20 December 2013
It's that time again, and we can barely contain our excitement that it is nearly Christmassy!
To get you feeling well and truly festive, we thought we would share with you some of the things that are inspiring us to create festive jewellery this year, and some lovely pieces that we've spotted on Etsy. We hope it inspires you to make some lovely things, and we hope you all have a merry Christmas!
Nothing gets you in the mood for Christmas quite like a classic Christmas film:
(image from www.twentyfourframes.wordpress.com)
Here's a charm bracelet with a classic movie feel to it:
(bracelet from www.etsy.com/shop/BlackberryDesign)
Of course, some festive sweeties are always necessary!
(image from www.elementsbathandbody.com)
(earrings from www.etsy.com/shop/ribopotomus)
There's nothing like a vintage storeybook to provide some fantastic images to inspire:
(image from bearalley.blogspot.com)
(necklace from www.etsy.com/shop/CarolNichiols2)
And of course... some much longed for snow!
(image from wallfoy.com)
(Earrings from www.etsy.com/shop/Piranadesign)
Sneak peek inside issue 61
11 December 2013
It’s party season! Our January issue is packed with 48 projects to make your New Year sparkle. Whether you want to make that last-minute Christmas present, or you need something to go with your head-turning party outfit, this issue has got it. Stunning crystals shine out from metal clay, vintage brooches are revamped and copper pipes are turned into surprisingly stunning beads. Plus, we’ve got a colourful chainmaille project, a lampwork peacock feather and a recycled fork! Read our interview with award-winning metalwork artist Wanaree Tanner, learn how to make intricate leaves out of polymer clay and how to make interesting components with Dorset buttons. Don’t miss our giveaway goodies and discount codes, and find out what’s coming up with the latest fashion trends, book reviews and our new-look Celebrity Inspiration page. Get making jewellery, it’s time to dazzle!
Here are a few of the step-by-step projects inside the issue:
Fireworks pendant by Sandra Quell:
Burlesque choker by Jayne Rimington:
Brilliant Bows by Holly Fawcett:
Orbital Rays by Sarah Austin:
Silver glass peacock bead by Sabine Little:
New Year bangles by Tansy Wilson:
Sneak peek inside issue 61
12 November 2013
The Christmas issue of Making Jewellery goes on sale 14 November and we are SO excited about it! We're pretty sure our chic cover will be the most stylish on the shelves and the projects inside are stunning!
(Christmas Robin by Jayne Rimington)
Not only have we got a magazine packed full (and I mean full, there are 88 projects in this bumper issue!) of gorgeous jewellery to make, but we've also got Christmas decorations for your home!
(Personalised Christmas decoration by Debbie Kershaw)
(Wreath decoration by Sue Mason-Burns)
Learn how to make each of our step-by-step projects so that you can be the best dressed at all the Christmas parties, plus make plenty of gifts for your friends and family, from the sugary sweet gingerbread house...
(Home Sweet Home by Lynn Allingham)
... to the ultra stylish glimmering necklace (which I think looks quite a lot like mistletoe!)
(Pearl Elegence by Siam Hamilton)
Whether it's a white Christmas or not, you can recreate a fairytale scene with glitter and shrink plastic!
(Crystal Snow Globes by Su Pennick)
Tansy Wilson shows you how to make the most of laser cutting services to create this stunning and super simple-to-make bangle:
(Snowflake bangle by Tansy Wilson)
Plus, with £1445 of giveaway goodies to win, all the latest fashion trends, new jewellery products, interviews with fabulous jewellery designers, and a huge array of jewellery disciplines, look no further for all your Christmas makes!
High Street By Design Competition
8 November 2013
F. Hinds and International Jewellery London (IJL) have been running the High Street by Design Competition together for three years, and now in its fourth year the competition is open to all. Whether you are a current designer, a student or just a jewellery lover you can enter this fabulous competition.
Five lucky winners will have the oppprtunity to design the jewellery they would love to wear themselves for sale on the high street. F. Hinds will work with the winners to develop the pieces of jewellery to be sold in their stores. There's even the potential for a guaranteed commision in all of the high street and shopping centre stores across the country, as well as the online shopping at www.fhinds.co.uk
Entries must be in by 31 March 2014, and you can pick up the entry form and all the details in F. Hinds stores, or at www.fhinds.co.uk/hsbd.htmlyear
The winners will be chosen by the judging panel: Andrew Hinds of F. Hinds; Bob Morrish, director and gold buyer of R E Morish jewellery; Sarah Jordon, award winning jewellery designer; and a consumer representative from IJL.
The winner in 2013 in the student category was Vaishali J Shah with her Lepos de Princess Pendant, which combined silver and cubic zirconias to appeal to a wide audience. Vaishali is from Wembley and is currying studying CAD Design at the National Institute of Jewellery Design in India.
Pearls at the V&A
31 October 2013
Photo © Christie's Images
This month I have had the pleasure of attending the Pearls exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum. The V&A have come together with Qatar Museums Authority to put together a fascinating exhibition of everything and anything you ever wanted to know about pearls.
Photo © Sotheby's
The exhibition is beautifully curated and starts with how a pearl is made, with a collection of shells and pearls in a huge variety of styles and colours. You are then taken through the very interesting process of how a pearl is created. The exhibition then covers how the pearls are collected both historically and today.
Photo by Rudiger Floter © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2013
The exhibition moves onto a stunning display of the most beautiful pearl jewellery you’ll ever see in one place. Pieces range from incredible antiques right through to modern (what can only be described as) works of art, it is truly a feast for the eyes.
The exhibition is open until 19th January 2014 and is well worth a visit. See V&A for more details
© Victoria and Albert Museum
Sneak peek inside issue 60, on sale 17 October
14 October 2013
Our gorgeous November 2013 issue hits the shops on 17 October, but here's a sneak peek of what's inside to whet your appetites! This lovely project includes projects inspired by nature, and there are 42 projects to keep you busy throughout the whole of autumn!
My favourite project of the issue has to be Tansy Wilson's Make a wish necklace, which reminds me of childhood walks in the park on a crisp day, blowing dandelion 'clocks'. The piece is very achievable, too, using basic soldering skills.
For those of you who love beading, take a look at this Autumn leaves necklace by Rowena Hayter, complete with very cute ladybirds! It also gets that rather lovely Eva Cassidy song stuck in my head!
For the ultimate arm candy, try your hand at forming these beautiful Copper charm bangles by Clair Wolfe - I think it's the jewellery version of jumping in a pile of crisp leaves!
For a statment piece, try having a go with some Friendly Plastic, a fantastic medium we're becoming a little obsessed with - you can create some stunning results, like this Russet refinement brooch by Liz Welch.
Another beautiful brooch is Paula Paton's Autumn leaf brooch, which she has created using metal clay and a real leaf. It's a gorgeous technique that will quickly become addictive, especially when you embed sparkling stones in it as she has.
For a statement piece this autumn, and for a fab wireworking project, check out this Crystal dewdrops piece by Lisa Floyd. She has encapsulated the beautiful autumn moment of dewdrops clinging to a leaf in the early morning.
Whatever you choose to make, with our exceptionally clear step-by-step instructions, you'll acheive fantastic results. Plus, there are plenty more projects in the magazine, as well as hundreds of pounds worth of giveaway goodies to win, tehniques on how to make your own fancy earwires, discover the latest fashion and jewellery trends and much more!
Plus, the issue comes with a free 'Top Techniques' supplement that is full of new and traditional techniques to advance your jewellery making skills.
Awards for London Jewellery School
9 October 2013
London Jewellery School and its founder Jessica Rose have just been shortlisted for two more business awards. Having won the NatWest EveryWoman Artemis Award for young businesswomen in 2012, Jessica has now been shortlisted for the Smarta 100 2013 business awards.
These awards, sponsered by O2, highlight 100 entrepreneurial businesses across the UK in ten different categories. Jessica is shortlisted in the Female Entrepreneur category. The winners of each category are decided by public vote before the Smarta 100 judging panel decide the overall winner. The chosen winner will be announced at the Smarta 100 awards ceremony on 12 November at London's Cafe de Paris.
You can vote for Jessica now by visiting http://www.smarta.com/smarta100/2013/london-jewellery-school/ and simply clicking 'vote now'.
London Jewellery School has also been shortlisted in the HP Smart Business Awards in the Skills Creation category, whcih promotes acheivements by small- and medium-sized businesses in the UK.
Win £100 of Swarovski Elements with Jilly Beads!
1 October 2013
Jilly Beads have got together with Swarovski Elements to run a competition to win £100 of Swarovski Elements. The fantastic prize is a hamper stuffed full of crystals from the new Autumn/Winter 2014/15 Innovations range. Plus, the winning design will appear on Swarovski's Create Your Style website.
If that weren't enough, there will also be a runner up prize of Xilions and Crystal Pearls worth over £15. To be in with your chance to win, simply make a pair of statement earrings using only Swarovski Elements, and send a photograph to Jilly Beads.
Sneak peek inside issue 59 of Making Jewellery magazine
17 September 2013
Issue 59 of Making Jewellery magazine is nearly here! It hits the shops on Thursday 19 September, and here's just a sneak peak at what's inside to get you chomping at the bit!
Autumn has definitely arrived, but fend off the chill with this super bright issue of Making Jewellery. In this issue we've squeezed in 40 projects inspired by the season, from hocus pocus to catwalk trends. All the projects are gorgeous, richly coloured and perfect for this time of year. Weave seed beads, embed polymer clay with leaves, roll out copper clay, play with glitter, wrap wire, texture metal, string crystals and more this month with the huge variety of projects we've got for you. Win tons of gorgeous goodies, read our interview with Steampunk artist and author Jema Hewitt, delve into autumn catwalk trends and discover the latest jewellery making products. Plus, this issue comes with a free business supplement that shows you how to write a business plan, accomplish simple bookkeeping and tackle tax returns! Brighten up your days, and nights, with this stunning magazine.
Emerald chandelier earrings by Sue
Weave wire together for these sparkling creations in the hottest colour for autumn.
Coiled copper beads technique by Clair Wolfe
Learn how to make these coiled beads and string up into a stunning necklace. I particularly love this stone!
Autumn filigree by Jayne Rimington
Make looping shapes out of wire for this showstopper.
Autumn statement necklace by Nina
Make giant links out of polymer clay for this necklace that plays on warm and cool.
Fly a kite by Sandra Quell
My personal favourite - make a kite out of metal clay and watch your worries float away!
6 September 2013
(image from blogs.mcgill.ca)
I love autumn. It's my favourite time of the year - from that crisp, woodsy smell in the air, to the snuggliness of wrapping up in your scarf on the first cool morning. At the weekend I went blackberry picking and it struck me how easy it is to create jewellery that has been influenced by the season. The blackberries, I thought, looked just like shiny black pearls.
(image from pearlsonly.co.uk)
(image from wallfive.com)
The changing leaves are always beautiful at this time of year and never fail to inspire us to create jewellery in red, golden and copper tones.
(image from rowanberrydesigns.co.uk)
(image from blog.posterjack.ca)
Sometimes nature can surprise us and show us beauty in places where we wouldn't necessarily expect to find it. It's those moments that can sometimes influence the most interesting pieces of jewellery
(image from beautifullife.info)
For me, there are very few things more satisfying than going for a walk on an autumn afternoon, feeling the sun's last warmth, crunching the leaves underfoot and then coming home to a nice, hot cup of tea.
(image from createandcelbrate.blogspot.com)