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
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!
Don't forget, you can subscribe here to get a discount and make sure you never miss an issue! Or you can telephone 01273 488005.
Once you've got hold of the issue, you can enter here to win the competition prizes.
Jewellery all sewn up!
20 March 2014
We in the MJ office love the Great British Sewing Bee! We can't get enough of it, and it's got us reminiscing about the first thing we ever sewed, our sewing machine mishaps and, of course... jewellery! There's a huge array of sewn jewellery available to make and to wear, so we thought we'd share some of our faves.
photo: Great British Sewing Bee
We love mixed media pieces (check out our whole issue devoted to mixed media, which will go on sale 3rd April) and sewing is a great way to combine different elements. This fun and vibrant necklace from Cat Rabbit Plush uses felt pieces stitched together.
For something a little bit different, this Ma Magasin cross stitched piece is very sweet (should I say 'tweet'?!). I love the imaginative design for a modern look, using traditional techniques.
We've had plenty of stitched projects in the magazine, too, showing you step-by-step how to create unique jewellery. This ribbon cuff by Claire Wolfe was featured in issue 64 of the mag
Another stitching technique that has taken the jewellery world by storm is soutache. This showstopping piece by Agata Stankiewicz was featured in issue 53 of Making Jewellery. She shows you exactly how to make this soutache necklace.
Coming up in the next issue of Making Jewellery (on sale 3rd April) is this beaded fabric necklace by Sophie Robertson. Learn how to cover beads with fabric for a very wearable necklace.
Don't forget, if you want to subscribe to Making Jewellery or order a back issue of the magazine you can do it at www.thegmcgroup.com or by phoning 01273 488005
Sneak peek inside Making Jewellery issue 65
5 March 2014
This month we're celebrating the best of British, with 48 projects inspired by what we love best about our country. All the projects are beautiful and hugely imaginative, so I really struggled to pick out some to give you a little taster at what's inside. This is definitely a fun-filled issue, with so many projects that are a treat to make, and to wear. It's going to be a busy month!
I think my favourite project of the issue is Linzi Alford's Country Charm piece, which has woodland creatures made out of shrink plastic that peek out, as if from behind a hedgerow. It brings back memories of Beatrix Potter and Farthing Wood, and of course lovely woodland walks--definitely one of my favourite parts of British life.
Still on the woodland walk theme (and shrink plastic, too, while we're at it) is Su Pennick's Bluebell Wood necklace. She has creatively cut, coloured and scuplted the plastic into three-dimensional shapes, and we've got her template in the mag so you can recreate it yourself.
Joan Gordon has also been inspired by nature this spring, but has opted for more aquatic creatures. Her Nature's Wonderland necklace evokes a garden pond or springtime pool, with silver clay encasing a piece of sea glass.
Creating animal jewellery in a somewhat... ahem... different way is Tansy Wilson, with her Fish and Chips Necklace. She has cut out and suspended a fish bone shape into a stunning, and quirky, piece. It makes me feel hungry!
Just as iconic, and equally fun, is Lynn Allingham's Red Arrows design, which soars along... well, along your neckline. Again, we've got the full template in the mag so you can recreate this surprisingly simple piece exactly. We love the crystals made to look like a trail of smoke!
If metalwork is more your thing, Clair Wolfe's Copper Skyline Necklace showcases London's most famous buildings in a clever silhouette. She shows you how to pierce out and texture the shape, and even how to make your own scene.
On a smaller scale is James Ferris, with his ever-popular wirework. He shows you how you can become Lord of the Wirework Rings this month with these beautiful wire-wrapped rings.
And what could be more British than the weather? Julia Rai has captured Britain's ever-changing skies with her All-Weather Bracelet. Each seasonal charm is made with metal clay, using different techniques, as she shows you how to cut, texture and colour them.
We've got much more inside, too, including plenty more projects, top tips on how to improve your jewellery making and run your jewellery business, interviews with top jewellers, and plenty of giveaway goodies to win (click here for a sneak peek at what they are!)
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