I am so excited to share this with you guys! It’s been a while since I’ve made handmade jewelry, but this experience has gotten me more excited to start back with it more! Michael’s just debuted an exclusive Martha Stewart Jewelry Collection in stores that has gorgeous pieces that you can mix and match to create your own necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more.
I got to try out some of it and come up with some creations…here’s some of what I got….
I know in the photo a lot of it looks gold, but it’s the lighting…this was all the silver items I received. I especially loved the large pendant on the right and the gray flower on the left. The little charms were adorable too and I really wanted to utilize the bows for my necklace.
Then came the tools…so many great tools in pretty signature Martha blue–they came in handy when working on my necklace and the packaging tells you what you can use each tool for.
So once I sorted through the box to see which direction I wanted to go, I got started on my design. For this project you will need:
- Martha Stewart Silver Chain
- Martha Stewart Setting (in this case the large pendant)
- Martha Stewart Gray Flower Cabochon
- Martha Stewart Bow Charms
- Martha Stewart Silver Toggle Clasps
- Martha Stewart Settings and Rhinestones (I used a clear rhinestone and small dark gray rhinestone)
- Martha Stewart White Jewelry Enamel and Activator
- Martha Stewart Silicone Tipped Brush
- Martha Stewart Jewelry Glue
- Martha Stewart Jump Rings
- Martha Stewart Flat Nosed Pliers
- Martha Stewart Work Mat
So I started out on my silicone work mat with my silver pendant setting, my silicone brush, and white jewelry enamel/activator. You use one part enamel to two parts activator and use the silicone brush to paint the pendant. Use a toothpick to mix up the enamel. Once done painting, let dry for 72 hours.
Once it was painted, I also painted one of my bow charms with the same white enamel. Then I started putting some of my rhinestones in settings trying to determine the look I wanted.
From there I used my jewelry glue to glue my cabochon onto my pendant and to glue the rhinestones into their settings.
Then I got to work attaching my creations to the silver chain. I used jump rings to attach my toggle clasps to the end and I used my flat nosed pliers to open and close the rings. This is probably the most tedious part of the process, but once you check out your finished design it’s all worth it!
I love how the whole thing turned out–kind of a mix of vintage and current styles and very girly. And it wasn’t hard at all to make! The jewelry enamel is probably the coolest part of it all because it leaves such a pretty shine and professional look to the item and it comes in a variety of colors, so you have a lot of options!
If you have little girls I think this would be so fun to let them make their own jewelry pieces OR have your lady friends over and let them pick out their own pieces, as well. This would even be a good options for bridesmaids gifts!
I actually went and visited Michael’s stores recently to see the rest of this collection and it’s GORGEOUS. There are so many other great pieces there that I hadn’t seen yet and they are really well priced too.
If you’d like to see more ways that other bloggers used this collection here’s more ideas!
This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts, but all words and opinions are 100% my own.