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


AJE Component of the Month - April Reveal

For April we had Rebekah's beautiful beads to work with. I utterly love these beads, the colour, the texture and the writing on the side is such a wonderful little detail!

(Rebekah's wonderful photo)

I got a stunning seawashed grey heart and knew straight away that I wanted to make a necklace with it.

I decided to put together a collection of prong and bezel set treasures that like the heart had alot of texture in them and here is what I came up with!

Purple lampwork bead, rough peridot, old Spanish coin, Rebekah's beautiful seawashed heart, wonderful lampwork by Genea Beads, rough amethyst and a tiny ammonite.

My photos do not show up the beautiful colours in this necklace that well, there is lots of purples, greens and browns!

A massive thank you to Rebekah for the stunning bead and if you would like to see more of  Rebekah's amazing beads check shop Tree Wings Studio!

I'm really looking forward to seeing what the other participants have made....


AJE Team

Have a wonderful day x


M, N, O, P, Q R, and S!

A-Z Challenge (Things I love)

M - My Mother! oh and Money but not so much of the modern every day stuff (tho more of that would be nice) I love the beautiful old coins of long ago that are just plain beautiful to look at, back in the days when coins were made of silver and gold!!!

N - Netsuke, I love anything miniature and these like works of art are just amazing!

O - Owls, I got super excited a couple of weeks ago late at night because there was an owl hooting out side my window!

P - Post! I love getting post, I think it is a hermit thing, but I stalk the posties!

Q - Queen or The Queen...

Because she is amazing!

R - Reading, I do love when a book is so good you just cant put it down, I have just finished reading The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman and I loved it, beautifully written and with a surprising ending! Next up The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal.

S - Stationary, any journals, note books, fountain pens, pencils even stickers!

Bead Peeps Swap 'n' Hop

I can't believe it! I completely forgot to show you the wonderful treasures I received from my wonderful partner Melissa for the Bead Peep's Swap 'n' Hop! I have had the photos on the computer since I snatched them off the postie, but have only just remembered to post them, Sorry Melissa!

So here are the lovely things I received....

Ceramic spike focal and bracelet bar by Peruzi, the textures on these pieces are wonderful and knew straight away what I was going to do with that spike (so exciting)!
Lampwork focal by DKS in purple and green.
Soar Pendent/charm by the wonderful Melissa herself (made for the beads of courage charm auction hosted by the amazing Jen Cameron which we both took part in). I love this charm, the colours are very me and it is so tactile.

Lots of sparkle for the magpie in me! Czech crystal rondelles, and titanium coated druzys (I have always wanted druzy beads, they are just so twinkly)!

The cutest ever little copper bird clasp, Czech glass owls and these wonderful Australian wood beads!

And finally these wonderful Australian pennies and three pences, aren't they cool! I feel utterly spoilt and can't wait for the revel on 2nd May. Thank you so much Melissa


I, J, K and L

A-Z Challenge (things I love)

I - Ice cream, because how can you not!
J - Jewellery, because that's what I do, here are a few of my favourite ever....

From the wonderful new book Timeless Weaving by Lisa Barth, Labradorite in copper

 Amethyst and peridots hearts with a bit of chainmaille

Stunning lampwork by the very talented Jen Cameron 

An eclectic mix of treasures!

K and L - Katelyn (yep spelt like that) and Lana....

My 6 year old and my niece who is 4 arn't they cute! We had her over for a sleepover over Easter and had a wonderful time!

Have a great day xxx


H - Handmade

A - Z Challenge (things I love)

Well H has to be handmade! I adore handmade items, the time, care and artistry that goes into making something special, that will be treasured and loved!

Here is what my hands have been making the last couple of days....

A little felt pocket fairy named Daisy for my little girl. The pattern for this cutie is by the amazing Ginger Melon on Etsy and is really very easy to make, even when you have an impatient six year old leaning over your every stitch asking when she will be finished!

She even comes with the pattern to make this super cute tin bed, blanket and pillow. Here are a few other handmade items I love on etsy....

'H - Handmade' by silverniknats

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Bronze Unicorn Coin Pendant

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Best Friends - Sisters - Wat...

Instant Download PDF Pattern...

Pastel colors - Necklace

Autumn Moon- Art on Glass- l...

Buzzy Bee pendant

NEW Kerribeads Lampwork Trib...

hedgehog soft toy woodland h...

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mon'Ours (Open edition, ...

Fairytale Stone & Iron Gate ...

Cherry blossom ceramic coast...

Ornate keyhole escutcheon ch...

Fairy shoes/ felted home sli...
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