While this is primarily a book blog, occasionally I’d like to share some of my other interests. You all OK with that? I hope so! Read on …
I used to do a lot of needle point and cross-stitch, but my interest ebbs and flows, and I get frustrated with how long it can take to complete a project. Not too long ago, I decided to try my hand at making jewelry. I bought some books and a few tools, but when I tried to design my first project I got stuck. My dear husband Chris came to my rescue at Christmas, presenting me with instructions & complete materials for two projects, both multi-strand necklaces.
What I learned:
- Read the instructions through first and make sure you have everything you need. The materials list for this project had one item listed incorrectly, and I had to place another order for the correct bead.
- Stringing beads is pretty easy.
- Two of the strands turned out longer than the others, but I didn’t know how to shorten it just a little bit without redoing the entire strand. I decided not to worry about it!
- I need to learn how to better hide the wire at each end of the strand. There are little ends of wire sticking out in a few places. Luckily these will only be visible to someone with an intense desire to examine my neck.
Here’s a slideshow of the project coming together, strand by strand:
Chris also made me a beautiful worktable and cabinet, which I have filled with all my supplies and tools. Isn’t he talented? For more photos and a description of how he made it, check out Combray Furniture Studio.
So, my first jewelry project went pretty well. I’m looking forward to my next one!