Wednesday, 8 March 2017

WOYWW 405

 I have been jewellery making more than papercrafting recently- makes just as much mess!! Hubby keeps complaining about tiny bits of wire that fly across the room when I snip it. The desk contains some of my tools and just a tiny selection of my beads and gemstones.  I am photographing this on Tuesday night just before I go to bed ( it will stay in this mess until after work tomorrow -Weds- when I shall add to it). I have a slight Pearl addiction 😏.

 This is a 28 inch champagne gold plated wire, coffee coloured freshwater pearl and glass bead necklace.

 I love these colours and may have to keep it for myself. I made earrings to match as well.

The postie delivered these beauties yesterday 😀.
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Soojay xx

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Pearls

 Before I started to make jewellery, I was not that bothered by Pearls. I could take them or leave them - they seemed a bit too expensive anyway. I have SO changed my mind!! I ordered some as they seem popular and I wanted to be able to sell some of the things I make. 
I LOVE them- no photograph can do them Justice. I have made a few necklaces and bracelets by using wire for rosary links , I thought it was time I learned to how to Knot them. 
It took a few attempts to get it right but once you get into the rythum, it soon comes along. 

 I do need to get my silk quantity right first as this was not as long as I wanted to make it at 16 inches.

I love the lustre.

 I had no idea there were so many types of pearls either. The pink ones above are shell pearls. Googles definition of shell pearls are : Man made Sea Shell Pearls are created by repeatedly dipping a round matrix bead into a glowing, brilliantly colored solution of binders and crushed mother of pearl. They are polished and dipped, again and again, until they reach the size desired. They are very heavy, often much heavier than real pearls.

 These are all natural cultured freshwater pearls and they come in so many shapes and sizes ( and prices) . If you are interested here is a link to the names and qualities of the different types . There are also lots of imitation pearls around too, some like the swarovski crystal pearls are quite lovely and are also expensive.


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Soojay xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Hammering and mens Jewellery

 I ran out of ready made chain, so thought it was time to learn to make my own. I have bought SO much wire anyway. First up is small wire beaded links with a finer wire ( 08. mm gauge) .
I watched this you tube video to learn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS6fy9SJ8TM

It was fiddly at first but I got the hang of it.
 
 I made this necklace ( av. in my Etsy shop) , with agate and mookite gem stones.

 Then came the hammering - I found some pinterest images and just copied them to make the "S" links and clasp. 

 This time I used a 1mm gauge wire, the hammering work hardens the metal and makes it stronger. I made hubby a necklace.

I also made a bracelet with the thicker wire.
I have been told to get a rubber block to dampen down the noise while I am hammering ....oopps!!

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Soojay xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

February Tag swap

 I managed to join in with the UK Scrappers tag swap for this month. It's been a long time since I had the time to play along.

 The prompt for the months was quite easy and we were given the following themes to choose from :
  • Its birth flower is the violet (Viola) and the common primrose (Primula vulgaris).
  • Its birthstone is the amethyst. It symbolizes piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity.
  • Its zodiac signs are Aquarius (until February 19) and Pisces (February 20 onwards)

 I chose the Amethyst (Feb's birthstone) colours and if you look really close , spring flowers of violet and primrose amongst the mushrooms.

 I used a prima doll stamp and paper pieced it. I used water colour paints and distress inks.

Because it is February , had to have a little romance in there and four little pieces of Amethyst attached to each tag.

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Soojay xx

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Using Labradorite today

 First up is a Memory wire bracelet. I Love memory wire ( although it can be a bit fiddly to finish off)  because you don't need to worry about sizing as it just wraps around the wrist.

 you don't need any fiddly clasps either, I usually just add a pretty gem to the end, in this case a faceted oval labradorite.


The gemstones look so pretty in different lights and are iridescent when they move.

 As you probably know by now, I love rosary linking and have used this method either side of that beautiful 925 silver flower to make this 24 inch necklace.

 I had run out of chain to finish this off, so made one myself with the silver plated wire. I hammered it to make it more durable and made an "s" hook clasp.


 The photos do not do the stones justice.



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Soojay xx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Spring Gems

 Using some of my favourite gemstones and pearls here to make these pretty rosary linked pieces.

 Spring green peridots ( the colour always makes me smile) in rondells and Amethyst faceted rounds.

 Rosary linked with silver plated wire ans findings.

 All the gemstones and pearls are genuine and natural with no treatment.
 The earrings also include the flat round pearls.

I love all the colours you see in the pearl nacre.

All available in My etsy shop ( link in side bar)

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Soojay xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WOYWW 402

 Morning deskers- rainy dull morning here .
I am working on a Peridot, Amethyst and Pearl necklace and bracelet - this is as far as I got last night.

 Some of my Gemstones in that box and about half of the pearls in the jar. The bags contain silver plated copper wire and the black s lon was actually used to repair a bra this morning and try to trap the bone back in - I know - it wont last! and TMI ha ha.

 An old Chinese container has my jewellery making tools in it - I need a bigger box!!

 To the far right , is  y stamped , painted images for making a few more "journals" for pupils at school. Under that pile somewhere is a pack of new(ish) Kaisercraft papers to scrapbook with - watch this space.

At the back is a jewellery stand that dort gave to me, to put my latest makes until they find a home.
I will hop around later as I am off for coffee with friends from work as its half term ......yayyyyy.
See you later.


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Soojay xx