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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sparkly Crystal Necklace from Jewellery By Shalini

In my on-line showroom Sparkly Crystal Necklace with Haematite Heart from Jewellery By Shalini:

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Spring Necklace in Yellow, Orange & Green from Jewellery By Shalini

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

7th Bead Soup Party: Shalini's Sparkly Serving Revealed!

So the day is finally here! Its PARTY TIME! My parties are always "Bring a Bottle" kinds so help yourself to your favourite tipple and enjoy!

Part 1: This is my first entry into the world of Bead Soups. Be gentle lovely people...

It all started when I signed up for the Pretty Things 7th Bead Soup Blog party on 26 January. I have since blogged a bit about it.

My Partner Sarah Goode from Pookledo sent me a lovely stash of shiny things!
A handful of Swarovski disc crystals / Some metal glitterballs in various sizes / A length of silver plated chain / Some Swarovski glass pearls / a magnetic glitterball clasp 

Yummy I hear you say! It is! But apart from the silver chain these are things I have NEVER worked with before!
My pieces tend to have a lot of colour in them! And here I am looking at lots of grey (OK shiny silvery grey but it is shades of grey, maybe not quite 50 but near enough!) HELP! This is totally out of my comfort zone!

You set me a challenge Sarah. A BIG one! I spent a few days staring at the soup on my work board. Then I put it all away. Then I went on the internet and looked at pictures of jewellery made of crystals. Then I stared at the soup some more...

And then I made this!

I added a handful of Haematite beads, a Haematite twinned heart and some silver plated jump-rings to Sarah's soup

This crystal necklace set is listed in my on-line showroom: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/sparkly-crystal-necklace-with-haematite/

So that's the crystal discs, Focal Bead, clasp and all the chain taken care of.

But what about those clear glass disc beads that Sarah cleverly omitted from that soup picture above and from the list of beads she wrote on her blog. They are not grey but they are CLEAR Glass! They have NO COLOUR! Quite different from similarly shaped Turquoise beads I have played with a lot in the past. But then I don't have to use ALL the beads in the soup do I? Maybe I won't use them....

Get your glasses/cups refilled before you start on Part II: 

Its now the middle of March and Mr A and I have spent a lot of time talking about how nice it would be to have spring, some sunshine and some colour outside again. Its been cold and snowy and grey and snowy and wet and snowy. Enough already! And I still have clear glass beads and silver-grey Swarovski pearls that I really should use!

If mother nature cannot bring some colour into my life I will find some for myself! OK?

Continuing with the chain theme I used gold plated chain and added generous helpings of dyed yellow and orange shell beads and green Aventurine beads to this one

The Spring has sprung jewellery set is now listed in my online showroom: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/spring-necklace/ 

And some Freshwater pearls to match the gorgeous chunky Silver Glass Pearls

This one off  pearl bracelet is now listed in my online shop: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/pretty-in-pink-pearl-bracelet/

And I couldn't possibly leave the two remaining crystal discs as orphans could I?

This one off piece is now listed in my online shop: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/pearl-crystal-earrings/

I have had SO MUCH fun trying out new ideas and making these pieces. I am very grateful to Sarah for setting me this challenge. It has given me so much confidence! And taught me that anything is possible if only I believe in myself enough! Because if I don't why should anyone else believe in Me?

I have not yet decided if I am keeping all of these pieces or if they will be available to buy. I'll get back to you on that one!

Hope you enjoyed my party. Don't forget 521 other jewellery designers are co hosting a similar party and you really should  check them all out!

And  these are the other parties starting today:

This party started on 31st March and is still going on!

And there will be another one starting on 20th April which I will give you an address for on the day.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Bead Soup Reveal TOMORROW!

I am really looking forward to showing you what I made with the lovely sparkly soup Sarah Goode sent me. I have written my post about it and you will see it tomorrow!

But first I want to show you something that will give you an idea of how BIG this party really is! Check out this map!

Hundreds of jewellery designers breaking down the barrier of continents and countries with the language of beads and beautiful things!
Thank you Lori Anderson (and Mr Lori Anderson too!) for all your hard work in organising and managing this massive party and bringing so many designers together! The friends I have made, the things I have learned and the challenges I have set myself since I joined the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party are just amazing and have given me so much confidence in myself and my work! Words cannot really express my gratitude!

So watch out World! Coming VERY soon to a web browser near you

 7th Bead Soup Blog Party 2nd Reveal!

I am so excited :-)

map courtesy Pretty Things: Beaders Unite Across the World -- the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party map:

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

7th Beadsoup Blog Party Update: Postponement

The 2nd and 3rd reveal dates for the Beadsoup have been postponed by a week because our lovely hostess Lori is not very well.

This means you all will just have to wait until 13 April to see what happened to the beautiful beads Sarah from  Pookledo sent me! I am very pleased with the pieces and really looking forward to showing off what I made! Until the new reveal date you can think about what this might be :D

Sending you lots of Hugs and Good Wishes dear Lori. Get well soon!

The Beadsoup parties are all about Creativity and Fun and if the driving force behind them is unwell then fun does not come into it at all! Personally I would feel very guilty if Lori worked through pain for us because that's not what the Beadsoup group is all about! I have only been part of this for a very short time and already I have made many new friends, taken part in a creative challenge and had a super discussion about copper washers with other jewellery designers. (I will tell you more about the washers one of these days)

Monday, 1 April 2013

Bead Soup First Reveal Entries

I have spent the last hour going ooh! aaah! WOW! on Pinterest looking at the fabulous entries from VERY talented jewellery artists who are taking part in the 7th Bead Soup Blog party.

This is only the first reveal (2 more on the next two Saturdays this month) and the wealth of talent is just amazing! Really looking forward to the 2nd Reveal on 6th April when you will be able to see what I made with the beads from Sarah Goode at Pookledo :D

Here is a screen-shot of some of the beautiful pieces pinned so far. Keep an eye on this board for more beautiful designs!