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.
Myths and Mythology is quite apparent in the world of Gemology, for Centuries people have believed in the power of gemstones, whether its to promote calm and well being in the mind & spirit or to give courage & strength in times of need, the result is to offer a form of reassurance to the recipient.
In this regard Dreamcatchers have a similar history, they originated from the Ojibwe people but by the 1960’s -1970’s they were adopted by the native Americans in a number of different nations.
Storytellers speak of the Spider woman who took care of children and land, as the Ojibwe nation spread it became difficult for her to protect all the children, so mothers would weave magical webs for children which filtered out all the bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our sleepy minds.
These became quite popular again with the Twilight film, obviously not if you are Team Edward, as I can’t imagine the Cullens believing in the Native American mystical decorations, but if you are on Team Jacob, the dreamcatcher can capture your imagination.
The native American style dream catcher is traditionally made from a willow hoop, with a spider web type centre designed to snare your dream, these dream snares are normally decorated with items such as feathers and beads depending on the trial origin.
Imagine creating a beaded dreamcatcher, and then taking one step further and adding Rose Quartz Gems, or Mystic Quartz Crystal Rounds, to capture the light, to encapsulate that feeling of calm, reassurance, well being wrapped up in the magical web to filter out any bad dreams, wouldn’t that just be a object of beauty, hang it up by a window near your bed and the light it would capture and refract around the room would be spectacular.
In actual fact JM have started selling feathers, they could make the most amazing dreamcatchers on air ….perhaps I could apply to be a guest designer to take these beaded designs to the next level and beyond! Ok so that isn’t likely to happen but just whilst I dream (because actually I really enjoyed going on the Sunday Experience, the being on TV thing didn’t actually bother me, as I thought I might, in actual fact I got a real buzz, and sense of fun whilst in the studio, it was daunting being the first time I had done something of level, but amazing too) I get genuinely excited when I try out new techniques, in fact I could use imagine using a piece of that incredible Druzy JM (this is just one example they have some beautiful pieces in peacock colours too) keep teasing me with, wire wrapped, with gems & bugle & seed beads, strung in the spider web formation, with a memory wire or twisted wire frame as a dream catcher …..feathers on the base, maybe using the wire coiling gizmo too …. I can only imagine the dream catching creations I could make if I had the opportunity to pull together a JM Kit, and then create from it!
Anyway back to Earth with a bump, if you do feel you would like to have a go at beaded Dreamcatcher, I have developed a kit, its in several colour ways (pink, brown, blue & red) which I have been busy selling on Etsy, and Ebay.
Now sadly this kit doesn’t contain a willow hoop, nor ancient relics but would still look lovely hung in the bedroom above a bed, with its beads, feathers and spider web centre, so if you fancy having a go at one why not try the kit ?
It contains all the seed beads, frame & thread that you need, full instructions are printed, and I have made a few. They take a few hours to assemble, but really aren’t complicated so very suitable for a beginner.
The hoop supplied is approx 100mm in diameter, the finished piece can be as long or short as you need it to be, but mine are 4000mm in length on average but it really depends on how many beads you include in the tail pieces, and the hanger at the top.
I am, as always more than happy to help if you ever got stuck, drop me a line via the site you purchased from, via twitter (@aarticraftsbyfi) via Facebook, or we could if the problem is bad FaceTime, or Skype.
In the mist of my sheer excitement, which I am still buzzing about getting selected for the Sunday Experience at the JM studios
I forgot to mention that I discovered a new selling website, which sells the most bizarre, unusual, crazy things ..FIVERR
So the logic for the site appears to be its free to list on the site, but there is a fixed price $5, yes five dollars, so there are so really cool people on the site selling everything from Voiceovers, Webdesign, Logo design, SEO services, everything for just $5
Check out my GIG, I will make you a rose quartz heart macrame style bracelet and post it with a love letter, to the person of your choice for just a fiverr …. how awesome is that, am still waiting on my first order but feel sure that if there people out there looking to spend a fiverr on a welsh man in a thong singing happy birthday, then a love letter and bracelet using a genuine gemstone must be appealing to someone out there in the planet!
Last week you may (or may not) remember that I rather flippantly added to my JM order for £9.95 a MYSTERY BOX, so its all rather exciting, you give them cash and they send you a mystery box of tools / gems / stringing material / wire / kit etc ….I was on tender hooks to see what my mystery parcel would contain.
Well I didn’t get tools, or wire, or a kit, or any stringing material I got 3 strands of gemstones.
The first strand I pulled out of the bag were these really pale green shell pearls, each beautifully round and a reasonable size, I haven’t measured them yet but they aren’t 6mm they are certainly larger than that.
The next strand was simple to identify as rose quartz hearts, they are enhanced significantly by the strand of pure pink running through the centre! At approx. 14mm I am not really sure what to do with them, whilst I do love rose quartz, after all its one of those gemstones which is claimed to have healing properties, particularly useful as an aid to a good nights sleep if you drop a stone under your pillow, but I guess much of this depends on how much of a believer you are in the various myths and legends surrounding many exquisite gemstones.
The final strand was a complete mystery to me, even though it came out of a mystery box!
The idea of the mystery box is that you receive something of a greater value than the price you paid, its a surprise, if you don’t like the surprise you send it back (ok in theory but you have to pay postage, and to track the pack back to the distribution centre to ensure its delivered safely thus spending up to £5)
So here is the strand …..
Its very pretty, has translucent hues, traces of white / cream colours, jet black, varying shades of green, the intensity of the strand colours is quite intoxicating. But what is it ?
Well I asked a couple of my jewellery friends, googled a bit, searched the Jewellery Maker website, and came up with the following suggestions;
So, my next port of call was to simply email help@jewellerymaker, despite there being no label on the strand, and it being a random mystery purchase the result came back really quickly, the holding email suggests 24 hours for a response but in all honesty a couple of hours later in pinged the result ….. Emerald Nuggets
So how exciting is that ???? I was puzzled for a few days, was feeling a bit deflated that I hadn’t had a massive bargain mystery gift and hey presto I bag a strand of Emerald nuggets, and they aren’t microscopic either! The clarity on the stones is uber clear, they are beautiful. I was really impressed with the super fast customer service, the email response I received suggested immediately that they were Emerald, but they also offered to take them back in and examine them to give me absolute certainty but they are beautiful, I feel happy I can use them so next time to you buy something from jewellery maker just check out the mystery boxes you never know what treasures you might find 🙂
Also, its rare to state this but the customer service is OUTSTANDING ! (I just wish the delivery was instant!! )