Everyone loves an initial necklace, right? Grab your pliers and the template and make your own wire monogram necklace!
I have used a lovely free opensource font called Made Likes Script as the basis for my alphabet, adding loops at the beginning and end. I haven’t added any arrows to the letters to show how to form them because it made them look far more complicated than they actually are! Move the wire just as you would if writing with pen and paper.
All the letters start in the same way; with a round loop. Depending on the letter, this will be the loop at the top or top left of the letter. We will then end the wire at the bottom or bottom right, ending in another loop.
If you are new to working with wire, I would recommend having a few practice runs first – wire doesn’t always do what you want it to! Also bear in mind that some wires can be quite soft and easy to bend and others quite tough to manipulate. Look for wire that is meant for craft and jewellery or that is referred to as ‘soft’. Read more
My new range of Geometric Silver Jewellery is now in my Etsy shop! I still have more designs to come, but I am over the moon at how the collection is shaping (pun intended!) up so far.
There is something incredibly visually pleasing about geometric shapes; the way triangles combine to make other geometric shapes, the way hexagons tessellate. Its hilarious considering maths is possibly my weakest subject. I always joke that my brain makes a noise similar to an old fashioned dial-up modem when faced with a mathematical problem! Read more
These Beaded Triangle Earrings create a bold geometric statement and are surprisingly easy to make. They use Swarovski pearls and Czech seed beads woven together using a clear monofilament thread. Sometimes I know exactly what I want to make when I sit down to make a DIY, but other times, ideas come from just playing around with materials. You lovely lot are clearly fans of a beaded geometric earring, because my Bugle Bead Earrings have been really, really popular, so I wanted to make something similar for you, but this time triangular! Read more
Make this luxe gold foil DIY cushion to brighten up your sofa! Its a lot easier to get this high-end look than you might think!
If you are really clever, you could make your own cushion cover. I’m not that handy with a sewing machine, so I popped down to H&M homeware department. I wanted my cushion to have plenty of texture, so I chose a woven, 100% cotton one. I’m going for a painterly brushstroke look with my design, but you could easily have more of a pattern, say spots or chevrons, just by changing how and where you apply the fabric glue. Read more
It has been three years since I last wrote a blog post about the art and design degree shows at my old University of Nottingham Trent, so I thought that was an oversight in need of rectifying. Despite the fact that my degree was in Fine Art, I have always enjoyed a broad range of shows from graphics to textiles and of course craft, or as the course is at NTU, Decorative Arts. In fact, over the years I have come to enjoy and get more inspiration from the more design related disciplines than art.
First off I headed to Newton Building and to the Furniture and Product Design show. Looking at the furniture, one thing was obvious: it was all pale wood with birch and ply as far as the eye could see and I loved it. Colour was used sparingly for the most part. Mid century modern shapes, but with lighter form, thinner wood and minimal fuss. Something that I noticed in many of the shows was the use of plants; both design for and use as props. In Product Design there were many items particularly for the urban gardener, featuring growing solutions and my personal favourite, the fresh mojito maker!
Upgrade your bathroom with this luxe gold leaf beaded light pull!
My bathroom light pull was looking a bit grubby and had a functional, but rather boring, silver end. Having recently repainted my bathroom, I wanted something a bit more fun and I had been itching to do something with these chunky wooden beads for ages! There isn’t a reason for the gold leaf, other than it looking pretty. Read more
It is that time of year when we all start getting reflective, and while I don’t want to get all mushy or deep, I am so proud of myself for achieving so much this year. I feel like I have really begun to develop my own style of tutorial, find my writing voice and for being a more consistent blogger. I finally made the leap from ‘Emma Ruth Jones Jewellery’ to ‘Make and Fable’ and switched from Blogger to self hosted WordPress.
There is still plenty to work on in 2016, but for now I thought a look back my craft projects from this last year in a DIY Tutorial Roundup would sum everything up nicely. Thanks to all those who read and especially to those who followed my tutorials or left comments. Heres to a great 2016!
Who says Halloween can’t be pretty? Forget the scary costumes, fake blood and bright colours, this a roundup of some of the best ideas, DIYs and inspiration for creating a more sophisticated Halloween. Follow my board ‘Pretty Halloween’ on Pinterest for even more ideas! Scroll down for links. Read more