Tag Archive | jewelry

What’s the Pinterest in that?

How ever you use Pinterest, it is addictive! With good intentions, I set myself a time limit of 30 mins to find and pin images on my boards but 3 hours later, I’ve wandered onto another board with fabulous images. I like to use Pinterest for research into the current favourite jewellery pins and to develop my own ideas- every designer needs inspiration!

These boards I love to browse!

http://pinterest.com/patternbank/

flowwbeautifulShouroukJill Auville

 

http://pinterest.com/jckevents/

Pearl and Diamond Mood Swings Rings - Nada G - Product Search - JCK MarketplaceGoshwara "Mischief"Peacock #bangle by Zoe Hardingsterling silver with rose gold and white sapphire

 

http://pinterest.com/joyleopard/

 

Coral Tie Necklace, 18"L by Herve Van Der Straeten at Neiman Marcus.opalsJean Paul Gaultier Black Magic

http://pinterest.com/swilson50/

Pia-sommerlad - HaematitketteHermann Junger - Necklace (1957). Gold, emeralds, sapphire, rubies, moonstone, enamel.Barbara McLeodTodd Reed

Try it! 🙂

 

Bolt style

As “Bolt” is the word at the moment, after the 2012 Olympics, I thought maybe a little project using…that’s right…bolts!

The first is so easy but effective.

Small bolts, super glue, jump rings and ear wires.

When gluing the bolts together, I use very little and wipe the excess of with a cloth.

The next project takes a bit longer.

A macrame bracelet using bolts and wool.

The instructions for the spiral knot are easy to follow in Micro Macrame Jewellery by Suzen Millodot.

My instructions include adding the bolt to the bracelet.

1.  Use 4 strands of your chosen colour wool at approx 50 cm. Tie a loose knot at the end. Separate the strands.

2. Take the right hand strand over the middle two and under the left strand.

3. Take the left hand strand under the middle two and up through the crossed over right strand. Pull tight.

4. Thread a bolt onto the two middle strands and push up to the macrame knot. Repeat the process.

5. To make threading the bolt easier, wrap a small piece of tape around the ends of the wool strands.

Now to complete the bracelet.

1. Untie the loose knot made at the beginning. Take the left hand strand and middle strand and tie a knot. Do the same with the other two strands.

Repeat several times until each side measures approx. 1 cm.

2. Take both sides and tie together to make a loop. Cut the excess wool off.

3.  At the other end, thread one of the bolt flowers onto the four strands. Make sure it goes through the middle hole.  Take all four strands and make

a knot, pushing it up to meet the bolt flower.

4. Cut the excess wool off to make the bolt flower toggle.

The finished bracelet catches the light and hangs nicely on the wrist.

Another bolt flower could be added half way along the bracelet to give a different design.

I enjoyed making the bracelet. It was calming, the result was satisfying and it took less than an hour.