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…

A Necklace Just for Me

I wanted to create a necklace and earrings set just for me. I rarely make them items specifically for my use, usually I end up with the experiments that are not of sufficient quality to sell. It had to be a practical set, as I intend to wear them at a Copper Sheet Workshop with…

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…

Evolution of my polishing

I do enjoy hand stamping onto aluminium. It has been a very steep learning curve though, and to produce lovely pieces involves a lot more than just getting the stamping part right. You have to use the right substance for colouring in the indentations and you also have to polish the piece to finish it off to a…

Beading and Experimenting

I had got some beautiful red glass beads from Cookson Gold. I wanted to create a beaded lace type necklace that I had seen in a tutorial a long time ago. After much looking I found the right tutorial, but it was for seed beads. I tried to follow it but gave up because the results…

Has anyone seen my mojo?

This month I have lost my mojo, can’t find it anywhere. It can happen at any time, or for any random reason. For me, this time the reason was grief. The creative side of me just refuses to come out and play. Even playing ‘Assassins Creed’ continually, and musing on how to create Ezio’s necklace…

Sari Silk Ribbon Kumihimo – An Adventure with Fluff.

I thought I would write about my latest adventure in kumihimo. I had this idea in my head for a necklace base that would be able to be used for a dragon. I didn’t want to use wirework, yet still needed something chunky. I have previously created a necklace with sari silk ribbon. It’s one…

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…

Macrame and Pearls

I have had an idea now for over a year for a bracelet. I wanted to create it with pearls and white beading wire. In my mind, it would be a more high end version of my normal herringbone weave bracelets, like the one in the photo. It would be perfect for brides, and look…

Sore Thumbs and Luck

You may be wondering why I haven’t blogged about my jewellery recently, this is because I have had sore thumbs for nearly a month. How? You may ask, well, its to do with Christmas shopping. I decided to go to The Trafford Centre with my husband to shop for presents. Now, the Trafford Centre is…

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 960 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

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…