I love being able to whip up my own findings when I’m making jewellery. There’s something a bit satisfying knowing that a whole piece like this has been made by my own hands (kumihimo anyone?) instead of having to search through my finding boxes for the right shape, size, colour and diameter jump ring etc. (My finding boxes are not organised like that of course.) But the one thing that I usually make an exception for is the clasp. When I’m thinking about the fastening I’m more inclined to go for security over style but I wanted to create something… Read More
I’ve been biting my tongue for a while. I was asked to be a Tuts+ Craft tutor and for my first project I’ve put together these Dyed Concrete Pendant Necklaces that I’ve been wanting to share with you guys ever since! They definitely took a bit of trial and error to get the colours and consistency right so if you’d like to see how I did it pop on over to the tutorial of tuts+ to check it out! See you there.
You might have noticed that I’ve been branching out into a few more domestic DIYs recently. Don’t worry! My jewellery days are not even close to ending, but I have a flat to decorate, a full time job, a blog to maintain and I’m pretty sure I do not have the same amount of time in the day a Beyoncé. Those motivational quotes are lying to us! So I’ve decided to kill two birds with one stone so to speak. This is the first time I’ve ever lived somewhere I’ve want to stay for the foreseeable future and the first… Read More
It’s no secret that me and bezel settings are somewhat at war. I have made it my life’s mission to create an easy DIYable setting for a range of materials and I think I’m winning! My DIY Faux Geode Necklace was a light bulb moment and a serious game changer in the way I’ve been developing my (strategy) jewellery. The faux geode setting was backless and for this tutorial I wanted to create a full setting. That’s when I discovered epoxy putty – my new secret weapon! Materials: 2mm Silver Aluminium Wire (Aluminium is light and very easily hammered flat) White… Read More
Cord ends are pretty easy to come by but it never hurts to be able to whip one up at a moments notice for your handmade jewellery. They’re a fantastic way to finish cords for bracelets and necklaces, kumihumo braids and leather plaits. So that’s even more of an excuse to make some friendship bracelets and statement necklaces no? Materials: 0.8mm wire 5mm Jump ring maker or a thin sturdy cylindrical object Instructions: 1. Cut a piece of wire around 3″ and wrap around the jump ring maker. Leave a small section at the beginning to grip onto so you… Read More
The Ultimate Statement Necklace calls for the Ultimate Tutorial post, so bear with me on this one.. It is long! It starts with a search for pronged rhinestone bezel settings. I’ve been designing my new range and I needed the perfect materials. Finding these was proving to be difficult (one for the jewellery makers out there..) so when I was contacted by Dinne from Beadmixer it was like someone had sent him from the heavens to solve all my jewellery needs. They’ve got a fantastic range of rhinestone and setting and are sold separately which is exactly what I needed!… Read More
Magazine racks have become big business in my flat recently. Like most creative people I’m a self-confessed hoarder and I find it difficult to get rid of magazines, newspaper and supplements before I have read and digested (or dismissed) everything I want from them. Rather than storing them in piles until my memory of their contents is sufficiently diminished and Al can throw them out (recycle) without me noticing, we can now store them neatly in magazine racks until he gets his chance. This is the second of the two we currently have. The other is a wall mounted rack I… Read More
As with most things in life it’s the finishing touches that can really make a difference. Adding extension chain to your DIY necklaces give them a professional quality that will make your jewellery stand out! You can buy extension chains ready made but making your own is easy, cheap and customisable. You can change the length of the chain and the bead at the end to complement the rest of the necklace. And if you’re wondering about the necklace I’ll be posting a DIY to make this baby later on this week so follow Fall For DIY on Bloglovin (or some… Read More