Gold, Gold beautiful gold – I adore wearing accents of gold in summer: make-up, accessories but particularly jewellery. For me the trick is to find ways to incorporate gold without ever looking over-the-top, too bling or tacky, and by combining gold highlights with a plainer texture like wood, as I have for this necklace, you get all of the glamour but none of the showiness!
In the last year I’ve become more and more interested in jewellery making. I love beadwork and playing with the patterning you can create with jewellery wire like with this multi strand bracelet, I love using different materials that offer unusual textures such as my french knitted knotted necklace, I adore colour and this shrinkie necklace offered me a great way to experiment with working with plastics. My style has changed somewhat in the last year too and while I love experimenting with crafts I also try to make items that I will use and love or that can make lovely gifts for other people. I think simplicity and clean design is key when gifting handmade (unless you know that person’s taste to the tiniest detail – then you can go wild!). These simple painted beads are chic and clean but eyecatching and I can already think of one or two people who would love to wear them.
You will need
- Wooden beads
- Necklace cord
- Gold paint
- Masking tape or washi tape
Step One: Tape It
Using masking tape to mark off straight lines on your beads. I loved the final effect created by mixing partially painted with completely painted beads so mix up where you tape to change the effect.
I think mine look like little sweets while they’re drying!
Step Two: Paint It
Paint the unmasked parts of your beads with gold paint. Leave them to dry.
Step Three: String It
Sting your beads onto your necklace cord and knot to secure.
I love the look of these beads on a long string but you could easily add jewellery fixings to make it a shorter piece. Im definitely going to experiment some more with hand painted beads using different colours and textures to see what other effects I can create.
How would you design your beads?