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Preteen Girls’ Accessories: It’s All about the Beads


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Pretty Brainy’s ′Tween Blogger, Gianna, Tells How She Began Making Jewelry and Why She Stays at It!

Peace sign pendant and bead pattern.Dear Readers,

Today I will talk about making jewelry, a favorite among preteen girls’ accessories! When I was 10 years old my Auntie Ro was making jewelry on her deck in Granby, Colorado. It looked interesting to me and she offered to teach me how to make jewelry. I accepted her offer! The first piece I made was a simple bracelet with circular plastic red beads and square plastic orange beads.

Double strand of pearls.I was not very interested in it until I made jewelry a second time! After that things took off! I really enjoyed it because of the colors and patterns of beads and gems and the creative sensation of mixing and matching all of them together in a beautiful arrangement. That was the beginning of my creativity in ’tween fashion beyond designing and sewing clothes.

Now, as part of what I do in ’tween fashion, I make jewelry almost every day! It is amazing to think that I have never lost track of time before! But when I am making jewelry it always feels like time freezes. Now I Clear blue beads with silver accents.want to sell some of the pieces that I have made to other girls. Accessories, especially when it comes to what preteen girls want, are a great form of expression!

My mom visited the largest gem show in Tucson, Arizona, this year. Held each year in February, its showcase is always wide in gems, stones and jewelry from all over the world. My mom told me that she would walk into rooms as big as large lunchrooms and they would be filed with tables and tables full of Chinese glass, pearls, A simple, elegant braceletand gems! She told me that next year she would take me to it! After my mom’s trip, she started designing jewelry. So now we team together. She designs, and I make the jewelry! Well it is time for me to say goodbye, it is time for me to make some more jewelry!

Sincerely,

Gianna

Gianna is 12 years old and blogs for Pretty Brainy about preteen life, ’tween fashion and being creative. In April she reviewed a stage production of Mary Poppins in It’s a Jolly Holiday When ’Tween Girls Go to the Theatre!.


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  1. rich and skinny jeans said on May 25th, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Lovely accessories. I was not very interested in it until I made jewelry a second time! After that things took off! I really enjoyed it because of the colors and patterns of beads and gems and the creative sensation of mixing and matching all of them together in a beautiful arrangement. Thanks for sharing..

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  2. Gianna M said on September 22nd, 2012 at 12:54 am

    @rich and skinny jeans:
    I know how you feel! I felt the same way the first time i tried it and now im obsessed! I love being able to wear my own jewelry and have people ask me where i got it and tell them that i made it!

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  3. [...] Gianna’s Blog for ’tween and young teen girls focuses on a girl’s look at life, teen and ’tween fashion, culture, and do-it-yourself design. She previously has blogged at prettybrainy.com on easy, innovative Halloween costumes and jewelry she designs and creates with her mother. See Need a Last-Minute Costume? Easy Halloween How-To’s from a Resourceful ‘Tween and Preteen Girls’ Accessories: It’s All about the Beads. [...]

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