Monday, 28 November 2011

Handmade Monday: recent jewellery creations

Hi all,
Have been neglecting this little blog recently - poor thing!  But now I'm over my little op and back into the crafting mode, I thought I'd share a couple of recent makes with you.

Firstly, this woven bracelet and earrings set.  You might have seen the bracelet before as I made a prototype in the rubies and one in the emeralds and couldn't decide which I liked best.  Blog followers voted for the rubies, so I kept the emeralds for myself!  Then decided to do earrings to match.  One thing I learned was that it's probably best not to attempt a weaving design where you need to get left and right as mirror opposites when you've recently had a general anaesthetic and lots of morphine afterwards!  I had several failures before eventually cracking these ;-)

It's getting to feel a lot like Christmas is creeping up around here, so I've resurrected and remade these snowmen earrings.  I think they should really be called 'snowpeople' but there you go!

These amethyst beaded bead earrings are a variation on the carnelian ones I did for Comic Relief.  The basis ball of beads was made in the same way as this tutorial.  They are really purple but look blue somehow in all the photos.

That's probably enough for now.  Back soon!

Here's the link to see what others handmade crafters have been doing this week.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Handmade Monday: Wire and some handmade finds

This week I've mostly been coiling - again! This bracelet and earrings set incorporate green peridot and bronzite gemstones with the coiled wire.

Coiled wire gemstone bracelet and earrings
Feeling a little dispirited crafting-wise as sales are non-existent at the moment.  Hoping it will pick up soon and be a good Christmas for us online sellers.  I now have some minor surgery booked in a couple of weeks, so worried that I might miss the busiest time. 

While I've been promoting my shops, I've found lots of lovely handmade things that are going on my Christmas list.  This brooch is just one of them:
It's from Ruth Charlton Ceramics on Etsy.  Ruth is based in the Lake District and specialises in faces and people.  Good, isn't it?

Inspired by this find, I did a treasury of faces on Etsy.  Never ceases to amaze me what talented people there are out there.

And I'm not ignoring Christmas completely - started a Pinterest board with some great deer - one of my favourite animal + Christmas themes.

Here's the link to see what others handmade crafters have been doing this week.
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