Some old jewelry, some new Jewelry and and Experiment.

Some old jewelry, some new Jewelry and and Experiment.

I was looking for some flat circles I made a week agone to try out some ideas for the 1st quarter challenge of Jewelry. LINK While I was rummaging around for where I had stashed them, I  found these. I made them a long time ago. The long one was meant to be attached to a hair clip but it never happened.  The small round one has a pin on the back.

I did find a few circles. Not the ones I made last week for this but these will do.

The first one is locks, I wanted to use them to make a pattern.  I anchored the cut ends in the middle and then curled the ends around and back to the middle.


I left some of the longer ends sticking up but the first thing my mom said was, did you miss these ends? I guess they didn’t look deliberate. I felted them flat into the middle. I think I will add some beads to the middle for interest. Maybe one big bead but more likely some small purple beads

I think I will make some bigger circles so I can use some longer locks I have and make some hat pins. I think this would be good with alternating colours too

Next is my experiment. I watched this cool video of how to make a 3 arm St Bridget cross from straw. LINK I am not sure how something with 3 arms is a cross but that is what its called. It looks like one of those pagan things that got converted to Christian. Historically this happened a lot.  There is a 4 arm st Bridgid cross too.

I thought some yarn might work for this If I anchored it in the middle of a backing piece. I envisioned the arms spreading out getting wider and wider making like a sunburst with a triangular middle. This is the first attempt. I laid them down side by side to get spreading but it really just looked a mess. I pulled it off and separated the strands and thought maybe if I wove the strands it would work better with yarn. It was messy too.

I pulled it off again and tried it keeping the yarn one over the other and lining it up with the angle instead of right up against the last thread. This one worked fairly well. At least it looked like a triangle in the middle. I think yarn is just too flexible and squishy. I am not sure it is useful for anything.

Have you made any jewelry for the Challange? or just for fun?


13 thoughts on “Some old jewelry, some new Jewelry and and Experiment.

  1. I am making brooches out of leftover prefelt and from a scarf that didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. I am also making hair/brooch clips of flowers. Got a craft fair in April and need some small inexpensive items. Although I am pleased with how some of them turned out, it is still a learning curve every time I try something new. At least we are trying new things even if they don’t go according to plan, right?!

    1. We would love to see them. You could share them on our forum. trying something new is half the fun and figuring out how you should have donti so it works next time.

  2. Absolutely Arlene – trying new things is the only way to grow!

    Ann – your older pieces are delightful!

    Small beads would look good added to the locks on your new brooch. I disagree with your mum as I think the loose locks look as good. Very pretty colours and texture.

    I like your experiment with the yarn – I think yarn has so many possibilities in jewellery making.

    (I’ve had a go at a pendant and posted it under ‘Challenges’.)

    1. Thank you Lyn. I will do another one and leave the bits sticking up. I pop over and see what you have done Lyn. I need some inspiration. I have lots and lots of small balls of my own and larger balls and skiens comercial yarn.

  3. After all your experimenting you eventually achieved a good triangular design. I hope you show us the finished brooch. Anchoring the 3×6 yarns down must have been fiddly. I like solving puzzles & this looks a real challenge, I might just have to try it!
    Your gently and evenly curled locks give great texture to the subtle coloured brooch – I agree with Lyn that it calls for some beads.

    1. Thanks, Antje. It was fiddley and I will probably not do anything with it, but it was fun to try. I would love to see what you come up with if you try it. I will add some beads to the other brooch or maybe french knots.

    2. French knots might get lost but shiny beads will add a new dimension/contrast. If I manage the woven one I’ll show you.

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