If you have come to this page of the web site, then you must want to make origami jewelry! The good news is that you can easily transform your origami into wearable jewelry with minimal skill. However, you do need quite a few supplies (see list below).
Quick-and-easy jewelry can be made in an hour, but jewelry that is intended for extended wear or for selling will take at least half a day to complete. Most of the time is spent waiting for glue or coatings to dry before proceeding. (see tips and techniques below).
Tips and Hints on Making Origami Jewelry
Never made jewelry before? These tips will help you get the best results possible. Hints and tips here
Tools, Supplies, and Terminology
Don't know the difference between a head pin and a eye pin? When do you use a crimp bead as opposed to a spacer bead? Learn all about tools, supplies and terminology here
One of the very first origami jewelry books published is Paper Jewelry by Florence Temko. This book is out of print, but you may still be able to find a used copy. This 16-page booklet gives instructions to make:
- simple origami fold (earring, pin, and hair ornament),
- origami whale (pendant, necklace, earrings),
- butterfly (hair ornament, wristlet, pin, earrings),
- maltese cross, space ring, and jewelry box.
For an extensive study on quality paper jewelry making, I recommend the book Origami Jewelry: More Than 40 Exquisite Designs to Fold and Wear by Ayako Brodek. At 125 pages long, this book is fairly comprehensive giving instructions on origami and instructions on jewelry making. As suggested in title, there are over 40 great projects. Click here for full book review.
If you're not the arts & craftsy type, you might consider buying instead of making. The Paper Crane has a good selection of earrings, pins, and ornaments. Or, you can try Etsy which specializes in handmade crafts. The Origami Resource Center does not sell jewelry; however, if you see something that you love and must have, contact us and perhaps we can be persuaded to make something especially for you!
Have you made an exciting piece of jewelry? Send it to us and we will put it up on this web site for show and tell. Share the joy!
Shown: Fluted Diamond earrings by H Graham.