Hi! This site is an archive of my old craft blog. You can now find my new writing, and my two new shops, in their new homes: Patchwork Jackdaw for one-off, intricate jewellery pieces in muted colours, and Florence Loves Fridays for bold, chunky, quirky jewellery.
At the moment I’m doing some using-up-of-leftover-materials from previous projects (as with my upcycled bead bracelets) and next in the queue was my box of felt beads. Previously I’ve made big batches of identical necklaces, but with the odd ones left over, over the past couple of days, I’ve made the first few of some one-of-a-kind felt necklaces. There are some more lying in a big fuzzy pile on my workbench waiting to have their clasps put on, but these three are finished and available to buy at Unexpected Boutique’s felt necklaces page.
The dice necklace and dice bracelet are made with a combination of real 12mm dice, which are hand-drilled on a little whizzy drill-press in my house, and miniature dice beads. (The drilling part can be tricky, as the drillbit tends to get very hot when lots of dice are being drilled at once, and sometimes reaches the melting point of the plastic. This is why there is usually a packet of dice in one of the vegetable drawers in my fridge – lowering the temperature of the dice beforehand improves the drillbit-melting-onto-the-dice scenario very slightly. Plus it’s amusing to surprise fridge-investigators. There are some camera films in there too…)
The necklace and bracelet are made on stretchy elastic, so are very easy to wear. I personally really like the dice necklace, but have never managed to make one to keep for myself – people keep buying them!
It took me years to work out how to make these button stud earrings without the buttons coming off, but I’ve finally cracked it with the right technique. I originally just made them on silver plated studs, but my sister, who has been road-testing them for me, needed solid sterling silver ones as she tends to leave the same pair of earrings in for months at a time, and this isn’t generally recommended for non-precious metals. So now they are available in two versions – silver plated, and sterling silver. The buttons are 9mm across.
The original pearly plastic stud button earrings are available in a variety of bright colours: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, hot pink and black. I’ve also made some stud button earrings in natural wood, which are very popular.
After I’d made these, I started experimenting with layering the little 8mm buttons with even smaller buttons, to form tiny collages. They are stitched together, and then stuck onto the earring posts. I’ve made several different designs, mostly with flower shaped buttons layered over the round ones, and one with tiny hearts (was having a cute-overload that day, I think…).