Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Something for the Men

I was recently at a pamper evening being held for a local hospice when a chap came over to the table looking for something for himself.  This has never happened to me before.  He asked if I have anything for men, which I didn't, so I duly scurried into my workshop (read work area, workshop sounds grand) and came up with this

It is one of my 'Beau Bangle' designs using a pvc bracelet which slips over the hand.  Alternatively it can be trimmed for a more snug fit.  The clasp is a pull apart connector which is surprisingly difficult to pull apart.  The beads are made on 5mm mandrels.  The larger beads on this one have a  clear base with some murrini, or twistie for decoration with some plain black spacer beads.  I haven't added any of the charms or ring clusters to this one for fear of making it too feminie. 

I would appreciate any feedback from any blokes out there as to whether it is something they would wear.  My husband thinks its great but he isn't jewellery wearer.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Mine, All Mine....

I don't know if you remember but a little while ago I posted a little blog about these beads 
Which I made to go with this fabric
Well now I have a set of jewellery, I don't think I have ever had a necklace, earrings AND matching bracelet.

The necklace is made with a combination of medium lentils and spacer beads connected with sterling silver wire wrapped links.
One of my favorite 'Beau Bangle' style bracelets with a good and chunky big hole bead.

To finish the ensemble a pair of earrings with ear wires I made myself!  I was so pleased with how these turned out.  I followed a tutorial in Kerry's book Totally Twisted
A quick update on my Etsy is that I reached my target of 14 items by Sunday! But I sold a pair of earrings so I am down to 13 but that's ok because I have few things lined up to go on at some point today/tonight. 

Hope you had a good weekend x

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A Mini Celebration

Hooray I am 1/5th of the way to meeting my Etsy target!!!!  Ok so this week was easy because I already had some items in my shop but nevertheless it is great to see the number of items reach the double figures.  Here are the items going online for today.

Commission for my lovely friend Michelle

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A Target

It's been while since I posted.  We've had a few things going on and then Reuben had a really nasty tummy bug for all of last week!

I thought I would share with you all that I have decided to set myself a target.  For quite a while now I have had the intention of listing items in my Etsy shop on a regular basis.  I have been reading around the different blog entries on Etsy and I'm sure I read somewhere that the magic number of items to have listed in the shop is 50 or over.  So, I decided to make it my mission to list 2 items a day!!!!! or if life gets in the way to have 14 items listed by each Sunday evening.  There, I've said it and it feels good to share it because I will stick to it.

So the first item to today is the daisy necklace and earrings that featured in my previous post.

I have got lots of other goodies lined up to come on stream so keep looking!

Here's is a little taster of the next item

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Sunny Flower Set

Sunny Flower Set
Originally uploaded by Blue Kiln Beads
A lovely set to add to the summer wardrobe......

Available tommorrow on Etsy.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A present to me

I finally spent my birthday vouchers that my lovely friends gave me back in September.  I got a dress and top to go underneath.  So, now I need some matching jewellery:


I just need a few more beads.  I'll post some pictures in due course.....