Monday, 21 May 2012

Sorry it has been so long

I realized last night that it had been 2 weeks since i last posted.. I dont know where the time has gone??
Must admit though i have been having problems trying to put this current blog up and if you are reading this it means that the 3rd attempt has actually worked!!!

I have been busy making more jewellery over the past weeks and have been trying lots of new techniques. It is amazing what free tutorials you can find on the internet to get you going.

My proudest piece is this black swan necklace which I made following  a handmade jewellery tutorial. It is made up using black pearls and black glass faceted beads for that real bit of sparkle. I even managed to make a pair of earrings to match.

The latest trend is Shamballa bracelets which are made out of either leather cord or wax coated cotton cord. Most of the designs that you see have wonderful round sparkly beads on them and look amazing but most of those beads cost anything from 50p each upwards so a bit out of my price range at the moment. With my nieces birthday coming up I ordered some semi precious skulls and made the following bracelets and they are selling fast so you must like them;

I have also made some using glass beads and these are really nice...orders for these can be taken if you let me know what is your favorite colour is and I can make one up for you.

I have also taken the plunge and started using some semi precious beads. There is a real world of stunning beads out there so you have to be so careful you dont go to mad. Not easily done in my case. I have tended to go for more earthy tones and have made up this lovely set using Olive Jade, Jasper chips and Agate. The sparkle and colours from these stones are wonderful and they are so nice to work with but can be combined with my huge stash of glass beads.

Notice the bracelet in this set is made in the Shamballa style using the Agate faceted beads.

The last one from me for now is a floating necklace I made using sterling silver crimpable chain and glass beads from Beaders Companion. The floating necklace can be made using normal beading wire but with the silver crimpable chain it looks pretty as well as functional.

Floating necklace and earrings using silver crimpable chain

Hopefully this post is now available for you to read after 3 attempts during last night and today to post it. Thanks for popping by and if you see anything you fancy or want a piece making for someone special just get in touch. xxx

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Beads away

Sorry I have not posted for  awhile but I have been busy with so many things and had to have several days in bed due to feeling very poorly but the crafting continues.

Over the past few weeks I have been getting really involved with my Jewellery making. I have now progressed from making up kits to actually designing pieces from start to finish. As some of you may be aware I have done 2 design team projects for Beaders Companion which were shown on Ideal World and Create and Craft TV. I was very privileged to have been asked by Sarah to do the samples and was amazed when I saw my work on TV. A to top it all everyone who purchases the large box of beads from Beaders Companion gets and inspiration sheet containing all my designs!! Hopefully I will be doing more as it was great fun.

So the past few weeks have seen me playing with different wire in lots of different ways. The 1st piece I made was using Green glass beads from the large bead box from Beaders companion and also my new wire coiling gizmo that produces some stunning effects. So I had a good play with some silver wire and green seed beads and created wire beads which you can see at each side of the pendant and on each earring. I also had a play at making some swirls/spirals from the wire and these are at the bottom and mid sections of the necklace and earrings. Once it was all put together I then had to make a matching box so I used my Ultimate and some swirl paper from the CD by Sheena Douglass as they matched the design so well and this is the finished project;

As you can imagine there is no stopping me now so I had a play with some gold wire and red glass beads, again all from Beaders Companion and created a similar set as above, again with the matching gift box;

The effect is very Egyptian as my hubby rightly pointed out so for a challenge over on facebook we had to make something with spirals in as you can imagine I was well away and put together a set made with copper wire and stunning blue glass beads, again from Beaders Companion. I wrapped the feature bead in the wire and created a pendant out of it. Then using my wire Gizmo I created spirals which are placed around the necklace with glass beads in between.

 I have now progressed into making my own jump rings so was able to create the chain myself and even the hook fastener. On the bottom of each pendant I created the spirals again as I find them so therapeutic to do so much so I even went on to create and egyptian style copper bracelet that is made up of 64 copper coils. It looks so effective but in fact is so very easy to do once you get the hang of it.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing what I have been up to xx