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I’m constantly looking for inspirations from either the world around me or things I see on the internet.Books and magazines also provide inspiration and help in learning new techniques.

I’m by no means any kind of expert, very much a dabbling beginner. I make stuff when I’m well enough to do so as a therapeutic hobby mostly. Though being able to make things for friends as gifts is lovely too!

I find sites like instructables.com and pinterest invaluable for the array of ideas they showcase.

Pinterest can be like searching on wikipedia in a way as you find something, you look at the website, then it spirals from there. A great time sink! and great fun too!!

I use springpad too to save bookmarks from my phone. Often I’ll be unable to sleep so will find things on my phone to come back to later. Whether I will is an entirely different matter, but I prefer to bookmark/pin/spring such things so I can if I so desire later.

My pinterest boards for jewellery or crafts

Springpad for jewellery

If you wish to have your blog/tutorial linked to here please comment and I’ll happily take a look :)

Finally none of my items would be possible without the websites I get beads and supplies from :) the main one being madcowbeads.com they provide great service and great prices:)

xx

More gifts

It was Natalie ‘ s birthday recently, so as usual I decided to make jewellery as a gift for her.

First up were a couple of pairs of earrings for her.

The pair on the left were made from some beads I used before Christmas for earrings, originally as a possible design for a gift from her to her nan to match a necklace  (in the end I ordered some red discs instead, which worked better, nat liked them herself though so I gave her them. Turned out her mum rather liked those and asked for some  (not pictured, her mum’s friend also wanted a pair too ).

I decided to make them a little different for this pair though. I like items to be unique!

Next I made a pair with some new beads I’d gotten. I ended up ordering these as I couldn’t for the life of me remember where I’d bought those others I’d previously used. They were not the same at all as it turned out, but I rather liked them anyway.

The colours are not quite as in the picture though, they’re more a reddish browny colour, hence red beads with them.

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Next I decided to make something different for another gift for Nat.

I found a tutorial on pinterest that inspired the rings made below.

I decided to make one for myself and one for Nat. I rather like the beads I found and think they work well in this way.

My first attempt I wasn’t too pleased by  (middle top ,and ot ended up smaller than intended! Still if gave me the practice to get the next two better.

I used a different gauge wire with the next two. Which worked better.

Originally I gave the ring on the right to nat, but she swapped it for the one on the left as it wouldn’t fit her fingers  (wanting it to be a surprise gift I didn’t know her ring size ). I might make some more as I’ve some different colours that’d work like this I think.

I need to make myself another I think too as the one on the left only fits my little fingers, not a finger I usually wear rings on.

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Finally a picture of all the items together. Also visible is two of the cats I found in a charity shop for 99p. I kept the purple one,and gave nat the other one pictured  (there were 3, but I gave the 3rd to Richard for his mum ).

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Hopefully should have more soon as a lady at my slimming world group liked the ring and asked for one in green.

Until next time :-)

It was Natalie ‘ s birthday recently, so as usual I decided to make jewellery as a gift for her.

First up were a couple of pairs of earrings for her.

The pair on the left were made from some beads I used before Christmas for earrings, originally as a possible design for a gift from her to her nan to match a necklace  (in the end I ordered some red discs instead, which worked better, nat liked them herself though so I gave her them. Turned out her mum rather liked those and asked for some  (not pictured, her mum’s friend also wanted a pair too ).

I decided to make them a little different for this pair though. I like items to be unique!

Next I made a pair with some new beads I’d gotten. I ended up ordering these as I couldn’t for the life of me remember where I’d bought those others I’d previously used. They were not the same at all as it turned out, but I rather liked them anyway.

The colours are not quite as in the picture though, they’re more a reddish browny colour, hence red beads with them.

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Next I decided to make something different for another gift for Nat.

I found a tutorial on pinterest that inspired the rings made below.

I decided to make one for myself and one for Nat. I rather like the beads I found and think they work well in this way.

My first attempt I wasn’t too pleased by  (middle top ,and ot ended up smaller than intended! Still if gave me the practice to get the next two better.

I used a different gauge wire with the next two. Which worked better.

Originally I gave the ring on the right to nat, but she swapped it for the one on the left as it wouldn’t fit her fingers  (wanting it to be a surprise gift I didn’t know her ring size ). I might make some more as I’ve some different colours that’d work like this I think.

I need to make myself another I think too as the one on the left only fits my little fingers, not a finger I usually wear rings on.

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Finally a picture of all the items together. Also visible is two of the cats I found in a charity shop for 99p. I kept the purple one,and gave nat the other one pictured  (there were 3, but I gave the 3rd to Richard for his mum ).

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Hopefully should have more soon as a lady at my slimming world group liked the ring and asked for one in green.

Until next time :-)

Gifts for Christmas (delayed update)

I’ve been meaning since new year to update the blog, but health and other factors have gotten in the way sadly.

Anyway, below is a collection of items I made as gifts for friends at Christmas. There are some I don’t as yet have photos for however. Some I didn’t like and changed before giving them as gifts.

First up the gifts (including gift box) for Richard’s Mum:

My best friend Natalie asked me to make some jewellery as gifts for her mum and her nan, below are photos of them, and the gift box I made to go with them. Also included was a 3rd pair of earrings I made for her mum as a gift from me. I made a second pair of earrings for her nan, but i didn’t get chance to take photos, which is a shame as they’re quite nice I felt.

Next we have the gifts I made for Natalie. I made a pair of necklaces which featured hand painted cat faces representative of her much loved and missed cats Smokey and Mystery. Also included was matching earrings. Shown in the photos is how I changed the design of the necklaces after reworking the wire wrapping  to be more secure (I had recently gotten a new wire jig and was slowly getting used to it).

I made a selection of cuff-links and tie pins for Richard, unfortunately I don’t have photos of them at this time, though he did rather like them (they were Dr Who and Star Wars related so it was always going to be the case he’d like them I think!).

Since making these items I’ve not managed to make much else due to health issues and the packing/unpacking of craft/jewellery supplies when I stayed at Richard’s.

Until next time…

Slowly getting set back up…

So as I wrote last time, I’ve been lacking for a place to sit and work on my jewellery recently. I’ve found a small amount of space to do a few small items, mostly repairs of items that broke previously.

About the only new item I can show is below:

On the left is a previous painted effort (acrylic nail polish). On the right is the newest (acrylic paint).

On the left is a previous painted effort (acrylic nail polish). On the right is the newest (acrylic paint).

I’m quite happy with how the one on the right has come out. The acrylic paints working much better, it still needs a layer of varnish, but the one on the left, even though done with nail polish (acrylic) and varnished with hairspray has held up pretty well, though I don’t like the frame as much as the one on the right which I made previously for cat pendants from clay as seen below:

Green Cat with Black Background

Green Cat with Black Background

The green cat never did look quite right due to the clay curving (one of my first experiments with clay) and broke, but I was glad to be able to reuse the frame which was fine.

The other items I’m planning/working on are mostly for gifts so not able to show anything of them really atm.

When I have cleared a better place in my rather small flat to work more often I might get on with more jewellery. Until then most of my art/craft is done at Artyfolks and recently has been clay/ceramics.I might take some photos when chance arises of some of the work I’ve done there, some I like, others are merely mediocre at best imo.

Long time no post

So I’ve not been able to post anything for a while due to not being well over the last 6 months following Discworld Con 2014 earlier in the year. The weekend for that event was great, but took a lot out of me health wise.

As I also took some of my supplies with me I had to pack most of my stuff up and haven’t been able to sit down and clear a space due to other things happening since then until today.

I’ve managed to clear some space, hopefully in preparation of making some Christmas gifts for friends and family. Though the first few things done have been a few repairs to some broken jewellery (a pair of cufflinks of Richard’s that broke (green skulls), and a couple of pendants).

Nothing to show at present, but hopefully soon.

Though in the time I’ve not been creative at home, I have at least been able to do some art/crafts at the local art charity (Artyfolks), which has helped immensely fight off health induced depression, etc.

Some finished items.

Last week I made a quick necklace for a friend to cheer her up. I Forgot to get photos myself, so excuse my friend’s pictures due to lighting being poor.

Agate Slice Pendant

Agate Slice Pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I made time to finish off a couple of items and make a friend a pendant, which has special meaning to her.

Firstly I finished off some cufflinks for Richard (pair of Darth Vader, pair of TARDIS). Mostly just varnishing.

TARDIS Ring and Cufflinks

TARDIS Ring and Cufflinks

 

Darth Vader and Dragon Cufflinks

Darth Vader and Dragon Cufflinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also used left over black clay for a pair of black dragons, which will get a red background and become cufflinks for Richard.

Made a cat pendant (blue background, black cat) for Nat as well. Also made myself a couple (purple background, black cat & black background, green cat), the green cat broke sadly so will have to redo that (the epoxy didn’t stick it properly and it was too curved).

 

Black Cat, green background on silver frame.

Black Cat, green background on silver frame.

Black Cat on Purple Background

Black Cat on Purple Background

Black Cat with Blue Background

Black Cat with Blue Background

Green Cat with Black Background

Green Cat with Black Background

Finished off a couple of Y Ddraig Goch brooches, one for Nat and one for my Mum. Unsure which worked best, think I might add some more black to the right hand one to define it better.

Welsh Dragon Brooches

Y Ddraig Goch Brooches

The pendants need bails adding, but otherwise are complete :) not bad seeing as the cats started out not being too good (original baked backgrounds were not quite right shape wise or a little warped).