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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

About Time.....


I'm back!

I've not done a blog since the New Year, oops, sorry, I keep meaning to do one, but you know how it is....  Last  year, I made an effort to blog once a week, but then it become fortnightly and now monthly, not good, I'm going to give myself a kick up the bum and get back to doing it weekly, but don't hold me to it, my days and weeks can be unpredictable, so lets see what happens.



Last year I blogged about my love of making wire wrapped rings, here is the link if you would like to read it, http://michelleshandcraftedjewellery.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/wrapped-up-and-loving-it.html
After posting this blog, I was supposed to make some new rings and list them on my website, but yes, I never got around to doing it.
The one thing I've noticed about when making jewellery, or in fact any type of crafting, you always want to try and make something different, something new, once you've finished your project. I'm thinking about trying my hand at polymer clay and resin, but maybe later on in the year.

Well, I finally added my wire wrapped rings to my website. Here are some of my new designs, which all be customised. I've got some more new designs in the pipeline, these will be online soon, I promise!
 
 
To see my new wire wrapped ring range, please click on the link here. http://www.michelleshandcraftedjewellery.com/michelleshandcraftedjewellery/cat_599585-Rings.html
 
Right I'm off to take some pictures and hopefully I'll be back next week with another blog.
 
Bye. x

Thursday, 2 January 2014

A new year, a new start, a new project!





Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year, I had a brilliant time, but cannot believe it's 2014, time does fly when your having fun. But I do look back to the past year and reflect what I did and how I did it and in what way I can improve and do better in my business and personal life.  

A new year always inspires me to set new goals and try new projects that I've been meaning to start,  but have had to put to the side, so that I can carry on with my existing projects, namely Christmas gifts. I've always made lists, every morning I write down what I'm doing that day and I try to follow it, but I'm not perfect, I do stray sometimes when comes to popping into my Twitter/Facebook or Pinterest accounts. But this year I'm going to find a balance, I love social media, but I love creating much more.

I've always been interested in wire work, I have an shop on Etsy, www.michelleshandcrafted.etsy.com and I just love browsing the other shops that have wire work jewellery pieces, the designs can be simple or intricate, but they are stunning and I'm eager to try my hand at making a piece of jewellery incorporating some sort of wire, so  I've bought  steel bench block and Nylon Jaw hammer. I've already got a chasing hammer and a ball pein hammer, both which were birthday gifts from my partner.


 
I cannot wait to start using them, I'll do another blog when I've made some items, I might start off with earrings and see how it goes. A think when your a crafter, you always want to try something new, I've got other things that I want to try, but there are just not enough hours in the day, but that will not put me off, I know I'll have lots of projects on the go. 
 
Right I'm off, let me know what new projects you are trying this year, love to know how you get on.
 
Bye
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide

 
 
Christmas Gift Ideas
 
 
 

 
It's that time of year when you look at the calendar and think 'yikes', I need to start looking for gifts for everyone for Christmas. If your struggling with ideas, you can't go wrong in buying a handmade item this Christmas and in particular handmade jewellery and accessories
 
 I know how hard it can be deciding what gifts to choose, so I've rounded a selection of handmade jewellery and accessories that might be ideal Christmas gifts. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Gifts for Her
 
 
Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Wine Glass Charms
 



Accessories

 
 
 Bookmarks, Key Rings, Bag Charms, Kilt Pin Brooches
 
 
 
 
Gifts for Him
 
 
 One Shilling Coin Cufflinks, Unakite Gemstone Bracelet, Black and White Zebra Jasper Bracelet, Lucky Sixpence Coin Cufflinks.

 

 All the above and much more, are available to purchase from my website at www.michelleshandcraftedjewellery.com



Happy Christmas Shopping.  x
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


Monday, 14 October 2013

Diagonal Stitch Bracelet

In February of this year I tried a couple of jewellery projects that involved using seed beads. I made a cross weave bracelet and a pair of bead woven earrings.

Pearl Cross Weave Bracelet 
 
 
Bead Weave Earrings
 
Both of these creations were first attempts and I really enjoyed the time I spent making them. To be honest when I use to come across projects like these, I use to think 'yikes', there is now way I can make something soo complicated, involving thread, needles and tiny beads that look pretty, but are a nightmare to pick up if you drop them on the floor and I'm speaking from experience!
 
Last weekend I made another bracelet, this one was a diagonal stitch bracelet, using red crystals, white pearls and light grey seed beads.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Once I completed the bracelet, I felt such a sense of achievement that now I want to try some more new projects involving seed beads. At the moment I'm making some new jewellery for the Christmas season, so I think I'll wait till the new year before I try another bead weaving project.
 
Bye for now.
 
Michelle x
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Jewellery of the Day!

 
 

 
I don't normally do two blog posts in one week, but I thought what is the best way in getting a message across,  I then had a light bulb moment and thought why don't I just put it on my blog!
 
I have decided to create a daily promotion called 'Jewellery of the Day' on my website. Each day will be picking an item of jewellery or accessory from my website, which I will be offering at a discount of upto 50% off,  for that day only!
 
 
Don't forget to check out my website daily, to see which jewellery or accessory is on offer that day. I'll also mention it daily on my Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages. I'll pop my links down below.
 
Bye for now

Michelle  x
 
 
 
 

Monday, 30 September 2013

Autumn Jewellery




Which is your favourite season? I always look forward to the spring, because the evenings start to get lighter and I know that summer is not far behind. Last year our summer was a complete wash out, it literally did not stop raining the whole summer. This year we had a glorious summer, I hope we have the same next year.

Now that were easing out of summer and heading for the cool autumn/winter months, not only will we will be changing the type of clothes we will be wearing,  I like to wear big chunky jumpers, I always feel the cold, lol, some of us will switch to a different colour palette for our jewellery, like warm browns, reds, oranges and greens. To compliment the autumn colours,  I have created some new jewellery pieces and also incorporated some of my existing creations into a new section on my website called 'Autumn Inspired Jewellery'. You only have to look outside your window to see the changing colour of the leaves on the trees and on the ground, which signal that autumn is on it's way.
 
 
 
Autumn Jewellery


 
If you would like to see some more of my autumn jewellery, then please click the link below to my website.  
 
Before I forget, there is 50% off clearance sale on all the ankle bracelets on my website. If you would like to see the various designs and purchase one for next summer, please click here on this link.
 
Bye for now.
 
Michelle. x

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Wrapped up and loving it!


Back in October 2012, I posted a blog about my first attempt at wire wrapping. I wire wrapped a necklace, my efforts were very amateurish to say the least, but I still tried it and I enjoyed the freedom of using the wire.
Fast forward to August 2013, I decided to try wire wrapping again, this time I wanted to make a ring. I'd seen some beautiful wire wrapped rings on Pinterest and I wanted to see if I could make a ring myself. I love Pinterest, I can be over there for hours and hours, if you would like to see what I've been pinning, my Pinterest details are www.pinterest.com/michelleshand  

So I bought a ring mandrel and a reel of 20 gauge silver plated craft wire.  After several attempts, I came up with this ring.  
 


 

  As you can see here, I have not stopped making rings, using different designs and coloured beads.

  
 
 
I made these rings for myself,  but will be creating and adding similar designs to my website very soon, I'll most probably do another blog, letting you all have a sneek peak at them.
 
If you would like to see my handmade jewellery and accessories, head over to www.michelleshandcraftedjewellery.com
 
Bye for now.
x