I've no idea how it came about really. I went into the bead store to get a clasp fixed and came out having booked a few one-to one basic jewellery-making classes.
It's not like I don't have the time!
But it's not as if I really wear jewellery with all my allergies and sensitivities. Every day I put on the same earrings (pearl studs - a leaving present from the girls I worked with at Salvesen's way back in the '90's) .. probably because they go with everything and they never make it as far as my jewellery box. I never do dressed up - so I generally don't co-ordinate with necklaces and bracelets.
Do I even know how to? I'll get back to you on that one.
And my rings have stayed firmly in their boxes after the jeweller re-set the stones and told me how fragile they now are. (Hint: I obviously need diamonds .. after all, they're a girl's best friend and apparently could survive anything I could throw at them!).
I'm really not a jewellery person.
But, as I may have mentioned, I have lots of time and I seem to like making stuff. It's a new side to me - so maybe there's hope that I'll become a jewellery-wearing type sometime soon too!
So, what have I learned?
Basic beading - stringing beads really isn't rocket science. But attaching the clasps is fiddly and requires better eyesight than mine. I had to bring my glasses out of retirement - I haven't worn them in four or five years, but I definitely need them for this! I know now all about crimps and wire guardians and things and have this Swarovski crystal bracelet to prove it:
Basic earrings - this was all about making loops. The simple loop is not so simple and I decided I preferred the wrapped loop. Apparently more difficult, it was the only one I could make relatively consistently and consistency was what was required. Having made a mess of loads of headpins, I was allowed to make some earrings:
The black onyx earrings stand a chance of being worn ... the dangly silver things and the dragonflies might become presents at some point in the future.
So then I was let loose at home. I raided A's tool cabinet for pliers and wire cutters and started making a few presents for upcoming birthdays. As they used to say on Blue Peter ... and here's one I made earlier:
This sparkly necklace / bracelet set in purple and pink crystals is for my soon to be 8 year old niece:
And this necklace / earrings set in African Turquoise with burgundy crystals is for a very good friend:
As luck would have it, there are some turquoise stones left over.....
So I guess I shall have to make some things for myself. The trick will be making something that goes with some of my 'outfits' (if I have such things) and the difficult bit will be remembering to wear them. I need to work on that!
Anyway, what do you think?!