Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Craftjuice Tuesday - Pretty in Pink

Just click on the image to go find out how to buy any of these items which have been posted on Craftjuice

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Craftjuice Tuesday

I have just joined Craftjuice Tuesday and today my theme is Russian Dolls. As a child I was always fascinated by them . Here is my selection of Russian Doll inspired crafts found on Craftjuice. Click the image to go see more details.
Tote bag by Evabdesigns

Key ring by Bojangles

Brooch by vinTageVioleT
Bracelet by sheria

Monday, 22 March 2010

6 week course - Beaded Jewellery

This 6 week course is a great way of acquiring a range of basic skills required to create beaded jewellery.
Each class aims to introduce the skills,tools, tips and techniques to create a completed item of jewellery .
All of the materials required will be supplied although you may wish to supplement the materials with beads of your own in weeks 4 to 6.
At the end of the 6 weeks you will have created and be the proud owner of a lovely range of jewellery. It will be held at Gallery 12a, South Parade, Doncaster

Week 1

spiral rope necklace by Chris Linacre

You will make a spiral rope necklace similar to these. There will be an eclectic choice of coloured seed beads and a range of gemstone chips to choose from.

Week 2

Peyote seed bead bracelet by Chris Linacre

You will make a bracelet using mixes of size 8 Czech seed beads and learn a stitch called Even Count Peyote and some Circular Peyote. Size 8 are the best size to use when learning new stitches.

Week 3

fringed earrings by Chris Linacre

Moving on from Week 2 we will work with Czech seed beads but this week with size 11s which are smaller than those we used last week. Learning how to increase the width of rows you will make a fringed pair of earrings or 2 Key rings . The earwires will be quality Silver Plate - Sterling Silver ones will be available at an extra charge.

Week 4

Kilt pins by Chris Linacre

This week we will learn how to make loops and make a Kilt Pin or some earrings . This will be a Lucky Dip session for available beads - a bit like raiding your Gran's button tin. You can also bring along beads of your own to incorporate in your designs (PS Buttons can also be used )

Week 5

Memory Wire Bacelet by Chris Linacre

We will be using Memory Wire to make a bracelet or necklace . A range of beads will be available to make an item but once again you can incorporate some of your own beads if you like

Week 6

Necklace by Chris Linacre

A strung necklace using Hematite as the focal beads. I have chosen Hematite as it is available in so many various shapes and adds challenge to your design skills. Again you can supplement your own beads in this weeks designs.

This Course will start on Wednesday 21 April and will cost £100. You can enrol for the afternoon class 1pm to 3pm OR the evening class 6pm to 8pm. Places are limited to 8 per course so early booking with a £20 deposit is advisable.

Card payments can be made online - email me if you want to pay this way

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Focus on Picture Jasper

Ok I have a confession to make - I adore Picture Jasper, so much so that I have a few designs which I have created and featured them on my site . Prices range from £18 to £40This one is teamed with Tree Agate.
This one combines unpolished pieces with highly polished pieces
Freeform polished pieces with chips
Pillow shaped beads with chips
A drilled nugget - its shaped a bit like a Mussel - with chips
A fish shaped pendant with chips
and 3 large Os with pillow shaped beads and chips
and below a photo of the crocus in my garden - how stunning are these!