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From time to time, I head back to this blog to share creations with the reader... and so I have started to work with jewellery - only a week ago! I think I have the knack for it, having always observed carefully every piece of jewellery I buy.
My gran taught me to string beads as a young child - mostly seed and bugle beads, but I never knew quite how to get them to hang around my neck unless the thing was large enough to go through my head. And I have always wanted to make earrings but never knew quite how.
This last weekend, I took the plunge and joined a friend of mine. I put together some tools that I had, together with some supplies from when I last attempted to start again. But this time it went well - I have a couple of items listed on Etsy - Gerimaus's shop!
I travelled to Malaysia earlier this year (actually late last year) and took some photographs that I am really proud of. We trekked along in the jungle, visited beaches and caves.... well writing a whole journal of my travels would bore everyone to death! So I thought I would share some pictures here with those who follow my occasional posts.... here you go!
So today I wore the first set of jewellery that I ever made - my earrings, bracelet and necklace. They are in an aquamarine colour and very summery. A lady just walked in to my office and passed a compliment and then she asked me to make her a pink set.... so I have my first order.
Yesterday I was speaking to the lady who taught me my first proper steps, Jane Hewes, and she did suggest that once word gets round, I will start being asked to make stuff for people. And thus, here we go! I did not think it would be so soon, but it is nice to know that I will be able to sell some of my stuff - there is only so much one can wear in the same colour, even though certain colours tend to be repeated. I cannot wait until she comes back in November - we can have a catch-up (and not just jewellery) and she will teach me some new wiring techniques.
I will try to update this post with some pics later on....
I have been working hard to improve my quality of work... never easy when you're running about like a mad hatter, as I do. So, the best option I have found is to leave my work laid out on my dining table so that I can simply plonk at my chair when I am inspired, rather than have to prepare the whole set up before I even get started.
So, a few weeks back I ordered some lapis beads - some round ones and some long ones. I had seen a Neptune necklace on BeadsDirect, and quite liked the idea but did not have the materials. So I adapted it to this:
Everyone likes it - I may have to order more Lapis. or more long beads in a different colour for that matter. Then I was looking at another design by BeadsDirect, and I created the following purple delight; using seed beads, lampwork beads and multi-faceted rondelles: