19 December 2012
Well it's Christmas Eve so I'll keep it short.
We've worked hard all year bringing you the fab mag that is Making Jewellery and now it's time for a break, the MJ office is all tinseled out and we've closed up shop for 2012! So on to a nice refreshing week off, with lots of Chocolates and Christmas pudding then it's back raring to go racing into 2013.
I've a few interesting jewellery items on my Christmas list so here's hoping tomorrow I'll be planning what to do with all my new equipment! I hope you get all that you desire this Christmas, if it's jewellery making goodies, pop over to our Facebook page and let us know all about it.
All that's left is to wish all you wonderful Making Jewellery readers a peaceful and relaxed Christmas and Happy & Healthy New Year from all the staff at Making Jewellery magazine.
Newlife Charity Call on Jewellery Makers
17 December 2012
Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children
Leading UK charity for disabled children, Newlife Foundation is calling on jewellery makers across the UK to help support children who are disabled and terminally ill.
To raise funds, they are encouraging crafters to make something and sell it at local sales, giving the proceeds to Newlife. Or you can donate your handmade lovelies to the charity and they will sell them for you.
Whatever gorgeous pieces you make, Newlife guarantees that 100% of the funds they receive will directly support babies, children and young people through its national Nurse Helpline, equipment grants, emergency loan services, and investment in medical research.
Newlife provide information and support for thousands of families across the UK and are a gateway to a range of practical services from the charity. To join in, please contact Vicky Jones or Anna Szymczak on 01543 468888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
7 December 2012
We just wanted to say well done to Karen Taylor, who won first prize in the London Jewellery School Christmas jewellery competition!
She made these fantastic lampwork charms and created this incredibly festive bracelet. Hopefully you will all find this inspiring for your own Christmas makes!
Jewellery making courses by Karen are available - visit www.preciousjewellerybykaren.co.uk for more information!
A Good Book
3 December 2012
As we've got a giveaway at the moment to win a stack of jewellery making books (and you can enter that competition here) I've been thinking about books. Now, I LOVE a good book. In fact, at this time of year, I think there's nothing better than curling up in front of a fire with a mug of hot chocolate (or mulled wine!) and a good novel.
We saw in our recent Classic Fiction issue of Making Jewellery magazine (Issue 46, October 2012) that works of fiction can be hugely inspiration to our creativity, especially our jewellery designs. I think this often happens subconsciously too. When we read a book, we usually do so over a prolonged period of time, over a week or two. During that time we find ourselves thinking about the book we're reading while we're doing other things (at least, we do if it's a good book).
I've been reading a book for the last week or so that's very involved with snow and ice. As such, I think the things I've been making have been reflecting this! I didn't deliberately choose to do so, but I've been making things in silvers and cool blues, even though there's not a flake of snow to be seen!
Of course, it's not just fiction that affects our designs. I'm always flicking through books about jewellery and jewellery making, and endless things capture my imagination. Sometimes a few things will combine in my head to create a completely unique make. So, if you're looking for some inspiration, it's definitely time to curl up with a good book!