Monday, 18 May 2015


... you might ask? ...
Hopefully, it wont be long until her name is up
in lights, her music floating harmoniously out
of radios, i-pods and concert venues!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting this very 
talented 21 year old singer/songwriter, before her 
concert in London, when she commissioned me to 
create some original jewellery pieces to be worn at 
her recent live show in London.

Sophie visited my studios, armed with a beautiful
gold sequined, black velvet vintage dress, 
that she had chosen to wear at the concert and we 
discussed ideas and styles to blend...

With just one week to create the suite of jewellery,
I opted to use wire (instead of metal) to make 2 large
cuff bangles, as well as a necklace cuff and matching
earrings. Sophie wanted something bold and sparkly to 
stand out on stage. She had a definite vision of the
look that she wanted to create. The great thing about
working with 'wire' is that you can make very bold, 
statement pieces, just by creating frames and bases on 
which to wire wrap beads, building up with layers of fine 

BEADS DIRECT supplied all the necessary materials 
and I used the same style of design as the Beads Direct 
'Cosmic Bangle' kit from my Create and Craft TV show 
that was on 8th May (image below), which Sophie had seen
and liked!

To compliment Sophie's dress neckline, we discussed
suspending a pendant drop from the choker cuff and 
the wire 'heart' detail seemed to be a good option, 
with a faceted crystal teardrop bead connected to the
base ... which I found in my stash, salvaged from a broken 

Then it was just a case of creating some matching earrings 
and the set was complete!

The result was, that she looked like a divine GODDESS 
on stage!
To top it all! Ellie Verkerk, musician and musical arranger,
decorated her feet to perfection, completing the golden look, 
for the girl with the golden voice!

You can check out SOPHIE’S MUSIC VIDEOS
on You Tube ...

and follow the rise of her career! 


Friday, 15 May 2015

Hamsa Hand Tutorial

If you suffer from insomnia, this tutorial might be for you!
It's long, possibly slightly boring for a beginner, but if you
are willing to stick with it, you should end up with a sweet
little pendant than can be a suspended on a chain as a necklace,
created as a bag or key charm ... well, that's if you can make
it all the way to the end of the tutorial without falling asleep!

This hand shaped amulet is very popular throughout the Middle East 
and North Africa, and has been commonly used in jewellery and wall 
hangings for centuries. Depicting the open right hand, the image is 
recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout 
history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye, to 
protect the wearer from negativity ...  isn't that just what we all need 
from time to time!

Step 1

Begin by cutting approximately 5" of 0.8mm wire and using your
pliers, create open spirals at each end.  Push the centre of the
wire against a rounded shape to form a slight curve.

Step 2

Cut another length of 0.8mm wire - about 3" in length.
Place the tips of your round nosed pliers in the middle
and cross the wires over on either side to form a small
central loop.

Step 3

Shape the looped unit on a cylindrical mandrel, curving the
wire around (as above), keeping the link projecting at the centre.

Step 4

Your eyes are getting tired aren't they? 
Don't worry! Your eyesight hasn't gone!! It's just a blurry
photo ... Cut another length of wire, this time about 1.5"
of 0.8mm and curve it around the cylindrical mandrel
to form a smiley shape!

Step 5

For the 'fingers': cut a fourth length of wire, this time
about 5.5" of 0.8mm wire.  Place the centre around the
widest part of your round nosed pliers and straighten
the wires up on each side.

Step 6

Bend the wires back down on each side - about 20cms
up from the 'U'. Pinch them at the bend with your chain
nosed pliers so that they run parallel and straight.

Step 7

Using the widest part of your round nosed pliers,
form 2 further 'fingers' on each side, slightly shorter
than the central one.

Step 8

Using the tips of your round nosed pliers, create small links,
at 90 degrees on each of the ends of the 3 wire units that you
have just created.

Step 9

Opening up the side links, connect the unit created in Step 3
to the unit created in Step 1.

Step 10

Next, connect the curved (fuzzy, blurry) unit created in Step 4
from the curved spiraled unit (from Step 1), so that it hangs
directly below (and between) the top curve.

Step 11

Attach the 3 'fingers' onto the curve unit (from Step 1), so that
it is suspended just next to (and on the outside) of both the
other curved units.

Step 12

Using your flat nosed pliers, curl the spirals in towards
themselves on either side, to secure the overall frame.

Step 13

To create the top heart decoration: cut approximately 3" of 0.8mm
wire.  Find the centre and fold it in half.

Step 14

Create spirals on each projecting wire end, curling the wires in
towards each other to form a 'heart' shape.

Step 15

Cut a short length of 0.4mm wire and use this to bind
and secure one side of the 'heart' shape to the top of
the 'hamsa' frame.

Step 16

Cut a second short length of 0.4mm wire and attach
the other side of the 'heart', securing centrally
at the top of the frame.

Step 17

To create the beaded 'eye': cut about 4" of 0.4mm wire
and thread with small beads - enough to encircle a larger
central bead of about 6mm in diameter.

Step 18

Create a beaded loop with the smaller beads and push the
larger bead into the middle ...

Step 19

Wrap the wire over the beaded loop to secure at the opposite
end and pull to straighten the wires out on each side, so that the
larger bead is neatly framed at the centre of the beaded circle.

Step 20

Use the fine wires to attach the beaded 'eye' to the centre of
the 'hamsa' frame, binding them on each side. (Don't cut the
projecting wires off just yet!).

Step 21

This is why I didn't want you cut any projecting wires
off: as you can use any excess to create a spiral at the
top of the beaded 'eye' and flatten this against the
wrap underneath. Then, you can thread the opposite
wire with a few more chosen beads, to fill the central
'finger' space. Secure at the base of the finger. Cut off any
excess wire and neaten the end.

Step 22

*Optional: Cut 2 x 2.5" lengths of 0.8mm wire. Thread each with
small 4mm beads and spiral the ends on each side to form 'S' shapes.

Step 23

These little 'S' shapes can be connected into the side
'fingers' of the frame with some 0.4mm binding wire.
(*Alternatively, if you find that too fiddly and fancy, just
wire in some beads like the central 'finger' - just down
the middle!).

Step 24

Lastly ... if you're still awake? You can bind in a couple more
beads on either side at the top of the frame using 0.4mm wire.

Step 25

And there you have it! That's if you have made it to the end ...
It's now ready to attach to a chain, cord, ribbon, you name
it! You made it!
... and you most definitely deserve a medal if you managed to
get this far!