Evolution of an Idea

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to go the British Museum when they had an exhibition of Ancient Columbian art. The beauty and originality of the style really spoke to me. What really intrigued me was that they achieved what looked like wire wrapping through using moulds and molten metal. I just had to…

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…

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…

Tree of Life with a moon

I have mentioned before in this blog about the jewellery making group I attend monthly at Craft and Crumpet in Accrington. Last month I had no jewellery on the go to take with me, so I grabbed some sunstone gemstone chips and wire. I enjoy making Trees of Life, mainly because you can be very…

Bookmarks, bookmarks and bookmarks

I am a passionate reader, and a chartered librarian. I love books, and I adore sharing my love of books. A school librarian regularly buys gemstone bookmarks off me to give out as prizes for reading. The teenagers really like the bookmarks, and this style seems to appeal to all. Using a gemstone bookmark gives…

Bead Me Magazine and Wire Writing

I post photographs of my latest jewellery creations regularly on Facebook. One of the places I post on is the Bead Me Magazine page. After sharing my Morse Code Hope Macrame Necklace, the editor of the magazine contacted me. She wanted to do a Designer Feature on me. I was stunned, and very pleasantly surprised. Does…

A Cat for a Competition

This week I was inspired to create a wire cat for a competition run by Jewellery Maker TV. Every Halloween, they run a prize draw for people to create something inspired by their guest designer, Alison Tarry. (Alison Tarry is the designer who did the tutorial DVD  Wire Dragons, the one that taught me how to…