Most of the to-do list items that I was able to put in the TV Craft list were jewellery projects. Tackling them in the evenings meant I got through them in a few days, so fast I wondered why I hadn’t thought of this before. I guess I really was in a ‘meh craft’ mood these last six weeks.
Back when ordering some jewellery findings online during that last big jewellery making obsession I saw some interesting beads on sale. Tagua nuts, also known as ‘vegetable ivory’, come from a species of palm and, when dried, resemble elephant ivory. I loved the bright colours and the organic shapes, and I was intrigued, so a pack went into my cart.
There were five flat beads. I made one into a simple necklace:
I have plans for combining others with silver clay shapes, so they’ll need to wait for Jewellery Day.
The flat beads came with several small round ones in the same colours. I wasn’t as keen on them, mostly because the backs are flatter and obviously the ‘wrong’ side on a bead you can’t easily prevent flipping over. It took me a while to come up with a design that got around that. the answer: put them back to back:
I’d picked up the parts for the next project at the recent Quilt and Craft Show, and it was just a matter of assembling it:
The inspiration was actually the leather strap, meant for bag handles, but I figured it would need a large pendant to stop it looking too much like a collar. The gemstone caught my eye, transparent at the top and opaque below, with greys between.
Two other projects on my to-do list were scratched. One was to turn some pieces of chain maille (long story) into new jewellery, but I found the rings too tough on my hands to bend open and closed.
Another two just needed some superglue, including this bracelet:
Yeah, that’s the one I wove with one side of the clasp the wrong way around. I had to cut the rings on the clasp and carefully thread the stings onto a needle, turn the needle around and transfer them on again. The thread is so fine it gets caught in the breaks in the rings. Hopefully the glue will stop them slipping out.
The only item left for Jewellery Day is to try silver clay. Which will happen in two stages: one for shaping clay, another for firing once it’s dry, then polishing it and assembling pieces.