Space Out with Shooting Stars – Guest Post

SPACE OUT WITH SHOOTING STARS

You’ve got everything figured out, down to the last detail, but something still feels amiss. Jewelry making is a creative process that largely depends on a designer’s intuition. If your instincts say that a piece you’ve been working on needs to be balanced, try using silver beads.

When there’s too much color, silver can tone it down. Silver beads come in glossy, matte and stardust finishes. They are versatile enough to use on their own but are best used as spacers. Gemstones, glass or porcelain whatever you are working with, silver works well with it.

If you find that you have used too many big beads try spacing them out with small donut-shaped, saucer, round, or crystal studded roundels. Another reason to employ spacers would be using too many beads of irregular shapes; silver beads add conformity to such a piece.

Sometimes what you want is to break conformity, silver beads come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you can scatter them around to create an unconventional look. You may be familiar with Bali style beads. These beads are similar to beads originally handcrafted in Bali, but their countries of origin are varied, hence the term ‘Bali Style’.

They come in floral shapes, coins, tubes and silver nettings. Inspired by nature and an extraordinary heritage, Tribal beads are popular. These silver beads originated in Thailand and are generally used as charms and pendants. Sterling silver beads are made with 92.5% pure silver but Tribal silver beads are made with 95% pure silver.

If you want to add a modern edge to your jewelry, then play with texture; laser cut, mirror cut, stardust and corrugated silver beads. Stardust beads get their name from shooting stars; they are elegant and glamorous. The texture of a bead adds to its allure.

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Textured beads also reflect light in a unique manner, adding to the glitz of silver. Silver beads are used in wire wrapped jewelry such as brooches as well. They look especially charismatic and royal when they are mixed with pearls. Using a bunch of silver beads together isn’t the best idea, unless they are employed as charms for bracelets or anklets.

Use silver beads to add contrast. For example, a necklace made only of silver beads would look great with a brightly colored outfit, something like color blocking. Silver matches everything, so it makes for ‘no fuss’ jewelry. You can just throw it on at any time for any event, with any outfit, and still expect it to work wonders.

There’s no need to shy away from the sheen of silver, it is affordable while having a posh appeal. If sterling silver doesn’t do it for you and you’d rather make fashion jewelry, silver plated beads will surely do the trick. They are much cheaper than sterling silver beads but they don’t last as long. Silver plated beads also come in a range of shapes, sizes, styles and textures.

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You can purchase silver beads online. A number of wholesale and retail shops will have them in stock. All you need to do is visit a jewelry supplies store. Besides silver beads, silver findings such as crimp beads, clasps and eye pins can also be found at these stores.

Web stores offer the best bargains on beads and findings. There’s no better way to obtain jewelry supplies from all over the globe, from the comfort of your home. You can save up on travel costs and inventory with the convenience of online shopping. To get a seemly deal on silver beads purchase them in bulk, and don’t forget to compare prices with other dealers’ websites.

Textured beads also reflect light in a unique manner, adding to the glitz of silver. Silver beads are used in wire wrapped jewelry such as brooches as well. They look especially charismatic and royal when they are mixed with pearls. Using a bunch of silver beads together isn’t the best idea, unless they are employed as charms for bracelets or anklets.

 

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