I cannot believe that it is three years since I learned some basic jewellery making skills at the excellent Riverside Beads in Market Deeping - above is one of my charm bracelets - Forget Me Not Secret Garden - made using vintage bits and pieces as well as modern coloured glass beads attached to some brass ox tone findings (no great surprise that I prefer the vintage look of this colour of findings!!).
I still have several boxes of findings I bought back then, as well as all my jewellery tools, but these last few years haven't made anything much more than bead earrings and bead necklaces incorporating pieces of vintage textile as "ribbon" trims, other than of course my handstitched flower & embroidered brooches. I wanted some new findings and was sorry to see that two of the companies I used back in 2010 have since closed down. Anyway, a few hours searching on etsy has found some new suppliers, so hopefully will be able to begin jewellery making again soon.
I have experimented with beads wrapped in textile pieces, but was never really happy with the result, I always felt it looked a bit bulky. I want to find a way of incorporating small pieces of vintage textile - yep, you've guessed it, cut from my stash of vintage scarves which are slightly damaged but too beautiful to thrown away - with the metal findings as although my flower brooches are good sellers, I want to increase the range of jewellery I offer. So, watch this space!!
(wanted to upload more photos to this post but Blogger seems to be having a bit of a wobbly!)