Saturday, 22 January 2011

New Arrival - A Nappy Cake for Elishia

There has been a new arrival in the family.  Elishia, the daughter of hubby's nephew arrived 10 days early catching me completely off guard in the pressie department - but at least the cards were made!

I'd seen the Diaper/Nappy Cake idea online and thought I'd give it a go - these photos aren't the finished article as I keep changing things.  Will take a proper look later and finalise what goes where and she might just get it by her due date!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

My First Attempt Making Gemstone Jewellery

Here is my first attempt at making gemstone jewellery.  As you can probably tell from the photo, it's a necklace and earrings set.  

I've made as a Birthday present, the set consists of tourmaline chips, pale amethyst faceted beads, onyx faceted beads and black lava rock.  I added in some Swarovski crystals for some added bling - unfortunately you can't see the sparkle in the photo! 

The findings I used are all sterling silver.  

Making Jewellery - turning an Earring into a necklace

For the last few years I've had a broken bling earring lurking in my craft box awaiting that flash of inspiration that would give it a new lease of life.  Last week I received the gemstone kit I'd ordered and whilst playing with a few bits and bobs from it I realised that the earring just might make a nice pendant for some faceted black onyx rounds and some AB coated Swarovski crystals on the lower half and in the top section the onyx is "floating".  

I had a go at making a display stand with a trifold card - a bit on the wee side but it did the trick once I wrapped the wires round!