Design & fustration – take 2

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.

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.

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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:

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Earrings.

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:

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:

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.

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Some quick gifts and a finished project

So in my last post I showed photos of a work in progress:

A current work in progress :)
A current work in progress πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I finished it off and am rather happy with the result πŸ™‚ 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.

Close up of 'tooth' piece.
Close up of ‘tooth’ piece.
I'm quite please with this one :) quite a bit of weight to it though!
I’m quite please with this one πŸ™‚ quite a bit of weight to it though!

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 πŸ™‚

Pink agate slice pendant. Love the colouring.
Pink agate slice pendant. Love the colouring.
These are rather nice and cute I feel. Just right for Natalie!
These are rather nice and cute I feel. Just right for Natalie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time πŸ™‚

Some quick gifts and a finished project was originally published on Kelly's Creations

Some recent items and a work in progress.

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!

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A current work in progress :)
A current work in progress πŸ™‚
Love the simplicity and colouring on this :)
Love the simplicity and colouring on this πŸ™‚
Love the effect this agate slice has. A very simple wrap.
Love the effect this agate slice has. A very simple wrap.
The colouring is lovely.
The colouring is lovely.
A repurposed necklace.
A re-purposed necklace.
My new dragon cane. Made for me by a good friend :) love it!
My new dragon cane. Made for me by a good friend πŸ™‚ love it!

 

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.

 

 

Some recent items and a work in progress. was originally published on Kelly's Creations

Couple of recent creations…

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).

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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.

 

New cabochon rings.
New cabochon rings.
Cameo glued to a frame, then painted with nail polish.
Cameo glued to a frame, then painted with nail polish.

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:

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Until next time

 

xx

 

Couple of recent creations… was originally published on Kelly's Creations

Earrings and necklace made as a gift

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

I do need to make up some magnetic clasps though for her.

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Earrings and necklace made as a gift was originally published on Kelly's Creations

Gifts

Last week was my best friends birthday. So as a gift I made her th necklace and earrings below.

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There are a few specifics about it that I chose to complement my friends tastes.

She loves cats and cows, hence the focal and cow charm.

The colours have special significance to her as well.

And finally the butterflies were because she liked the butterfly earrings I’d made for myself previously.

I’m rather pleased with them πŸ™‚Β  and was very happy they were well received.

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Gifts was originally published on Kelly's Creations