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Well, sort of DIY if you live in Philly... There is a store called Beadworks on 2nd, just south of South St. where you can make your own jewelry! They sell all of the beads in the store (and online Beads, Gemstones, Lampwork Glass, Pearls by Beadworks), but the really great part is that they will essentially make it for you in the store! You pick out the beads, make the design, thread them, and then they attach all of the clasps and do the hard part! Truthfully, most of what the girl did I could've done if I had the tools, but for $4 in labor, why buy the tools! I just looked at their online catalog, and they carry all of the swarovski crystals and tons of beautiful beads! They even have precious gemstone beads :)

 

It's hard to take good pics because they are crystal, but I love the way my stuff came out! It looks just like the really expensive sets from online, but about 1/3 of the cost :)

 

Bracelet and Earrings I made:

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It really was a lot of fun and I'm psyched about how it came out! They have about a billion different types of beads, so whatever you are looking for you can find. And the girls in the shop were SUPER helpful. I didn't choose the most affordable beads, but considering I was looking at a few hundred dollars in jewelry, I was really happy with the cost. This place is a real find!

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What a great idea! We have a similar store in Indianapolis. My god-daughter made bracelets for Christmas 2006. But, I never thought of going there for bridal jewelry. THANKS!

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Oh, I went thru a jewelry making phase and spent SO much money in that store! I loved it! I stopped doing that when I moved in with Matt cuz there wasn't enough space. I need to get that stuff back out, thanks for the reminder! And they turned out great!!

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My grandmother (who is very fashionable for a grandma) makes her own beaded jewelry. She even makes the actual glass beads too! I got a necklace from her at xmas and I love it sooo much. I could get into this type of thing, making my own jewelry. Just need to find a local store.

 

It looks great Jenn! I can't wait to see your bridal outfit, gown, accessories and all!

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