Just before Christmas, someone at work asked me if I made wedding jewellery – having never made anything specifically bridal before, I hedged my bets with a non-committal “of course” 🙂 So the last month has been spent searching through the internet, books and my limited imagination to get ideas for wedding jewellery.
The result was a Tiara, necklace and bracelet that I think are not too bad for first efforts. The Tiara has a fairy queen type feel to it, whereas the necklace and bracelet have a winter wedding aura.
The soft toys in the photo’s don’t have names, but they both do things; the cat meows when you pull its tail (I do not condone pulling a live cats tail, mine would definitely withdraw my privileges to live in its house!) and the dog walks, barks and does backwards somersaults – just my little stress release thing, and anyway they look cute…….
Seed Pearl Coil bracelet Gold & Silver coil necklace
The great thing about wedding jewellery is finding the romance is the wire, gemstones and design of the piece. I went for the idea of the fairy tale princess, and felt that white pearl, crystal and a combination of gold and silver would be fabulous for Cinderella and her contemporaries. I would love to do a commission for wedding jewellery, matching the colour scheme, the dreams and hopes of the happy couple and my imagination, and feel that I have some way to making the day magical for the bride and groom.
- Pearl & Crystal Tiara
I have worn the Tiara twice since I made it; firstly on New Years eve at a Royal themed party and just last weekend at a Royal Golden Jubilee themed charity Aerobathon. Yes, you read that correctly – two hours of Salsa, Zumba and Aerobics in a Tiara, I have such an exciting life!
Let me know what you think, perhaps about the jewellery or the toys:)
It’s a gloriously sunny October day, no coat required and I am ‘thinking ahead’ for a change. I have recently started making a range of affordable small pieces of jewellery, often acrylic and glass to keep the cost down, that would be ideal ‘stocking fillers’ for Christmas or quick and easy Birthday presents.
Handbag charms and key rings can be very attractive and inexpensive, but would make a lovely small additional gift for Christmas or a Birthday. Some of the charms on the left have been made with the Turkish eye symbol for good luck and the red one has a cluster of garnet chips which carry a whole book full of mystic properties, for example
- Give peace in your mind.
- Enhance your cleverness.
- Increase the feeling of pride and hearty sense.
With the recent flood of awards ceremonies and fashion weeks everyone has seen the latest in jewellery fashion. Earrings seem to be long and bold at the moment so I am adding some dangly chain earring to go with the selection pictured below. Layering bracelets and cuffs are very fashionable, and give a wow factor to costume jewellery. Cocktail rings are also big and bold with lots of bling and can be made adjustable so that they can fit any size finger. My favourite of the moment is a 5cm round flower ring made from purple dyed shell beads and faux pearls. It definately gets you noticed.
Christmas ideas are relatively simple to make and everyone likes a little sparkle in their Christmas whether it’s a gift or something to wear for the party season. I think I am going to be busy for the next few months, and enjoying every minute of it.
I recently visited a Car Boot Sale and came away with a bag full of jewellery that the owners no longer wanted. My haul was fabulous and included Rose Quartz, Amber, Lapis Lazuli and Antique Crystal. In amongst the gemstones were the usual tired plastic beads on fussy necklaces.
I sad down to take the pieces apart and found more and more useful beads, spacers and bead caps than I first realised. So a very good haul indeed. Then came the task of sorting and dreaming of breathing new life into these pre-loved gems and beads.
The photograph shows just one of the results. A bracelet and pendant following the classic Chanel look. A few silver bead caps made a handful of tired beads into a very chic set.
I like to be Green when I can, and do so hate waste, so recycling pre-loved jewellery into something more en vogue gives me real delight. However, this is not something I have discovered, search the internet and you will find Jewellery made out out almost anything and everything. One of my favourite finds were handbags made entirely out of drinks can ring pulls – I think they are stunning and are often made to aid third world countries (see www.da-lata.com).