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Making a crochet bracelet

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Another one of these was needed, time to turn a lot of Netstone, jewellery thread and some ribbon into a bracelet.

Crochet Bracelet

Start of crochet bracelet

From all of this (above) to a bracelet with lots of Netstones.  Because the stones are not ‘stuck’ in one single crochet loop the stones can move about a little.  I take two or three stones to one crochet loop, every now and again, there are no stones or just one stone to make sure the bracelet is stable and secure.  The thread used is special jewellery thread, it is non stretch, making sure everything stays where it is supposed to be. Last thing to be added is the clasp. Done after the crochet part is finished.  I use a couple of different knots to secure the clasp ends in the thread.

Almost finished crochet bracelet

Almost finished bracelet

 

The end result being a bracelet with lots      and lots of stones that can move about just a bit.

But these bracelets are not heavy, even with all the stones.

Every bracelet will be different, – the stones will find their way.  And none of these bracelets will not be overlooked. 🙂

PS. The finished bracelet can be seen in the shop. www.glasstwig.com

Gemstones

Gemstones

The workshop has been rearranged, yet again, – you can never have enough space, and there have been a couple of new additions. Among them some very gorgeous sparkling black diamonds and sapphires in blue  and rose. All of them waiting to be turned into some beautiful jewellery. As the workshop is accessible again, that will be no problem, one of the sapphires has already been added to a fine silver hammered ring.   There will be some more of those with blue gemstones and some of the diamonds will also be part of rings. This year there will be lots of fine silver rings and I will also stock up on some more sparkling gemstones which will be turned into earrings.

Time for lots of sparkling bright colours and maybe even some fine silver which has been turned purple through oxidization. All shops will be updated with new items as they become available.
If you find something you like but it’s not in your size you can always email me, if the gemstones are still available I can make the ring in a different size.

Working on some acrylic jewellery.

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(I’m sure there is a mini tutorial hiding in here somewhere) – First in line was this ring. I made it from acrylic

Acrylic Ring

Acrylic Ring

sheet, plexiglass. The saw had to do a bit of work but we got there in the end. – My elbow only hurt for a little while.

Once the, at that point, sort of oval form, had detached from the rest of the sheet, everything else was formed by filing and sanding. My arms are a little stronger now, great upper body workout.

 

Start sanding with coarse paper if you need to remove some of the material.

For the fine-tuning you can use higher numbers like 240 to 300.

When the shape is ‘final’ you can start to polish using the sanding paper, use very fine sanding paper starting with 400 and higher depending on the finish you would like.

You may also want to move to wet sanding after a while – remember to wear a dust mask at all times. The water helps to catch the little bits and pieces flying around and can made it easier to see the detail of the piece.

When you are happy with the look, make sure all the scratches have been removed, you can give the item a final polish after applying some polishing paste.

Whatever you do don’t rush, take your time sanding with different grades of paper to make sure all scratches are removed and the shape is as you want it.

The finished item can look like glass. In which case you need to be careful, every fingerprint and reflection will show. So no touching just before you take any photos.

 

Next on my list are some coloured sheets. As soon as the saw has recovered.

As the material is very light it is also suitable for earrings. This is were having just two hands turns into a bit of a problem, there is only so much we can do at the same time. And there is some exotic/precious wood waiting to be turned into jewellery pieces.

I will also try colouring the acrylic sheet, if it works, I will post a tutorial later. (After cleaning the kitchen).

Have posted…

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a question on my facebook page..  https://www.facebook.com/Glasstwig    if anybody wants to join in their welcome… thanks….

More work in progress

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Those fine silver rings are nearly ready, they are sitting here waiting to be taken to the kiln. Another extra long firing to make sure they can do their job as rings.

Metal Clay Cross

Metal Clay Cross

So I have started working on the next thing… crosses seem to be ‘my’ in thing right now.. one fine silver cross is being worked on.. it’s big and will be a pendant filled with resin when it’s finished.  Please excuse the mess – I tend to concentrate on the piece, not the surroundings, that is something I have to deal with when the work is done. 🙂

 

I have also found some wonderful polymer clay, really nice and soft and can be shaped very easily,  – very quickly conditioned – I use the pasta machine – the colours are great.  So, the idea being, start with something simple – but big – here we go…

 

Polymer Clay Heart

Polymer Clay Heart

 

This is a biiiiig heart, it will not be overlooked.  Another pendant is ready to go  – it just needs the right setting.

This type of polymer clay also cures harder then the stuff I have been working with so far, but not too hard – it won’t break. Looks like the right material for rings and bracelets.