AJE July Component of the Month reveal

July was my turn to host AJE Component of the Month and I am so excited to see what every one has created!

What I came up with is quiet different to what I normally make, usually I try to make small delicate petite pieces, mostly because I am vertically challenged and anything big looks like I am a child trying to wear adult jewellery, but this time I threw caution to the wind and went with big and chunky!

I have brought myself a lazy daisy and have been playing around with viking knit and decided to use some in this piece....

It's very chunky, (well on me it is!) the viking knit is about 1cm thick and I have used one of my painted clasp with a pair of Kerri Fhur's lampwork beads.

So there you have what I came up with, now I do hope you will join me in hopping around to see what the other fab participants have created....

Have a great day x


June Year of jewelry project

Some how I have managed to keep up with the yaer of jewellery project (well just about)....

Week 23 (Jun 6) - Birthstone of the Month: Pearl (erm no, it's not pearl but it's cute)!

Treasure Locket

Week 24 (Jun 13) - Something Old + Something New (YES, old made new)!

Very Special Treasure Locket 

Week 25 (Jun 20) - My Dad's Favourite Colour (no a miss on this one my dad dose not have a favourite colour)!

My AJE Fire Fly Piece

Week 26 (Jun 27) - One of My Country's Symbols (again no, but I think these are really sweet!)

Lampwork and Tourmaine Earrings

Fingers crossed I am hoping to get more blogging in this month, so my poor abandoned blog should be feeling more loved, so I will see you all very soon!


AJE COM Theme: Fireflies

Today is the reveal day for Art Jewelry Element themed component of the month and our theme... Fireflies. Unfortunately I have never seen a firefly, we don't get them where I live, but I imagine they would be a wonderful and magical sight, rather dreamy and fairy like!

My idea was to make a mixed metal bead, copper and silver with a touch of sparkle from a little tear drop yellow sapphire.....

While it did not turn out exactly as I wanted it (I wanted to add silver grass but just could not get it to look right) I do really like it. 

It definitely did need a touch more silver tho, maybe I will try again with the grass or two fireflies next time? 

I really enjoyed making this piece tho and shall try a few more beads like this!!! Thanks Jen for the wonderful challenge! I hope you will join me visiting the other participants to see what everyone else created.... 

Guest Designers:



Today I am joining in with Therese and Christine's A Time To Stitch Seven Bead Embroidery hop, So let me start by saying that I am not a seed beader, I own some because while shopping at bead shows they have lots of them on display, and they are lovely colours and I am weak willed, "oh pretty shiny, I am sure I will use them some how!" But I do like to try new things so I joined in again, to give it a good, and this time I managed to make some thing, well after a few tangles and a fair few knots that is.....

Unfortunately it is not a finished piece of jewellery (wow dose sewing tiny beads take ALOT of time) but I did finish the embroidery bit. It's an old Spanish coin, I even sewed on the backing thingy....

And I am rather happy with this one, I do have plans for what it will turn into as well....

I'm thinking cap the spike with silver and copper like I did for my Bead peeps piece and attempt an beaded and metal chain of some kind!!

I rather enjoyed the sewing part so I started another coin....

I'm thinking maybe a few of these all linked together and because I have creative attention deficit disorder I also started making these....

These little tiny's are going to be earrings, so now I am on a mission to finish these pieces, before I start any more!

A massive thank you to Therese and Christine for hosting such a fun and challenging hop and I do hope you will join me, hopping around to see what the other partisapants have created....

                                              1.       Therese (Host) 
2.       Christine  (Host)
3.       Amy
4.       Lola
5.       Lori F
6.       Kim
7.       Becky Pancake
8.       Karin G.
9.       Debbie (Kepi)
10.   LizE
11.   Maryanne
12.   Paula
13.   Wendy
14.   Janet
15.   Jasvanti
16.   Ginger
17.   Alicia
18.   Bobbie
19.   Shirley
20.   Sarah
21.   Cynthia
22.   Lizzie
23.   Samantha
24.   Sally
25.   Niki
26.   Karen W.


May Year of jewelry project

So I seem to have pretty much given up on the themes but here are my Year of Jewellery makes for May
Week 18 (May 2) - Birthstone of the Month: Emerald (it has green in it?)
This piece was made for the Bead Peps Swap n Hop....

Week 19 (May 9) - My Mom's Favourite Colour (Can't say I know what my mum's favorite colours is!!)

Week 20 (May 16) - The Elements (they came from the earth?)

Week 21 (May 23) - Victoria's Secret (secret locket)

Week 22 (May 30) - Mixed Media (glass by the lovely Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions, peridot and silver)!


AJE Component of the Month Challenge - May Reveal

Art Jewelry Elements component of the month for May was provided by the fabulous Susan Kennedy of Suebeads and were a super cute pair of beaded beads....

This is the pair I received and I absolutely LOVE them, they are just so wonderfully dainty and the colours are beautiful!

These beaded beads really are just the perfect size for earrings and would have made such a beautiful pair but I really wanted some thing that I could keep for myself (yep they are that pretty) and I don't like to wear dangly earrings as my two year old toddler likes to tug them out...ouch!

So, I came up with this necklace, simple and summery it reminds me of fluffy clouds in a summer sky.  At the moment it is on a rather thin necklace as this is all I had to hand but I intend to change this out for a long thick ball chain to match the bracelet...

Supper simple and really light weight. I really wanted one of these beaded beads on a bracelet so I could keep looking at it! But I did not want to over power it by using lots of other beads, the main goal was to keep it simple so I soldered some jump rings on to some ball chain and made a little handmade clasp and it is almost done.

I do how ever think it needs a little some thing else, maybe a little charm, some thing dangly? One thing is for sure tho I shall be hiding it away from my teenage daughter, no way this set is ending up in her summer wardrobe!
I would like to thank Sue for the wonderful beaded beads and I hope you will join me in the blog hop to see what everyone else has created.....


Creating with Cabochons

Hello lovely people, today I am participating in the lovely Sally Russick's blog hop, Creating with Cabochons. 
So cabs, it would seem are just as addictive as beads with all there beautiful shiny loveliness and  I may possibly have been building up a bit of a hoard so what better excuse then a blog hop to actually 
use some of them!
Here's a little peep into some of my preciousess....

The cute little shiny ones.

The designer hand cut special ones.

Even some artisan made stunning ones!

Yes so I have issues with my hoarding tendencies it would seem, but they are not the only problems I was going to have during this post!
I signed up with the idea of using one or more of my special cab's, see I have ideas for most of them but not always the courage/skills to make what it is I envision, so this was the perfect excuse to just get on with it!

This little beauty is one of my favourites, a beautiful Prehnite 19mm x 13mm and 7mm tall, perfectly petite and such a lovely colour. The plan for this stone was that it would become a beautiful pendent, wrapped in a 9ct gold bezel with a backing plate of silver for a lovely contrast, with a beautiful question mark shaped bail on the back like the amazing Lexi Ericson shows on her DVD! 
The plan did not work out!
I had a 'Do Not Solder Day' one of the days that no matter what you do, it dose not work! 
Normally at the first signs of one of those days I would walk away and try again another day, but this time I was on a dead line and persistence is key, right?? Wrong!!!

It would seem gold bezel is very different to silver bezel, it is very stiff and hard to shape. My first attempt at a bezel was too big, but no problem I just cut a small section out and re soldered it, but then it was too small,  that's was fine tho, it was just a little small and I could stretch it to make it fit. After 30 minutes of trying to slowly stretch it, it fit! A beautiful snug fit that I then could not get off!

Still I was on a mission,  so I stretched it a tiny bit more and finally had the perfect fit, then while cleaning it up I dropped it in the bin, yep in the bin, a whole bin full of rubbish. At this point I should have given up but it was the only piece of gold bezel I had and I was not letting the bin keep it so I waded through the mound of horrid rubbish, taking out one piece at a time until at the very end I found my shiny piece of gold then I cleaned it up and cut out the back plate and tried to solder the two together.... it did not work, but that's OK I love a challenge so I cleaned it all up again and gave it a second try..... Nope, not working, but hey I don't like gold that much any ways so I will just make up a silver setting.....or not, because on a Do Not Solder Day, I just can not solder, Fact!!! 
But rather then leaving you with a failed attempt and a pile of blackened metal I though I would show you the other cab pieces I have managed to create this month....

Hare treasure locket, with a moonstone cab and 

Stacker ring with tiny 4mm peridot cab and lampwork daisy by the amazing Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions.

Luckily 'Do Not Solder Days' are few and far between! I do hope you will join me in seeing what the other participants have created, and thank you Sally for hosting this great challenge (I have not completely given up on my pendent and shall try again)!


April Year of jewelry project

Week 14 (Apr 4) - Birthstone of the Month: Sparkly like a Diamond, well they do sparkle but not a diamond in sight! This pair of earrings were made for a tutorial on Art Jewelry Elements blog.

Week 15 (Apr 11) - The Story of Me, of course coins! This pair of earrings is currently giveaway on the Artisan Designers Jewelry Buy and Sell Facebook group.

Week 16 (Apr 18) - Made of Thick Wire well made of wire but not that thick! This necklace was made for the Art Jewelry Elements component of the month.

Week 17 (Apr 25) - Embrace Nature, wooden bead! And of course this pendent was made for the Bead Peeps blog hop.

Happy making lovely people and have a great day! x


April giveaway winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my April Competition (sorry it has taken so long to pick a winner but time seems to have escaped me) and the winner is.....

Comment number....

and that is....

The Lovely Noemi, If you could please email me your postal address I shall send your goodies off to you as soon as possible! Thank you to everyone who played along and I shall post Mays giveaway as soon as I have decided what it will be! Have a great day x


2015 Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop Reveal!

 Welcome to my reveal post for the bead peeps Swap 'n' hop hosted by the the lovely Linda Anderson,  my wonderful partner was the amazingly talented Melissa Trudinger of Boho Bird Jewellery and here are the treasures she sent me....

Totally spoilt and a little overwhelmed I set to work, For my first piece I used the lovely Soar charm made by Melissa herself! I knew I wanted to use it as a focal in a bracelet so I built a prong set cage for it out of copper.....

To this I added some Raku beads, a couple of the druzy beads Melissa sent and the lovely bird clasp, now I am not 100% happy with this, I love how the focal looks but the rest of the bracelet feels too chunky so I plan to remake it using smaller beads and some turquoise nuggets to match the beautiful colour of the focal (just have to wait until they arrive in the post)!

For my second piece I used one of the lovely wooden beads, and the sweet silver six pence coins. The coins have holes drilled in them and were then set in place using some copper tube to rivet them together.

 I then simply made a thick copper head pin for it, again this piece is still a work in progress, I plan to use my wood burner to burn a design into the bead, I just have not built up the courage to do so yet (but I will)!!!

My Last and most favourite design possibly ever, uses the green spike focal by Peruzi! I Love this spike and knew what I wanted to do with it straight away, first I cut off the small wire hoop at the top and set about making it a copper and silver setting, then I chose a coin to go with it....

A very old Spanish coin, Then I made up a double prong setting for the coin from 1mm silver wire (this was an utter pain as I had no idea how to actually make this, but after a couple of attempts I managed to figure it out). 

Then it was hung from some lovely old looking sari silk and attached to a hammered silver choker with soldered copper hoops and a bit of wire wrapping to hold it all in place!....

It took a lot longer then I had hoped to get it right, But I really LOVE this necklace!!! Now there will have to be a follow up post to this one because I do have some more works in progress that I ran out of time with!!! Thank you so much for visiting, I do hope you will join me checking out the other #BeadPeepsSwap participants....

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//:fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Marica Zammit http://www.beadlovelies.com
Jessica Hocutt https://faithfamilyandadventure.wordpress.com
Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/blog.com
Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Shalini Austin http://jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/my-blog/
Catherine La Vite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
Annica Larsson http://zestyfrog.wordpress.com/
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Janice Warden Bergeron http://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com
Deb Fortin http://www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Inge von Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Karen Mitchell http://overthemoon-design.com
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Marie Covert http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.blogspot.ca
Johana Nunez http://artincendi.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com
Sue  Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.com
Niky Sayers http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Candida Castleberry http://www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Erin Guest http://www.renlish.com
Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Ien Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Robin Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Marianne Baxter http://www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.com
Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Marti Conrad http://artisancomponentmarketplace.com/martisbuttonsandbeads/2015/03/20/bead-peeps-blog-hop/
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/
Eleanor Thomas http://woolywireetc.blogspot.com
Jeanne Steck http://www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com
Gloria Allen http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Rachel Mallis http://www.mintmonarch.com/#!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Stamper http://skwds.blogspot.com
Chris Haussler http://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Betony Maiden http://www.beadwenches.blogspot.com/
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog/
Jenny Kyrlach http://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
Colleen Foley http://colleenfoleycreations.blogspot.com
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Marcy Lamberson http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Ginny Lones http://www.Skippingintotheunknown.blogspot.com
Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Loretta Carstensen http://designsbyloretta.blogspot.com
Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Louise McCormick-Glazier http://jewelrytreasuresbylouise.blogspot.com/
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Tammy Adams http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Shirley Moore http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes http://pearlify.blogspot.de
Sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Pallavi Asher http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
Jami Shipp http://celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com
Peggy Kosier http://www.kosydesigns.blogspot.ca/
Andra Weber http://andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.com
Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Krafty Max http://kraftymax.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com
Lois Sherwood http://thiznthat5454blog.wordpress.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com
Rebecca Robertson   (White) http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Brandy Collier http://bhjewelry.wordpress.com
Stephanie Haussler http://www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com
Kathleen Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Tami Norris https://jewelrybytami.wordpress.com/
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/
Peggy Johnson http://charmbarn.blogspot.com

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