Junior Girl Scouts will earn many different badges while learning new things and having fun. One of these badges is called the “Jeweler” badge. To earn this patch, each Junior must complete at least six of the following ten activities involving jewelry.
Not all jewelry must be made from precious stones; some can be made from everyday items. Your Juniors should make any piece of jewelry like a hair barrette, brooch, or necklace using materials that they find or make. They may choose to make their own beads out of materials like clay, wrapping paper, aluminum foil, etc. Another idea is to make jewelry out of metal objects like nuts, screws, chains, or any other available material. Your Juniors may even choose to make their jewelry out of paper.
It is a good idea to coat the jewelry with a clear nail polish or varnish when they are finished. These items can be turned into hair accessories by gluing them onto something like a barrette. If the item is to be made into a necklace, a hole can be punched into each item to string on a cord. Lastly, if the finished project is to be a brooch, then the project may be glued onto a safety pin.
Another activity that your Juniors may complete is to do a macramé project. The chapter “Create and Invent” found in the “Junior Girl Scout Handbook” will help in this endeavor. Your Juniors should knot cords or strings into different patterns to make a unique design. Small objects like beads, shells, or pieces of wood may be interwoven into the project.
International or Historical Jewelry
To complete this requirement, your Juniors should research jewelry that is from any other culture, country, or different historical period of time. They will need to learn the traditions and customs for wearing this jewelry and also the styles and materials used. Lastly, the girls should try to find pictures of examples of their chosen type of jewelry.
There are many different techniques that may be used when making jewelry such as casting, soldering, molding, and hammering. Your Juniors should research each of these techniques. Next, they will either find a picture of each of the skills being performed or they should indicate a time when each of the methods would be used. Lastly, your Juniors should talk with someone who practices at least one of these techniques, if possible.
In this next activity your Juniors should visit a facility like a museum or gallery that has a jewelry exhibit. They should make sure to receive information about the collection that they are viewing. The girls should each try to sketch some of pieces that interest them.
Your Juniors may also choose to make a piece of jewelry out of organic materials like shells, seeds, stones, or any other materials. They can even go on a scavenger hunt to find materials. The chapter “Adventures in Girl Scouting” in the “Junior Girl Scout Handbook” has a section on swaps that addresses different pieces of jewelry that can be made from natural objects.
Mixing Things Up
Jewelry can be made with different elements like wire, leather laces, shells, etc. Each of the Juniors should make at least one piece of jewelry that is a combination of at least three different types of items.
In this next activity, your Juniors will decorate any box or basket to store all of their jewelry supplies. They may choose to decorate with decoupage or even just by gluing on small objects like stones, shells, or any other craft or natural item. The “Create and Invent” chapter of the “Junior Girl Scout Handbook” has information about decoupage if your Girl Scout would like to use this technique.
Learning about Stones
Some stones or minerals have a special meaning, legend, or story about them. Your Junior should find out if there are any stories or other information about a stone of their choosing.
Some pieces of jewelry symbolize something special like friendship in the case of a friendship bracelet or even commitment as in the case of a wedding ring. Your Junior should make any piece of jewelry that is a symbol of friendship to give to someone else.
Your Junior Girl Scouts will learn about the process of making different pieces of jewelry and will also make some fantastic projects while earning their “Jeweler” badge.
"Jeweler." Junior Girl Scouts Badgebook. New York: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2001. 156-157. Print.