Sunday, 29 May 2011

Are you sick of the jewellery yet?

Yep, I've been making jewellery again.  I seem to get on a roll with it and that's all I do for a few days, then I go back to sewing or crocheting!


We were sitting on the sofa a couple of weeks ago, hubby and me (yes, that is grammatically correct...) and he suddenly stated that he wanted to make something.  I was a bit shocked.  He decided he wanted to make jewellery and demanded some patterns.  Well, I don't have any patterns for beaded jewellery, the only book I have is Boutique Bead & Wire Jewelry which involves twisting wire.  Oh, I do have another that hubby bought me on sale from TK Maxx but he couldn't get his head round that as I didn't have the exact beads shown in the book!
 

He decided he wanted to make the bracelet shown above.  He cut the wire, got his beads ready and started twisting.  After the first flower, the wire broke.  And so he gave up!  I realised afterwards that he'd been twisting the wire too much, it did look beautiful and neat - that's the perfectionist in him - but the wire can't handle it.  I felt the need to make the bracelet then!


Here it is with the necklace I made last week.  I can hardly believe I made them, I'm really proud of this.


Feeling inspired, I got to work on another piece.  I took an old bracelet apart and salvaged the blue crystals and pearls.  Together with white pearls and smaller crystals from my stash, I made this set.  The beads are "floating" due to the crimp beads which hold them in place.




 Check out the arty shot!  OK, it's not an arty shot, it just happened to be by the window.  Why do we have books on the window ledge in the dining room?  Because our house is jam packed with books and there's no where else to put them.  To put that in context, we have a 4 bedroom, 3 story house + attic + cellar...  It's Mr CA, he has literally thousands of books and he'll never part with them.  I have hundreds of books but only keep the ones I love, the rest go to the charity shop, or back to the charity shop in a lot of cases.


I'm really rather pleased with this.  How English did that sound?  Take that plum out of my mouth and put down the silver spoon! 

I'm running out of things to show you - I've got some cards, but that's it.  You'll probably be getting a WIP post, and that will be a long one!



15 comments:

My 1st Bambina! said...

These are lovely!!! Love the flowery one , 'cause I love flowers and the floating crystals one 'cause I love that effect!!! They are beautiful so you have the right to be proud of them!!!

Mindy said...

Ooh--I love them! Just gorgeous.

Tezzcan said...

They are gorgeous.

Nancy Lee said...

They are lovely, just lovely! Twisting wire is a game of chance really. Sometimes it hangs in there, other times it won't. Nice going Mr and Mrs CA!

@pril said...

These are so beautiful! I really like the flower ones at the top, very dainty. Thanks for sharing.

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Vally said...

so so cute! :-)

Thread In Her Hair said...

Your jewelry is beautiful! How wonderful for your husband to want to create jewelry with you! Very cool.

Allie said...

SO beautiful!!!! I love how lacy and delicate they both are - gorgeous, hon!

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emilysnan said...

hiay these are gorgeous will def. be trying them myself now x tfs
xmaggiex

Mary said...

They are Attractive..........

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Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Wow, Mr. CA is really crafty. Be sure to tell him "well done!"

Leslie said...

Beautiful jewelry! It's fun that your hubby wanted to try making something. I love making jewelry but can't at the moment cause i lost my jewelry kits when I moved. Those really are beautiful pieces!!

Jessica said...

I love love your bracelet with blue and pearls. Adorable.

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Jana B said...

Ohhhhhh I really love the bracelet! And I'm happy to know that my hubby isn't the only one participating in the art/craft sphere... mine is crocheting earrings and wants to start making jewelry with me too. :o) My friends find it entertaining that such a large man (6'5", 325 lbs) crochets using teeny tiny thread! lol