After I left work last night I bought some craft magazines (ooh I'll tell you more about that later!) and when I got home I decided to make some jewellery. I have a big bag that contains packets of beads and charms and I was grabbing handfuls of packets out of it to find what I was looking for. All of a sudden I saw a beautifully detailed large spider pendant that I didn't remember buying, I went to pick it up...and it started crawling! I screamed and ran to my kitchen cupboard to get a glass to catch it in so I could release it outside (I do not kill insects), but by the time I returned to the bag, the spider had buried itself deeper into the bag. I slowly tipped the bag on it's side and slid out the contents hoping the spider would run off, but it didn't :( I think I accidentally killed it!
Anyway, the point is that all of these beads I have hoarded but haven't used were all spread out over my floor, so I decided to use them. I also thought I would set myself a challenge to use them to make something I wouldn't usually make, something that isn't my style. I did make some items using new supplies though!
|The contents of my bag, this isn't even half of what I own!|
|Swarovski guitar earrings (using new guitar charms and old swarovski beads)|
|Teacup ring (using new supplies) I'm going to start making more of these. My favourite ring so far!|
|I think it looks great!|
|My 'out-of-my-style' piece. I don't really like to use gold-coloured findings. And the beads are old, apart from the second-last one. Also my first time using a bead cap (under the last bead!)|
|Turquoise memory wire bracelet with a tiny silver star charm (I've had those charms for about 2 years!)|
|Fangs pendant, I just never got around to making this|
|Polymer clay rose and swarovski necklace. This bead was in a collection of pink things I bought, because of it's size I never thought of a way to use it|
|Book locket with swarovski heart and crystals. I bought 15 of these lockets thinking they'd be used in no time, months later they sit untouched. This is probably my favourite piece out of the things I made last night.|
|Dollshouse china earrings, also in the collection of pink things|
Finally, craft magazines! Yesterday I bought the latest issue of 'Making Jewellery' (which has some really great Valentine's ideas in by the way!) and I found a magazine I haven't seen before called 'CraftSeller'. It's an amazing magazine for all crafters with tips on how to set up your business and attract customers. It also has great projects using a variety of crafts. It's only on issue 6 so I assume it's a relatively new magazine, go and buy it now!