The original post I wrote got eaten somehow by the Android app for WordPress, phone rebooted due to low battery during the upload and both the app and the website seem to lose all but the original title – oops!
Red flower glass beads used on rings.
Anyway, I wrote in that post that I’d had the frustration of trying to design a pair of earrings, a necklace and maybe a bracelet to complement a new dress I have. The red flower glass beads I bought recently – and used recently for some rings – are perfect for it, but finding the right combination of spacer beads and enough of them proved a pain! my stash of beads, findings and so on is a bit disorganised to say the least.
Red flower glass bead ring and first design idea.
In the end I found enough and changed the colours/types of beads around a bit and produced the following:
Ended up a bit longer than I first intended, but I think they work nicely, though still not entirely sure about the dangly bits on the ends, I might cut those and the loop off and leave it with a knot at the bottom instead.
Next onto the necklace. I was at first a bit stumped on how to do it, then made these connectors:
Next I was trying to think of how to provide a focal point. Lacking a suitable bead that would work in my stash I came up with the following:
Focal and connectors
Focal and extra connectors taken from a broken necklace
Final design of focal and connectors
That gave me the final design and it just remained to decide the method of wearing it (ie ribbon or chain etc). I couldn’t find ribbon I wanted in my stash, so chain it was.
The final design:
final design showing matching earrings and ring
Enough work for today I think. My back hurts now, but I’m happy with the outcome. Cuff-links will have to wait till tomorrow if I get chance.
So in my last post I showed photos of a work in progress:
Today I finished it off and am rather happy with the result 🙂 Although one part of the ‘tooth’ pieces broke sadly in half, but epoxy glue fixed it, but it’s left a bit of a mess on the surface, i’ll have to see if i can lightly sand it off.
I also decided to make a pair of earrings and a pendant for my friend Natalie. Quick and simple, but I’m sure she’ll be happy with them 🙂
I find it strange sometimes when I find the time to be creative and create new items. These were created due to having a horrid bout of insomnia!
Really quite happy with a few of these. The agate slices are so simple and easy, I’ve a number of other coloured slices so think I’ll do some more. I did attempt to wrap one with a more elaborate wrapping, but I messed up the loop and just couldn’t get happy with it no matter what I tried so cut it all off sadly.
I also finally mastered the double slip knot for adjustable cord necklaces. Needed for a couple of current items i’ve been trying to figure out.
I’ve been unwell recently so creativity hasn’t really happened sadly. I’ve still to finish/create the fairy and dolphin necklaces, but sadly not been well enough to try to learn knotwork at present. However I’ve worked some things out so i think I can get them done soon. I did though create a new necklace for Richard’s Mum as she sadly lost the other one I made for her birthday (a downside of needing magnetic clasps sadly).
I ordered a few cameo pendants recently as I like some of the ones I see. I’ve since bought some Fimo clay and a few silicone moulds, so I should be able to start making my own.
The butterfly pendant was a experiment to see how oil based nail polishes would work to pick out detail on a white cameo with black background. I think it worked out well, though how durable it will be I’ve no idea as yet.
I’ve also recently acquired some lovely items from local charity shops as shown below:
Some of the items will provide useful or interesting beads.
Recently it was my boyfriend Richard’s mother’s birthday. It was the first time we’d met as well so for the occasion I decided to make her some jewellery as a gift.
She loved it and I’m very happy with how it came out seeing as was first time really making something for another person without knowing much about them. She loved the colour as apparently her birthstone is ruby 🙂
Some points about this design:
* Richard’s father was a gardener and his mother still lives where he worked
* I wanted a feeling of nature
Now for the photos 🙂
I do need to make up some magnetic clasps though for her.