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My first Earings

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Just wanted to share a picture of a set of earings I made before I hurt my hand.

My First Earings

My First Earings

The beads and findings were from a box that I bought in the Edinburgh Wool Mill shop. They were a real bargain as I bought the boxes after Christmas and they were a silly price ;)

Thanks to the regular shows by Beaders Companion on Create and Craft I learnt how to make the earings. My dexterity isn’t up to much so had to rest up after these, (RSI). Hope I can manage to do a little jewellery making even if it will need to be few and far between. It was really fun to make a quick too.

This months Virtual Crafting Challenge is Beads, Gems and Charms. Have you got beads sitting neglected in your craft stash? Dig them out and start using them in your projects, there are loads of tutorials on You Tube to help you get started.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for September 2011 is:

Beads, Gems & Charms

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the theme Beads, gems and charms.

Colours

  • Try new colour combinations with your beading and jewellery making projects

Products

  • Wooden Beads
  • Acrylic Beads
  • Glass Beads
  • Stones & Gems
  • Metals
  • Vintage beads
  • Paper Beads
  • Charms

 

Techniques

  • Bead weaving
  • Making beaded jewellery
  • Make embellishments for other projects
  • Use beads/charms/gems etc on your cards paper crafting
  • Altered Jewellery; Re purpose found/vintage jewellery
  • If you have old jewellery that you like the colours but not the design, how about taking it apart to use the beads in new projects
  • Use a different threading medium; wire, elastic, memory wire, cotton cords, leather cords
  • Make your own beads; paper, polymer clay, Friendly Plastic etc

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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