My wedding is coming up in just a few months, so my latest planning projects are for all those little details that I didn’t think about in the beginning. The wedding favors, the ceremony “rice toss” (in our case, eco confetti), thoughtful gifts for our wedding day helpers, and of course jewelry for all my bridesmaids.
Since my fiance is part Chinese, I thought it would be nice to incorporate his culture into the wedding by having the girls wear jade jewelry. I’ll be sporting pearls in some capacity, so a nice green beaded necklace or bracelet would be such a great compliment. I’ve come to find out that jade beads are rather expensive, so I sought out alternatives that looked similar. I found a beautiful replacement: Green Aventurine. I ordered 6 strands online for less than $5 per strand!
I didn’t want to go overboard with the green jewelry, so I’ve decided to make each girl a beaded bracelet and some simple drop earrings to match. I’m new to beading so I’ll have to enlist the help of some beading tutorials to get me started. Karla Schafer, designer for Auntie’s Beads, has an awesome video tutorial on Youtube that I found very helpful. I hope you do too!
Here are the basic materials:
- 49 strand beading wire, .018 diameter
- 2×2 Crimped Beads
- Toggle Clasp
- Crimping Tool
- Nipper Tool
- Bead board with bracelet channel
- Enough beads for 7.5 inch length
If you found this video tutorial helpful, make sure you check out more Beading projects at FaveCrafts.