Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Sea Glass Wedding Gift Jewellery Set

I recently made a matching Sea Glass Jewellery set as a wedding gift for a friend's wedding.  I have made many sea glass necklaces but have never made a bracelet before. I had to drill the sea glass to add to the bracelet and add some beads to it too. I added the same style bead to the necklace for it to match and then made some earrings made just with the mathching beads.

I hope the bride liked her gift. My mum also made some handmade gifts so we put together a small handmade gift package for the newly married couple.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Etsy Sea Glass Jewellery

Some of you might know that I recently started an Etsy shop to sell my jewellery that I have been making.  I originally started with simple wire wrapping of the Sea Glass that I find myself on a local beach.  I recently had a lesson from another lovely Sea Glass Jewellery Maker on how to drill the Sea Glass. So here are some photos of the new designs that I have made when drilling the Sea Glass.  These are now on sale on my Etsy Store for only £10 including gift box. Here is a link to my Etsy selling page:

The photo above shows a lovely Green Sea Glass Necklace and the photograph below shows a lovely light blue Sea Glass necklace.

Hope you like my new designs. Below is a photo of some previous necklaces I made.


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Personalised mug decorating

I recently attended an Islamic craft event where everyone was designing mugs to donate for funding. I decided to write the name 'Bismillah' onto the mug with a nice outlining design too.

We used sharpie pens to make the design and then afterwards they were to be placed into an oven to help the design to set. There are many online tutorials showing you how to do this if you wish to have a go yourself.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

DIY Dress Form Tutorial

dress form tutorial sewing duct tape

I have always wanted a dress form so that when I make sewing alterations on my clothes I can have a perfect sized dummy to practice with.  My mum agreed to help me make one and we looked online for some video-tutorials to give us an idea of how to make the easiest and cheapest one.  This is our version of how we made this.

Items needed:

Find a tight fitting top that you don't need any more as it will be cut up during this process.
Duct Tape (or something similar)
Cardboard for to patch the armholes etc.
Newspaper for stuffing
Optional (fittings if attaching a pole)


Step 1: Once you are wearing the top start taping all around the body. We started around the front chest part and then to shoulders. We did one layer in sliver tape and then added a second layer with black so we knew we had covered the area twice.
Step 2: You may need to cut at the back before finishing as it gets very hot and breathing can be restricted and you don't want anybody collapsing. As long as the main shape is done this should not be a problem.
Step 3: Cut down the back, cutting through the top and tape making sure not to cut into the skin.
Step 4: Remove the taped dress form from the person and tape up the cut to make the form into a hollow form.
Step 5: Cut some cardboard and place into the arm and neck holes and secure with tape.
Step 6: Scrunch up very tightly old newspaper and place very tightly into the dress form making sure the inside arms are packed too.
Step 7: Once you have finished stuffing the newspaper inside then secure the bottom with cardboard too and tape the hole over.
Step 8: Optional - If you wish to secure a pole then find some suitable fittings and attach the form to a pole and stand.

You now have the perfect dress form for your sewing needs or for display purposes. You could add fabric or decorative paper if you want this for display only.

One of the best YouTube videos I found helpful was this one: