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
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
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
Its been nearly a month since I moved my blog content from a Blogger account to a self hosted WordPress to match my new branding of Make and Fable. If you got lost at the ‘self-hosted’part of that sentence, or you understood but think it sounds like a lot of scary hard work, read on!
Some exciting news to tell you; I am having a bit of a re-brand, Emma Ruth Jones is becoming Make&Fable!
I first started my blog to document my jewellery making and provide a bit of context to what I do. Since then, I have started teaching workshops and discovered my love for DIY blogging! Having everything under my own name didn’t seem to quite fit anymore. I have always struggled naming my jewellery, so I’ll admit that naming a business was a bit of a challenge! But thinking about what I wanted my little corner of the internet to be, I came up with Make&Fable.
Although my business has evolved into different parts, I felt they all came under the umbrella of creativity and storytelling. I love handmade; whether I’m making it or helping others to make and I believe that the stories and history attached to objects can be almost as important as the object itself. Craft and art are important parts of every culture on Earth. Human beings are meant to create, to be around creativity and that without it, we are doing ourselves a disservice. I want to help people lead a more creative lifestyle, especially if they think they aren’t creative!
All the old content from my EmmaRuthJones blog has been transferred over here to the sparkly new www.makeandfable.com and will continue to grow each week. Each Wednesday there will be a new post, with at least 2 new tutorials a month, a new ‘Creative Places’ feature and the ‘Craft Basics’ series. All my existing social media handles and Etsy shop are also changing to Make&Fable. Don’t worry, my Instagram feed will still feature plenty of cat antics!
Thank you for all the support so far, it honestly means a huge amount to me. If you have feature and tutorial suggestions, want to work with me, commission a pieces, customise a workshop or just want to say hi, I would love to hear from you!