Thursday, 17 September 2015

Sweet Pea Set

The colour of these matt glass Indian beads reminded me of sweet peas!  I felt inspired to use them in another crochet necklace with a few coloured freshwater baroque pearls for added interest.  I like the delicate and at the same time random effect and made a pair of earrings to match.


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Mobius Flower Link Bracelet

This bracelet was great fun to make with 11 silver plated copper mobius flowers linked together.  Each mobius link is made up of 5 jump rings.  There are a total of 103 jump rings in the bracelet overall!

I think it would be stunning made with sterling silver but I will refrain from using higher valued metals whilst I am still practising.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Wrapped Loops

I've been practicing wrapped loops using 6mm copper coloured wire on two of the drops and using a head pin on the silver coloured one.  It took me a while to understand the technique but once understood it is a satisfying way of turning a gemstone/bead into a wearable piece of jewellery as a pendant or as a charm.

I harnessed the technique by watching lots of YouTube videos and from the book Compendium of Beading Techniques by Jean Power

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

European 4-in-1 Chainmaille

I have recently discovered chainmaille and think it could be a new addiction.  I find the repetitive pattern of joining the rings together very relaxing and also engaging.  The above samples are European 4-in-1 chains which are the weave used to make chainmaille armour.

The first sample at the bottom is much more open weave as I used larger jump rings.  It is great to use large jump rings to practise on and be able to see what you are doing!    The top photo is the size rings I will be using to make these links in the future as it looks much more intricate and has a wonderful fluidity about it.

There are endless possibilities for chainmaille jewellery as there are 100's of weaves.  It looks like I am going to be occupied for a while!