Be my Valentine

I’ve been making a few Valentine’s Day themed bracelets to go on the Ramsey Crafters’ stall at Potato Day on Saturday.  Potato Day is an event organised by the Cambridgeshire Self Sufficiency Group, it’s a chance to buy seed potatoes to grow at home.  They have over 60 different varieties and you can buy just one or two of the ones you fancy.

There are some nice simple memory wire bangles, they fit pretty much anyone and are really easy to make, you literally just thread beads.

The black stars are hematite which is supposed to be good for grounding and helping people cope with stress and depression.

I also made some seed bead bracelets  with words included. Aren’t they cute!

Hopefully someone will like them as much as I do and they’ll all be sold!

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Distraction

Today has not been a good day.  Actually it’s been a massive kick in the teeth kind of day where we found out that our poor dog is very sick with cancer.

I needed something to take my mind off of things so I picked up some beads and started making

Biset

I think it’s kinda cute. especially the little teapots on the chain ends.  The colours are those of the bi pride movement.  I’m not 100% sure how the teapot fits with that, but somehow it just does.

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These are a congratulations gift for a friend who is celebrating completing her phd but I have loads of these beads left so may make some more – I think I’m going to need a lot of distraction over the next few days, I just wish my stupid body would stop hurting and let me keep making for longer.

Shiny things

Today has been more wedding makes. My mum bought a pretty necklace for Vicci to wear and I offered to make the bridesmaids ones to match.

I’ve used purple beads and beading wire so they match with the bridesmaid dresses but the long silver tubes and diamanté rounds match Vicci’s set.  I’m quite pleased with them, they are more delicate than I would usually make but that is what Vix prefers. I hope she approves and the bridesmaids like them.

I have loads of left over beads so I might make myself something sparkly to wear as well 🙂

They haven’t photographed very well but you can see the idea

   
 

Well that went pretty well I think.
I had my workshop for Ramsey Crafters this morning.  I had everyone make a simple pendant with a spiral to hold the bead on the wire, a twisty vine bracelet and we finished up by just stringing beads on memory wire to make simple beaded bracelets.  Everyone managed to make something wearable which I think classes as a total win.
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pendant
bracelet
I’ve decided I’m going to use the pieces I made for a giveaway on my <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/chainmailkitten“>Facebook page</a>.  It has quite a few likes now so I thought it would be fun to try one of those “100 likes” things.  I wonder how long it will take to get the extra likes 🙂

Blue necklace

Now that she has it, I can share a pic of the necklace I made for Chris’s birthday present.  It’s my first experiment with adding ribbon to chainmaille and I think it worked pretty nicely.


It’s just a simple band of European 4:1 with a few beads added and a matching ribbon woven through

Earrings

Made a few pairs of earrings


They’re super basic, just tiny snippets of European 4-1 chain mail with an ear wire at one end and a bead at the other.

I don’t often use gold findings but the beads were pre wired in gold so I made the rest to match.