Quite possibly the quickest project I’ve ever blogged about, and as you can see, I’m quite happy with the results!


In the end, I finished the necklace in the evening after my last post.  Including putting the bits away, it probably took even *less* than half an hour.  But then, I’ve been wrapping wire ends and fastening jump rings for years.  And years.

A better shot, with focus and details and everything:


See those three larger, pear shaped beads in the middle at the front?  Those are the only three beads like that in the whole necklace.  It is sheer happenstance that they grouped themselves together like that.  I’m pleased they did; they are some of my favourite beads in this piece, and I’m *very* glad they didn’t form a cluster sort of off-centre-round-the-side-ish.  That would have *sucked*.

Arty shot…


A little light relief

I found myself lacking energy yesterday afternoon.  Foggy, listless, unwilling to do anything on my current WIP list, or any of the housework scheduled for the day.

Something different was called for.  Something mindless; something that would do nicely whilst watching recorded episodes of Time Team, and snuggling with the dog on the sofa.  Something, preferably, that would give almost instant gratification.


I’ve owned this kit for a while; I very rarely wear much jewellery, but I love owning it.  I love making it, too.  I got all the beads strung onto the incredibly fine wire during one episode of Time Team, and spent several hours crocheting it into a long, fine strand.  It’s rather pretty, though noticeably lacking in drape:


Now all I need to do is finish the ends, and add findings.  Shouldn’t be more than about 30 minutes work.  How many months do you think it will take me to get round to it?

Tape all tacked down

Including removing one of the strips I shouldn't have tacked down in the first place. Machine work tonight should be a breeze, because these tapes aren't trying to fall off the bulk of an existing seam like the last ones were. Again, I tacked them on down both edges; don't know when I became so rigorous! Actually, I think it's something to do with making chainmaille; you get used to projects progressing slowly. Think it's taken about two hours to tack this lot in place, which includes some but not all of the deliberation about how the pattern actually works and also part of Discovery Channel's Egypt Week. Ooops.

Keep your fingers crossed for me; I'm going to try and sign up to a jewellery making course tonight. Only thing is, the course might be full, and the instructor might not be available. I'd say the odds are stacked against me. Still, if it's not possible this term, I'll do it next term. Need to learn to make quality findings. Oh, yes.

Amusingly, I pretty much got offered a job as an instructor when I rang up to enquire about the courses. Well, it's another thing to consider if I want to make serious money out of crafts in a few years…