For those who like arts and crafts but may not have the time or energy to get out the paints and canvases every time, I would like to share my quick and crafty new hobby.

If you know me already you will be aware that I love drawing and painting but due to my fibromyalgia I can’t do it as often as I’d like to.

(photo by William Patterson, taken from Fine Art America)

I have recently started making jewellery and have sold a few pieces via facebook to some of my husband’s colleagues and some friends. Sometimes I feel a bit naughty because I have made something quick and inexpensive and someone thinks it’s worthy enough to pay for. It also feels really good though. Not because I’ve made £2.50 but because someone is wearing something that I have made.

There are lots of ways to make jewellery but I have mostly done earrings or necklaces using beads and charms. It’s really quite easy – you buy beads/charms, links and hooks/chains and using a small pair of pliers, put them together.

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I bought these owl charms on ebay along with guitars, skulls and butterflies (Apologies for the slightly blurry pictures – photography is not an art form that I am very familiar with).

As well as being a relatively cheap and quick hobby, these pieces also make great gifts. All you need to do is use someone’s favourite coloured beads for some earrings and you have a very personal, meaningful present that will hopefully make someone really happy.

For those of you who think you may want to give jewellery making a try, there are tons of great websites out there with instructions, tips and supplies. Here are a few that you may want to check out:

http://www.makeitandmendit.com/10-top-tips-for-jewellery-making/

http://www.firemountaingems.com

www.beads.co.uk/

www.swarovski.com/

Thanks so much for reading and happy creating!

Elaine x

 

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