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Making a crochet bracelet

November 5th, 2014 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

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

Fusing Glass

January 9th, 2012 | Posted by Nicole in Glass - (0 Comments)

Well, the holiday is over – not that it ever started.  The kiln has been going non stop – lots of new silver and even more glass pieces – the first ones were just a test – to test the new glass moulds, well, they are great, if you stick to the instructions everyting comes out just fine (at least with my kiln) even with one of the moulds a little damaged, it still works just fine.

The instructions I use for firing COE90 glass bits are:

Heat up very slowly to about 680°C.  This temperature should be held for about 10 minutes. – Venting.

Then it’s a full fire to about 780°C. This should also be held for about 10 minutes, maybe even more depending on what you are doing. – Venting.

This is were you have to stop venting. – Your going into cool down. Do a full stop until you get to about 520°C. It should stay at this temperature for about 1 hour.

Now let  the pieces cool to room temperature without opening the kiln.

The instructions should work for an average size pendant. – Of course it will depend on the glass you use and the type of kiln and how big the piece is.

Filling the moulds with a litle more or a little less worked fine for me, you just have to make sure you don’t make things too small.

I have included some examples of the first pieces that made it.  I must get some more colours. I think I will make some more drops and turn them into earrings with the help of some silver bezels, and the black one wants to be a ring – he said so 🙂

Fusing Glass - Glasstwig.com

Fusing Glass - Glasstwig.com

 

I have also been working on my webshop  www.glasstwig.com – managed to get a slider working and I am retaking most of the pictures – so – lots to do – must get back to it…..

 

More work in progress

October 13th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

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.

New Silver Rings

September 28th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Have been busy working on some new silver rings.. some have been added to the shop and Etsy already.. here are some that still need some work.  They will be filled with resin and then added to the shop.  Just have to decide on colours, or maybe a little texture, not sure yet.

Silver Rings

Silver Rings

A short not so voluntary break

June 27th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

So, after a short and not so voluntary break, I’m back.  Sometimes things don’t go the way we plan them. Not always a bad thing.

Been working on some new earrings and lots of other stuff, the work area looks like a right mess again, as long as I can find what I need, that’s ok with me.

Here are some of the new earrings.  There is also a red version with coral gems. There is also more resin stuff sitting on myself, waiting for that to cure before I move it and get dust on it. The earrings can be found in the shop www.glasstwig.com.  I have also added some items to the sale category and every now and again there is ‘special’.

Silver and Gems Earrings

Silver and Gems Earrings

Facebook Page

April 6th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

OK, I admit, I’m a little slow, or maybe just busy, yeah – busy.  But, even I have finally managed to setup a facebook business page.  I’ve added a couple of photos and will keep adding status updates.  The long stuff I will keep for the blog.  If you would like to have a look here is the link.  Thank you.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasstwig-Handmade-Jewellery-by-Nicole/206058966087064?sk=wall

Selling handmade items through

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Zibbet

Zibbet

Zibbet.com.  I have just added some of my handmade jewellery items to this site.  There is also a link on the right to my Zibbet shop.  I really    like this site, it is very clear/organized and straight forward and orders can be placed through PayPal.  If you want to have a look please go to www.zibbet.com/GlasstwigJewellery

I’m still adding items, if you prefer to order through this site and cannot find your item, please have a look later, the list will be expanding slowly.  Thanks.

Some of my handmade jewellery

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

can also be bought through www.artfire.com.   A plattform for selling handmade items.  I have not included all of my jewellery on artfire, some items are only available in my webshop, however I will be adding more bit by bit.  All payments can be made with PayPal. Occasionally some items may be on sale in the webshop or on artfire. Keep a look out for the deals.

If you are looking for a german plattform for handmade stuff (from me and from others) you can try www.vondir.de or www.dawanda.de

Again not all my items are on these plattforms. If you would like to see all handmade jewellery made by myself you will need to go to www.glasstwig.com.

Had my head

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Silver and Blue Sandstone Earrings

Silver and Blue Sandstone Earrings

 

stuck in paperwork. The stuff is coming out of my ears. And of course, everything for the “offices” has to be finished by the end of the month. They like to forget the some of us have to work, at least every now and again.  But I have managed to get something finished. So here are some of the new additions.

Coral Necklace

Coral Necklace

Latest Additions (take two)

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Handmade Wood Ring in Blue

Handmade Wood Ring

This is the new addition in the rings section. It took a while,- varnish can take very long to dry,- but the blue ring is finally ready to be added.

There is also a new item in the “glass” section.  A very nice pinky entry, lots of shades of pink. Both can be found in the shop.

Pink Glass Necklace

Pink Glass Necklace

 

I’m working on some fine silver and resin pieces, hope to have them done really soon.