Sunday, 25 April 2010

Look, I made this wirework clasp!

After stringing these beads onto wire, I realised that I had no suitable clasps left, so I made my own. I don't know what the conventional way to make an S clasp is. I took some 20 gauge craft wire and folded it in two to give the clasp some strength, leaving the middle where I folded it slightly open in order to attach it to a jump ring. I shaped it, and coiled the cut end. Then I hammered it flat in order to harden it a little.
I attached two large closed rings to the beadalon wire and crimped - one to fix to the clasp and the other to loop over the clasp.

Large green twist necklace

I love these large green twist beads - they have a faint hint of orange in them. Here I have attached it to a silver plated oval chain, as the shapes are complementary, and finished it with a magnetic clasp.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Double Strand Flower Bracelet

In this double stranded bracelet, I used 8mm purple fluorite and added in a couple of flower beads with two holes to hold the strands together. My original intention was to make a necklace but I didn't have the time to work out the physics that would hold the necklace the right side up!!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Phone charm

My first phone charm! Must dash -school run!

Tribal Necklace

Just crammed in a few bits between finishing work and the school run. I started to string these wooden puff beads onto some leather thong, knotting in between each bead with the intention of creating a bracelet. However, the beads are too big to be comfortable on my wrist so I have turned it into a necklace. The silver diamond link chain really doesn't go, and I am now on the lookout for some coloured chain - maybe black, brown or orange, so that I can swap it.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Seed Bead Rose Ring

Just a little ring thing that I made last night while my husband was watching an old episode of Jonathan Creek - supposed to be a little vintage looking dusty rose ring. The bonus is that it doesn't hurt to wear it!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Blue Fifties Necklace

Apologies that these couple of posts are mainly image. I love this necklace made from big acrylic beads and Czech druks - nice and light and summery. I now have a jam jar full of gobstopper size beads of all types - very inspiring.

Raspberry Ripple Earrings

Good enough to eat! These raspberry earring were made using some polymer clay beads that I bought on Etsy from Pennyslane, added a couple of dark cherry bicones.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Puzzle Wood

Okay, so my collage isn't great, but these are all photos that I have taken at Puzzle Wood near Coleford, Forest of Dean. This place is absolutely fantastic, especially if you are first to arrive, like we were. It looks like a normal wood from the outside but on the is magical and like no wood you have ever seen before.
There is moss and lichen everywhere and gnarled trees and twisting paths and bridges guiding you through the wood, and to the right and left of you are deep rocky caverns called scowles which are the result of a network of ancient collapesd caves.
See it on TV: the new Doctor Who episodes 4 and 5 are shot in Puzzle woods and so is Merlin.

Charm Bracelet

What is it about spring that makes me think autumn. If ever a piece of jewellery was autumn, this was it. And really I am thinking spring - desperate to get my hands on a lemon yellow sundress, and paint my toenails, and get some new flip flops etc.

Did I mention the charm bracelet? ... Immediately on taking the photo, I realised I need to add some more beads to the top left side of the picture, but as ever, I'm much too impatient to add them, take another picture and post it: I'll just do it later!

Anyway, the beads are leftovers from other projects and the findings and metal charms are a combination of Vintaj and Trinity brass. Nice.