Adventures in Instagram

Recently I got an Ipad, this meant that I could now join the wonderful world of Instagram. The question was, how to use it, and how to be successful at it. (Granted I am still learning the last bit) I decided to have a page purely for my business, Serendipity Finch Jewellery. Photographs of the…

Dragon Eyes (or messing about with nail varnish)

At a recent jewellery making group meeting in Accrington, I happened to mention that wirework dragon eyes were something that I wanted to make in future. I asked where they all got their eye glass cabs from, as we often share the name of our suppliers. Margaret said she painted her own and offered to teach it…

Kumihimo Flower Necklace

I’ve been quiet recently because I have been writing tutorials for Bead and Jewellery Magazine. It all started because of the blog post I wrote about the problems I encountered using sari silk with kumihimo. The kumihimo flower necklace tutorial was a progression from this. I was really pleased to find that this project even made…

Bookmark Workshop

Yes, it’s that time again, for my yearly visit to QEGS Blackburn Academy Trust library for their Book Week. Every year I teach a group of teenagers how to create wire wrapped gemstone bookmarks. This time 25 tickets were given out, a new record. A few students even attended this year who had been the…

Stamped for Love

This month I have been lucky enough to have my first tutorial published by Bead and Jewellery Magazine. It is in issue 76, the romance and passion-themed one for Valentines Day. This is a great magazine, perfect for seed bead beginners who just want to learn more. The tutorial is a basic introduction to the technique…

Pearl Knotting or Being Brave enough to change a previous creation

Over Christmas I lost my mojo. It’s amazing what can spark it again, this time it was adding a new extender chain on a pearl necklace for a customer. It brought back memories of when I went through a period of creating pearl necklaces, this was quite early on in my jewellery making journey. About…

Kumihimo with Seed Beads

I really enjoy kumihimo with seed beads while I am braiding. It is the loading up of the beads and the finishing off that I don’t particularly like. In fact, the braids I will be talking about in this blog have been waiting around for 6 months for the ends to be sewed up. (And…

Busy with Bookmarks

Recently I have been busy, mostly creating bookmarks and a tutorial. A local high school library orders some a few times a year to give to their students as prizes to promote reading. This time, I decided to ask her if she minded me offering them to other school libraries.She didn’t, and very kindly promoted…

Jewellery Making in Company

Recent events have meant that I had stopped going to my local jewellery making group. Luckily, I have been able to attend for the past couple of months. I really enjoy the catch up with friends, the cake, and all the chat. I decided one month to have a go at a tutorial at the…

Stars and Sun – Evolution of a Necklace

This month I had an interview to be a Guest Designer on Jewellerymaker TV. It went very well, and I was very pleased with what I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it because I was not right for Jewellerymaker at this present time. I think the main reason is that I am not a specialist in any…

How to Wire Wrap a Candle

This wire wrapped candle will always have a special place in my heart. I created it for my Nanna and Grandads 70th wedding anniversary in May. At the time my Grandad had cancer, and the outlook was not good. I am sad to say that he died this month. I wanted to create something special…

Copper Sheet and Cosplay

My interview about kumihimo has been published in Bead and Jewellery magazine, issue 71. This is loosely based on the blog post I wrote about using sari silk to kumihimo.   This month I have been on a copper sheet course, run by jewellery artist Gemma Crow. I had never used copper sheet before, but it did…