revisit the crafts of our childhood (like friendship bracelets) with an updated twist. Three of the most popular handmade trends in jewelry right now are polymer jewelry, accessories made with beads, and leather earrings.
Polymer jewelry is made by sculpting clay and baking it. The flexibility of this product means that makers can use molds, tools, or their hands to make whatever they can imagine!
These beautiful fall earrings are crafted by combining hand sculpted orange berries with beads to create a fantastic design for autumn.
These delicate looking maple leaf earrings are also hand made using clay. One of the many fun aspects of working with clay is that you can create miniatures of real life objects.
This beautiful brooch is a colorful pumpkin bouquet. The stunning flowers are handmade, petal by petal, using polymer clay.
Beads come in a huge variety of styles! Wood beads, clear beads, plastic beads, metal beads, and glass beads are just some of the options makers can choose from. Then you have multiple sizes and colors to pick from, too. You can really get creative with all the options available.
This fall statement necklace is a great example of using beads to create a show stopping piece. Various sizes and shapes of beads are used to make a stunning focal point for any look.
Czech glass beads are used to create this pretty bracelet. Maple leaf beads in a variety of colors are used to craft a simple yet elegant bracelet.
Wood beads are hand painted and strung to make this modern necklace. Nine beads in a variety of sizes are put together to create this easy to make piece.
Leather is a very versatile medium to craft with, and it is perfect for jewelry making. Die cut, stamp, burn, and paint leather scraps to create these handmade trends. Leather cord can also be used to make fringed earrings. Faux leather is also available for crafters who prefer that option.
These fun fall earrings combine patterns and textures to create a unique effect. The back layer is a chevron print on faux leather. The top layer is orange genuine leather. One design features a pumpkin cutout, and the other has a leaf shape cutout.
These earrings have a metallic finish but they are made of leather. The burgundy maple leaf earrings are die cut from faux leather. Silver or gold hardware is added to create the drop earrings.
A fall print with text overlay creates the design for these Autumn Blessings faux leather earrings. The design is elegant and right on track with current handmade trends for fall.
Are you ready to try your hand at some of these beautiful handmade trends in jewelry? Here are some of the supplies you will need to get started.
Polymer clay is available in a variety of sizes, colors, and brands. There is even liquid bakeable clay for adding small details to your projects.
A polymer clay press is used to prepare your clay and to create even sheets of clay.
Bakeable molds are used to make various shapes, such as cabochons.
Beads are available in multiple shapes, sizes, finishes, and colors. Darice offers a huge selection so you can find exactly what you need for your handmade jewelry project.
Jewelry wire is used for many projects. Choose from an assortment of gauges and colors to create your unique project.
Bead thread, available in many colors, is used for stringing and weaving projects.
Jewelry findings will vary depending on your project. Darice offers everything you could need, from clasps to jump rings, in several finishes and sizes.
Leather cord and leather scraps can be used in a variety of ways to create earrings and other small jewelry.
These handmade trends in jewelry are varied and fun to learn. Which fall jewelry project are you looking forward to making first?
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.