Summer Project Ideas to Spend Time with your Kids – Make your Own Jewelry!

Summer Project Ideas to Spend Time with your Kids – Make your Own Jewelry!

Already sweating summer boredom? Whether you are a parent or activities instructor, summer break is the perfect time to try a few fun jewelry making projects with your kids. Easy and inexpensive, jewelry projects help kids develop their fine motor skills and creativity and leave them with a unique memento of the summer season.

Inspire Your Child’s Creativity with these Kids Jewelry-Making Favorites:

We offer a variety of colorful and unique beads that children love for making necklaces and bracelets. Choose from some of the kid-friendly favorites below, complementing them with our wide assortment of gold-filled and sterling silver beads and findings…

  • Alphabet Beads
  • It’s easy for kids to get creative with a mix of alphabet beads and colorful spacers. We offer a wide assortment of alphabet bead options, sold by the letter.

    • A-Z alphabet bracelet or necklace for younger kids, placing colorful round beads between each letter.
    • Name bracelet.
    • Friendship bracelets: “BFFS FOREVER.” Or “X O X O.”
    • ‘Positive message’ bracelets, such as, “BE HAPPY,” “DREAM BIG,” “THANKFUL,” “SMILE,” AND “U R AWESOME.”

  • Semi-Precious Stone Beads
  • Alternate colorful semi precious stones in a vibrant pattern of each child’s favorite colors, stringing on a stretch cord for an easy fit. Add in fun accent pieces such as Bali beads or gold-filled and silver charms with a jump ring to make a statement.

  • Cloisonné Beads
  • Colorful yet sophisticated, Cloisonné are favored by older girls, adorned with beautifully painted imagery with metallic accents perfect for pairing with gold and silver beads and findings.

  • Cat’s Eye Beads
  • The perfect way to add both color and texture to a jewelry design, smooth, shimmery cat’s eye beads make kids of all ages ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh.’ Alternate bold colors of stones of the same shape, or mix shapes to stunning effect.

Don’t Miss Out on these Other Fun Bead Styles

Providing an assortment of beads allows each child to showcase their own unique personality through their jewelry making creativity.

  • Dice Beads
  • Dice beads add a touch of fun to any young child’s jewelry design.

  • Shamballa Beads
  • These shimmering, disco-ball like beads are always a hit with the girls!

  • Lamp Beads
  • These bright, colorful, luminous glass beads are like miniature works of art.

  • Star Beads
  • For those in your life inspired by the celestial.

  • Floral Beads
  • For the ‘flower child’ in your life.

  • Squaredelles
  • Add just a touch of sparkle with these rhinestone-studded spacer beads.

  • Bali Beads
  • A great way to add texture and visual interest to any jewelry design.

  • Sterling Silver Findings
  • From simple shapes to flashy designs to liven up any creation.

While the day away, creating a new tradition. Discover the fun of jewelry making with your kids. Shop the wide selection of inspiring options at Crystal Findings today.

Why is Swarovski Jewelry Expensive?

Why is Swarovski Jewelry Expensive?

Synonymous with quality and luxury since 1892, the Swarovski brand name is well-known in the jewelry market. These jewels, neither a crystal nor a gem, are actually a form of glass. With such a seemingly simple composition, what makes Swarovski crystal beads and pendants more expensive? A Painstaking Attention to Detail Much more than meets the eye, Swarovski crystals are anything but simply made. Like true diamonds, the quality of materials used in the creation of Swarovski crystals as well as the Austrian company’s highly-specialized cutting practices lend to the cost of the crystals. Their creation is a long and complicated process. To create crystals with a higher refraction index than true crystal, precision manufacturing is essential. This results in a stone with looks close to those of diamonds. The Swarovski Manufacturing Process To achieve the sparkle you love, the creation of Swarovski crystals begins with a secret lead glass crystal recipe featuring a blend of quartz, sand, minerals, and about 32% lead, which helps maximize refraction in the crystals. The clearer the crystal, the more difficult to produce. Purity of material is key. After creation, they are precision-cut with a patented electric cutting machine. Accurate and consistent, the cutting process adds as many as 100 facets to each crystal which mirror and bend light in various directions, providing a higher refraction index in the crystals. After this complex cutting process, the crystals are then polished to perfection and ready for sale with custom jewelry making supplies. Coatings may also be added during this process to refract light in different color spectrums. A Step Above the Competition Because Swarovski crystals are man and machine made, the quality of crystals is far more consistent than is seen in naturally occurring gem stone beads and crystals. Crystals with imperfections such as bubbles, scratches, and lackluster shine and brilliance will not meet Swarovski quality standards. Premium, genuine Swarovski crystals should be identical, showcasing unsurpassed consistency of design to meet Swarovski’s high manufacturing standards:
  • Each Swarovski crystal should be identical in size and cut, a key sign of Swarovski’s precise workmanship and authenticity.
  • Crystals should have zero bubbles.
  • Crystals should be clear and brilliant, with no oily sheen, dullness, or surface scratches.
  • The shine of each crystal should be diamond-like.
  • The facets of each crystal should meet and point upwards.
  • Colored crystals should be identical in tone.
  • Crystals are sold loose (only Swarovski pearls are sold strung together).
  • Crystals should be sought from a Swarovski authorized retailer.
Make a statement, adding a touch of brilliance and luxury to your upcoming jewelry making project. Shop the world-renowned Swarovski line. An authorized retailer, pair the sparkling perfection of Swarovski crystals to our vast array of premium wholesale beads and jewelry supplies. Shop Crystal Findings today.