Monday, March 1, 2010

How to Make St Patrick's Day Shamrock and Lucky Clover Jewelry Tutorials

It's March already, begorra! Time to check your wardrobe and your jewelry box for something green to wear on St Patrick's Day on March 17. Better yet, make yourself some shamrock  jewelry.

The shamrock is actually a 3-leaf clover of the Trifolium species. The ancient druids in Ireland believed 3 was a mystical number and regarded the plant as sacred. There doesn't appear to be much evidence for the story of how St Patrick referred the three leaves to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit of the Holy Trinity.

The 4 leaf clover shouldn't be confused with the shamrock.The fourth (or even more) leaflet is due to a plant's genetic mutation. It is an uncommon find so it is popularly thought to bring you luck if you found one accidentally. There are estimated to be 10,000 3 leaf clovers to every 1 four leaf clover.

I have included 4 leaf clover designs here because sometimes it is possible to convert to shamrock designs and vice versa.

This lovely shamrock boutonniere, corsage or brooch tutorial is from the Martha Stewart Living site. It is made from stiffened fabric. Make several for your Irish friends! via 

Want more dazzle than that? Then try the sparkly shamrock brooch tutorial by A Fanciful Twist. It's quick and easy. Via


If you have any spare green yarn and like a quick project, try Vickie Howell's knitted shamrock brooch tutorial. I like how she bejewels the finished piece!

Crafters will also be delighted with the felt shamrock pin tutorial by the Stitcher Scribbler.  Via





Tammy Powley's 4 leaf clover earrings are just lovely if you like wire work. Just omit one leaflet if you want to convert the lower charms to a shamrock rather than a 4 leaf clover.

My Daily Bead has a set of video tutorials on how to make this awesome four leaf clover beaded ring.
Eri over at the Jewelrymakingprofessor site has a couple of free videos for Swarovski fans.  Her shamrock ring and pendant bead weaving video tutorials  are worth checking out.

Eri's alternative  bead woven shamrock pendant tutorial  is also on video. Please note this one is free only until March 17!!

I really like the use of heart beads to form this lucky 4 leaf clover wire pendant or charm instructional design from Favecrafts. Consider omitting one of the hearts and doing a bit of wire work to convert this one to a shamrock.

Favecrafts also went with the hearts idea and expanded it to a full shamrock necklace tutorial.


Crafts for all seasons has a polymer clay shamrock tutorial if you'd like to form the shamrock yourself.

Favecrafts has this neat lucky clover pendant necklace tutorial for those of you who like crafts.

The embed code for sharing is incomplete so I cannot show it here but GeltDesigns has a slide tutorial showing how to make a clover toggle clasp from  bead and wire.

Did you know?
Besides Ireland, the only two other places St Patrick's Day is a public holiday is the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador and the tiny island of Montserrat in the Caribbean? That's due to past Irish immigration there.

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
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8 comments :

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

What fabulous tuts Pearl -thanks! I love shamrocks and I'm not Irish either! Can't wait to start working on something GREEN.
-Stephanie

Kokopelli said...

One of these clovers would be fun to wear to the St Patrick's Day party in my local Irish Pub.

Jenny S said...

Thank you for including my pin in your lovely shamrock finds! The boutonniere is so cute!
xo

Caley Walsh said...

I love this collection. Thanks for mentioning FaveCrafts.com!

Here is another beaded projects for St. Patty's if you are interested: http://www.favecrafts.com/St-Patricks-Day/Green-and-Silver-Beaded-Shamrock-Necklace

=D

The Beading Gem said...

Thanks Caley! I have added the necklace I missed!

Four leaf clover jewellery said...

Here is another beaded projects http://jewelrymaking.craftgossip.com/category/jewelry-making-tutorials-and-ideas/page/6/

i think this may help u.

dragonswing said...

You state that "Besides Ireland, the only two other places St Patrick's Day is a public holiday is the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador and the tiny island of Montserrat in the Caribbean", are you forgetting the United States?

Pearl Blay said...

It is celebrated in the US but that is not an official holiday where people have a day off work. Correct me if I am wrong?

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