Monochrome earrings

For Mother’s Day, I was asked to make a pair of earrings in a certain style. I was referred to a picture of a very old pair that I had made early into my career as a jeweller (no picture on here though, sorry!) but in black instead.

I would have preferred to use black earring hooks and wires, but I was pressed for time and couldn’t find any in time. Since I only had silver, I mixed in some clear beads for a black and white look instead.

The coil under the black beads are my favourite way of hiding the eyes in the eye pins, so it looks a bit cleaner.

By the way, I haven’t updated for over a month due to project work. I should be okay now though.

Materials: silver earring hooks, silver head pins, 0.80mm sterling silver wire, large black beads, assorted smaller black and clear beads

Silver wrapped key pendant

Have you ever seen those wire wrapped skeleton keys or something similar? I wanted to give one of those a go, so I started by drawing out a design on paper. Nothing too complicated for my first attempt.

After I drew the design, I started by cutting out the base 1.50mm wires and shaping them. Symmetry is not my forte but it was as close as I could get it.

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Christmas tree button card

This is the late Christmas post.

I made a simple card for someone by hot-gluing buttons and decorations to a red card, and cut out some green borders to go with it.

I bought a lot of buttons recently. They are so versatile! I’m quite fond of the big tubs of value buttons.

I’m finding it hard to make the time for crafting currently, but I hope to keep with my “at least once a month” update

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Mookaite Jasper – “Terra”

Mookaite is a nurturing stone that supports and sustains during times of stress. It brings peace and a feeling of wholeness. Mookaite helps us with decision making, especially when we are having a difficult time. It encourages versatility and helps us to accept change. Mookaite provides us with emotional growth. It helps us to discover all possibilities in a situation and to choose the right one. Mookaite provides a protective shield against negative or dangerous situations, eliminating and blocking unwanted outside influences and distractions, and revealing what is concealed. Mookaite promotes energy and new ideas, helping us gain enthusiasm and bringing the excellence of ourselves, bring kindness to ourselves and others. Mookaite helps with contacting those who have passed on. (From Charms of Light)

This piece is a rounded triangular shape with bands of brown in one corner of the stone. I initially wanted to make a simple wrap but I found that the stone was liable to fall out so I had to secure it by running the wires all the way around.

This was a very experimental piece so I’d rather not show you the back of the pendant!

There is a line of silver beads and some copper Swarovski crystals to accent the stone. The light brown can be seen in the bottom left of the stone.

Very quiet on the craft front which is totally my fault. I acquired a lot of new stones recently so I’m hoping to get more pendants done this year.

Side view of the pendant:

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