Monday, 29 March 2010

Bronze pearl and spotty necklace


Wow, it's been ages since I posted anything on here. I have been busy doing Easter Holiday things, having friends to stay, having a short break at Symonds Yat etc.
Anyway, this is a necklace that I made a couple of weeks ago but had trouble adding the image to the blog. The rectangular beads are some sort of plastic or acrylic beads that I bought from Madisons beads in Taunton, which I paired with some of the leftover bronze pearls that I have been making other things with.
I made my first charm bracelet a couple of days ago, and I have just received a package of handmade polymer clay beads from Pennyslane on Etsy, so I think there will be lots more new jewellery on show soon!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Happy Birthday, Melanie!




For my sister's birthday, I made a Swarovski two strand pearl necklace in bronze and white with a removable cream pearl ring, and finished off with a pearl clasp from Beads Direct. It was very tempting to keep it myself!


Saturday, 27 March 2010

Pewter Flower Necklace

Danielle and Gareth are getting married on Thursday, and I have made myself a necklace using this lovely pewter flower from Spolit Rotten Beads, to wear.
I'm very excited to see Danielle in her wedding dress - haven't been to a wedding in years. My husband is more excited about the hog roast -- nothing comes before a man's stomach!!


Things to do with a Broken Necklace!

Last week, I was given two broken necklaces by my mother, one of which only needed a minor mend and the other I have taken apart and made the following pieces of jewellery:
Long Drop Earring
A Bag Charm


Delicate Sparkly Earrings


Et voila! And I still have enough left to make a bracelet or maybe some more earrings?!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Girl with a Pearl Earring


Well, pair of earrings, and I'm probably not classed as a girl any more! I'm sure that if these lovely Swarovski pearls were around in Vermeer's time, that these would be the ones he would choose to paint.
I actually made two versions of these - one pair to wear and the other to sell, because it is so tempting to keep everything I make, when what I ultimately want to do is sell! All items to sell are now being put safely in an envelope so they can't possibly stray into my own jewellery box!

Ceramic Starflower Pendant


This morning it is sunny and warm and almost springlike and so I thought I would make a Spring pendant using a ceramic starflower that I have been wondering what to do with for a while now.
I incorporated a hammered wire element which started out as a wire knot and finished as a little more abstract, almost like the eye on a peacock feather.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Banana Ice-cream

Over the weekend I made some easy peasy banana ice-cream using my adaption of Nigel Slater's recipe. It reminds me of making your own baby food and is a great way of using up bananas that are so black and bruised that no-one will eat them.

Ingredients:
  • 4 medium very ripe bananas
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 500ml double or whipping cream

Method:

Peel and chop the bananas and put in a liquidiser or food processor with the sugar.

Blend.

Add the cream and continue to blend until smooth.

Pour into a freezer proof box and freeze.

After an hour or so, when ice crystals begin to form mix into the centre.

Leave overnight to freeze properly.

When you are ready to serve, it does benefit from removing from the freezer ahead of time. This is great on its own, or with dulce du leche in a mock banoffee, or with chocolate sauce and nuts as a banana split.

Sorry that there is no photo, it doesn't look very photogenic in a plastic container!

This is the best Mothers Day card ever!


This card was made by Freddie. Needless to say that 12 year old Albert is far too cool for school to make something like this!

Monday, 15 March 2010

The Box is Open


This is what I made for my mum for Mothers day, a Swarovski pearl bracelet, with a magnetic clasp.
Unfortunately, it needs repairing already. I think I need to invest in a pair of proper crimping pliers.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Turquoise Heart Bracelet


I read something recently about how you should make something out of what you have rather than continually buying more beads. Well, easier said than done, especially with the amazing range of beads out there.

So, the bracelet above consists of blue beads that were leftovers from the Ocean bracelet, the clear round druks were some of the first beads I ever bought and I have used countless times, the turquoise leaves flanking the clasp were for the autumn necklace, as were the opaque lemon beads (oddly showing as pale blue in this photo). The only new item is the heart.
I am also starting to gather together a collection of items that I intend to sell. It is a bit of a scarey thought. Might start with a little stall at work first.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Packaging

Finding the right packaging for my jewellery has been difficult. I really didn't want to go down the road of organza bags, although they have their place and I would consider them if I did a craft fair or similar. I have seen some pillow boxes which I fancied. But, by far the best boxes in terms of range of size and colour are from The Tiny Box Company, who do these fabulous recycled boxes (see above), specifically for jewellery and come with either a cottony filling or a pad.
Well, if you want to discover the contents of this box, which happens to be a certain Mothers Day present, look back on Sunday!!

Exploring Earrings


Well, I've done bracelets, and necklaces, but why have I not started on earrings until now? Well, the truth lies in the fact that although I had my ears pierced as a teenager, I had let them grow over for the last ten or so years. I will spare you the details of my self-repiercing (it did hurt, but not that much) but the upside is that earrings will now feature here too!
Green coin earrings
This is the first pair that I made using my own design (I originally bought an inexpensive kit from Madison Beads in Taunton). [Prop - liquer glass from LSA)
Long oval link earrings
I bought some oval chain from my local garden centre (it's amazing what they sell that isn't garden related) which I "dissected" to obtain a pair of double links. Note: the photo doesn't show them as quite even, but they actually are.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Freeform Wire Pendants with Pearls



I have been inspired by the Hammered Freeform links designed by Linda Jones in an american magazine called Step by Step Wire Jewelry (summer 2009 edition). I have not worked with wire before, but decided to take the plunge in creating some much looser freeform pendants (almost a wire scribble).

I wrapped some 22 gauge wire around the end of an ice-cream scoop several times and then loosely threaded the the remaining wire through and around the ring, incorporating a loop for hangin the pendant. I left a tail of wire outside the ring and hammered the main ring. Then I threaded on a Swarovski pearl (I had a fantastic delivery service from Bluestreak beads), and in the top pendant, I also threaded on some Swarovski silver shade.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Mothers Day Card


When I was browsing in my local craft shop a couple of weeks ago, I picked up some gorgeous Papermania patterned paper (love Jesse Edwards -Boutique), and even though I had just bought a Mothers Day card for my mum, I made another one! Will definitely be on the lookout for more of these papers.

Autumn Necklace



I had grand plans for this totally unspringlike autumn necklace with leaves and gold, brown and green colours. Unfortunately, the olive leaves that I ordered from Bijoux beads were not in stock, so I chose turquoise instead. So now, rather than being autumnal it looks a little Egyptian. All the beads apart from the clear round ones are from Bijoux beads who have a massive collection of gorgeous beads.

Have just ordered some Swarovski pearls from Bluestreak beads and planning to make a three strand necklace - watch this space!