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Updated on May 19, 2012

The beginning

the design board
the design board | Source

How it all began

I have always enjoyed the beauty of jewellery, but sadly don’t often wear it. Until, recently I started to look for an alternative hobby to writing, to keep me busy on a miserable afternoon. As all the ladies will agree, there are only so many times in the day that we can perform our housewifely duties. Be it, cleaning up, usually after dirty men (sorry guys but it is true); cooking meals, ironing, washing, and in my case the gardening too. So I decided to look into something really new to keep the old grey matter from getting to decrepit. Yes, I am making my own jewellery that I now wear, and it is a beautiful way of giving presents to the family and friends. What is more appealing, is that you only have yourself to please, and once you get going the world is your oyster, and you spend as little or as much as you wish.

The project in design mode

just playing with colours
just playing with colours | Source

The story begins

After a little research into the location of jewellery craft shops in my area, I paid my first visit. I didn’t really expect much, but how wrong could I have been. I thought the usual plastic bits, with wooden beads and cheap pearls, but oh how wrong I was. The shop was a magpie’s paradise. I spent over two hours in that shop looking with amazement at the choice of beads on offer. I took a thirty minuet introduction coarse and came home having spent £74.00.

I already had a spare table, so I sat down and following the first step instruction, I set up my designing board. Then I played with all my shiny new beads and semi-precious gems and started to design. Yes, I did say design.

Going overboard with bracelets.

just some bracelets that I designed, and most of them simply done on elastic.
just some bracelets that I designed, and most of them simply done on elastic. | Source

And on.

The first thing that I made was a bracelet on elastic to give to Rebecca, my daughter in law, for after she gave birth to Callum, instead of, or in my case as well as, the “It’s a boy” balloon and flowers. She was delighted. Then I made more of the same and tried to string a couple of necklaces using wire. On and on I went until my collection of jewellery covered the bed in the spare bedroom. Then I panicked, my new hobby was taking over the house.

My sea collection

One of the designs in my sea blue collection
One of the designs in my sea blue collection | Source

The Sailors Collection

One of the Sailors Collection
One of the Sailors Collection | Source

And on again

I decided at that stage to try my luck and approached the local chemist. I was elated when I returned home with a cheque for over £200 in my pocket. In the following weeks people called at the house and stopped me in the street to see if I could make something just for them in mind. I received many orders for Christmas and even an order for tiaras for bridesmaids.

The fairy pearl collection

one of the Fairy Pearl Collection
one of the Fairy Pearl Collection | Source

Semi Precious Autumn Collection

One of the semi precious autumn collection
One of the semi precious autumn collection | Source

The Final Word

I am not writing a step by step illustration here, because it really is very simple, and individual. So what I want to do is share some photos with you to see how easy it is to make something special. It just takes time, patience and love.

The red collection

One of the red collection
One of the red collection | Source

All that glitters collection, made with suede beads

the first item made for a special occasion
the first item made for a special occasion | Source

My first achievement, sold

From the blue and sailor collection, amongst the first items that the chemist purchased for retail.
From the blue and sailor collection, amongst the first items that the chemist purchased for retail. | Source

Another from the red collection

another from the collection using magic beads, which turn transparent with light.
another from the collection using magic beads, which turn transparent with light. | Source

The plastic collection

one of the cheap and cheerful plastic collections. This cost me £2.24 to make.
one of the cheap and cheerful plastic collections. This cost me £2.24 to make. | Source

The end

just enjoyed making these and mostly gifts for people.
just enjoyed making these and mostly gifts for people. | Source

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      femmeflashpoint 

      6 years ago

      Net,

      Good grief! These are spectacular!! I'm sincerely impressed! Dang girl, your talents just keep budding!!

      I shared this ... everywhere!!

      femme

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      You have a great talent for design. The colors work so well together. The sailor necklace is so striking that I would wear it and I am not a big jewelry person. Being able to make something so lovely and then sell it is very rewarding. I am so happy for you!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Annette,

      You had previously told me of your jewelry making passion but wow, to actually see it demonstrated in your beautiful photography is amazing...!

      Just as with your writing, you are simply a creative artist. You have a vision and are able to create using an incredible palette in life's mediums... your jewelry is uniquely you. I am so thrilled that you have 'started' to find a market. I believe you could take this gift and run, Sista...

      Thank you for sharing this side of you with us. How very lovely!

      Voted UP & UABI. Love, Maria

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      Bonny OBrien 

      6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Your collections are awesome. My oldest granddaughter enjoys making bead creations. She made necklaces for all my ladies. At the retirement home I work in. Last year for christmas.

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      tnderhrt23 

      6 years ago

      Really beautiful work, Annette! I have done some of this but not nearly as artistically as what you have done here! Nice job!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Annette, your jewellery is beautiful. You have a great hobby and selling them is good. I have tried making bracelets for kids in this family but I couldn't find the right type of elastic.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      They are all very beautiful, my favorite, The sea blue collection. I have never made anything in my life, I can barely thread a needle. I know you must really enjoy this. Thank you for sharing..Cheers

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