Sunday, 22 July 2012

How to make a lavender bottle with amethysts

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine at last - we have waited far to long for a sunny weekend, to spend it sat indoors! so I decided to make make some lavender bottles. I love lavender, we have at least 5 lavender plants in the garden, so my morning was planned!!!
I cut my first lavender stems and set too with the making. It was during the making of lavender bottle number one that I started thinking  -  I love the smell and the colour of lavender bottles, but after a while the lavender loses its scent and fades. so what if?.......
So after completing my first bottle (below)

 I collected a few things together and came up with this

and this is a brief summary of how I made it.
firstly cut 9 lengths of wire,
on each length of place two crimps approx 1 1/2 inches from one end of wire

thread on a combination of amethyst chip and glass beads  approx 2 inches then crimp in place.

When this has been done for all 9 lengths of wire gather together and bind the short end of all the wires together by wrapping some wire around as close to the crimps as you can get.

Do the same for the other ends

Fold up each long length over the amethyst and glass bead bundle and then loosely weave a long length of wire through these wire lengths until you get to the other end.

 then wrap the wire tight around all 9 lengths to hold it in place, include one amethyst chip in the wire wrapping. Trim your ends to a desired length thread one small glass bead onto each wire and add a crimp to the top of each wire to finish off.

If you want to see how I make ordinary lavender bottles please visit my garden gate blog

Bespoke handmade designs by Angela Smith

Friday, 20 July 2012

new items listed in my Etsy shop

This week I have listed several new items in my Etsy shop, these include items of knitted or croched jewellery.
here are a few of the items - to see the full range please take a look at my shop

Bespoke handmade jewellery designs by Angela Smith

Thursday, 19 July 2012

new outlet

The Vintage Wardrobe in Gnosall - contacted me last month and asked if I could supply them with some of my jewellery.
So I am now pleased to announce that these pieces are currently available from The Vintage Wardrobe, Gnosall.

This is just a handful of the items currently available from The Vintage Wardrobe
I will post more of the collection on here shortly.

handmade bespoke jewellery designs by Angela Smith

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

A gentle reminder

If you are stuck for an original gift idea for a girl or lady - how about one of these name necklaces. I can make these in a range of leather colours or if you prefer cotton cord. and the really good thing is it doesn't matter how unusual the name is I will be able to make it for you.

I do have a page on this blog dedicated to name necklaces where you can get more details - click on link in list of pages top right hand side of this page.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Do you like Pink flowers?

If so you will love this
Knitted on black coloured wire - this flower has been attached to a stick pin. and unlike all these felt and wool brooches this won't sag in the rain!!!

A bespoke handmade jewellery design by Angela Smith

Thursday, 5 July 2012

more new jewellery makes for today

As the rhodonite beads were still out on my mat after my last jewellery making session I chose to use them with these pretty glass beads too - I think they work really well together.

glass bead and rhodonite necklace

glass bead and rhodonite earrings

bespoke handmade jewellery designs by Angela Smith

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

trying out something new - going for a heavier style necklace

Some of you will look at this and think that this isn't a particularly heavy or chunky necklace, but for me - it really is - if you look back through my previous posts you will struggle to find more than 3 that are as heavy looking as this.

I made this today using semi - precious and glass beads -

handmade bespoke jewellery by Angela Smith