Jewellery making tutorial : Vivianne

Today, I’m trying to offer a mini-tutorial.

For the basic aspects (how to open and close rings, how to set a clasp…), there are already plenty of excellent tutorials online, so I’m only covering the specifics on this one (mostly the measurements).

Of course, being the uncomplicated person that I am, I had to try and draw it.

Jewellery tutorial

‘Vivianne’ is a jewellery set with matching earrings and necklace. I chose flat, not quite round Czech glass beads. They are a bright, translucent green with a slight turquoise blue shading. This particular colour goes very well with a dark chain.

I wanted something asymmetrical but simple. It took quite a few tests to find a satisfying combination.

 

Here is the final result:

Jewellery set Vivianne

(Click to see more pictures)

 

Material: 

Round-nose pliers

Flat-nose pliers

Cutting pliers

Around 45-50 cm chain (20 inches).

5 eye pins (40 mm)

1 head pin, for the pendant bead

1 lobster clasp

1 extension chain (60 mm)

Beads (20 mm)

11 jump rings (5 mm)

 

Enjoy!

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Subway doodle

Subway1

 

Tuesday night sketch in the subway.

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Creations #4

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Urielle - Unakite and bronze chain jewellery set: Necklace, earrings, bracelet
Urielle – Unakite and bronze chain jewellery set: necklace, earrings, bracelet
Marguerite - Green jade, white quartz and bronze flowers
Marguerite – Green jade, white quartz and bronze flowers
Calliste - Cherry quartz and silver beads bracelet
Calliste – Cherry quartz and silver beads bracelet
Lénaïs - Baroque chandelier earrings with Swarowski crystals
Lénaïs – Baroque chandelier earrings with Swarowski crystals
Julienne - Green jasper, glass beads, Swarowski crystals
Julienne – Green jasper, glass beads, Swarowski crystals
Aure - Origami cranes earrings
Aure – Origami cranes earrings
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Sketching #1

While making jewellery, sometimes I improvise, and sometimes I need to draw what I have in mind beforehand.

Here are few sketches I made. I used a pentel brush pen, which gives  very fluid lines. It’s a pleasant tool for sketching.

Click on the pictures to see the final result!

 

Garance jewellery set

Octavie jewellery set

Séraphine Necklace

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Teacup

teacup

 

Monday afternoon sketch, just because.

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Creations #3

Céliane - glass beads, silvecoloured charms and chain
Céliane – glass beads, silvecoloured charms and chain
Lime - 3 ranks of pearly beads
Lime – 3 ranks of pearly beads

Willa - origami paper cranes and beads

Willa – origami paper cranes and beads

Marmelade - glass wire-crapped beads
Marmelade – glass wire-crapped beads
Geneviève - champagne and lumi green glass beads and copper chain
Geneviève – champagne and lumi green glass beads and copper chain
Octavie - wood beads and bronze chain
Octavie – wood beads and bronze chain
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About Spam

I loathe advertising.

No, really. This is how advertising feels to me:

spam

It’s not really my fault: I was raised by the Supreme Pontiff of Ad-Hating (that’s my dad) who banned any form of it in our house.

The show we were watching on TV got cut to commercials? You would hear a very loud “AAAD!”, then he’d leap towards the remote and change channels. More advertising there? Change again. Advertising everywhere? He’d cut the sound until it was over.

When we recorded films on VHS from TV, he would stop the recording right when the commercial break started, rewind just a bit, pause, forward frame by frame so that not a single bit of advertising was left on the tape, then press “record” again only when the film was back on.  The tape would lose perhaps a few seconds of film from this live editing, but afterwards, we could enjoy the film without interruption. That was his little pride and joy: ‘Did you see how clean that cut was? No ads!’

He’s crazy, isn’t he? Well, I agree. But I’m also glad he is. In primary school, I already knew how manipulative the media are.  My father’s craziness taught me very early how to keep a critical mind.

Sure, I was left out of some conversations during recess (‘Hey, did you see X ad on TV? It’s so funny!’), but I didn’t mind. Actually, I was quite proud to play the snobbish, mature person who knew better.

Even today… Sometimes, I have to print a train ticket I bought online, those awful, ad-plastered pages that could be just four lines of text and a QR code, but no! They have to offer you the best prices for hotels and 30% reductions on rental cars if you book it before 1 pm.

That is to say, they expect me to waste paper and ink for information I don’t need and didn’t ask for.  Like that’s going to happen. So I open the PDF file in Photoshop, remove all ads and print only the ticket info. 5 minutes of my time spent, a lot of stupid pride satisfied.

fighting spam

This was a very long introduction. But now that you realise how crazy I am, you might understand how hard being a jewellery designer with an online shop can be on a daily basis.

Basically, when I launched my shop, this mental process occured:

‘I have nice stuff to sell. Okay, my shop is open now. Hm, no views. Yes, well, of course, people don’t know about my shop yet.  Okay, I have to let them know. How…?

Oh.

OH.

Damn.’

 

Please note that I don’t have anything against commerce. I buy stuff, I sell stuff, it’s a cool interaction between human beings.

But my heart breaks a little every single time I tweet, share, like, pin, or anything else I do to promote my products. Because I feel like this:

spam2

I am a monster.

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The Rolling Beads

rolling-bead

You would think this happens less with experience. Well, it doesn’t. When I move, I’m going to find so many hidden treasures under my furniture.

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Creations #2

Antonia
Antonia – Jade gemstone and bronze-coloured charms
Séraphine
Séraphine – Blue agate gemstones
Antonia
Hélia – Swarowski crystals strass beads
Shenou
Shenou – copper-coloured charms
Plume
Plume – red bead and bronze-coloured feather charm

 

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Just jewellery designer things

I know I shouldn’t make stuff when it’s night time and I don’t own a white light. But do I listen ?

insufficient light

There isn’t enough daylight in this world, that’s the real problem.

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