My Newest Hobby: Making Jewellery
Recently I have got more and more into making jewellery, and have learnt lots of new techniques and tips rom my lovely friend Sally who is a brilliant jewellery designer and owner of The Beaderie in Cambridge. Very fortunately I have also managed to secure myself a part-time job working in The Beaderie, which is probably one of the reasons I have an ever-growing stockpile of beads and findings that are beginning to rival my fabric stockpile (which is gathering dust as I type). What can I say, I am a hoarder of beautiful things!
Anyway, back to the jewellery-making! Between Sally at The Beaderie and Pinterest, my mind is overflowing with ideas and inspiration for things to make, and I am really enjoying learning so many new things and making more complex pieces as I get more adventurous.
I am not going to share all the jewellery I have made recently in this post, I want to leave some of it or other posts (possibly with tutorials so you can give it a try too), but I wanted to get the ball rolling by posting a few things.
I made a turquoise bead necklace on wire for a colleague at the job I recently resigned from, with a shambala bead at the centre. I made this specifically because this colleague (who is lovely) had commented that she didn’t have a turquoise necklace but lots o clothes in that colour.
I also bought some chain and a beautiful painted bead and a dragonfly to make this simple chain necklace that I love:
I also made a two wrap leather wrap bracelet with these irresistable mottled turquoise beads:
If you want to make your own Chan Luu style leather wrap bracelet like this I have already written a tutorial here. I recommend you give it a go if you like these bracelets, they are very simple to make!