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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 :)

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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 :)

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My First Bracelet

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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 :)

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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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I would like to share a picture of the origami Peace Crane earings that I made my good friend Lynn for Christmas.

 

Origami Peace Crane earings

Origami Peace Crane earings

 

They are made from gold coloured velum, this turned out to be a bit heavy to fold with but I got there in the end. This was another project I found in the Paper Fold It book that I bought some weeks ago.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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The book I am reviewing today is;

Compendium of Celtic Crafts by Judy Balchin, Courtney Davis, Vivien Lunniss and Suzen Millodot

Compendium of Celtic Crafts

Published by Search Press; www.searchpress.com

ISBN 13 978-1-84448-355-6

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Compendium-Celtic-Crafts-Courtney-Davis/dp/184448355X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226072783&sr=8-2

 

Anyone who has a keen interest in Celtic artwork will recognise the names of the authors above. This book appears to be a blending together of several sections from other books brought together in one publication. If you have other books on the subject by these authors you would be advised to see this book before you purchase. I have at least one of the individual books by Judi Balchin on Celtic glass painting but still bought this book as it was nice to have the information all in one place and the jewellery section alone was worth the price.

The topics covered in this book are;

  • Celtic Illumination
  • Celtic Calligraphy
  • Celtic Knotwork Jewellry
  • Glass Painting
  • Paper Crafts

Each of these sections is broken into four with excellent information for how to create your own knotwork, Zoomorphic designs and jewellery following the knotwork patterns. There are templates for the glass painting and plenty of useful examples of all the subjects shown and the book is in full colour.

 

If you have never bought a Celtic themed art book this is a great introduction to the varied styles that were used at the time. Definitely worth buying.

 

Links

Courtney Davis; http://www.celtic-art.com/

Judy Balchin; http://www.judybalchin.co.uk/indexframeset.htm

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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