I was happy to get the opportunity to go to the Craft Central open studios this week in London. I love nosing about peoples studios and seeing what they have been making! I particularly loved work by these artists
I love thinking of ways to add to my sweetie jewellery range on Etsy. I have just sourced some lovely Czech glass beads to add a smarties necklace and bracelet to my range of jewellery in time for christmas. The beads are really gorgeous, very shiny and brightly coloured.
They are now available in my etsy shop so please take a look!
This week I was really pleased to get the chance to visit the Cheapside hoard at the Museum of London. The collection is made up of priceless jewellery from the late 16th and early 17th century. It was discovered buried in a cellar in Cheapside, City of London in 1912 and is exhibited in it's entirety for the first time.
As it is worth so much the security is very high. You are not allowed bags or coats and must pass through a security gate. Once you do get through you are treated to a room full of gorgeous stones and jewellery. I particularly loved the enamelled chain (pictured here) which I stared at for a very long time!
No one knows why it was buried which lends to the mystery surrounding this beautiful collection. I recommend you see it if you can.
I was asked to write a step by step jewellery making tutorial by the London Jewellery School. It is now available for free on their blog!
It was good fun to do but I found it difficult to photograph as the tiger tail (cord) that I was using is so fine. In the end I used wool in most of the photographs to make sure it was clear what the steps were. My boyfriend Gary from Crafty websites did the photography and I think they have come out very well.
Have a go and send me a photo of your finished necklace! Click here to see the free tutorial