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“Vintage Blues” – custom order

I’ve not blogged for ages sorry! I’ve been meaning to write-up some of the processes behind recent custom orders & never got round to it, but I’ve done some custom bead bracelet orders in the last few months that I am very proud of, so thought I should document them here!

Firstly, back at the beginning of the summer, I was asked if I would do a bracelet for a fellow crafty lady – Shirley of Pussygalore Sockcats & Diddybears fame!  She sent me some photos of some new outfits/materials, described the type of colours she wanted, and I set to work sourcing the right beads.

Vintage lampwork beads 1950's

In my mind, I envisaged a sort of “eclectic cluster” of beads with a vintage feel, and was so chuffed when I managed to source some vintage 1950’s dark blue beads, along with some Wedgewood inspired vintage glass mottled beads dating back somewhere between the 1920’s-1950’s. (above).  These were to be integral to the design of the bracelet & also were to be incorporated into a delicate pair of earrings to complement.

During the process, I had some very sad news which set me back a little, but Shirley was very patient, supportive, and understanding, which helped spur me on to complete the order when I was doubting myself & my abilities. So, I have a lot to thank her for as this piece got me back on track!

It was an anxious wait whilst I waited for her approval of the finished set, but luckily she loved it! Even dedicating a whole thread on Folksy to it!!

So here is the finished piece… “Vintage Blues” bracelet & earrings…

"Vintage blues" charm bracelet
"Vintage blues" charm bracelet.
"Vintage blue" earrings

“Gorgeous eclectic cluster of various vintage and new glass beads, and silver-lined crystal seed beads.

Featuring, blue & white patterned vintage 20’s/30’s 9mm glass beads, in Wedgewood colours, 6mm round blue ab glass beads, 7mm vintage 50’s Czech glass violet blue lampwork beads, pale semi-opaque blue/white glass nugget beads, (possibly vintage), all interspersed with a mix of pressed glass beads, Czech glass, and white beads.

On a silver-plated charm bracelet with toggle fastening, measuring approximately 19cm in length,
The bracelet is gorgeous and dangly to wear, with a substantial weighty feel on the wrist. (Approx. 80g)”


Thank you Shirley for giving me the opportunity to make something for you! Hope you still love it 🙂


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“Horses ‘n’ Hearts” bracelet

This was a custom order for an eight year old girl’s birthday. I hadn’t done children’s jewellery before (aside from some wooden surf bracelets for my boys!), so this was an exciting project.

The brief in keywords were something like, “punky, funky, pink & blacks, sort of goth-like, girly, dangly, with horse charms” – so I had quite a lot to work on! Firstly I had a look around the internet for horse charms, but nothing stood out, a lot of antique silver-plated type charms came up but nothing that I liked, or that I felt fitted the brief, so I looked to Twitter!

On Twitter, I had recently made acquaintance with Vicky from StarsNScars who makes unusual and quirky jewellery using various mediums, and in particular plastics. Approaching Vicky, I asked if she would be able to make me some custom charms, including a couple of horses! I told her the colours I wanted and left her to it!

When they arrived I was so chuffed! They were better than I could have imagined, and so different from other charms I had seen!

*Picture taken from StarsNScars facebook page*

I immediately set to work in designing the bracelet around the charms, and used assorted hot pink, polka dot, and shimmering dark buttons. Amongst the buttons & charms were some little clusters of plastic hot pink & black beads with silver-lined crystal seed beads. I used a sterling silver charm 6″ charm bracelet chain with toggle fastening.

I was so happy with how it came out, I wanted a grown-up version!! The little girl I was told loved it to bits, and you can see her on my facebook page in the “Fan Photos” section modelling it beautifully!

Here is the finished bracelet…“Horses ‘n’ Hearts”


“Cherry” bracelet

I haven’t been in a creative zone for a while for many reasons, plus it’s hard to get time to make jewellery when you have a 15 month old toddler (and two other children!) – and when the toddler doesn’t sleep, the motivation to spend the evenings making jewellery is even harder!

To ease myself back into creating something, I had a friend with a birthday coming up, and she needed a present! Unfortunately, her dear Mum had not long passed away, but after the funeral, I was honoured to be given a box of her buttons as a gift, many of which were vintage, which I love.

I felt that to make something for my friend using some of the buttons I was given would be a touching and fitting present, so I set about sorting through the stash to see what beautiful buttons I could choose! Firstly I found some larger semi-translucent greeny/turquoise buttons with shanks, and based my design around these. I interspersed these with a mix of pearly rectangular buttons, various silver coloured buttons, and some dark greys.

I was really pleased with how well the bracelet and the colours worked, particularly as I managed to just use her buttons and had no need to raid my own supplies, so knowing the complete bracelet was made entirely using her Mum’s (Cherry’s) buttons made it an even lovelier project to work on.  Note: since the photograph, I did add a couple more buttons near the clasp!

Although I was apprehensive when giving it to her, thankfully she loved it! It was a real honour to do something special that I knew would mean a lot to her.

So here is the “Cherry” bracelet

More photos can be found on my Flickr page.

“England” charm bracelet.

Quite a while ago, I was given an idea to do something “world cup” themed for the patriotic female English football team supporters. With World Cup season upon us, time to  design & create these has been paramount!

For several months, I toyed with various ideas and themes, and decided to try something feminine, yet substantial. Something that jingled satisfactorily on the wrist when cheering the team on!! In my mind, it needed to be versatile so it could also be worn on a variety of other occasions. I wanted the bracelet to be suitably patriotic but not over-the-top screaming “England” or “football”, and hopefully the finished piece is testament to my ideas!

As I make a lot of bracelets, particularly charm style ones, I decided to go down this route. I have been wanting to break-away a little from buttons and work on more beaded items recently, so this was the first decision I made. I wanted an abundance of beads in the colours of  St. George’s Cross – red and white clustered together. I chose small red and white glass round beads, and round discs. Nestled amongst the bead clusters, I wanted to incorporate something “girly” and feminine also, and managed to get hold of some pretty lozenge-shaped red & white floral glass beads, and some similar smaller round ones. I chose to have four silver-plated “England” flag charms on the bracelet, and as a nod to my button passion, a few little red buttons too! 🙂

The bracelet takes quite a while to make, but is ultimately one of the most enjoyable bracelets I have made to date, purely because it feels so gorgeous to hold (and wear!) – the beads drape naturally and jingle so nicely against the wrist.

I love the fiddly, long-winded (and nail damaging!) process of assembling each of the headpins with the silver-lined crystal seed beads, and watching the bracelet take shape. The finished bracelet weighs approx. 75g, and are approximately 19cm in length, so whilst it is delicate and feminine in many ways, it has weight and strength in it too!

I have sold the first one already on Folksy (pictured), and am hoping some more supplies hurry up soon as I have at least another three more orders! Each one will be very similar to the original,  but ultimately each will be individually handmade, and equally lovely!

The bracelet’s are £18 + p&p, for silver-plated. Sterling Silver available upon request. They come lovingly gift-wrapped and presented in a sturdy gift box. Perfect for giving! 🙂

Return of the mojo?!

I have been lacking recently in what I always refer to as my “mojo”. I would sit and ponder how to make and create, and couldn’t find my creative side anywhere! Frustrating when you have orders to fulfil, and a desk covered in beads, buttons and various other jewellery making paraphernalia!

I could easily blame sleep deprivation (a one year old who does not sleep at all well, does wonders for making you lose your creative energy!), and various ailments, (cold after cold…)

Anyway, yesterday I wasn’t feeling very well, but I was given some time to myself, and when my headache started to subside a little in the afternoon, I found myself sitting creating finally! I managed to finally finish off two custom orders that I had started and put aside, and felt much more inspired again finally!

These two particular items were designed to complement a pretty top (I had been sent a photograph to work from). Tentatively, I sent the customer links to the photos and she luckily she loves them! 🙂 Below is the bracelet…

"Kara" Button Charm Bracelet

I also finished another bracelet, loosely based on the “Jardin d’Eliza” bracelet I had previously made. Another custom order entitled “Enchantment” – I hope she likes it! 😉

"Enchantment" vintage button charm bracelet

Next up, I set about working on an idea I had recently, using bright funky buttons, and beads, in a more simple design, less “clustery” than my usual bracelets, but I am thrilled with it! This piece is “Disco Buttons” 🙂

"Disco Buttons" charm bracelet

"Disco Buttons" charm bracelet

AND… I listed a couple of pairs of earrings to my Pollyorange Creations facebook fan page store today and sold them BOTH within a matter of minutes! (and I have a few more potential orders in the pipeline too!)

So, all in all a good day I think, and I feel inspired again finally! 🙂

Woo!

I was featured in a lovely blog today – a treasury of all things orange! It was a great surprise to wake up to, and put a smile on my face first thing, which is a rarity after at least a year’s worth of broken sleep thanks to my youngest son! 😉

The particular piece featured was my “Sunburst” bracelet, which is still for sale HERE on Folksy.

Here is a link to the original blog article 🙂

Thanks Giddystuff! 🙂

Story of a bracelet – “Jardin d’Eliza”

I recently made a bracelet I was proud of. Dare I say, I love pretty much most of the things I photograph and try to sell, if I don’t love it, I don’t sell it. It’s that simple. But, this particular bracelet I was quite captivated by, even when I was making it, I knew it was special. It took quite a while to collate all the right buttons that I felt worked with each other. I have quite a substantial button stash now, but I have particular favourites, some are pretty unusual and have sentimental value due to where they came from…quite a few of my favourite buttons featured in this bracelet.

"Jardin d'Eliza"

I started giving my items “names” or an “identity” of some sorts, as it helped me keep track of what I was making, and I feel it gives each piece a personality or theme. With this bracelet, I couldn’t quite get a name I was happy with, until I sent out a message on Twitter and someone responded. Not just any old someone, a friend who had been through some real personal turmoil in her life, and in particular the last year. Her username inspired me immediately, and looking at the bracelet, it all fitted into place. The colours, the flower, the contrasts between dark, and light… and so “Jardin d’Eliza” – Eliza’s Garden, was “born”. I listed the bracelet for sale on Folksy, and it sold within 40 minutes, and whilst I was happy to have a sale, there is a little part of me that could easily have kept it for myself! I am just happy it’s gone to a very lovely lady who I am sure will love it as much as I do.

“…Eliza looked to the stars on a dark winter night; with the gentle touch of her childrens’ hands intertwined with her fingers, she took gentle steps into springtime and the promise of a warm loving future…”