Sunday, 20 December 2015

Byzantine Weave Joy

It took a while but I finally mastered the Byzantine weave!  I love the intricacy of this chain and really enjoyed the process of making it. 

There are so many weaves to try.  I think 2016 will be the year of the chainmaille for me!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Sweet Pea Set

The colour of these matt glass Indian beads reminded me of sweet peas!  I felt inspired to use them in another crochet necklace with a few coloured freshwater baroque pearls for added interest.  I like the delicate and at the same time random effect and made a pair of earrings to match.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Mobius Flower Link Bracelet

This bracelet was great fun to make with 11 silver plated copper mobius flowers linked together.  Each mobius link is made up of 5 jump rings.  There are a total of 103 jump rings in the bracelet overall!

I think it would be stunning made with sterling silver but I will refrain from using higher valued metals whilst I am still practising.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Wrapped Loops

I've been practicing wrapped loops using 6mm copper coloured wire on two of the drops and using a head pin on the silver coloured one.  It took me a while to understand the technique but once understood it is a satisfying way of turning a gemstone/bead into a wearable piece of jewellery as a pendant or as a charm.

I harnessed the technique by watching lots of YouTube videos and from the book Compendium of Beading Techniques by Jean Power

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

European 4-in-1 Chainmaille

I have recently discovered chainmaille and think it could be a new addiction.  I find the repetitive pattern of joining the rings together very relaxing and also engaging.  The above samples are European 4-in-1 chains which are the weave used to make chainmaille armour.

The first sample at the bottom is much more open weave as I used larger jump rings.  It is great to use large jump rings to practise on and be able to see what you are doing!    The top photo is the size rings I will be using to make these links in the future as it looks much more intricate and has a wonderful fluidity about it.

There are endless possibilities for chainmaille jewellery as there are 100's of weaves.  It looks like I am going to be occupied for a while!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Wire Crochet Crystal Necklace

I was watching the Jewellery Maker channel today and watched guest presenter Fleur Hastings make  a nine strand crocheted necklace with gemstones.  Inspired by the demonstration I had a go at making my own version using just three strands of wire, randomly adding glass crystals and then plaiting the three strands together.

The necklace looks long on the display bust but it is only about 16 inches in length and sits nicely on the neckline.

A close up detail shows the variations in bead shape, size and colour.  If you want to have a go at making this yourself, I used a 3.50 (9) sized crochet hook, 0.25 silver coated wire and a selection of beads from Beads Direct.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

An Introduction

Over the years I have amassed a large amount of jewellery making items from glass beads to gemstones and all the various beads in between.  I have a mountain of wire, thread, findings and tools so without further ado thought I would push on with my jewellery making hobby rather than let my stash sit away in boxes. 

I already have a blog called Linden Grove that I have been writing for 7 years where I sometimes feature the jewellery that I have been making among other things.  This blog Linden Grove Treasure Trove however, is totally focused on jewellery making.  I am hoping that having a dedicated space to jewellery making will spur me on to make great things!

Your comments and feedback are most welcome.