Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Jewellery making’

Welcome Back

The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for October 2012 is:

Season’s

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 Season’s theme.

Colours

Here in the UK we just arrived at autumn, so a warm colour palette of earth tones for us

  • Reds
  • Greens
  • Yellows
  • Browns

Of course if you live outside the UK you are likely to have a different colour palette to match your own current season, choose from that for your project this month.

Techniques & Styles

Lets go off the wall a bit this month, how about trying a different craft for the first time. Here’s a few to get your ideas going

  • Art be that painting/drawing or paper crafts
  • Jewellery making
  • Knitting. There are some fabulous yarns around in all the colours you can imagine
  • Holiday projects. There are plenty of holidays coming up, where ever you are in the world jump in early and save yourself some stress.
  • Baking. (My cooking is awful but I bet yours is great) How about baking up your favorite supper/pudding with seasonal products.

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 :)

Read Full Post »

Welcome Back

Just wanted to share my third pair of handmade earings.

My third pair of earings

My third pair of earings

The beads are a combination of those from a box from Edinburg wool mill shop and from Sanctuary beads. The findings were from Sanctuary beads. I can see collecting beads as becoming addictive ohh dear, the magpie for colours and shiny things makes another appearance!

This months Virtual Crafting Challenge is Beads, gems and charms. I’m sure you have a stash of beads in the cupboard, why not try combining them with your crafting projects. I’d love to see what you create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Read Full Post »

Welcome Back

Just wanted to share a picture of my second pair of earings, that I made a while ago.

My second pair of hand made earings

My second pair of hand made earings

These were made from Beads and from the Edinburg wool mill and also from Sanctuary Beads, the findings were also from Sanctuary beads.

This month The Virtual Crafting Challenge is Beads, gems and charms, why not dig out those beads and have a play. There are so many great tutorials on You Tube to get you started. I also found some really useful books in the library.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Read Full Post »

My First Bracelet

Welcome Back

In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the first bracelet I made. It was a while ago now, before I hurt my hand.

My First Bracelet

My First Bracelet

Love these beads, they were from a box of beads from Edinburg wool mill shop. They tend to stock these bead sets around Christmas time, so keep an eye out for them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Read Full Post »

Welcome Back

In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Compendium of Beading Techniques by Jean Power

Compendium of Beading Techniques by Jean Power

  • Title: Compendium of Beading Techniques
  • Author: Jean Power
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-84448-436-2
  • Price RRP; £12.99 (correct at time of writing).

My Reason for Buying

Initially I found this book in the library but it was so good I had to buy it. I am new to jewellery making and wanted a book to tell me about the different tools, bead types, materials used and also some techniques. I will mainly be buying online so needed to know the names of things to search for them.I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

  • Getting Started; explains bead types and sizes. Tools and how to use them. Storage options and also advice about designing your own projects.
  • Stringing; options for materials to string with. Explains where each material are best used and techniques.
  • Wirework; Techniques for decorative wire work and how to make your own findings
  • Beadweaving; Second half of the book dedicated to techniques and tips on weaving with beads

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Clear photos next to techniques and materials
  • Clear explanations of what things are and how to use them
  • Plenty of finished pieces for inspiration

Cons

The only downside to this book, is it is in a compact format,physically smaller than other books. The problem with this is that it does mean that the print gets quite small. A shame as the content is so good.

Value for Money

Excellent! Essential reference book for anyone interested in beading and jewellery making. For the same price as two jewellery making magazines you have a complete reference guide!

Would I buy it Again?

Yes and highly recommend it to everyone.

Summing up

Perfect if you are a newbie to the world of beads and jewellery making. This is a brilliant reference book. Essential to help you find your way around the bewildering choice of beads and their related items. Really useful if you want to get started and want to know what tools/materials are essential and what can be bought later on.

If like me you are buying most of your materials from the internet and don’t have access to classes this book is essential. Know what people are referring too, what materials to use with which kinds of beads and also has a useful guide about bead sizes and quantities.

A must have book for beaders. Would make a fantastic present for a newbie.

Links

Check out this book on Amazon, where you can get it for under £8! (correct at time of writting).

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Read Full Post »

My first Earings

Welcome Back

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 :)

Read Full Post »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 265 other followers