Happy 18th Birthday Nicole Leadbetter

For my cousin’s 18th Birthday I made her an ocean inspired necklace and earrings set.

She loves all things under the sea, in particular whales and dolphins…. so what to make her? A whale tail necklace with splash drop earrings of course!
And as, she too, is a February birthday, it just had to be an amethyst stone… these ones a beautiful pastel Lavender Amethyst.

A few in process shots…

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…. and the finished piece…

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Happy Birthday Nicole :)
I hope you like them!

Chloe out.

Silver Circle Scales

Over the Hollydays I was commissioned to make a set of jewellery based on a few sample pieces that a client happened to see when he popped into the workshop. I was playing with textures and the new disc cutter in the workshop. He wanted me to make two sets of jewellery featuring these texture discs and related to my The Little (Dead) Mermaid work.

This is what I created…

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What do you think?

If you’re interested in setting up a commission, please pop on over to my Commissions Page for more details.

Chloe out.

Winged Rose Photo Pebble for Mrs Cupcake

All these roses that have been floating around recently, gave me the inspiration for a new Zendoodle… and in turn an idea for a birthday gift for Mrs Cupcake!

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I got to work making her one of my photo pebbles.

She loves huge jewellery… so I hope she’ll like this HUGE pendant!!

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All polished up and pretty, I displayed the finished necklace on a frame containing the original Zendoodle drawing. Oh and the beads of the chain are faceted carnelians.

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I do realise the back looks a little devilish, especially with the red stitching… this wasn’t my intention! but it did make her laugh!!

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Oh and the portrait inside? My parents of course! Snapped on a little campervanning holiday down in the New Forest.White (14)

What do you think?

I love these photo pebbles so much I’ve opened them up for commissions!

These pebbles can be made in any metal you want, they can feature any surface design you want, you can use any photo you want, and I can turn them into any form of jewellery you want! Prices start from £60 and all pieces come with lovely custom packaging! So, if you love them just as much as I do, pop on over to my commissions page and drop me a message at info[@]chloehenderson.co.uk and we can start our design process :)

Chloe out.

Silver Birthday Roses

I was commissioned to make a full set of silver roses based upon a junk-jewellery rose earring the client bought, loved, and lost part of on holiday. My instructions were to stick to the basic shape of the earring, but add my own flair, add a texture to the silver and make them much much bigger!

This is the original earring:

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After a few copper samples…

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… and a leafy moustache…

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… I got to work on the silver set…

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… and this is how it turned out all polished up and pretty:

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Hopefully, when she’s feeling better I’ll got some cute modelled shots too :)

What do you think?

This commission was a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve never make a structured piece with so many layers before, and I’m pretty proud of how they turned out… I might have to add this sculptural layering way of making into my current project somewhere!

If you’re interested in setting up a commission, please pop on over to my Commissions Page for more details.

Chloe out.

Scottish Thai Fusion Necklace

I was commissioned by the mother of a Scottish groom to be, to make a necklace for his Thai bride.

I was given a few photographs of the happy couple from their engagement ceremony and was given pretty much free reign, my only instruction was to fuse the two cultures together.

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Using the photos above, a little research into Thai patterns and my knowledge on Scottish culture I came up with a few designs. The client picked my favourite design; this one:

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and I got to work!

As you can see, the main design elements are taken from the image of the floral display for the ring box. This pattern is the representation of the Thai culture and the central thistle adds the Scottish representation.

I completed the design by hand-etching sterling silver with the patterns and then hand-piercing, filing and sanding into the final necklace and earring shapes. The settings for the thistle’s amethyst and the earring’s citrines were added, and the ear studs and neckchain were added. The set was given a final clean and polish and I whipped up a display frame for them to sit on.

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What do you think?

From the feedback I was given, I think this gift went down quite well…. “she really really loves it. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen her speechless.”!!

If you’re interested in setting up a commission, please pop on over to my Commissions Page for more details.

Chloe out.

How to turn your unused tins into cute upcycled jewellery… and save the tin!!

I love blogging, and I’m always looking for ways to expand my internet-based ramblings…. so……. tutorials! I’m going to have a go at sharing some of my arts and craftyness with ya’ll! This way, I can share the bits and pieces I create when I’m distracting myself from my own project work…. ie. the times when I just need to cover myself in glitter because otherwise I’d drown inside my own work!!

Can’t wait to conjure up lots of these wee posts!!

Anyway…

How to turn your unused tins into cute upcycled jewellery… and save the tin!!

If, like me, you always keep those beautiful little tins that you get candy and odds and ends in, you’ll probably also have a pile of empty ones collecting dust somewhere!

This is the tutorial for you!!

This tutorial uses a small pink flowery tin and transforms it into a pair of earrings, but you can use any tin you want and you can turn it into any form of jewellery you want! This tutorial goes over the basic steps, but the fun bit is using your own creativity to come up with endless tin jewellery possibilities!

These make perfect gifts as they are present and packaging all in one!!

Beginner level but does require the use of a jeweller’s saw (the scissor alternative won’t save the tin but can be ued) and drill, so not recommended for young children, and with older children there should be full adult supervision when using any sharp/dangerous tools.

STUFF YOU’LL NEED

– A tin!

– Beads (small seed beads work best, but your imagination should know no bounds!)

– Chain, ribbon, findings, etc.

– Wrapping material (an organza bag, tissue paper, ribbon, gift tags, fabric, etc.)

– A jeweller’s saw and 4/0 blade(s!) or scissors (i’ll take about this in more detail later)

– Files and sandpaper

– A drill and 1mm drill bit (for beginners I would recommend the hand archimedian drill)

– Needles and threads

WHAT TO DO

1. Select your tin! This is my tin :) It used to contain yummy French rose candies! and is approx. 8.5X6cm

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2. Cut a template out of cardboard. I’m using two 3cm heart shapes that will become the earrings.

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3. Draw around your templates straight onto the tin using a non-permanent marker. Select areas of the design you like the best, but remember that you’ll be saving the tin so think about the design placement of the cut-out segments.

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4. If you are not using the jeweller’s saw, ignore these next few steps and carefully cut out your design using sharp scissors. Unfortunately, doing it this way makes t very hard/impossible to save the tin, but does make it easier to do with older children or those less experienced with jewellery techniques.

If you are using the saw, you’ll need to drill a hole in one area of your shape to thread the blade through. I would suggest using a corner as this makes it easier to clean up.

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5. Thread your blade through the drilled holes. I would suggest using a size 4/0 blade or higher.

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6. Carefully saw-out your shapes. Be careful not to press down on tin when cutting as you don’t want to bend the metal.

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7. Scissor fans you can join us again for the next steps!

Wipe away the marker lines with a littler water (or acetone/nail polish remover if the water won’t budge it, but be cautious not to damage the tin design).

File the edges of your cut out pieces and the cut out segments within the tin lid. You can use sandpaper here as well to smooth the edges further.

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8. Drill 1mm holes all around the edges of your cut out shapes and the cut out holes in the tin lid.

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9. Sand down the drilled edges on the backs of the shapes and the tin lid, until smooth.

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10. This is where you can get creative with threads and beads!

For my tin lid, I stitched over the cut out shapes to create a pink thready web! This way, nothing will fall out of my tin and it gives the piece a kitsch patchwork feel that I quite like!

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I beaded around the edges as well for a little extra bling!

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11. Again this is a creative stitching and beading session!

My cut-out shapes were made into earrings. I stitched around the edges of the hearts in the same direction to give them a visibly stitched feel.

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Then strung them from a dangle of seed beads and a silver ear hook.

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Ta-dah!!!

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a message below and I’ll get back to you asap!

Looking forward to making more of these in the future :)

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Chloe out.

Avallon Faery

A wee while ago I posted about my summer holiday in France and I posted images of some of my travelling artyness, including this little gal.

This little Faery was painted on a leaf found by the side of our big blue campervan, Dughall. That day we had visited the rather magical town of Avallon and I was inspired to paint this tiny beauty in the natural surroundings of Camping Au Bois Joli.
My dreams were filled with wings and sparkling bells that night. I hope these dreams find there way into our mind when she lives in your home, as she is now listed on Etsy!

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Avallon Faery is handpainted using acrylics onto a found, pressed leaf. Artwork is displayed inside a high-quality, dark brown wooden box frame that has been hand painted with green leafy vine detailing, complete with strut and hooks for hanging. The faery leaf is mounted on acid-free black card and black spiderweb lace.

She is £40 and available on Etsy now :)

Chloe out.