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First Commissions

I was thrilled when a colleague asked me to make two necklaces, one each for her and her daughter-in-law; then when I sat down to start my first commission the reality and enormity of the responsibility came flooding at me.

I had made a multi-strand chain/charm necklace for myself (see below) and my colleague asked for one in gold-plated chain, and as her daughter-in-law’s birthday is looming she wanted me to make a necklace that was “chunky and sophisticated”.  It’s funny how all inspiration falls away from you when face with the momentous first commission, I couldn’t even think where I would get the chain from (even though there is a very good Bead Shop in the town I live in).  So days passed with my head feeling like candy floss, until I forgot about my new challenge during a particularly busy day.  Later that evening the creative juices flowed and although the results are quite conservative in design I am very pleased with them.

Today I present the two necklaces to my colleague and hope that she likes them too. I will obviously keep you posted.

Gold plated three chain necklace with faux pearl and Swarovski crystal My multi strand chain necklace

Sardonyx Hearts, Moonstone, Onyx and White Quartz

 

 

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Recycle, Reuse, ReGlam

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).

All that Glitters

Like many people I am passionate about jewellery and always have been – at School even my music teacher asked if I like Jewellery because of the elaborate way that I embellished my work in his class.

Jewellery making has given me an outlet for my creative instincts – away from the day-to-day drudgery of the 9-5 – and I love the way that the gemstones ‘speak to me’ during the design process

Last night I was playing with Red Jasper, mixing it with Onyx and fancy Jasper and although the basic pattern came easily I just could not get the design to ‘sing’ to me.  Then came that fabulous Eureka moment when I imagined the sparkle of tiny golden seed beads interspersed amongst the Red Jasper, and there was the finished design.

I adore the whole process of making jewellery; it does not matter if it’s stringing, wirework, weaving or anything else, the bottom line is creating something beautiful.

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