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Pearls bracelet

22 May

I made this pearls bracelet to match with the necklace and earrings from my previous post.  Not much to say here except that the pearls were beautiful so it was an easy job. 🙂

pearl bracelet

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Uninspired necklace

7 May

I made this necklace some time ago for a friend’s birthday. It’s a very simple necklace made with chrystals, black glass beads, blue calcite stones, orange (I don’t remember which) stones, cultivated pearls and chain.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t think it’s one of my best handiwork as I wasn’t particularly inspired. Nonetheless it has been apparently appreciated….

Rainbow necklace

2 May

This collar necklace is made mainly with 6mm dyed jade beads, a “Zama” golden spacer and brass wire.

It is a custom made order for a friend’s sister who saw something similar and asked if I could make a replica. Thankfully, since I am a fan of tiny beads I had plenty of colourful stones to use.

Of course it differs from the original basically because it’s not easy to find the exact raw materials but it’s as similar as possible, and most of all, it has been appreciated by the recipient. 🙂

Just my imagination

10 Apr

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was about 6 years old. At that time I used to make very loooong chains with scrap threads and nothing more than that. It was fun, but my childhood curiosity didn’t take me too much further: I made little things here and there throughout the years but it was only few years ago that I rediscovered my crochet. Unluckily my mum is no longer around to teach me all the tricks so I have to rely only on my limited knowledge and the web.

All this preamble to say that I made my first crocheted crossbody purse a couple of weeks ago. No template or tutorial here. It just came straight out of my imagination.

I think mum would be proud but she would hint all the – many – mistakes too. 🙂 ❤

Washi tape magic – again

4 Apr

Being a bit bored with the usual gift wrapping I explored the use of washi tape to decorate and personalize a plain white – and inexpensive – paper bag. It is very simple yet cute.

To close the bag I made two matching holes on the front and back sheets and passed a pink ribbon through, and simply tied it in the front. I also drew some candles on the top of the “washi cake” and wrote “Buon Compleanno”, which is the Italian for “Happy Birthday” . 🙂

Golden necklace

3 Apr

Here is a long necklace I made on request from a friend. It was a Christmas gift for someone who likes showy ornaments…. It was a bit difficult for me because I normally like smaller and more delicate items but in the end I think this is an agreeable compromise.

Made of semi precious stones (tinted jade, turquoise) and cultivated pearl, along with brass chain and “zamak” spacers. The packaging is also handmade.

A bit of Japan

30 Jan

Few years ago, when the (very expensive) chirimen bracelets suddenly appeared in Italy, me and my friend Paola decided to buy some chirimen cord on Etsy to make more affordable bracelets for us.

Unluckily I have never been satisfied with the result, so I never wore it.

Then, last Summer I came up with an idea on how to use the almost forgotten cord and I made these two bracelets as birthday gifts for two friends at my Taiko group…. A Japanese themed gift for Japanese drums’ lovers.

I have also experimented with cardboard, self-printed stickers and my own rubber stamp, to make cute boxes to present the gifts in a more professional way….

[Chirimen Cord, elastic band, wooden single-hole button, silver bell]

Earrings for a birthday

9 Jan

I recently made this pair of earrings for a friend’s birthday. I really like this style and I may think to make a whole collection out of it…. 

Again, this is hammered brass, which this time I decorated piercing some holes, with cultivated pearls.

I also made good use (or at least I think so), of the brand new stamp I recently carved. I’m quite proud of the whole thing. 😄

A Christmas necklace

20 Dec

For this Christmas I have been asked, by my longtime friend and only recurring customer Simona, to make a necklace that she’ll give as a gift.

I searched the web for some inspiration and, in accordance with my friend, I came up with this one….

Brass and turquoise crystals are the raw material.

Not a choker, not a long necklace.

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