Beautiful Bridesmaid Inspiration – Midnight Blue

For our latest installment of of bridesmaid inspiration posts we’re focusing on a deep midnight blue colour palette and showing you how to get the most out of your jewellery making supplies for the big day. Midnight blue is fast becoming a classic when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, so we thought we’s share some crafty tips to complement the shade. Wedding Collage Blue

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(Bridesmaid dresses by Watters)

At BDi we have lots of products that will fit in with the blue theme, including some stunning new metallic blue crystal bicone beads that can be used to add a touch of sparkle to your jewellery making projects. Simply add them to your bracelets or necklaces along some of the beautiful royal blue pearl beads, or use them to make a spray with some fine wire for a fascinator or floral display. We also have some lovely flower findings encrusted with sapphire blue diamantes that would make the perfect delicate necklace or bracelet for something a little less traditional.

Top row l-r: Faceted crystal bicones in metallic blue, fascinator base comb in sapphire blue, round pearl beads in royal blue, diamante findings in silver and sapphire.
Bottom row l-r: Tiger tail in blue, marabou feathers in royal blue, crystal bicones in royal blue, silver diamante trim with royal blue stones.

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Why not try your hand at this beautiful blue beaded necklace and bracelet made here at BDi? This matching set would make the perfect wedding favour for bridesmaids, or could even be the bride’s ‘something blue’!

Still need some ideas? How about making a bouquet or even a table decoration out of some lovely blue satin studded with vintage style brooches and diamantes for a sparkly alternative on a classic that is sure to catch eyes? You could also use your pearl beads to decorate paper flowers to attach to hair pins, or fix them to the bride’s and bridesmaids’ shoes along with some matching ribbon to create a pair that is completely unique.

Spotlight On: Kits

spotlight kits 2This month the spotlight is on our selection of jewellery and hair accessory kits. Here at BDi Tiara Making we stock a wide range of kits that are perfect if you’re at any level, whether a beginner who wants to take their first steps in to jewellery making, or an avid crafter who may want to experiment with a new design or technique. Our kits include full colour instructions and photographs to guide you along the way, as well as tips and tricks to make something beautiful.

Recently we’ve added a whole new range to the kit collection, made up of five stunning jewellery and hair accessory kits. If you’re looking for the perfect bridal jewellery set, we would recommend the Purity Pearl collection, made up of a matching necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings in beautiful pearls. A striking yet traditional take on bridal jewellery, these would also be ideal for bridesmaids as their neutral ivory shade means they look stunning against any colour dress!

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We also have the beautiful Blossom Hairpins and Perfect Petals comb, both of which are a great alternative to traditional bridal hair accessories. If you’re after something simple yet eye catching, these pretty accessories will be just perfect.

Of course our kits aren’t just for the blushing brides though! We’d recommend them for any occasion, whether it be an end of school prom, a party or a Christening. Hair accessory kits

If it’s tiaras and headbands you’re after, then make sure you take a look at our wide selection of kits, including the Floral Vintage, Enchantment and Daisy Daydream ranges. We have some stunning tiara kits that you can find over on the BDi Tiara Making website. If you’re after something classic or something with added sparkle, you’ll find one to suit your taste. Most of our tiara kits also contain extra instructions for an alternative headband design too, so there’s plenty of options to choose from!

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Our kits are proving incredibly popular, in particular our best selling Floral Vintage range and our new Purity Pearl collection. Here’s what some of our customers had to say about the kits they have tried…

“The kits I have had are really lovely. The instructions are easy to follow and the end results are  beautiful. I would highly recommend them” – Janice

“We made up the following kits:
Enchantment Tiara – simple but very effective
Blossom Hairpins – very pretty
Purity Pearl Earrings – just stunning

We found the kits were very well packed, the materials plentiful and of good quality.  The instructions and photographs were very clear” – Margot 

“Absolutely love the kits – they are easy to follow and look so beautiful when completed” – Lucy

Beautiful Bridal Inspiration – Moonlight Grey

Today we have another post from our bridesmaid inspiration series, and this time we have been looking at a moonlight grey colour palette. Not initially a colour you may think of for bridesmaids, this beautiful pale grey gives a grown up, sophisticated feel as apposed to the pretty pastel shades most typically seen. The neutral palette also gives room for lots of colour when it comes to the accessories and flowers, sitting perfectly alongside dusky pinks, pale blues and buttercup yellows. To keep the look chic and classic, we’ve picked out some stunning silver and grey pieces from the BDi collection that will set of the grey hues of the dresses collage grey

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(Dresss by Alfred Angelo)

A hint of sparkle is a must to really bring this shade alive. We love the diamante oval and our flower wave connector, as they’re both encrusted with tiny clear/AB crystals that give a stunning colourful effect when they catch the light.  If you’re after a more dramatic look, then our new diamante cluster would be perfect for making a striking tiara or brooch, or for a classic feel, our new pearl beads in the shade moonlight grey are ideal. Use the beads to make a necklace, bracelet, spray or to decorate the bouquets for a quick way to pull the look together.

Top row l-r: Sequin applique flower and leaves, 4cm long diamante wave pendants, round pearl beads in moonlight grey, large diamante cluster.
Bottom row l-r: Flat backed diamante oval, diamante flower wave connector, crystal and diamante applique pair, 6mm silver stardust beads.

Above are some other products from the range at BDi that would be great for this colour palette. Our diamante wave pendants would make stunning earrings – their delicate diamantes and long shape would look lovely with the bridesmaid’s hair swept into a chic up do. We also have a large collection of bridal appliques, beautifully decorated with crystals, beads and sequins that would be perfect sewn on the shoulders of a sleeveless gown, or at the base of a V neck line.

Let us know what you would create to go with the moonlight grey theme. We love to hear your ideas!

Beautiful Bridesmaid Inspiration – Soft Coral

With 2013 drawing to a close, we’re looking forward to Spring 2014, and of course, wedding season! In a new series of posts we’ll be giving you inspiration and tips on how to make the most of your jewellery making supplies for the bridal party. We’ll be focusing on a different colour palette for each post, and today we’re looking at soft corals, peaches and champagnes…Wedding Collage Peach
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(Bridesmaid dresses by  Two Birds)

Just arrived at BDi are the stunning glass pearl beads in soft coral.  We now offer 14 colours and 2 sizes in these superb quality pearls, which are perfect for bracelets and necklaces as well as hair accessories. Also sticking to the coral theme, we have some pretty pale peach rose beads, with which you could make sweet flower girl or bridesmaid’s jewellery.  Try wiring some of the roses to our filigree hairclips (item 4 above) for a quick, cute and girly hair accessory or wire wrap on to one of our hair combs or hair pins.
To set off the soft coral shades of the bridesmaid dresses, why not add a touch of silver and a dash of sparkle? At BDi we have a gorgeous range of diamante brooches that could be pinned to the waist of the dress for a vintage look.  Try using brooches on hair accessories, pin on to your chair sashes, make brooch bouquets or maybe pin on to your thank you cards so your cards come with a built in gift!  The brooch shown above (item number 2) is 5½cm wide and has both a pin and a loop, a perfect versatile gift or wedding favour.

Top row l-r: Faceted crystal bicones in champagne, peach rose beads, diamante brooch/pendant, 6mm pearl beads in soft coral.
Bottom Row l-r: Fancy filigree barrette, faceted crystal bicones in light rose, Swarovski 5301 peach bicones, diamante cross brooch.

Also take a look at our inspiration board for links to more ideas, the possibilities are endless!