Monday, April 29, 2013

How to Make Butterfly Jewelry and Beading Tutorials

We all know that nature is one of the best places to look for jewelry inspiration, and within that broad range of ideas, there are worlds of possibilities. Insects are always a favorite, particularly butterflies. They are beautiful, delicate, brightly colored, and intricately patterned. Nothing beats butterflies when you’re looking for spring and summer jewelry ideas.

These tutorials and projects draw from the many aspects of butterflies that we love - the shape of the wings and the wonderful color palettes among them.

Butterfly Specimen Pendants
by Crafts Unleased

This project offers lots of options for embellishing store-bought butterflies,
or making your own.

Crochet Butterfly Pattern
by Todolwen

I can easily see this pretty butterfly as a pendant or brooch. 
Imagine it in teal blue!

Butterfly Bangle and Earrings Tutorial
by Wire Workers Guild

These wire wrapped butterflies are curly and cute, 
with lots of room for embellishment.

Turquoise Butterfly Necklace Project
by Handmade Fashion Jewellery

I love the way the natural patterns of turquoise work in this piece.

Zipper Butterfly Tutorial 
 by Ronda Palazzari

This is a great project for funky pendants or brooches, 
or even a bold cuff.

First Butterflies of Spring Earrings

Swarovski Elements butterfly crystals are great for a quick fix 
when you want something pretty and delicate.

Butterfly Wing Polymer Clay Cane Tutorial
by Deb Hart

Nothing captures natural patterns quite like polymer clay canes.

Double Strand Butterfly Crystal Bracelet Project

This bracelet uses jewelry components in a unique way to capture the beautiful shape 
of butterflies, with sparkly crystal wings.

Butterfly Dream Charm Bracelet Tutorial
by BeadsOnline

This bracelet is a full of cheerful color, but could also be done in muted colors 
for a very vintage look.

Butterfly Bead Earrings Tutorial
by Art Platter

This wire wrapped earring project calls for acrylic butterflies, 
but your favorite crystals or stones would fill in nicely!

Papillion Necklace Project

This design celebrates butterfly wings with bold colors contrasts,
and accents with lots of movement.

Upcycled Pop Can Butterfly Earrings Project
by Natasha Hoover

All you need is a colorful can and a butterfly craft punch to make these
one of a kind earrings.

Butterfly Bottle Cap Necklace Project

Bezel and bottle cap pendants are perfect for beaders who like to 
add their own flair to everything they make. This project shows you the basics!

Flight of Fancy Charm Bracelet Project

This bracelet spices up plain metal butterflies and bugs with 
gorgeous, colorful beads.

Do you have a favorite butterfly or insect for jewelry inspiration?

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