Monday, October 26, 2015

Bridesmaid's Jewellery - Baroque-Style Earrings

In the last two posts , I shared the bracelets the Creative Bride gave to her bridesmaids. To complete their outfits, she also gave them matching baroque-style earrings. These romantic earrings have a glowing heart captured inside the filigree and despite how ornate they look, they are a simple and easy design to put together and will take you just minutes to complete. Here's what you'll need: Four 28x16mm Tombac filigree drops Two 11x55mm Siam Swarovski drops Two red heart beads or other flat beads that will fit within the filigree Two 3mm gold jump rings 22 gauge tarnish resistant gold wire 2 gold earring wires Tools: Flat nose pliers Chain nose pliers Flush cutters Working from the wire spool, place the last 3mm (1/8") of the wire in the jaws of the pliers and bend it at a 60° angle. This will make the first prong of a triangle jump ring. Move the pliers to the other side of the bend you just made and bend the wire on the other side of the plie...
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bridesmaid Jewellery - Baroque Style - Part 2

Now that you've made your beautiful epoxy resin and crystal focal, it's time to turn it into an elegant baroque-style bridesmaid bracelet. If you missed how to make the focal, visit Part 1 for a list of all the materials required to make the bracelet and the step-by-step instructions on how to create the jewelled focal. For this part of the design, you'll need the following tools: Vintaj Bail Making Plier, 6mm And 8.5mm Barrels Dremel Rotary Tool 1mm diamond drill bit and a block of wood Chain nose pliers Drill a hole approximately 1mm (1/32") from the bottom edge of the smallest tier of each connector (opposite the bow end). The metal is thick and you need to use a diamond drill bit to cut through it. To make the bracelet sit nicely, round the connectors by placing them around a small cylindrical object like a bead container. Mine is 3.8cm (1.5") diameter. Use your thumbs to press the connectors against the surface at each end. Once you hav...
Monday, October 19, 2015

Bridesmaid Jewellery - Baroque Style Bracelet - Part 1

Today, the Wedding Collection takes a look at the jewellery worn by the bridal party. "Romantic and elegant" was the brief the Creative Bride gave me. She has chosen the mismatched look for her bridal party so each of her attendant's will wear a different shade of burgundy in a different style. It's a broad brief but armed with information about what the bridesmaid's will wear, I had a starting point. With four different necklines, necklaces were ruled out. We toyed with the idea of a brooch but Michaela wanted to surprise her attendants with a faux fur wrap in case the day was chilly. So instead, we settled on a bracelet and pair of earrings for each bridesmaid. Now it was up to me to create something romantic and elegant. And what could be more elegant than crystals and gold filigree. So today, let's take a look at the bracelet. There are a lot of steps in this project so I've split it into 2 posts. This first part deals with creating the epoxy ...