Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Review | Jewellery Maker Gemstone Bracelet

Todays post is a collaboration with Jewellery Maker and has been the perfect DIY as my craft stash remains in boxes whilst I [try to] move.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I have made some attempts at jewellery.  I'm particularly interested in making my own bracelets and you should never leave me in the bead aisle of a craft store unattended.  I am still at a very early stage of learning this craft and very keen to develop it.

When I was contacted by Jewellery Maker to try one of their kits, it was too good an opportunity to miss and I had lots of options to choose from.  Whether a beginner or more experienced in jewellery making, there is something for all tastes.  
I chose the Mixed Gemstone Bracelet, which retails at £14.95:
 So, what do you get?  All of the materials you require are in the box.  You need to provide the tools, which in this case, I could find my round nosed pliers and found that that was enough for this kit.  If you are interested in starting jewellery making, I can recommend the HobbyCraft own brand tools as an inexpensive place to start.  Furthermore, if you are brand new to the craft, there's a great set of video introductions on the Jewellery Maker site.
The kit itself is neat and compact:
The bangle bracelet is large and consists of looped sterling silver, so the designs you can create are endless.  But you're not left to create the bracelet alone.  A photo step-by-step guide to making your jewellery is also included for reference and to keep you on track:
After checking my contents, I decided on an ombre effect with the white and purple-toned gemstones:
...and creating the bracelet is simple.  Firstly, open the finding with pliers:
...hook on your gemstone:
...and then close over the bangle:
Continue this process, building up the charms:
I sat happily with my cup of coffee and the Bake Off, repeating the process and going in to a
 crafting trance as I did so.  The. Best.  Finally, all my charms were added:
I'm really pleased with the final outcome - it's subtle [just as I like], but with detail and interest.  As I add to the bangle, I'll move the charms to the double loop, but I like the way the charms fall with the simple design on the single loop for now.

The only problem I came across during the process was that a few of the gemstone charm attachments were too small to fit on to the findings:
....there were a couple of casualties when I tried to widen the loop myself to make them fit.

My next plans are to make my own charms to add to it - if you have some of your own, these are easily added to the bracelet - there are endless ways in which you could personalise and vary the design:

So, if you're thinking of trying out a kit yourself, it's my favourite time - discount time! 
Jewellery Maker have offered an exclusive discount to the blog:
Simply use the code 'SheMakes' to receive a 15% discount on any purchase, if you fancy.

...and if you like what you seen, give Jewellery Maker a follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for tips, behind the scenes photos and for a gallery of ideas and other peoples makes.

If you do have a go at any kits, let me know - i'd love to see the results!  
I've got my eye on the stamping kit.....
...but meanwhile, there's a wealth of knowledge and some fab video tutorials on their website 
that I need to make my way through for my next jewellery-making attempts!

see you next time x

Disclosure: I was contacted by Jewellery Maker to review a kit, which was sent to me.  I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.  Many thanks for your support!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair

Today I'm excited to be teaming up with the lovely people that help organise Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair to bring you a quick run down of what's on offer this year.  Last year, my Instagram feed was full of workshop makes, unique stalls and flower / pom pom crowns galore [that's all I need to know to be sold].  They've also provided a lovely little discount code for some bargain tickets at the end of the post [not that you'll need any convincing to go]!

Monday, 13 July 2015

How To Make a Paper Flower Bud

I love a paper flower project [you can find some here] but todays is so, so easy. All you need to do to achieve it is fold.  Let's dive right in.