I obviously don’t have enough things I can make for myself or other people… So, the other day, thinking about what I could make for my mother and sister’s Christmas gift, I came to the conclusion that it would be easier if I could make my own jewellery. So I had a look around the internet and Ebay. Asked a couple of questions on Twitter. And took the plunge.
I bought a starter kit. I love me a starter kit. I find it’s the easiest way to get started on any new craft as all you need is included.
It had pliers and a cutting tool, plenty of findings and a few beads.
Since it wasn’t quite enough, I’ve added some pearls, some flowery silver thingies (yes, thingy is a technical term) and some very very pretty silver beads.
I was pretty busy this week, so I didn’t have the time to give it a go straightaway, but I knew that come the weekend, I would take a couple of hours to watch some youtube videos and just dive in.
I had A LOT of fun. I had to stop before the light was completely gone to take a couple of pictures of the 2 pairs of earrings I had just made. I am very chuffed with the results. Very very.
This is the first ever earrings that I have made. They are not perfect far from it. I think part of it is down to the shortness of the headpins. They are about a couple of cms long, and for a beginner like me, that makes it very difficult to make a nice loop. I’m sure with practice, it’ll be fine. But I’m already looking at longer headpins to practice on in the meantime.
This small hiccup didn’t put me off though. So I started my second pair straightaway.
Oh, how I love these! I used the headpins from my kit, which were a bit longer and a bit easier to manipulate. I’ve used 2 headpins for each earring, 3 of the silver flowers thingies, 1 pearl, 2 of those very pretty silver beads and 2 very tiny silver beads.
The light is completely gone by now, and our overhead lighting is not the brightest one. But I’m considering bringing one of our desk lamps on my cutting desk, just so that I can keep playing with shiny stuff!! (though, I do have some work to do… Boo!)
But right now, I’m having a quick browse to find new headpins and other pretty beads. This could be quite addictive. Ah well, at least everything is small, right?…