Sneak peek inside issue 68
28 May 2014
Join us at the seaside for the July issue of Making Jewellery magazine, as we bring you 48 projects inspired by sun, sea and sand. With a wirework coast to weave, polymer beach huts to sculpt and a shrink plastic Steampunk octopus piece, we’ve got a project for everyone. From linking to metal clay, lampwork to pyrography, there’s plenty inside to keep you making all summer. Learn how to use the mokume gane technique with polymer clay, how to cast metal using a cuttlefish and how to make knot motifs with metal clay. Plus, with a feature about the glamour of Italian fashion, interviews with amazing jewellers, giveaway prizes to win, new products to discover and more, whether you’re home or away it’s time to get making!
It was really hard to choose just a few pieces of jewellery from this issue to show you (it always is!) but here are a few of my favourite pieces (there are more!) to give you a flavour of the issue!
Beside the Seaside - polymer beach huts by Lynn Allingham
Polymer clay pendant using the Mokume Gane technique by Melanie Muir
Beautiful Waves - a stunning wire and bead design by Sue Mason-Burns
The Mermaid by Jayne Rimington. Use pyrography or other techniques to create the mermaid motif.
20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Su Pennick. Use chip board, dye stamps, shrink plastic and more for this Steampunk piece!
Treasures of the Deep by Gaye Woulahan. Use all your favourite beads and charms for this shimmering design.
8 May 2014
This morning an email dropped into my inbox about Article22, a jewellery label producing jewellery made from unexploded bombs that were dropped during the Vietnam War. I scrolled down and was surprised to see some stylish designs, which looked not at all dangerous! Not only do the pieces display upcycling at its best, they also convey a message of peace – a win-win situation!
Above: Love is the Bomb necklace by Article22, available at www.boticca.com
This got me thinking about other jewellery that has been made from unusual items. I recently discovered Hairy Growler’s jewellery, which is beautiful in its miniature detail. I then realised that all of his pieces are made out of old coins. You would hardly believe it, to look at the pieces.
Above: Upcylced old coins by Hairy Growler, available at www.hairygrowler.co.uk
How about these delicate, lace-effect earrings? They’ve got an Art Deco-cum tribal feel to them, I think, and are undoubtedly stylish, given the trend for all things monochrome right now. The twist? They’re made of recycled bicycle tubes!
Above: Upcycled bike tube earrings, available at www.etsy.com/shop/pearlreef
Or how about this gorgeous bracelet that Tansy Wilson made for us back in January? She’s turned a vintage silver fork into a stunning bangle, complete with ombre-effect crystals. She shows us how to make the project in issue 62, January 2014, and you can buy a back issue here.
Above: New year bangle by Tansy Wilson, featured in Making Jewellery issue 62