Art Nouveau is dually defined by rigid and sinuous lines. With feminine figures, geometric shapes and organic structures at its core, the style’s themes of nature, fantasy, femme and Asian influence have been transposed on rings, brooches, necklaces, bracelets and other accessories. Jewelry inspired by the movement commonly followed an S-curve and pulled together materials like coral, tortoise shell, copper, carved glass and semi-precious stones like moonstone and opal in addition to the traditional silver, gold and diamonds.
Making your own Art Nouveau jewelry at home can be simple, especially with fall beading supplies hitting the shelves. Using earthy and organic beads with traditional materials, a variety of Art Nouveau pieces may be created.
For a simple necklace, take a foot of copper chain or leather cord. After gluing a decorative leaf gluing bail to a 30mm Chinese turquoise round donut, slide it onto the chain. Surrounding the turquoise donut, weave a pattern of large copper beads and 6mm poppy jasper round beads. If you choose to use leather cord, attach two crimp ends for closure; those using copper chain are able to use magnetic clasps, lobster claw closures or fancier hook and toggle closures.
Copper Light Curb Chain, $1.48/foot, Beaded Impressions.
Greek Leather, $1.29/yard, Beaded Impressions.
30mm Chinese Turquoise Round Donut, $4.50 for 1 donut, Beaded Impressions.
Small Leaf Style Gluing Bail, $0.95 for 1 bead, Beaded Impressions.
Large Copper Decorative Bead, $0.96 for 1 bead, Beaded Impressions.
6mm Poppy Jasper Round Beads, $4.60 for 1 strand, Beaded Impressions.
Handmade Copper Clasps and Toggles, various prices, Beaded Impressions.
Machine Made Copper Clasps and Toggles, various prices, Beaded Impressions.
Crimp End for Leather, 1.9mm, $1.23 for 1 piece, Beaded Impressions.
Even easier to make, by connecting six of Beaded Impressions’ carnelian agate short drop gemstone pendants to two of their S-curved solid copper chandelier findings with copper earwire attached you have beautiful Art Nouveau earrings.
Copper ‘Designer Style’ Earwire, $2.25 for package of five pairs, Beaded Impressions.
Carnelian Agate Short Drop Pendant, $3.30 for 1 pendant, Beaded Impressions.
Solid Copper Chandelier Finding, $0.89 for 1 piece, Beaded Impressions.
Regardless of your design aesthetic and desired type (necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc.) of jewelry, you can achieve an Art Nouveau piece at home with supplies from your local craft shop. Be creative and remember that mixing organic materials with the traditional is key to pulling off an Art Nouveau look. Also keep in mind the choice between controlled lines and seductive curves; those looking at a feminine or natural theme should pick twisting lines and S-bends while Asian influenced works usually employ hard lines.
“Art Nouveau Jewelry”. Senses Art Nouveau Brussels.