Get Geometric With This Modern Jewelry DIY
This year we’re getting smart with our jewelry making and giving ourselves a little geometry 101. As our math professors promised, there are endless possibilities, so we tried our hand at creating a few of these geometric designs in the form of statement necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings. Join us on this DIY journey and grab a Geometric Jewelry Kit from our shop, available in gold or copper.
For $35, we give you all the materials and tools you need to create two necklaces, one bracelet AND a pair of earrings. Gift some to your friends or hog them all to yourself (it’s ok.. we totally did) and watch as the compliments roll in!
– gold or copper tube beads
– jewelry wire
– earring hooks
– jump rings
– lobster clasp
– 2-in-1 plier/cutter
Optional Materials (not included in kit):
– nail polish
1. Cut a long piece of wire using your plier/cutter.
2. Loop one end of wire around an earring hook or jump ring, and twist the wire around itself to secure.
3. String on one tube bead at a time, and bend the wire after every bead to hold it in place.
4. Keep stringing beads and bending wire to create your desired shape.
5. Wrap wire around itself to create hinges and joints.
6. Once your shape is complete, trim off excess wire and bend the sharp end inwards using your plier/cutter.
7. Repeat for a total set of two necklaces, one bracelet and one pair of earrings.
8. Optional Step: Add a touch of color to your jewelry pieces using one-two coats of nail polish and let dry.
Let’s get started on this jewelry-making sesh!
This first design falls on the easier side of the scale and teaches you the basic steps that start and finish all of our designs.
2D PETAL EARRINGS
First cut a length of wire – approximately 12 inches for earrings – using your 2-in-1 plier/cutters.
String one end of wire through an earring hook, twist the wire around itself and then string on your first bead!
Hold your first bead tight against the earring hook and bend your wire to the side to hold the bead snug and in place while you string on the next bead. Repeat this for every new bead.
Once you’ve made a four-sided diamond, tightly twist the wire around itself at the top of the earring to close off the shape.
Pull the wire straight down and string on three more beads to form your second shape, a triangle.
Twist the wire around itself just as you did before to close off this second shape.
Once you’ve twisted your wire around a few times, snip off the excess wire using the cutting portion of your 2-in-1 plier/cutter.
Bend the small end of wire inwards and around the wire coil so it doesn’t snag on your skin or clothes.
Repeat for the second earring and admire your work!
To make these subtle pyramid earrings, follow the directions below and take your beading skills from 2D to 3D.
3D PYRAMID EARRINGS
This next design starts the same way, with a four-sided diamond shape.
This time you’re going to bend your diamond in half and then string on another bead. Connect this bead to the bottom point of your original diamond shape by looping the wire around the hinge a couple times and pulling tight to secure.
To finish the last side of this pyramid shape, thread the wire back through one of the beads. Note: gold beads are slightly wider and allow you to thread back through, but copper beads are too skinny for this.
Carefully pull the wire through and string on your last bead. Complete the pyramid shape by tightly wrapping the wire around at the hinge two to three times.
Snip off the excess wire using your 2-in-1 plier/cutter.
Bend that last bit of wire around the coil and inwards to prevent any snagging.
Repeat for a second earring and you’ve got a perfectly equilateral pair.
Now that you’ve tackled a basic 3D shape, these flexible 2D pieces should be no problem at all.
FLEXIBLE 2D EARRINGS & NECKLACE
Use the same techniques you learned earlier to create a diamond shape and then thread back through one of the sides.
Continue adding triangle sections by wrapping the wire around at the corners and stringing on more beads.
Once you’ve reached the end of your design, snip off the excess wire and bend inwards, just as you did before.
Flexible 2D shapes like these can be bent in all different directions to create a 3D look, so don’t be afraid to play around with your finished pieces and give them some dimension.
Necklaces and bracelets can be created the same way, except instead of twisting wire around earring hooks, simply twist it around a jump ring to start and finish your design.
To attach chain to a necklace, open up each jump ring with your plier/cutter, string on your chain, and close the jump rings back up. Note: this kit comes with two lengths of chain. The 15” chain makes a statement necklace that sits higher, and the 30” chain is best left for long pendant necklaces.
Once you’ve attached your chain to both sides of your shape, cut your chain in half at the middle point using your plier/cutter.
Attach a jump ring to one side, just as you did in the previous steps. Then on the opposite side, attach a jump ring AND lobster clasp to your chain.
Check out that geometric masterpiece!
3D CHARM PENDANT NECKLACES
Remember those pyramid earrings? Make similar 3D pyramids and diamonds attached to jump rings instead of earring hooks.
These charms use the same technique, but add a 3D diamond shape to mix it up.
String these charms onto your 30″ chain for a long pendant necklace.
Attach jump rings and lobster clasps to the ends and you’ve got a finished piece!
And if you’re feeling really ambitious, go ahead and tackle one of these bad boys. This icosahedron has 20 sides – all equilateral triangles. If you look at it from the top, you see five triangles meeting at a point in the middle, and it uses all the same techniques as before!
Wear this one long for a pendant that packs a serious punch.
Here’s another simple design, with triangles jutting outwards from a straight strand of beads.
CROWN NECKLACE & BRACELET
Attach wire to a jump ring and string on 12-13 beads, leaving a small amount of space in between each bead.
Attach your second jump ring at the end, twist the wire around itself and prepare to work backwards with your triangle points.
For each triangle, add two more beads and wrap the wire around itself in between beads on the main strand.
As you work back along the strand, you’ll be glad you left a bit of extra space in between beads!
Once you’ve finished all the triangles, attach the shorter 15″ chain for a simple statement necklace!
This design can go two ways. Instead of adding chain, simply attach a lobster clasp to one end for a killer bracelet.
Remember, many of our statement necklaces can be turned into bracelets. Just make sure they’re long enough to fit around your wrist!
Add a splash of color with your fave nail polish! Paint on oe or two coats and let dry.
ADD COLOR WITH NAIL POLISH
Your plier/cutter makes a perfect drying rack. Place it on top of a Brit Kit box or stack of books and letting your pieces hang over the edge until they dry.
To color dip or not to color dip? We left this last bit up to you to decide.
Time to wear these beauties around town! With this much class, no one will believe you made these yourself.
Check out these copper versions of our gold designs! Note that the copper beads are longer than the gold ones, making for larger, bolder pieces than their delicate gold counterparts.
For all you bold cuff lovers out there, these easy breezy lightweight pieces stay up on your arm all night, no re-adjusting required.
We’re channeling Where the Wild Things Are with this crown-inspired cuff. RAWR.
These smart pieces are perfect for girls’ night, date night, and even that classy work function! Grab a Geometric Jewelry Kit of your own, in your choice of delicate gold or long copper beads. We’ve included 100 beads in each kit to give you the freedom to make four simple or intricate pieces and still have extras to spare.
What other geometric shapes would you tackle for this DIY? Share your finished creations with us on social media using hashtags #britkits and #iamcreative — we’re psyched to see what you can come up with!
Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.