The Dragonfly Pendant – Handmade Jewelry

The Dragonfly pendant is a favorite gift item. Either as a brooch or sun-catcher, it looks great too.

Having a penchant to try new things and looking back to 2011, I have transformed the dragonfly on a garden pick to a new variety. The use of quality materials and an improved technique, a prettier beaded handmade dragonfly emerged in silver wire with different beads combination, crystals to sparkle and lots of color play. I am showing you one of the specimens that I have created and designed with passion, for the sake of Handmade Jewelry Making. This is Made in Singapore. Horray!

Beaded Dragonflies

 

Important to Publish your Original Works in Your Blog

My blogging guru told me that it is very important to publish original works, first in your own blog before submitting them elsewhere.  This will ensure that it is properly documented and dated.  And to a certain extent, one prudent way to protect ownership.  However, as much as I wished to post updates on my hobby, I had to keep them under wraps for a period of time.

For the year 2011, my Handmade Jewelry was dedicated to the ladybug, the chameleon and the dragonfly.  As I find Blogging quite time consuming, rather than going into details, I would try to publish some pictures of my craft, gradually. Here’s the one and only Blue Chameleon that I have made. Only one because it took too long to complete. Look at the eyes….they are large 12mm Carnelian beads.

The Blue Chameleon

Wire Crochet with Beads and Crystals – The Dragonfly Garden Pick

In 2010, that was 2 years back, I experimented with wire crochet to create the dragonfly as a garden pick using brass wires and crystals. The prototype was done with brass wires and later silver wires. Interesting results.

Dragonfly on a Garden Pick

Dragonfly on garden pick

Bead Crochet Rope – Necklaces and Bracelets

Looking back, for me, 2010 was a year for crochet projects using seed beads.  I was keeping it under wraps because it was a consignment for elegant Bead Crochet Rope Necklaces and Bracelets.

Real DIY after some research on the internet.  The co-ordination of the eyes and fingers on the crochet hook was almost robotic once you get the hang of it. The beginning was tough. I had to re-do dozens of times before I finally completed it with great satisfaction. It was worth-while, because I’ve learnt another aspect of fine hand made jewelry making.

It was a good thing that I saved some pictures. Right here. Just for you. Hope you’ll like it.

Bead Crochet Rope Necklace in Gold

 

Bead Crochet Rope Bracelet in Pearl White

Bead Crochet Rope Slip-on Bracelet in Lilac

Increase Jewelry Book Sales with Gift Token

We found that an occasional promotion would add a boost to book sales. A gift token or a discount as a kind of advertisement to make your product stand out from the crowd and build a brand name along the way.

I was helping a dear friend to market her jewelry book and picked those tips from her. It cost her a bomb to publish a book. Profit from book sales is nothing to shout about as I realised when I tried to clear a consignment for the author. The transport and delivery charges, free gifts given out at promotions, rental of a booth for autographing, time and efforts putting up free demonstrations, ate almost every cent that was earned.  However, the experience was most rewarding, fun and worth the cause, the passion of promoting a hobby we love so much.   

So, if you come across a bargain, immediately recognise it. It is a rare offer!  

I made some rings like the one shown here.  By varing the color combination, each ring appeared very unique by itself. Very simple but very attractive. Swarovski 4mm crystal bicone beads and 2mm metal beads or sead beads for the finger band. You can try this project on your own.  

Handmade Jewellery Making

Pretty things are Simple

The Butterfly Ring

Stringing Beads is Easy

This is my sketch and I hope that it helps you get started. The star* marks the starting point and end point of this project. The ring is completed with a secure knot.

Try your hand at designing too. There are lots of ideas from “Wonderful Handmade Jewellery”, a source for inspiration, simple instructions and beautiful detail drawings.

You are welcome to share your ideas too.

Beaded Wire Crafts and a Lady Bug for you.

Beads and wire crafts is something that I am experimenting while I was away from my blog. I intended to create a brooch but the end result was a bit heavy. It became a good alternative as a paper weight. A great gift idea for a guy. Yes, at least there is something here for the guys too.

Lady Bug 1

Lady Bug created with Wire and Beads

This is the Lady Bug created with wire and beads.
I used brass wires to create a frame and work beads over it.

Lady Bug Wire Skeleton

Wire Works and Beaded Jewelry

I hardly write my blog these days. I will try for to write more often and if the words don’t come easily, I will post more pictures next time. Hope this will light up your day. Cheers.