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Colour of the Month – Cobalt

Thanks for stopping by.

Today I am finishing the Colour of the Month series for Cobalt with some beautiful earrings that will work with all of the necklaces I have shown over the last few weeks.

As always, clicking on the photo will take you to the shop where you can buy any of the items you see there.

Cobalt earrings, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

Cobalt studs, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

Cobalt drop earrings, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm Blue flower drop earrings, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

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On my walk this morning…

A cloudy start to the week here.  A cooler day today.  I have been:

  • studying for my first exam in about 20 years!
  • making lots of beads for the upcoming Christmas events I am involved with (Little Treasures at Pepper Street Gallery and the T’Arts Christmas window).
  • saying farewell to the first house I bought.
  • starting to pack for our move in November.
  • growing sunflowers with the kids.
  • getting ready for the Handmade Market in Murray Bridge on November 7 (more details this week).

Hope you are having a great week.

Morning Walk

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Colour of the Month – Cobalt Blue

I hope you have enjoyed the posts about Cobalt so far!  Just to recap:

And this week’s post is all about contrasting colours.  Opposite cobalt on the colour wheel is a yellowy-orangey colour.  I tried making beads with this colour glass, but when I put them with the blue beads, it just looked too odd.  So, I tried a slightly different shade of yellow, a mustardy colour, and I think the result is a lot more pleasing.

The pictures below will take you to my online shop.  There have been a few changes in the shop, which I will explain quickly here, and will then do a post about the changes in more detail.  Essentially, I am now using my website shop as a place to buy the Colour of the Month ranges of jewellery.  The items will be listed as one-off pieces.  All other jewellery (recycled and Italian glass), will still be available on Etsy.

Next week I will share some cute earrings that will work with all of the necklaces I have made.

Blue and yellow contrasting bracelet

Blue and yellow contrasting necklace Contrasting blue and yellow necklace, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

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New recycled glass jewellery

I have been working with a shop in Melbourne, creating a new range of work using recycled glass, and I have to say I have been thrilled with the results.  I have modified some of my current work slightly, and now I can’t wait to make more pieces.

Each set contains a leather wraparound necklace, a simple bracelet, a pair of long earrings, and a pair of studs.  The beads are etched and shiny, making a really interesting selection of beads.

So far I have used Coopers Sparkling Ale, Peroni Beer and Coopers Clear Beer.  I definitely think there will be more to come!

New range of jewellery made from a Coopers Sparkling Ale bottle, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

New range of Peroni Beer Bottle jewellery, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

A Coopers Clear beer bottle was used to make the beads for this range of recycled glass bead jewellery

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On my walk this morning…

I didn’t walk this morning!  I had a sleep interrupted by kids and cats, and when it came time to wake up…well, I couldn’t!  When I finally did wake up the sun was shining, and it was a beautiful morning.

Things I am looking forward to:

  • Murray Bridge Handmade Market.  This is on November 7.  I’ll have more details soon, but from what I can tell, this is going to be a great day.  The market runs from 10-3.
  • Moving everything out of the house I sold in Queenstown.  The house that was so much more than a house for so many years.  We started our family there!  It was wonderful, but now it’s time to say goodbye.
  • Moving into our new home in Murray Bridge.  We move in the middle of November, and I can’t wait.  We are already feeling the need to be in a home where we are settled.  Where we can hang pictures on the wall again, and plant vegetables in the garden.

I hope there are lots of things you are looking forward to!

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Have you heard about the #makeforgood campaign?

It’s being run by Etsy Australia, and it goes a bit like this:

The #makeforgood collection is a project powered by Australian Etsy sellers and in support of Plan International’s Because I Am A Girl campaign. 20% of the sale price of certain products will be donated to Plan’s Because I Am A Girl Campaign. All funds raised will go towards supporting projects that help promote the equal rights of all children, helping lift girls around the world – and their entire communities – out of poverty. To learn more about this project go to

I loved the concept of this campaign.  I think it’s important for my children to understand that in 2015 we are living in a very lucky country….but not everyone in the world gets to live so easily.  It’s easy to talk the talk, but I felt like I also needed to do something about it.  So, I have listed 2 products in my Etsy shop that will hopefully raise some much needed money for this project.

Both items are made from a Skyy Vodka bottle.  The beads have been decorated with fine silver wire, which fits with the theme of the project “Silver Linings”.

I think it’s a great cause, and I hope you have a look at all of the other wonderful products on Etsy that are also supporting it.  You can simply search for “makeforgood” when you get to Etsy.

I’ve included photographs here with links to the products, if you are interested in purchasing any of them (through Etsy), 20% of the sale price will be donated to the project.

Skyy Vodka necklace, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

Skyy Vodka Earrings, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm


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Moet Champagne Bottle Necklace

I recently had a request to make a special necklace for a 50th birthday present.  The birthday lady quite liked champagne, and in particular Moet.  I mentioned I could make a necklace with Moet glass.  I made a couple of necklaces for her to choose from, and pictured below is the necklace that wasn’t chosen.

Now is a great time to contact me regarding custom orders for Christmas presents.  They can take a little while, depending on whether or not I have the glass.  It’s a bit of extra effort, but it can definitely be worth it.

This necklace was made from a Moet champagne bottle!

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Colour of the Month – Cobalt Blue

Thanks for all of the lovely comments on last week’s cobalt blue necklace.  It seems like this colour is a favourite for quite a few people.

This week I have played with several shades of blue, and created some fun dotty beads.  I have also etched the beads to give them a soft, matt finish.  They feel great to wear.

Some things you might not know about the colour blue:

  • blue reduces stress, and promotes relaxation
  • blue is the most liked colour of all colours
  • blue is nature’s colour for water and sky, but it rarely found in vegetables!

I hope you enjoy the jewellery this week.  As always, click on the photo and you will be redirected to the shop.

Dotty blue bracelet, beautiful shades of blue.  Glass beads by Julie Frahm

Dotty blue necklace, beautiful shades of blue.  Glass beads by Julie Frahm

Dotty blue necklace, beautiful shades of blue.  Glass beads by Julie Frahm

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On my walk this morning…

We had such a lovely time at the Port Festival this weekend!  So nice to reconnect with some customers we haven’t seen for a while.  Plus a chance to spend some time in Port Adelaide (where we lived for 7 years).

I can feel people are starting to think about Christmas.  You can’t help but think about it with all of the decorations in the shops!   It still feels way too soon for me, but I am happy to help you with any special Christmas orders you might have.

My next market will be on November 7 at Murray Bridge.  More details soon.

Morning Walk, Murray River, Murray Bridge