I've been busy trying to find a job post-uni so I haven't really made a lot of new stuff for a while. I was in the bead shop the other day when I found these gorgeous lampwork beads. The green ones grabbed me first, but I liked the pink too so I got some of both. I know I usually make plastic jewellery which can be a bit off the wall, but I quite like making these simple little necklaces. The photos don't really do them justice, the colour of the beads in the first neclace is absolutely gorgeous.
Thanks everyone, I have stuck with the pink, but I've taken on board what was said about contrast. My sister actually said exactly the same thing before I started this post. I've tried out having the black as a background (screenshot below), but at the moment it's like this polkadotboutique.bigcartel.com.
I have a couple of problems, I really want it to look light and airy rather than all dark and brooding (though having tried the black it doesn't look half as bad as I thought it would initially, possibly because of the white product background). Also, my shop is called the Polka Dot Boutique, and I kind of think I need to have dots somewhere with a name like that (before anyone says about changing it, I have myspace, etsy, & ebay under that name, and I bought the domain name back in January, not only would changing it mean a LOT of moving stuff about, I have no idea what I'd change it to). I did try using other colours for the background but they all hurt my eyes, which is why I ended up reverting to the pink. I thought red and black would look good too...
If the general consensus is that the black is better I'm prepared to take the plunge and consider it a lesson learnt..
I finished uni on Monday and now I'm trying to create a better website than my last attempt. At the moment I really can't decide whether the boxes with the headings in should be pink or black, so really I'd just like to know what everyone else thinks. The two screen shots below show the options (don't worry about everything else at the moment, it's a work in progress).
These two necklaces are made from a larger necklace which I took apart. I especially love the black one, I have a great summer dress I'll be wearing one of these with when the weather gets better.
These three necklaces are all made using keys, the first one is a charm, and the others are genuine antique ones, they look a lot better in real life...
This is a locket I designed for my mum, again using vintage parts. The beads were taken from another vintage necklace which I took apart, sadly the photos of this didn't turn out great either but apparently it has caught a lotof peoples interest when my mum has been wearing it:
This is another vintage locket, I want some beads a similar colour to the rose but I haven't found any which are a good enough match yet so it's quite simple:
I guess this necklace is just a bit novel...who doesn't want a bird cage around thier neck?
More swallows, because I just can't help myself... I have these in about 8 colours, I probably need help :
Last couple of things... a pair of earrings to match the necklace I made, and being me I had to post something plastic.. this time it's these cute hair slides, they're so adorable. I wish I could wear them but my hair is far too thick .
I know I seem to have become a bit obsessed with those gorgeous swallow charms lately, but that isn't all I've been up to... I still can't escape the pull of kitschy stuff. These are some of the things I get up to with my gumball charms...with an angel wing necklace thrown in for good measure . It's amazing what you can make into a charm if you have a drill... I've used loads of stuff in the past, christmas crackers can be a great source of plastic goodness.
The bracelet has 38 charms, all of which are different, these make great toys for fiddlers (like me), whenever people see these they always want to go through all of the charms and see what they are.
I really do love these, sadly they don't photograph too well. The one with the yellow star is my favourite, I have some big stars left so I might make some more.
Inspired by this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208731.0 I decided to use some wire and old beads which I've literally had for about 2 years. After making loads of nests I decided that the best thing to do was to pair them with the swallows which I've become so obsessed with lately, which resulted in lots of necklaces... I'll only post close ups of a few to spare you, but I made them in lots of colours..
This necklace is like the ones I posted the other day, but in brass. They don't photograph very well, but the thing in the middle is a swarovski heart:
Here are some earrings, most of them match the swallow stuff. The last pair are so pretty, the photos don't do them justice at all.
I'm going crazy and branching out, no longer do I solely make plastic jewellery... This morning some swallow charms arrived in the post, I ordered them from overseas so it felt like they too forever to arrive because I wanted them so much. Half an hour or so later, I seem to have a lot of swallow necklaces. I have to confess I'm in love with these a bit too much, I've already used up the ones that I've got, so I've had to order some more :$.
I made these two using the charms and some swarovski hearts I've had since about this time last year. I bought them to make myself a bracelet but didn't use loads of them, and as I primarily make jewellery with plastic things I pretty much had no use for them. The turquoise one is absolutely gorgeous, my sister tried to steal it. They look so much better in real life.
This one has a star instead, the necklace kind of reminds me of a rockabilly tattoo...
The last one of these has a great postcard charm, they don't phootgraph very well, but they're really cute, they have 'I love you' engraved on them
And just for good measure, some plastic stuff I got equally excited about:
As I'm in my final year I've had so much uni work to do lately that I don't really have a lot of time for making new jewellery. Anyway, these are a few bits..
Record player necklace ( I love these things):
The next few things are all resin. It has taken me ages (since summer) to track down some actual resin, followed by suitable moulds in this country. I got the resin about a month ago, and in my eagerness to play with it used the only mould I thought would work (a heart ice cube tray from ikea), which, as it turned out, worked quite well. A week or so ago I found an ice cube mould in tesco with lots of little squares which i thought would be okay for rings (worked quite well), so that's what the squares have come from. I finally got a new lot of moulds delivered yesterday, so I'll be using them soon. I'm surprised it all set without bubbles and nothing awful happened.
Anyway, the hundreds and thousands stuff... I know *everyone* puts them in resin, but I still think they're cool. I've made a heart necklace, pin brooch and ring, and also a square ring. The hearts are something I wanted to put in resin the day I found out about the stuff, they're sweets (I have plans for lots of other sweets lol, I wish they hadn't stopped putting artificial colours into smarties, the colours used to be so cool). I also put love hearts into one of the rings, but they didn't turn out quite so well. Although you can't really see it that well there is a bit where the resin didn't cover the sweet, which strangely is in the same place on each sweet I tried to encase. I'll probably turn those into fridge magnets and experiment with them again.
Gummy heart necklace - It is square, really! The editing on this one is awful, and it still needs sanding down, it is clear like the ring below, but looks white because of the background it was on :
I got so excited by this I could hardly contain myself... a bit sad really. Anyway, I wanted to make a gummy bear necklace, and here it is... I was in a real rush to make it because I had to go out about 10 minutes after I thought up the idea, but I managed it . I love the way they look like a little gummy bear army.
I also figured I may as well tag my first attempt with my resin to the end of this post. Unfortunately the only suitable mould I have at the moment is a heart one (god bless ikea), so I was a bit limited there, my sister is going to turn them into magnets I think... I'm desperately trying to find other suitable ones because I have so many ideas, but the only ones I can find at the moment are on the US ebay site and have really expensive postage . Anyway, these are a few of what I managed to make. I was really surprised how well it went, I was expecting something awful to go wrong lol.
Oki, I wasn't going to post these (though I especially like the necklace), because I didn't think most people on here would know what the mighty boosh is, but after seeing a really cool boosh pin I'm going to anyway... For those who don't know it's an amazing British TV show.
Anyhoo, to the important bit. Firstly the necklace, it's absolutely huge (9x3cm), I've attached it to a silver plated 16 inch chain at either side so it still sits quite high on the neck. The bracelet is pretty simple, I kept to the black and white theme because I thought that suited it best.
and close up..
Oki, other stuff I figure I may as well tag on the end...
Gloomy bear necklace:
Jem & the Holograms necklace:
Handcuff necklace (they actually sit really well when the necklace is being worn):
Last one...Diamond necklace:
I've been a bit lazy on the bracelet front lately it would appear, but my resin arrived today so expect even more necklaces lol.