Some fun with pictures for shop updates!
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Alba — white howlite and copper bracelet
Edda — sterling silver, enameled earrings
Ginevra — Mobius knots earrings
Nadia (v. VI) — amazonite pectoral necklace
Olympe — white agate and silvertone beads necklace and earrings set
I keep scratching my head trying to come up with new ideas to photograph my items and feature them in shop updates. I know I put way too much effort in this, but it keeps things interesting.
I found out I really like jewellery set on their ink and paper version.
Turquoise on a silver platter.
Hematite goes on an adventure.
I like my jewellery to be well-read.
Earrings in the wild.
Basilie – Sodalite chips and silvertone beads
Cendrine – Czech glass beads and silvertone metal caps
Elvire – Garnet chips and silvertone rings
Estelle – Hematite chips
Frida – Blue agate beads and silvertone chain
I’ve recently been inspired by Viking jewellery. I love the turtle brooches with several strands of beads. I’m trying to make something close with the materials I have laying around.
A word of warning: making jewellery is not my main activity. Therefore, I never took the time and money to put together a good working space. I work on my cluttered living room table, with terrible lighting and even worse seating. I don’t give much of a damn about my comfort, so let it be known I’m quite a bad example.
Yes, I put my beads in a tin box that once contained cheese crackers… The computer is for picture reference and music.
Even after sketching, I prefer to lay down all the beads and pieces. What I have in mind and what is possible or better looking are often different. Plus, it makes me check if I actually have enough material to make the whole necklace.
I mixed amazonite and blue agate with silver-coloured chandeliers that can hold three strands of beads. Their style is rather victorian(ish) than Viking, but nevermind, it’s still pretty. I’m adding some metal beads and caps here and there.
Final result coming soon!
Overview of this year’s Christmas presents I made, part II!
For those, I just improvised.
Amazonite bracelet – for the lady of the house.
Garnet chips and copper earrings – for her daughter #1
Sodalite chips – for her daughter #2
Citrine, Czech glass ans Swarovski crystal earrings – for her daughter #3
Cracked Czech glass bracelet – for M., 5 years old
Blue agate necklace – for her mum
Amethyst earrings – for her grandma!
Earrings ‘Apolline’ — Swarowski crystals and copper chandelier
‘Artémise’ set — Aqua terra jasper and silver-coloured sequins and filigree beads
‘Isaure’ set — Green jasper and silver-coloured rings
‘Judith’ earrings — Lapis lazuli beads and silver-coloured charms
‘Maëlle’ bracelet — Tiger’s eye beads and bronze-coloured toggle clasp
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.
‘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:
(Click to see more pictures)
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)
Click on the pictures to see more!