Monday, April 28, 2008

beading jewellery

There is a wonderful site I have come to know and they do fantastic bead work called bead infinitum the ladies names are Gwen and Florence. Anyway I have purchased some kits from them but they also have some free paterns too.

Diamond Netted bead (purchased kit)

Rivoli Sunflower (another kit) (front)

Lastly while I have been waiting for some other supplies to arrive I decided to make there free pattern netted bracelet. I just used what I had so I havent really decided yet if I fully like the colours. Its lemon jade, carnilien and red adventurine.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Chain Maille

I have been a part of the beading forum for a good few months now and was introduced to the wonderful world of chain maille jewellery. Basically buy linking rings together in certains ways to get different pieces. I am sure there is a more technical way of describing it but that will do for now. This is the first piece I made called byzantine. I have only used small pics but will have a link at the end of this post if you wish to see them bigger.

After making this I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful lady named Cas. She makes her own rings and has great tutorials. After purchasing some I made the following:

Full Persian

Double Spiral

Butterfly (sorry its missing its clasp at the moment)

Then I got introduced to the wonderful world of spider. She is from the US and has wonderful DVD tutorials. I purchased DVD no. 2 and these are just a sample of some of the stuff I made. I used one of her copper kits.

The top one is dragonscale, then turkish round, snake or round maille, half persian 5 in 1 and lastly jens pind (one of my fav)

Ok well that is it for this post but I will add more of my chain maille later till then if you wish to see more go here . Also if you are interested in getting some great easy tutorials/kits visit Cas's website here

Thanks for looking.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Deb's lampwork beads

I have been lucky enough to me a wonderful women named deb at the bead meetings that I go to that makes wonderful lampwork beads. I have been slowly building up a stash but thought it was high time I make some jewellery with it.

First is a bracelet with crystals and silver spacers, some charms and a silver and garnet toggle.

Next is a pendant made with a lampwork beads and some swarovski's. I am currently in the process of making a double viking knit necklace to go with it.



I am pretty happy with these ones.

If you are interested in Deb's wonderful beads head to here. At the bottom of this page is here email if you are interested in any and click on photo's to see her work. You wont be disappointed.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Joining the rest

Ok where to start. My name is Shona and this is my first blog. I am currently a member of the beading forum and everyone seems to have a wonderful blog to show what there making, designing etc in the way of jewellery. So I thought maybe it is time for me to join the ranks of bloggers.

I am relatively new to jewellery making at the moment my love is chain maille (which I will talk about more in the future) and I have just recently started some beading work. I will soon post some of my work.

At this stage I hope to keep this up to date. It will just depend on how much time I get making jewellery.
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