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Gemstone Collar

Sari silk & gemstone beaded collar
Sari silk & gemstone beaded collar

Inspired by the lovely JM designer Sheila Davies I have been busy working on this sari silk and gemstone collar piece, using a variety of sari silk ruffles & flowers meticulously sew in to place then decorated by a variety of gemstones from a bead scoop this collar piece is truly original.

It’s quite heavy so more of a winter piece of jewellery to wear than a summer collar, this means that the necklace needs to be durable and in keeping with the collar so I am considering kumihimo with sari silk ribbon intertwined with a length of  chain.


Christmas Presents ….

Fabulous Kit - treat to myself
Fabulous Kit – treat to myself

Christmas is all about giving and receiving, but lets face it we don’t always receive everything we really wanted ….sometimes its worth taking out a little “insurance” and getting yourself a little pre-Christmas treat.

Well I did just that, and this was the result, I ended with a kit from Jewellery Maker, I got around 7 reels of wire in various autumnal colours (browns, oranges and gold) in various gauges, 0.25mm, 0.40mm, 0.60mm, 0.80mm, 1.00mm and 4 Cabochons. I can’t remember the exact price I paid but am certain it was under £20 delivered to my door 🙂

One of these Cabochons is Amber! Not strictly a gemstone in my humble opinion as Amber is clearly created from tree sap, over many  many years, often with micro creatures embedded in the centre, still very pretty and quite small, I have yet to decide what to do with it, but I may have a play around with some Silver PMC (Precious Metal Clay) perhaps make a pendant or a ring for myself, and then with the  other pieces of Jasper which are quite sizeable I may get my seed beads out and peyote stitch a nice band around the edges.

I know the concept of the kit is to wire wrap the cabochons, but I do feel that when I have a go at wire wrapping it always looks a touch messy, I do like neat & tidy, thats why beadweaving is my staple I find the stitches organised, structural, am not a fan of freeform peyote!

Christmas Gifts

Well, we are well in to January now, traditionally quite a depressing month really. Its cold, wet, windy, foggy outside, the days are short and worst of all I am back at work with no days off to look forward too for literally months.

On the bright side, I did receive some amazing gem stones as gifts this Christmas from my amazing Mummy.  (she is a home shopping addict)

Before I share my ever growing collection, I thought I would share my latest beading mat. On JMtv all of the guest designers seem to use a macrame board to work off, now I do love my macrame board but I find it virtually impossible to use the macrame board with small gems as they tend to roll off in all directions for me! I use a thin flexible foam mat, the issue with the foam mat is that it isn’t very sturdy nor very portable.

So to resolve my tiny problem I invested in a kindle / tablet case, a nice multi-coloured leather case, with a zip around 3 sides. Inside I fitted a bead mat, which means that I have a stable, none roll work surface to work off, and I don’t need to pack my designs away as the bead mat holds the gems & findings securely in place.

Tula Jewellery Design Case
Tula Jewellery Design Case
Beading Mat in Kindle case
Beading Mat in Kindle case with a headpin wrapped Cabochon I have been working on. 

The great thing about this case is that my work is totally transportable, so I can take it out to the cafe @ Belton House whilst my children play, on train when having a day out, or simply to fold away projects at home waiting to be finished, but keeping all the component parts in one place.

The kindle case has elastic attached to each corner internally, so it has been easy to secure the foam beading mat inside the leather bound zip case.