I have learnt a lot of different techniques for making jewellery over the past year or so, but the one thing I still enjoy more than anything else is making fine silver chains, using pure silver wire. It just relaxes me so much and I can go into my own little world and make beautiful bracelets and necklaces. But as people keep telling me..nice as they are…a chain is just a chain – there is no WOW factor…even if it has a really decorative design…it is still just a silver chain. I know they are right.
Last Christmas, I sold quite a lot of chains that I had wired semi precious stone beads onto. Many people think that these stones have healing powers and this made them more attractive to buyers. I hated wiring those beads on last year. It is one of those techniques that I just couldn’t get to grips with. It was great to get commissions – until they said they wanted semi precious stone beads!…that really knocked the shine of it!!
Not long ago I developed a new design for a chain that I knew would make a really great basis for a beaded bracelet and it incorporates my favourite twisted link which is rapidly becomming a feature of my most popular chains. I knew I would have to face the hated bead wiring to really make the best of this chain. So this weekend I decided that I would do nothing else until I had made 4 beaded bracelets.
I had to make a batch of ballpins – fine silver wires with a little bead of silver fused onto one end – as it is these that the beads are wired on with. As I planned to use around 30 beads for each bracelet that meant I needed at least 120 pins….I could put off the beading for a little bit longer!! But inevitably – I had to face it.
I chose a range of beads that were colour co ordinated…a range of red/pink; a range of turquoise/blue; a range of greens; and a mix of blacks an reds. Most of the beads were semi precious stones but I added some glass ones as well to add a bit of sparkle and add a variety of shapes and sizes.
The first bracelet was a trial…I was all fingers and thumbs!! Some of the wires had to be cut off because I had not done them right but I kept on and a little over an hour later I had a beaded bracelet!! and it looked really good!! And you know – there is nothing that spurs you on like success! The second one came a little easier and looked just as beautiful! I was definitely getting into this, I had developed a technique that worked for me and it was getting easier and easier with each bead I wired. My fourth bracelet took about 40 minutes to complete the beading…still a rather long time – but it was no longer a challenge – more an exercise.
I was actually rather upset that I had only done enough pins for four bracelets because I wanted to try a freshwater pearl and swarovski crystal one too! I have had other commitments today and so I still haven’t had a chance to get another one done…but just try and stop me tomorrow!! I have an idea for a necklace too!!
I have shown a few people these new bracelets and have had nothing but positive reactions…so I am really quite excited!! Why, oh why did I put it off for so long?? If I had faced my demons back in January, after the Christmas rush, I could have had loads of lovely colourful fine silver and semi precious stone bracelets and necklaces for sale on my website ages ago!! What a silly woman I am!!
I’d love to hear your comments on what you think of my new beaded collection of bracelets!