Mixed Media 101: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry

Mixed Media 101: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry

Learn about mixed media jewelry with our free tutorials and instructional videos, then pick up some mixed media supplies to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and crafts.

What is Mixed Media Jewelry?

Mixed media jewelry, or mixed media crafts, are pieces created by combining different materials and specialized techniques, such as using resin, epoxy clay, concrete, combining metals with fabrics or crystals, and more. "Media" as it's used here refers to your materials, so mixed media in simple terms is using a mix of different materials. Mixed media techniques allow you to spread your creative wings, since so many different combinations of materials are possible. Many of these techniques lend themselves just as well to wearable jewelry as household crafts, such as key chains, wine charms, hair accessories, sun catchers and ornaments.

Popular Mixed Media Materials and Techniques

Popular ways to use mixed media elements in your work include coloring your metal components with permanent patinas, embedding collage paper images into bezels, and using resin and glazes to incorporate beads, glitter, metal stampings and more into jewelry pieces. Epoxy clay is another versatile material that easily captures crystal chatons, takes imprints from texturing pads and can be brushed with shimmering mica powder. Artist's Concrete adds a modern, organic element to your work, and can be tinted with vibrant concrete pigments. Leafing pens, rubber stamps and ink, and leather paints offer even more options for personalizing your mixed media work. See the bottom of this guide for links to popular supplies.

Mixed Media Instructional Videos

Learn popular mixed media techniques from our instructional videos. Our mixed media videos show you step-by-step how to get started with various techniques so you can let your imagination run wild and customize your jewelry components.

Featured Video: How to Make Concrete Jewelry

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Mixed Media Project Tutorials

Browse our step-by-step project tutorials for instructions and inspiration for your next mixed media project.

Retired Honey Honey Honey Necklace
Retired Honey Honey Honey Necklace
Black and White Marbled Gold Hammered Ring
Black and White Marbled Gold Hammered Ring
Pearly Swirls Key Ring
Pearly Swirls Key Ring
Retired Plum Perfection Ring
Retired Plum Perfection Ring
Retired Robin in Winter Necklace
Retired Robin in Winter Necklace
Retired Holidays of Yore Collage Bracelet
Retired Holidays of Yore Collage Bracelet
Urban Chic Earrings
Urban Chic Earrings
Retired White Vines Gift Bag Set
Retired White Vines Gift Bag Set
Time Well Spent Necklace
Time Well Spent Necklace
Lilac Dreamer Earrings
Lilac Dreamer Earrings
City of Lights Bracelet Silver
City of Lights Bracelet Silver
Guardian Owl Ring
Guardian Owl Ring
Retired Mandy Earrings
Retired Mandy Earrings
Midtown Wintergreen Necklace
Midtown Wintergreen Necklace
Shamrock Stained Glass Window Pendant Necklace
Shamrock Stained Glass Window Pendant Necklace
Chunky Labradorite Ring
Chunky Labradorite Ring

 

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Mixed Media Supplies

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