My creative inspiration

Things I make, stuff that inspire

Month: February, 2013

Jewelry making 101

I like fine and petit jewellery just as much as big, chunky pieces. I saw a beautiful necklace over here, and the reason I am sharing it: it is a great necklace to practice the basics of jewellery making. If only I had a tutorial like this when I started…

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{pictureย  taken from the link above}

Lego Lunch

When I was a kid, I loved Lego. I payed for hours and hours, built, took apart and rebuilt things – a whole mini world. I especially liked, when my mom got me a few extra pieces in extraordinary shapes or with special functions. So I was particularly happy, when I came across a picture of the Lunch picture in a Lego version. But I somehow didn’t like the background, I preferred that of the original one. We had no other coice if we wanted to hang that on the wall: we had to mix the two. With a few blurs here and there, we finally managed it, and this is how it looks. It is black and white, similarly to the original picture, and hangs on my wall in a solid wooden frame. It is, for me, the perfect mixture of fun, classic and unique ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blue nails with the flowers of the frost

I have found this in my drafts folder, so I might not showed it yet. It was an unusual mani for me, because when I first did it, I wasn’t very comfortable with having blue nails… but I liked the flower print so much, that it could stay ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a great winter mani because of the colours, with the promise of spring beacuse of the flowers. This was a particularly good motif to stamp with and a nail polish that wasn’t too light, nor too sticky. Just perfect! Btw, I used a Miss Sporty polish as a base colour, and and Essence limited edition one for stamping.

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Rainbows

Maybe I have mentioned before, but I love to organise everything by colours. Books, clothes, pencils, beads… everything and anything. Not obsessively, but if I have the time, I do it. So making jewellery that is actually designed to be in this harmonic order seemed to be a good idea. I came up with several plans, but these two worked out actually – or, at least, these were the ones I actually wore so far “more than once”.

Bracelet, with many strands

Bracelet, with many strands

Bracelet: beads in a row - suitable for leftover beads :)

Bracelet: beads in a row – suitable for leftover beads ๐Ÿ™‚

Necklace: rainbow in a single line

Necklace: rainbow in a single line

Chained bracelet

Rocker chic mixed with a pich of girlyness – this is what this bracelet looks to me. It is so simple, that even a little girl could make it, yet so interesting looking, that even grown ups can wear it from time to time.

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To make one of these, you will need:

  • an elastic thread (preferably a thicker one, that is easier to handle)
  • beads in the colour of your choice
  • and the magic ingredient: a chain-necklace!

How to make it?

I prefer to start with a bead, that secures my future bracelet. Than, you have to add your chain link by link to the thread. It is preferable to pre-cut the chain into smaller peaces. Once you have added a piece, you “drop it”, and it creates the effect you can see in the picture. From now, all you have to do is add beads and pieces of chain until you are satisfied. Easy, but a rewarding activity. I so liked to make bracelets like this when I was a teen ๐Ÿ™‚

Amethyst coloured ring

Purple is a colour that has been among the Top3 when I was younger. I still like it very much, so when I have found a couple of leftover beads in my bead box, I knew what to do with them. I sorted out almost oll of the shades of purple (and some pink/magenta as well), got a ring base and some hooks, and the fun begun.

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Basically, all you need is a plier and some patience to make a similar ring, DSC_0780bbecause to have this effect, you need to attach every bead one by one on a hook to the base. Get a movie ready, and you can make a couple of these in an hour or two. I primarily use it, as I have mentioned before, for leftover beads, because I usually one or two beads more than necessary, in case I miscalculated the number… You know, better safe than sorry ๐Ÿ™‚ At least, I have an excuse to make these jewelleries later.

Sugarbelle Blog

This blog is about inspiration, so today I would like to show you a blog that I have recently found and that I am really fond of. This is:

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle“.

This is a blog dedicated to cookie decorating, but it’s not the reason I read it. I prefer the ways sheย inventsย the base of the cookies. This might sound boring, but this is a pretty awesome, challenging, and an extremely creative process. You don’t believe me? Let me show you, what I mean:

These whale cookies were made… out of a balloon cutter and a flower!

The polar bear and his pals were made out of various very simple forms! Oh, and have I mentioned the robots?! For example the one, that was made out of a bunny cutter? Pretty awesome! I think this is real creatvity, and demands a special point of view – but it’s totally worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your works, Sugarbelle – if you happen to read it ^^