Sneak peek inside issue 67 of Making Jewellery
29 April 2014
Welcome to our June bumper issue of Making Jewellery! We've got extra pages and extra projects, bringing you everything you need to create beautiful jewellery for every summer event. From holidays to weddings, Fathers' Day to ladies' day at the races, we've got pieces to make for every occasion.
We're all hoping for a long, hot summer, and Sue Mason-Burns has brought us this Sun Worshipper pendant to wear on the cloudier days, to give us our fix. I love the unusual wire wrapping technique, especially combined with the sparkle of the beads.
It's definitely the start of wedding season, and my celebration accessory of choice is this gorgeous hair comb by Holly Fawcett. The colourful beads and crystals really catch the light. I think I'll make one in every colour... and buy the shoes to match!
Another statement hairpiece is this beautiful fascinator by Jo Barclay Loggie. Clearly these are the season's hottest colours, and the wire mesh that she has used in this project comes in a versatile range of shades.
For a statement bracelet, check out this Rainbow Bangle by Sarah Austin. It matches this month's cover star, and cleverly uses stretchy coloured rings with bright jumprings for a fantastic chainmaille design.
For polymer fans, we've got this Beautiful Blooms necklace by the talented Alison Gallant. She shows us how to create these bespoke ombre colours of clay and then transform them into realistic-looking roses.
Lovers of metal clay will not be disappointed either, as we have some gorgeous pieces to create. This simple Daisy Chain Bracelet created for us by Julia Rai uses the cheaper Stirling silver clay, making this a must-make piece to wear all summer.
For a more unusual piece take a look at this vintage-style necklace created by Liz Welch of Rare Bird. She shows us how to combine Friendly Plastic with lace and domed glass to make this showstopping necklace.
Plus we've got lots more inside too, including a leather ring, Fathers' Day cufflinks, copper clay, beading and more. Plus, we show you how to make your own resin-filled cabochons, how to take better photographs of your jewellery and how to use UTEE products. Plus, with giveaway prizes to win, a FingerPrint Jewellery feature, interviews with top jewellers, the latest hot products and trends, and much more - make sure you don't miss out! You can subscribe by clicking here, and you can enter this month's competitions by clicking here (once you've found the code in the magazine.)
16 April 2014
Make use of the super long weekend and celebrate this Easter with some craft... and a bit of shopping!
First off, I spotted this Tiny Baby Bunny Necklace by amandadeer on Etsy, which is just the cutest thing! You can buy it here. Try making your jewellery designs on a super small scale to get the 'awww' factor.
For any little girls, this mini bunny is very sweet. Perfect to add to hair accessories or as a brooch, you could even make it with them as a fun activity, if they're a little older. Find the tutorial here.
For an edible treat it simply has to be something sweet! Click here to learn how to make fondant bunny ears for your cupcakes!
If you're still not sure what jewellery you're going to wear on the big day, you can find the free tutorial to make this daffodil necklace by Sue Mason-Burns here.
The cross is the essence of what Easter is all about. For a modern take on a cross pendant, try moving it to the side for an asymmetric design. This turquoise piece from hautelook.com is particularly lovely.
Polymer fans, try your hand at covering an egg shape (made from scrap clay) with intricate canes. You can buy the tutorial for this particular cane here.
Get the kids involved with this fun project - make a salt dough tomb to use as an ornament or centrepiece for the table. Here is the tutorial.
Create a lampwork egg for a showstopping piece of jewellery, This Eggstravaganza Pendant by Karen Taylor is featured in issue 66 of Making Jewellery, which is on sale now!
Click here to buy your copy.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion
3 April 2014
(Photo by G.M. Fadigati, © Giorgini Archive, Florence)
Yesterday I had the amazing privilege of visiting the press view of the new exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which opens officially on 5th April. Running until 27th July, there’s plenty of time to get to see the exhibition and it is well worth visiting.
Italian fashion is widely viewed as the crème de la crème of modern style, and so the showcase runs as somewhat of a chronology of almost 70 years of fashion. However, curator Sonnet Stanfill is keen to highlight what is unique about fashion from Italy specifically, and this shines out in each of the cases, giving the exhibition a distinctive Italian flavour.
(Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
The historical context is key throughout, as it is this unusual post-war period in Italy’s history that enabled fashion to flourish as much as it did. In many ways, 1945 Italy was an unlikely place for high-end fashion designers to begin to emerge, and yet emerge they did, and the results are displayed in glorious array. With designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Versace and many more represented, the garments are a feast for the eyes.
(Courtesy Maison Mila Schön, Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
There is plenty of glitter and sparkle for us jewel-lovers to enjoy, from the amazing Dolce and Gabbana ankle boots to the Mila Schӧn sequined evening dress and plenty in between. An important factor in the surge of popularity for Italian fashion across the globe was the rise of the Hollywood star. A number of movies were shot on location in Italy during the ‘50s and ‘60s, which of course brought a deluge of starlets… all of whom went shopping! The press documented these shopping trips and the rest is history!
(Photo by G.M. Fadigati, © Giorgini Archive, Florence)
Among the pieces displayed is a dress created by Fernanda Gattioni, which Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1956 film War and Peace as well as Liz Taylor’s famous Bulgari emeralds. Of course, with Bulgari being the main sponsor of the exhibition, there was bound to be plenty of sparkle, but I wasn’t quite prepared for just how stunning the glamour would be close up. There was a particularly impressive pair of Miu Miu boots covered entirely in glitter—certainly inspirational for jewellery designs!
Look out for issue 68 of Making Jewellery this summer, which will include a full feature on the exhibition.
The V&A is open daily from 10am – 5:45pm (and until 10pm every Friday). Tickets to The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 cost £12 each (concessions available). For advance bookings visit www.vam.ac.uk or call 020 7420 9736
Issue 66 Sneak peek
1 April 2014
Issue 66, our May 2014 issue, hits the shops this Thursday, 3rd April. Here's a little look at what's inside.
We do love a good theme, and this month we're mixing things up with mixed media. Each project uses more than one medium to create unusual and stunning pieces that are exciting to make and fun to wear.
Su Pennick shows us how to make these lovely paper rose buds, and combines them with filigree for a gorgeous hair comb.
Tansy Wilson plays with paper too, as she creates this origami flower and combines it with forged metal for a torque-style necklace that's a little bit different.
Our cover star, this patterned polymer piece by Alison Gallant, shows us how to make pattern with Skinner blends and to create a focal point of silver clay for added dazzle.
Clair Wolfe uses a polymer technique, too, which she combines with softly hammered metal to create this statement necklace to resemble seaweed in a glistening rock pool - perfect for summer holidays!
Another statement necklace is Sue Mason-Burns' creation, which includes rouched fabric and hammered wire to make this spiky design. By changing the fabric and type of wire, the possibilities are endless with this design.
For earring lovers, Candy Chappill's Baroque pieces are stunning. She takes you through the steps to make the base with copper clay, the settings with wire and to create the focal cabochons yourself with resin and moulds. We think they're stunning!
With much more, too, including crystals and felt, lampwork, beading, metal clay, dichroic glass and more, plus competition prizes to win, top tips, business advice, fashion trends, new products, jewellery events and more still!
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