I’m not entirely sure where today’s necklace is going, it was just an idea that popped in to my head and I thought I would give it a go! Some days it is so tempting to not make something, to put this daily making project on hold and work on other things on my to do list. But it’s days like today, when my to-do list is getting longer by the minute, and I don’t really know where I am going to find the time to get everything done as it is, they are the days when it makes the most sense to sit down and make something. I knew this daily challenge was going to be difficult at times, and I know I have missed the window for photographing objects at times (it has been dark when I finally got around to making something). But every day I spend making something, taking the time to sit with my beads and my thoughts and make something…I just never know what I am going to get, and I’m always glad I made the time!
This morning I was thinking about what I was going to make today as part of my “Year of Recycled Glass Jewellery“, and I kind of wanted to use more of the rings that I had made and textured, but I thought I might have already made enough earrings (at this stage). Then I had a little brain wave and thought – “I could use the rings for pendants.”
Yay! I had been using pre-made findings for the pendants, and I was so excited to think that I could now make my own pendant rings! It was quite exciting (yes, the little things).
It also made me wish I had gotten my silver jewellery making tools and equipment out a long time ago….but maybe now is the right time? Well, I can’t undo the past, but I can go forward making new things, and that feels pretty good at the moment.
I’m trying to get all sorts of jewellery ready for the T’Arts Mothers Day window display. I have made lots of beads with purples and greens (all from recycled glass objects). Today I made another pendant in purples and greens, but a bit different from yesterday.
I love adding the enamelled copper tube and the Swarovski crystals to these pendants, I think it gives them a real pop.
My daily “recycled glass jewellery” challenge stops for nothing! I’m actually away from home at the moment. I am staying with my parents. The kids and I are having a short holiday here. I have brought all of my beads over, and I have just made some time to make my recycled glass jewellery piece for the day. Luckily I have had an idea in my mind for a while now to try a different type of pendant! It came together quite easily in the end (yay for having all sorts of beads to choose from).
And thanks to mum and dad’s garden for a lovely footpath to take a photo on!
And while I like all of those, I was really wanting to try something a bit different. So, when I got a bunch of toggles clasps delivered last week, I wondered if I could use part of them to dangle things from.
And….this is what I have made! Beads were made from Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles. I have also added one of my enamelled copper tubes, and a little Swarovski crystal dangle too.
I always carry a notebook and my phone with me, so its really easy to capture ideas throughout my day/week. Sometimes I will sketch the idea in my notebook, other times I might take a photo of something because I like the shape or the colour of it.
Let’s just say that when it comes to making pendants I have had lots of ideas, and drawn lots of sketches, but….not much in terms of making. I often wonder what is stopping me from making things like pendants. I think I often want to get it just right in my head before I pick up the wire and beads. Today I must have tried at least six ways of making this pendant before I finally settled on this:
And I have to confess, I was quite excited when I finished it! The beads in this necklace were all made from a Banrock Station wine bottle.
I have other items where this is also the case, and I am going to “just make them” at some stage too. What’s the worst that can happen??