Issue 75 sneak peek
8 December 2014
It’s time to sparkle for the New Year, with the January issue of Making Jewellery. Inside we’ve got projects to take you through the festive season, through all the parties, and back to work again. Projects include a stunning seed bead and crystal design, an intricate wirework cuff, a simple stringing piece, a striking polymer necklace and much more! With techniques including soldering, metal clay, mokume gane, lampwork and more, it’s time to learn a new skill or to enhance your existing abilities. Set yourself a challenge this year with our magazine showing you how to create stunning jewellery, and be inspired by our beautiful jewellery.
Above: Aztec Wings by Chloe Menage
Above: Moonlit Ice Bracelet by Sue Mason-Burns
Above: Frozen Lakes by Lizzi Holt
Above: Icy Frozen Waterall by Clair Wolfe
Above: Winter Wonderland by Tansy Wilson
Christmas sneak peek!
11 November 2014
The Christmas issue of Making Jewellery magazine hits the shops on 13th November!
Christmas is here! In the December issue of Making Jewellery we’ve got 50 festive pieces of jewellery for you to make in our clear, simple step-by-step projects. This month we asked our designers to show us how to create pieces that are interchangeable and so can be worn in lots of different ways. We’ve got wirework Druzies, florescent resin, metal clay Art Nouveau pieces, dazzling briolettes, sparkling lampwork, beading projects, and crystals galore! Plus, with great giveaway prizes to win, top tips on creating the perfect Christmas jewellery and interviews with contemporary jewellers – make this the most stylish Christmas yet!
Above: Amethyst Falls by Sue Mason-Burns
Above: Fine Fluorescence by Candy Chappill
Above: Midnight Sparkle Choker by Karen Taylor
Above: Opal Essence by Tracey Spurgin
Above: Sparkling Icy Starburst by Louise Jakobsen
Above: Celebrity Style by Tansy Wilson
Sneak peek inside issue 73
15 October 2014
Issue 73, November 2014, of Making Jewellery hits the shops on 16th October. Here's a sneaky look at what's inside!
With the start of any new season comes a host of new fashion trends, which is exactly what we’re indulging in this issue. With 49 projects inspired by the hottest catwalk trends for autumn and winter, whatever your personal style, we’ve got some jewellery for you. With projects from metal clay, wirework, polymer, chainmaille, lampwork, beading and more, we’ve got every trend covered. We interview Chainmaille artist Sarah Austin and show you how to make a beaded wire hook clasp. Plus, with top giveaway prizes to win, top tips for your jewellery business and new products to try, you’ll not need anything else to see you through the colder months.
Above: Tribal Pursuit by Gail Florio
Above: Metal clay owl pin by Sandra Quell
Above: Wirework All Seeing Eye by Sue Mason-Burns
Above: Zips on Show by Tansy Wilson
Above: Autumn Sorbet lampwork project by Karen Taylor
Above: Silver, mosaic and resin pendant by Clare John
Above: Tashkent Traveller by Julie Ashford
Sneak peek inside Making Jewellery issue 72
19 September 2014
Delve into a fantasy world this autumn as we bring you 43 projects inspired by myths and legends. Whether you want to recreate these autumnal projects, or prefer to learn the great techniques and adapt them, there is something to suit every jewellery taste inside. We’ve got a stunning wirework and bead cuff, a metal clay necklace, plus simple beadwork. Learn how to incorporate real acorns into your pieces, how to embellish with Glossy Accents and how to stitch your own beaded bezels. Plus, with lots of giveaway prizes to win, great fashion tips, interviews with jewellers and more – get carried away with your imagination this month!
Above: Mermaid wishes by Su Pennick
Above: The Swirling Mists of Avalon by James Ferris
Above: Nature's Own by Tansy Wilson
Above: The Midgard Serpant by Sue Mason-Burns
Above: How to bead round a bezel by Clair Wolfe
Above: Tanat necklace by Joan Gordon
Above: The Myth of the Minotaur by Tansy Wilson
Sneak peek inside issue 71
19 August 2014
With the inevitable approach of autumn, we’ve got a magazine packed full of projects to see you through the changing of seasons, into arguably the most fashionable time of year. From a polymer and wire showstopper to pyrography leaves, we’ve got every technique you can think of. We show you how to create a focal pendant from paper silver clay, how to link up a Alice in Wonderland-inspired necklace, how to weave strips of polymer clay and even how to create colourful pieces with torch-fireable enamel. Plus, with giveaway prizes to win, interviews with fascinating jewellers and advice on running your jewellery business, don’t miss your monthly fix of jewellery making inspiration!
City Links by Nina Fletcher shows you how to create patterns in polymer clay and to combine with geometric wire.
Colourful Enamel by Tracy Smith - learn how to torch fire enamel powder onto copper for a vibrant effect.
Jayne Rimington shows us how to decorate wooden leaves using pyrography and combines into this multi media necklace.
Sue Mason-Burns combines her wire wearing technique with sparkling beads for a dazzling autumn necklace.
This simple necklace, Falling Leaves by Kristin Smith, is a really effective and wearable way to experiment with wirework.
7 August 2014
With the start of this year's Great British Bake Off, we in the Making Jewellery office are getting rather excited! We're not about to let go of our jewellery making entirely, however, to persue more culinary persuits, but there is definitely a space for jewellery AND cake in our lives!
With this in mind, we started thinking about foodie jewellery, and thought we'd share with you some of our favourites!
This swiss roll would have got full marks on the first challenge! The necklace is from www.fatallyfeminine.etsy.com
And as for the cherry cake challenge? We loev this cherry cake hair slide from www.fiftieswedding.com
The final challenge of the evening is always a showstopper, and this time the bakers were given the task of creating 36 identical, beautiful miniature cakes! We love drooling over so many cakes all in one place, and so this charm bracelet from www.beyondhalf.com certainly hits the spot!
What about you? Do you like to create food-themed jewellery? We'd love to see! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us pictures of your work!
Sneak peek inside issue 70
23 July 2014
Step back in time with the August issue of Making Jewellery. This month we bring you 53 projects inspired by the globe’s rich history, from ancient to modern. From a Maltese metal clay pendant to polymer Art Deco, wirework Venetian mask from James Ferris to ‘50s nostalgia encased in resin, we’ve got projects that fit every era and every style. Plus, learn how to add metal patinas to all kinds of surfaces using Swellegant paints, discover our top five stringing materials and read our review of a gorgeous beading kit. That’s not all – we’ve got tons of giveaway prizes to win, we interview top contemporary jewellers and we offer useful tips for your jewellery business. Escape from the heat or pick up your holiday reading with this inspiring issue.
Egyptian Dreams by Lizzi Holt
Anglo Saxon Cross by Sue Mason-Burns
Nottingham Lace by Sue Corrie
Fabulous Fifties by Su Pennick
The Renaissance Mask by James Ferris
Take a look at what's inside issue 69 of Making Jewellery magazine
25 June 2014
Summer is here and this month we’re thinking about our holidays; welcome to the global travel issue! Our designers have created step-by-step jewellery projects for you to make inspired by places all over the world. We’ve got a Thai kumihimo project, Moroccan polymer pieces, Italian metal clay earrings and much more. We show you how to make an ear cuff inspired by the Hunger Games, how to Viking knit with wire, how to make Singleton buttons, plus we review the latest kids’ craze – loom band bracelets! Plus, with giveaway prizes to win, top trends, business advice and interviews with top designers, whether you’re home or abroad this summer, we’ve got stunning jewellery for you!
Eastern Promise by Lizzi Holt
Arabian Nights by Sian Hamilton
Aurora Borealis by Sue Mason-Burns
Thai Opulence by Claire Humpherson
Aloha Garland by Linzi Alford
Florence Earrings by Joan Gordon
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Sneak peek inside issue 68
28 May 2014
Join us at the seaside for the July issue of Making Jewellery magazine, as we bring you 48 projects inspired by sun, sea and sand. With a wirework coast to weave, polymer beach huts to sculpt and a shrink plastic Steampunk octopus piece, we’ve got a project for everyone. From linking to metal clay, lampwork to pyrography, there’s plenty inside to keep you making all summer. Learn how to use the mokume gane technique with polymer clay, how to cast metal using a cuttlefish and how to make knot motifs with metal clay. Plus, with a feature about the glamour of Italian fashion, interviews with amazing jewellers, giveaway prizes to win, new products to discover and more, whether you’re home or away it’s time to get making!
It was really hard to choose just a few pieces of jewellery from this issue to show you (it always is!) but here are a few of my favourite pieces (there are more!) to give you a flavour of the issue!
Beside the Seaside - polymer beach huts by Lynn Allingham
Polymer clay pendant using the Mokume Gane technique by Melanie Muir
Beautiful Waves - a stunning wire and bead design by Sue Mason-Burns
The Mermaid by Jayne Rimington. Use pyrography or other techniques to create the mermaid motif.
20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Su Pennick. Use chip board, dye stamps, shrink plastic and more for this Steampunk piece!
Treasures of the Deep by Gaye Woulahan. Use all your favourite beads and charms for this shimmering design.
8 May 2014
This morning an email dropped into my inbox about Article22, a jewellery label producing jewellery made from unexploded bombs that were dropped during the Vietnam War. I scrolled down and was surprised to see some stylish designs, which looked not at all dangerous! Not only do the pieces display upcycling at its best, they also convey a message of peace – a win-win situation!
Above: Love is the Bomb necklace by Article22, available at www.boticca.com
This got me thinking about other jewellery that has been made from unusual items. I recently discovered Hairy Growler’s jewellery, which is beautiful in its miniature detail. I then realised that all of his pieces are made out of old coins. You would hardly believe it, to look at the pieces.
Above: Upcylced old coins by Hairy Growler, available at www.hairygrowler.co.uk
How about these delicate, lace-effect earrings? They’ve got an Art Deco-cum tribal feel to them, I think, and are undoubtedly stylish, given the trend for all things monochrome right now. The twist? They’re made of recycled bicycle tubes!
Above: Upcycled bike tube earrings, available at www.etsy.com/shop/pearlreef
Or how about this gorgeous bracelet that Tansy Wilson made for us back in January? She’s turned a vintage silver fork into a stunning bangle, complete with ombre-effect crystals. She shows us how to make the project in issue 62, January 2014, and you can buy a back issue here.
Above: New year bangle by Tansy Wilson, featured in Making Jewellery issue 62