Friday, 16 December 2011

Necklace and earrings for Friday

So this is the last of this weeks jewellery selections, and there is still time to order this so you can be wearing it on Christmas Day.
This is a string of burgundy coloured Swarovski crystal pearls with a tiny glass bead in between each pearl, with a matching pair of earrings - pure elegance!
The necklace is approximately 17 inches and has a sterling silver clasp, the earrings have sterling silver ear hooks.
The cost of this set is £25 including P&P 
If you would like to order this please contact me via my website or Direct message me on Twitter @pearlysmith.
For my terms and conditions please refer to my blog shop - follow the link on top right hand side of this page.
That is all for my Christmas jewellery orders if you would prefer something else you are very welcome to browse through more of my jewellery posts and if you see something you like contact me and I might still be able to provide you with your preferred item.
I hope you all have a very happy Christmas
Angela x

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Necklace and Earring set for Thursday

Still time to order this Dichroic glass and Swarovski crystal necklace earring set, in time to wear  for Christmas.
Necklace Approxiamately16 inch in length with a sterling silver clasp, earrings on sterling silver ear hooks
£25 for the set including P&P
For terms and conditions please look at my blog shop link can be found at top right hand side of this blog.
Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this set either by email enquiry via my web site  or DM me on twitter @pearlysmith

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Necklace for Wednesday

Todays necklace it a stunning dark cobalt blue Venetian glass verigole bead on nylon coated wire with Swarovski crystals and tiny glass beads.
the necklace is approxiamately 18 inches long and has a sterling silver clasp, and as with the previous two items posted this week there is still time for this to be posted to you in time for Christmas - just email me by enquiry from my website or send me a direct message on twitter @pearlysmith.
The cost of this necklace is £18 including P&P .
For terms and conditions please see my blog shop page - link can be found top right hand side of this blog. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Tuesdays necklace

There is still time to order this stunning, one off, dark red Venetian Glass necklace in time for it to be worn on Christmas Day this year, providing the Post Office doesn't have any more computer crashes!
It doesn't deserve to be sat in it's box awaiting my first sales event in January next year!
It is approx 17 inches long and has a sterling silver clasp. It comes in a fuchsia pink card box
It costs £25 including P&P
If you would like to order it please either send me an email - enquiry from website or Direct Message me on Twitter. Terms and conditions can be found on my Blog shop page click on link top right hand side of this page

Monday, 12 December 2011

Last week to order for Christmas

Every day this week I will be putting some jewellery up on this blog.
This necklace and earring set is still available
It is made using freshwater pearls, Swarovski Crystal pearls and Swarovski crystals , the necklace is approx 18 inches long and has a sterling silver clasp, the earrings are on sterling silver ear hooks. It comes in a fuchsia pink card box
£30 to buy - including P&P
If you would like to order it please contact me either by email - enquiry from my website or Direct message me on Twitter @pearlysmith and I will raise a pay pal invoice so we can post it off to you this week. To see terms and conditions please view on my blog shop page (link on top right hand side of page)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Some new items for gallery at 12

I spent another lovely day in Gallery at 12 - As I keep saying I really do enjoy being there!
While I was there I made three more pairs of earrings which I have left on display in the gallery.

Crocheted earrings using silver plate wire and  Swarovski crystal pearls - sterling silver ear hooks

knitted earrings using silver plate wire and  Swarovski crystal pearls - sterling silver ear hooks

knitted earrings using silver plate wire and Swarovski crystal pearls - sterling silver ear hooks

Thursday, 27 October 2011

new item for blog shop

I have neglected my shop recently - more items have left the shop than been added to it!
So I have added two crocheted bracelets to it this evening- the crocheted bracelet shown in my last post and as promised in that same post I have now made another with fresh waterpearls too - shown below-

Monday, 24 October 2011

crocheted bracelet cuff

A very simple and quick crocheted bracelet, You can add whatever beads you like, I chose to use these fun, chunky glass beads,but I could have gone for the more sophisticated look of freshwater pearls - may be next time.

Friday, 21 October 2011

daisy bracelets

After being contacted by a Stafford craft group I held another 'sewing daisy' bracelet making workshop last night. We had a lovely evening and I think the ladies went away very happy with their bracelets.
These are the lovely bracelets made by the ladies.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Stunning little black number

With the season of parties rapidly approaching it is time to hunt out your little black dress. However gorgeous your dress is, I would like to think that this necklace would steal the show. If your dress is strapless or has an open neckline this would compliment it beautifully.

It would also be perfect as wedding necklace if you have chosen to wear black or if your bridesmaids are wearing black.
It has over 100 Swarovski crystals, including three crystal hearts and is finished off with a sterling silver clasp.
This design is based on one of my original designs and I would like to thank you for respecting my copyright.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

How to knit a bracelet

I am aware that not everyone who would like to attend my knitted bracelet workshops can, either because the time /date or location is not suitable, I do understand that if you live in Canada or Australia, you will not be able to pop over to Staffordshire, UK for a two hour workshop.
So here is a photographic guide to knitting your own bracelet in the comfort of your own home:
Firstly thread all your beads onto the wire.

These beads have been emptied onto a bead mat to stop them from rolling around,  you could also choose to pour the beads onto a bowl if you prefer or a bead spinning bowl.

This is my preferred way of threading just push the wire through the beads scooping up as you go,
 Then thread on a split ring.

The ring will slide over the beads don't worry, just try and keep it near the end of the wire

using 3mm needles join wire for casting on leaving 2 inches of wire free.
cast on 3 stitches then include the split ring into the 4th cast on stitch -

continue until 7 stitches have been cast on.

knit every row include one bead with each stitch.

continue knitting until required length

cut remaining wire leaving a length of 12 inches attached to the bracelet - discard the remaining beads on wire as they won't be needed and thread on the clasp
cast off 3 stitches include the clasp in the 4th stitch cast off then continue casting off to the end.

To finish off neatly thread the spare wire at each end back through the clasp or ring 3 or 4 more times then take the wire through some of the beads of the bracelet then back through one bead twice and cut as close to the bead as possible.

Kits for this bracelet are available, knitting needles not included - please contact me!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Chunky funky glass bead coils

I made these coils of beads yesterday, I think they look great as feature beads for leather necklaces!

My poor fingers were constantly being stabbed by wire and my thumbs are still numb with all the twisting, I think they were worth all my efforts, I will see how well they are received - first trip out will be this Friday for the annual McMillan Coffee morning!

I would like to thank you for respecting my copyright.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Knitting the night away!

Last night I held a knitted bracelet workshop.
Six eager ladies arrived clutching their knitting needles, well 5 actually as one lady forgot to bring hers, but not to worry I always carry spares.
As I showed examples of the finished bracelets and the materials to be used, there were comments like "but how do the beads fit on the needles?" and "I'm not going to leave with wire cut fingers am I?"
All was quickly revealed and soon the ladies were sat quietly concentrating on threading their beads onto the wire.

Next it was time to cast on, some ladies needed a gentle reminder on how to cast on but it was only a minor problem and soon they were all busy getting used to the feel of knitting with wire and adjusting their tension, some discovering that if they knit too loosely the needles will slide out of the stitches!
Not a huge problem though, as wire keeps it shape nicely so the needles can then slide back into the stitches just as easily!

Now this all looks very static, so to give you some idea of the frenzied work that was going on, I have a short video clip taken on my old camera, this is a first for this blog, it is quite shaky but I thought I share it with you any way!

The knitting continued as did the chatting and the two hours whizzed by, at the end of the workshop some wonderful bracelets had been made, with one lady opting to continue knitting hers into a choker, which she was going to finish off with some ribbon at home!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Name Necklaces

Name necklaces make lovely party gifts and as I make these to order, they are great if you need a gift for someone with an unusual name .
Below are a few examples.

If you would like to look at more examples or order place an order please visit my Name Necklace page .

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Crocheted delights

Just thought I would share some of the crocheted items I have made this week.
A definite vintage feel to these don't you agree!!!

I took these pieces to a WiRE  (Women in Rural Enterprise) network meeting in Penkridge, where it was decided that the clear glass and glass pearl items looked like bubbles, and they really do!!!!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

We've been 'sewing daisies' today!

So the 'sewing daisies' workshop has been and gone now -  and I thought I would share the morning with you!
The workshop was held at Pollyanna Patchwork in Eccleshall, which is directly opposite Gallery at 12 , which I mention regularly on this blog.
These are the two bracelets I made as examples to advertise the workshop, the first one I have posted on here before, the second one was the example I had left at Pollyanna Patchwork to advertise the workshop in the window, and never got around to photographing it beforehand. you wouldn't believe that the two were made in exactly the same way would you? Just goes to show how the beads you choose to use makes all the difference.

Here are some pictures from this morning -  Some very camera shy ladies-

I promised that you wouldn't be concentrating on the ladies, so take a look at all the lovely patchworks hanging around the room instead, and I have to say those daylight lamps are brilliant!!!!!
the room had gone very quiet at this stage as all the ladies had got the hang of the design and you you could hear their concentration!!! Always a good sign:)

and their lovely work in progress ...

and a couple of end products...

If you would be interested in attending a future sewing daisy workshop, please let me know, as I am sure it will be repeated!!!!