Tag Archives: leather

Diving for Supplies

In this necklace I combined beadwork with a touch of soutache to frame a wonderful example of a sea urchin shell.  A chunky sea glass fringe and thick braided leather cord complete this unique piece.

A unique handmade necklace featuring a natural sea urchin shell.  In this necklace I combined beadwork with a touch of soutache to frame a wonderful sea urchin shell. A chunky sea glass fringe and thick braided leather cord complete this original piece.

 

 

The beautiful, clear blue sea that surrounds the Maltese Islands is not only a great source of inspiration, it is also occasionally a source of my materials.

Sea urchin shells make wonderful focal features in jewellery and accessories.  I collect only sea urchin shells and never live sea urchins.  The shells are extremely fragile and must be washed very carefully and strengthened before they can be used.

 

Sea urchin shells, washed.

Sea urchin shells, washed.

 

 

After washing the shells I check them and put aside those with visible defects.  The good ones make it to the the next step: strengthening.  This is when I I fill them and apply several coats of non-yellowing varnish.

Sea urchin shells, strenthening.

Sea urchin shells, filling and varnishing.

 

Now the fun begins, deciding what I’m going to do with them!

 

Joanne.

 

 

 

 

 

Spikes and Duos

So many new shapes of beads are available, makes beadwork even more fun!

When I saw these spike beads I knew I wanted to try and make a cuff bracelet that incorporates them at the ends.  I teamed them up with Super Duo beads to create end-caps and used them on metallic Eco Nappa Leather.

Handmade beadwoven spike caps for cuff bracelet.

 

A picture of the work in progress:

Beadwoven spike caps for cuff bracelet

 

 

My Creative Space – 26.Jul.2012

Loads of stuff on my desk today …

First off, a leather bracelet with a Sterling Silver double heart.  I punched holes along the lengths and threaded lilac and pink Toho thread then attached a magnetic clasp.

 

I finished off four bracelets I started earlier this week.

 

and I started work on this beadwoven bail to hang a Swarovski Helios pendant for a choker.

See more of my Creative Space here.

 

A Woodland Choker

I made my first creation specifically for ArtFire this week, as part of the Handmade In Europe Guild’s monthly challenge.  This month had a Woodland theme and I used suede, wooden beads and glass flowers and leaves.

Available for sale in my ArtFire shop.

My Giveaway on Handmade Europe!

I’m sponsoring the June giveaway on Handmade Europe!

Anyone can enter to win this Beaded Bead Choker:

You can win this leather choker with a handworked beaded bead made of Swarovski crystals sent free anywhere in the world!

Visit Handmade Europe for details.

My Creative Space – Something for the men!

I’m working on something new today to introduce something for men in my Etsy shop … knotted cufflinks in leather and suede.

I’m still experimenting with different leather thicknesses.  The black leather I have resulted in knots that are slightly too big to pass comfortably through a shirt buttonhole, but the suede is perfect.  I have lots of suede in different colours so I’ll be making a few pairs in suede using the stock I have and I’ll also get some new thinner leather because I really like the look of those!

          

Head over to kootoyoo’s blog for more creative spaces.