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Becoming a Jewellery Maker…

Some of you will recall we were lucky enough to win a competition with Jewellery Maker and we received a lovely goody bag of treasures!  Regular readers will know that this blogging duo is made up of one accomplished jewellery maker…and one who is not so much (but she does shop with sheer brilliance!)

We thought the best way to really test out the goody bag would be for the non jewellery maker to give some crafting a go, and here’s what I ended up with:

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…I was a little concerned when Debs showed up with more than one set of pliars…couldn’t work out why I would need more than one!

 

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Ok so I had a little help – but only in terms of tools and guidance on how to use them I promise!

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We had lots of organza ribbon so I was really keen to use this but couldn’t think of how to use it…so I made something up…I’m handy with a needle…

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I took three different colours of organza and cut them to the same length and then threaded them with cotton and pulled

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Finally I attached a brooch clasp on the reverse (sewn on) and this was my first piece – it’s a bit rosette-y but I do quite like the idea. I attached a gemstone bead to the centre.

 

 

So the first piece was just a little something I came up with on the hoof but what I really wanted to make was a necklace inspired by a friend’s Tiffany bracelet.  Now the Tiffany design was a little beyond me and I couldn’t work out how to get the spacing right so I added some rock crystal to help, but the theme was layers.

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The process of laying out the beads for the necklace

 

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Then I threaded these straight onto the wire

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Learning how to add the findings 

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You see I genuinely gemstone did do it all myself!

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We got a couple of different fastenings in the goody bag but this is a great one as the wire is fairly delicate so I didn’t want anything too fiddly

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Ta da! Not too shabby if I do say so myself

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There were also some fab earring bits and I have left the right pieces of amethyst for those…but after two creations trying to work out how to get gems onto the earring pieces was too much, another time perhaps!

 

Disclosure:  The majority of items used to create these were provided by Jewellery Maker as a competition prize – thank you!

Jewellery Maker goody bag

You may remember back in June that we managed to win a competition on Jewellery Maker for a strand of jewellery (lucky us!) as if this wasn’t exciting enough take a look at what actually arrived on our doorstep:

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Yes a wonderful goodie bag, when the package was opened, not only did it contain the fabulous strand of amethyst mentioned in our blog post:

 

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but a whole host of goodies!  Having promised to make something with this I immediately had an inspiration for a fabulous necklace so got a sketch down (inspired by Tiffany…not that I am over ambitious or anything…) ready to show my co-blogger and chief jewellery maker to see how realistic I was being.  More on this another time however, I would hate to spoil the surprise!

In our goodie bag was a host of goodies, tipping it out was a great experience even for a making novice like me.

 

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The amount of material was staggering – we had lots and lots of threading materials ranging from nylon threads, wire and cord.  I wanted to give you the links to everything, but when I went to check out the Jewellery Maker website for threading materials there were just far too many!  I started getting carried away (…do I really need Sari yarn…?  I want it but have no idea what to do with it…if you use it do get in touch and show us what you make)

 

 

 

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There wasn’t just enough additional items to make one or two items, there was enough to make LOADS!  What we haven’t included in the pictures are all the findings also included which are a bit daunting I must admit so as well as listening to pearls of wisdom from my co-blogger I intend to check out the Jewellery Maker YouTube channel for some tips.

We were particularly impressed with the beautiful blue dyed pearls and the aluminium chain (I have literally no idea how this would work but Deborah assures me with the right tools it can be used) and another fab two strands we are hunting down the name of.

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