14 February 2014
Valentine's Day is here again and whether you're loved up, going solo or feeling hopeful, we think that love, in whatever form, is definitely something to celebrate, and what better to do so with than gorgeous jewellery?
Whether you've been dropping serious hints to your other half, you want to buy something special to show your appreciation to a friend, or it's time to treat yourself, jewellery is definitely the answer!
I love this necklace from Folli Follie, with not one but four hearts making this simple but stunning design.
When it comes to the 'L' word, it's definitely worth shouting about! This style of necklace has become a modern classic, and this one from Boticca definitely won't leave you guessing!
Of course, we love to make our own jewellery here at MJ HQ, so here's our top Valentine's Design, C'est L'Amour by Su Pennick. Use shrink plastic to create a romatic design. You can find the free step-by-step project here.
The humble (or not so humble) bracelet is not to be overlooked. A gorgeous gift and easy to wear again and again, for Valentine's day something red or pink is in order. If you're feeling extravagant then the simple-looking, but highly sought-after Links of London bracelet is sure to be a winner, particularly in this gorgeous colour.
On the cheaper end of the spectrum, but certainly not to be sniffed at is this rose bracelet by Cath Kidston. I always love her designs, and this cheap and cheerful bracelets emulates what I love best about her: simple shapes, bold colours and feminine pattern. And roses are a Valentine classic not to be shunned.
Just in case this Valentine's Day is going to be a little more special than most... we have to pay some attention to diamond rings! When I spotted this classic style Gemporia ring it melted my heart a little bit... probably because it is so similar to my own engagement ring (mine is from the '50s, and originally belonged to my hubby's grandma, but that's another story!) If anyone DOES get proposed to today we'd love to hear about it!
But the times, they are a-changin', and the trend right now is for coloured stones in rings, and I am all for it, as there are some gorgeous designs out there. I love the bright green tone of this ring, also from Gemporia. Perhaps it's more of a cocktail piece than an everyday ring though? Not sure I'd want to match all my outfits to the green! If it was in pink on the other hand...
Whether you're celebrating with romance or your friends, or shunning the day altogther (though we think it's a shame to miss out on any event to wear some fab jewellery!) happy Valentine's Day from team MJ! As always, we'd love to see your jewellery and hear about your makes - you know what to do. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!
Sneak peek inside Making Jewellery issue 64
5 February 2014
I had a tough time picking some images to put on our sneak peek blog this month as there are so many gorgeous projects inside this issue! I wanted to put everything on! But here's a selection of the fantastic pieces of jewelelry inside the issue to whet your appetite. If you want to see more you'll have to buy a copy... there are 42 projects all inspired by spring, so it's just what you need to combat the cold, wet, blustery, cold (did I already say that?!) weather.
We've got lampwork, woirework, linking, Friendly Plastic, seed beads, metal clay, gold leaf, sewing, leather, polymer clay, lace, papier mache and more! Whether you want to develop your current jewellery skills or try out a completely new technique, or if you're just after some inspiration for the season that is (hopefully!) on its way, there's so much here that it will keep you busy for the whole month until the next issue comes out!
Here's my pick of the issue (but it was a tough call!)
Treasure keeper by Su Pennick
This fantastic piece is formed with papier mache!
Spring flower necklace by Debbie Kershaw
Get practicing those Friendly Plastic skills!
Gold leaf art by Tansy Wilson
Combine silversmithing with applying gold leaf
Flowers and sieves by Sian Hamilton
Editor Sian shows us how to create gorgeous seed beed flower rings
Daffodil necklace by Sue Mason-Burns
Create a wirework necklace that sums up spring
Navaho dream catcher by Irene McCarthy
Tribal styles and fringing are so on trend right now!
Spring snowdrops by Lynn Allingham
I always love Lynn's quirky designs, and here you can carry spring around with you in a jar all year round!
Byzantine inspiration by Joan Gordon
A metal clay ring that has been inspired by ancient jewellery