Even though these Swarovski crystal pearls are stunning however you use them I think they still look great if you take the time to knot between each bead - so today that is exactly what I did. As I was using amethyst coloured pearls I opted for a purple coloured silk thread.
So here you have it a knotted string of Swarovski crystal pearls
The necklace is finished off with a silver plate heart and arrow clasp
Following on from my bronze geometric necklace I made at the weekend, this morning I made this flower necklace using bronze wire and Swarovski crystal pearls. Again in a totally different style to any of my other necklaces. This one and the Geometric necklace will be heading over to Gallery at 12 in Eccleshall later this week.
Sometimes I take a break from bead jewellery making to learn new crafts and skills, over the last three years I have have taken courses in silver smithing and lace making and I have also started making basic wire sculptures. Last week I spent a morning with Jo Hill who kindly taught me the basics in making handmade paper.
Jo is a member of the Staffordshire Artist Co-operative, and she produces the most beautiful textile items for Gallery at 12 including embroidered pictures, along with bags, scarves and textile jewellery.
These are the pieces of paper I made last week under Jo's guidance.
This morning was spent making some of my own, unaided! They are now drying in my utility so I won't know if they have worked out for a few days.
Recently I have seen a lot of geometric designs being posted on blogs and facebook, it seems to be the theme for the week - it is also Beads Unlimited competition theme for January - and I always enjoy a challenge!!! My Christmas tree made it into their gallery last month and it is always good to try out new ideas - so I set aside this weekend to make something with a geometric feel to it.
I decided on using the glass cube beads for no other reason than when I was clearing out a downstairs drawer on Friday and I came across them. So having decided on the beads I then had to decide how I going to use them. I opted for my bronze wire - I didn't then sit down and plan what I was going to do I just started making and watched as it evolved into this set.
Continuing with my heart necklace theme for this week here is the last of my Valentine makes.
I am occasionally sent mixed bags of beads, these comprise mainly of glass beads, having emptied one of these bags onto my work mat to with the intention of sorting the beads into boxes I came across this red wooden heart so all the glass beads were hastily put back in their bag and a necklace was planned and made around the heart. As the heart is quite a delicate bead I decided it would be best suited if threaded onto silk along with small light beads.
This heart necklace has now sold handmade jewellery by Angela Smith
Today I finished making my Swarovski crystal heart necklaces, using the last of my hearts.
These included hearts similar to the last two days in shape but larger still!!!
I have a very limited stock of these - although I can order more if needed.
I also made a couple of these necklaces using Swarovski crystal wild hearts. aren't they stunning
All of the above hearts are hanging from silver plate snake chains and they come in 16 inch and 18 inch lengths handmade jewellery by Angela Smith
Today I have been continuing to re stock my Swarovski crystal heart necklaces in time for Valentines Day - with larger hearts than I was using yesterday but still hanging from silver plate snake chains .
My collection has now been updated
Again they come in a whole host of colours, this is the selection I currently have in stock.
from left to right:
olive, light vitrail, sapphire, amethyst, Bermuda, clear, pale rose, jet.
There are very few designs I repeat but I always have a selection of these Swarovski crystal heart necklaces for sale when I go out to events and with Valentines day less than a month away the time has come to make up more of these pretty necklaces.
I have several sizes and colours - today I have been concentrating on the smallest of my hearts
These are the colours I currently have in stock although there is a whole plethora of other colours I could buy
from left to right clear, siam (dark red), Bermuda (electric blue), pale blue, pale rose and pale amethyst.
here are a couple more photos of the same
these crystal hearts are hanging on silver plate snake chains which I have in 16 inches and 18 inches.
If you would like any of these please contact me. Just £6.50 each handmade jewellery by Angela Smith
'Lydia' is my latest addition to my wedding blog shop
This stunning set comprises of a freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal floating necklace with matching earrings. for more information please visit my shop.
If you are looking for jewellery on a budget, these necklaces offer style but won't break the bank, neither of these will be repeated so you can buy a unique one off necklace for just £7 - So why go to High Street chains and buy one of hundreds or even thousands!!!!
Happy New Year to you all!!!!!!
To celebrate the New Year - today I have opened my wedding jewellery blog shop .
So if you got engaged over Christmas or New Year, or you are getting married in 2014, why not pop over to my new shop. If you like my style of jewellery making and would prefer me to make your wedding jewellery to specific colours or you have particular designs in mind for your jewellery or tiara or you would like a complete set of matching jewellery for yourself and your bridesmaids, please don't hesitate to get in touch, I would be happy to discuss your wedding jewellery requirements with you.
I will be adding more jewellery and tiaras to my shop, so please keep re-visiting it from time to time to view other items.