Jewellery Making

The Second Labradorite Pendant

I spent the day finishing off my second labradorite pendent. This one has a gold flash, not blue, but it is still very pretty. I wanted this pendent to be more curvy then the last, so I added more wire swirls and curls in the wrapping. This pendant is for sale. Check my Facebook if your interested (My facebook page with shop).

Here it is:

It looks more green than the last one due to the gold flash.

Labradorite is so beautiful and has so many different colour nuances. Enjoy.

 

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Labradorite with Blue Flash Wrapped in Stirling Silver-plated wire.
Jewellery Making

The First Labradorite Pendant

Labradorite Pendant

Here it is the first of my labradorite pendants in Stirling silver plated wire. This was a commission from a friend of the family. The request was for a matching gift set of a pendant and earrings. Here it is.

Labradorite with Blue Flash Wrapped in Stirling Silver-plated wire.
Labradorite with Blue Flash Wrapped in Stirling Silver-plated wire.

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Made from Stirling Silver plated wire
Made from Stirling Silver plated wire

I’m so proud of myself. I love this set and want to keep it, but alas it is already sold.

 

 

 

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A Facebook Vs Etsy test?

I’m going to see which shop works better, Etsy of Facebook. Ok, I have set up a Facebook shop and I finally got around to setting up an Etsy one. So both are up and running with the same items for sale, almost. The Facebook page is free to set up but the Etsy has listing fees of O.16  pence per item. If I sell any item, I will just remove it from the other shop. Either way I only pay one listing fee. I want to see which works better. I’m going to see how this works out over the next few months and hopefully, narrow down to the shop that performs the best, which ever that may be.

This may be a completely silly idea…but a friend told me that not having an Etsy shop would put people off buying from me.  They wouldn’t feel as secure about it.  I don’t know if that is true, I hear from others that lots of people sell well on Facebook. I want to see for my self which works for me. My test.

My facebook shop:   https://www.facebook.com/DysisDesign/

My Etsy shop:             https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DysisDesign

Let the test begin.

By the way, if you are on Etsy please favourite me and I’ll make sure to return the favour 🙂

Jewellery Making

Macramé and Metal Mash-up Jewellery.

Macramé and metal Mash-up Jewellery.

This week I have stretched my powers of Macramé. I brought cotton and nylon thread in grey and a sparkly black to practise my knotting, but ended up making necklaces and pendants. I experimented with organic swirly shapes made from gold-plated wire. I was aiming for artistic and unique. Then I used the cotton thread to create a lace-like effect. This was created using square knots and alternating the lazy strands with the non-lazy strands.

knottedstar has an awesome tutorial on how to create square knots if you are interested.

I produced swirly informal wire shaped and tried to make the cotton more formal by creating a lace effect. Here are the initial pictures. I’m not sure about the style yet: it was just something I wanted to try. A mash-up of jewellery styles! Formal Casual. I would love to get some feedback. What do you think of the jewellery? Do you think it works? Is the cotton too informal? What about the pendants?  I haven’t put these up for sale yet as: one, I would like to create earrings for each necklace and two, I might re-thread them all. I’m undecided.

This week I happened to hit my hand on a cactus that lives in my window…I was adjusting the blind and forgot it was there. Half my hand looked like a pin cushion, until I removed the spikes. As my right-hand took the brunt of the cactus fight, and I am right-handed, my jewellery making maybe a little slower this week. My hand now looks like it was attacked by an octopus…not the best start to a week of knotting.

Awards

The Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to thank Cherylene  at Living vs Existing for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  It’s been a bout a month since I started the blog and I am loving it! I am so grateful to all you fellow bloggers, to everyone for the positive and supportive comments and likes. You guys and gals are the best!blogger award

The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other up-and-coming bloggers. It is designed to encourage new bloggers to keep up the good work and help people to discover new blogs.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Versatile Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers of your choice and let them know.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I am a nerd…I don’t really know where to go from there.
  2. I tend to be disorganised and unpredictable. It’s not my fault, just too many ideas to keep inside my head. They spill. A lot.
  3. I love rabbits. They are so cute and funny and absolutely adorable. At one point in my life I actually had ten! (long time ago)
  4. I do the DIY in my house. I am very good with my hands.
  5. I have a kindle with hundreds of books inside. I heart my kindle.
  6. My favourite book of all time is the Hobbit.
  7. I am currently up to season 10 of Supernatural.

My nominees are:

  1. Judy Redic
  2. Tami at Tanglewoodknots
  3. Sarah at Knottedstar
  4. gobagese1
  5. potterandbeyond
  6. chickpea

I’d like to nominate all you fabulous people! But got bored of linking after 6! Sorry!