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:)
What a wonderful few days….
Yesterday at work I was helping our Maintenance chap to clear out rubbish that had accumulated around the site (the things I volunteer for! But I do believe that Managers need to get down and dirty sometimes). I not only found a £10 note, but then found hidden away in our Storage/Workshop unit a horde of Crystal Chandelier Drops. They are not faceted, but beautifully crafted just the same and I immediately thought of jewellery.
I am going away for the weekend tonight so won’t get chance to play with them until next week but I have lots of wonderful ideas for these gorgeous crystal beauties.
- Chandelier Rain Drop crystal
- Chandelier Smooth Almond crystal
I am beginning to think that I might have been a Magpie in a previous life! It never fails to delight me the infinite variety of items that can be put to fabulous use in Jewellery.
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).
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.