Spend a little make a lot is my motto for this post as I've made a necklace that uses only £1 worth of beads.
You all know what I mean when I say that I'm drawn to packs of beads with lots and lots of colours in them. They shine and seduce and when you get them home you wonder what on earth to do with them. Well, this is what I've come up with. I'm in the process of doing the Video clip but for now I'll content myself with showing you the piccies.
I made this today with some of the beautiful beads in our vibrant orenge selection of big beads. Although I tend to wear a lot of silver I love gold and I teamed it with these oranges to make this statement necklace.
If you want to make one you will need: You will not need the whole pack of any of them.
I've been looking at the necklaces in the shops recently and I've noticed that big, statement, necklaces are all the rage. With this in mind I decided that I was going to design some from the fabulous beads that I have in my stash. You all know the sort that I mean. The ones that you buy because you can'r resist them. Now I have the inspiration I decided that 'resistance is futile'.
This is my necklace:
It is fabulous shades of golden olive. The findings are metal and the necklace has a good weight.
It is for sale on Craft Fairy.
If you want to know what I do when 'watching' the television then ponder no more because this is what I did yesterday evening. I made a dozen of these in an hour. That didn't include the cutting of the ribbon but quite honestly that took about 5 minutes and my full attention. Scissors and looking in the opposite direction don't mix. ouch!
At www.craftfairy.co.uk we have some really beautiful ribbon. I know that I'm prejudice but what the hell. Still, I reiterate that we do have wonderul ribbon and this polka dot ribbbon is one of the best. It is 38mm wide so wide enough to make these bows so that they will stand out on a garment or in the hair.
They will make a perfest Christmas stocking filler if they are added to haairclips and that's what I intend doing with them. That and selling them at the local gift fair that I'm attending next Saturday.
So do you want to know how to make them? I've made a video clip here for you so that the mistery is unravelled and you'll be surprised at how quickly and easily they are made.
Last weekend, together with tow of my beading buddies I had a table at the Glamorgan WI Craft Bonanza.
Lest you get confused that's not me in the photo but one of my buddies. I was behind the lens as usual and not in the photos.
We decided to go for a white theme this time as we have discovered that the cloths supplied by the WI are a dark green that kills the colour of the beads. These cloths are old ones that I inherited from my late mother so they have been well used and were perfect for our backdrop. One of the other advantages of using old tablecloths is that they tend to be big enough to cover the large tables that are used in the fairs. Big families needed big tables and hence big cloths.
A bit of a close up of the table.
We also decided that this time we would go for a colour theme. In the past we've put our own jewellery in sections but in the spirit of harmony and the fact that we know our own pieces we went for colour co-ordination where possible and I believe that the table looked better for it too.
My only bug with this table is that the cloth was not straight at the front. I thought that it was before we started but as we moved more and more things away from the front of the table we could see that it was slightly skew. Unfortunately, short of taking everything off the table it had to stay as it was. Lesson learnt. Next time have noting in front of the table when we decide if the cloth is straight.
I have some beautiful chandelier components that have been tempting me to use them for some time and today their time had come. I couldn't resist any longer and I put making a necklace with them on my 'to do' list. I really can't manage without one.
As you can see this particular model has three holes to use for dangling pretties, we also have five holes ones too.
You may remember that I made a necklace with the bead frames last week so as I am still in love with them I decided to combine the two elements and I came up with this:
Not enough? Well, I've shown you this bit first as it's the part where the chandelier meets the neck chain and the strands of the necklace. Do you want more?
Now you can see the beautiful mother and son silver tone chain that I used to finish the necklace.
Still not enough?
I tried to photograph the necklace with the sun shining on it so that the light could catch the crystals and make them glint. No point in wearing something that has the potential to catch someones eye if you don't wear it to it's best potential.
, finally the full necklace for you to see. Each strand is different as I wanted to make use of different techniques and components. I think that this looks rather Victorian Gothic.
If you want to make this necklace then you will need:
These may well be 'Montersino Rules for Bread' but for me Montersino really does rule over the kitchen. So when I was watching one of his Accademia Montersiono programmes on Alive TV
( Italian language only) I gleaned several things form him that I think are important to note down here before I forget them.
The longer the raising time the smaller the quantity of yeast needed.
A biga must be left to develop for 18 to 20 hours.
Add the salt at the end of the kneading process as the salt crystals make the gluten strands rigid and inhibit their production.
The amount of salt in the mixture affects the time that the dough takes to prove. If you want to lengthen the proving time of the bread add extra salt. This has to be within reason. I didn't quite catch the rule so I'll watch the programme again to get the formula right.
Use a medium gluten content flour if you want to have a crisp crust. The protein in the flour absorbs humidity and makes even the crispiest crust go soft.
When making a high humidity bread add the water a bit at a time. This can take up to 10 minutes. (Yes really)
I'm a member of a local WI and this weekend I'm going to have a table at a craft show that they're organising at Margam Country Park. We are going to be in the Orangery so, if you are around then please come along.
Now why am I prattling on about the fair when this is a tutorial about decorating gift boxes? The answer is quite simple in a femail logic sort of way.
I am going to sell some of my handmade jewellery and I need some boxes to sell alongside the necklaces and bracelets so I though that I would get on and make some and make a video a the same time.
This is a very simple way of decorating boxes, but don't knock simple as it comes in handy at Christmas when you've lots and lots of packaging to do.