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JM Sunday Experience 19th April 2015

This was my second Sunday Experience at Jewellery Maker, and it was just as fun as the first time, click above and whizz to the end, you can see me on TV!

I wandered in to the workshop room blurry eyed, clutching a paper cup of McDonalds tea to see what delights Sheila Davies had managed to grab for us. (Sheila I have met many times, she is so lovely if you do ever  get the chance to go on a workshop with her, do it!)

Also on the experience was a lovely lady called Scarlett, (she had hair to match her name, lush flowing locks of scarlett wavy hair), I sat next to her. Opposite us, a mum & daughter team who had literally spent the past week at the studios, they had taken a few workshops and driven over from Hull on a mini break (now thats my kind of mini break if only I had the time (and the money)!)

Sheila, looking lovely as always gave us a selection of beady treats to chose from, I ended up with a lovely variety of shell pearls. Now I have to confess shell pearls don’t grab my imagination normally so I guess thats why the Sunday experience is such fun, the challenge is to create something in the 4 hours, with just the items provided, and these probably won’t be to your taste. The best part is, its free!

Shell Pearl Necklace
Shell Pearl Necklace

For some reason I suffered from a creative blank, my brain just didn’t want to function that morning, normally I am simply buzzing with inspiration, too many ideas that I never really know where to start! Sadly because of my creative block I wasn’t too impressed with the items I made, this necklace I do love though. It was designed with my mum in mind, she struggles to fasten necklaces up so this slips over her head with ease.

Its simple, elegant and took hardly any time at all to whip up! The sections of 3 pearls are faceted shell pearls, the singles are more a mulberry colour but with a smooth finish. The chain is silver plated, and the pearls are attached via headpins with the end snipped off & a simple loop in its place.

On air that morning was Carol, she was a fab fun presenter & host, really easy to talk too, on and off air, along with Fleur, the chainmaille expert. Going on air was more relaxed this time around, it wasn’t as scary because I had done it previously, I actually quite enjoyed the experience but just wish my brain had engaged that morning and I could of created something awesome 🙁

Mid Morning I met Rebecca (Beccy) she is truly lovely, unbelievably  was wearing the most fabulous pair of shoes with gems hanging off them! The lovely Laura Binding was waiting in the wings to go on air in the afternoon, for DI show so let the Sunday Experience peeps touch her designs. They were stunning (as always for Laura) I also got the opportunity to show her my piece inspired by her (via photo I didn’t have the piece with me sadly) but still she showed a generous amount of appreciation in support of my amateur efforts 🙂

I am going to make more of an effort to purchase kits, and review them, this Laura Binding Bangle was a kit (I reviewed a couple of months ago) as I am always intrigued how far a kit will go, this kit I ran out of the lower thinner wire gauges (0.25mm & 0.4mm) but had plenty of the 0.8mm left on the reel. I barely touched the pearls, but used half a strand of the pyrites. I find watching, and pausing the videos back on youtube helps significantly too! Am getting an expert at that 🙂 but in the meantime, i am back on the bead weaving with my beloved seed beads …. watch this space its the Beadworkers Guild annual gathering this weekend @ Daventry who knows what I will create!

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Inspired by Laura

1.00 Bronze coloured wire, and 0.25mm wire

So, after re-winding the you-tube designer inspiration show several times I discovered that Laura Binding doesn’t follow a script, or a pattern her creations evolve.

Thus I concluded it was therefore pointless continuing to watch, as my creation no matter how hard I tried would never look like hers, as her demo piece wasn’t going to look the same as her original either!

So, on a positive note it means that what I create can’t be wrong, because I am no longer following a pattern, but am simply inspired by one of Lauras designs.

Once a good weave has been started, it needs to move to the centre of the wires, then its time to add a pearl
Once a good weave has been started, it needs to move to the centre of the wires, then its time to add a pearl

Firstly I cut 4 very long (hand to shoulder) lengths of the 1mm wire, and started to wire wrap them together in a V type weave using the 0.25mm bronze wire from the kit. I did just enough so that as I looped the weave around a pearl it encased it beautifully.

 

 

 

The wirework is now evolving
The wirework is now evolving…….

I then continued to weave, add pearls and bronze coated pyrites ….its not finished yet but it is evolving.

So it still looks a little disjointed, and Laura did say that she only used 10 pyrites on the band, I think I may need a few more than that! I have remembered to keep 4 strands of wire for the sides, so will see how big it finishes up once I have used up what I now call the 4 working wires.

Working Wires getting shorter
Working Wires getting shorter