A Beginner’s Guide to Jewellery Making – QVC Craft Day

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The QVC Jewellery Making day took place at the gorgeous Marco Polo House in Battersea. QVC’s well known craft presenter Carolyn Schulz took a group of about fifteen women for a tour of QVC’s offices and filming studios, followed by a fun workshop using elements from the new ranges about to be launched by QVC.


On display in the workshop were several necklaces from the current range by Bijoux and Elegance Beads. Carolyn showed us how to make a simple ‘Steampunk’ necklace by attaching trinkets of the era (ie clocks, keys and other time related objects) to a plain necklace using jump rings (small hoops). This is something any novice can learn. Jewellery making is as simple or as involved as you want it to be. While here, it’s worth pointing to two usueful books available to use during the Craft Day.


These are Beadalon’s ‘Beginner’s Guide to Bead Wrapping (Part No. JBKWIRE01) which contains step by step instructions on how to make beautiful necklaces and bracelets and the Vintaj Jewelry Technique book ISBN 8-133501475which provides an excellent introduction to the more common forms of jewellery making. Vintaj is also an eco friendly company selling natural brass products which haven’t been chemically treatment. Vintage was started in 2001 by three friends who taught jewellery-making in their local church.


With a few basic tools and a little imagination, you can create necklaces and bangles rivalling on the high street, what’s fore for a fraction of the cost. Believe me, the process is not as difficult as it may appear. Carolyn had the right idea because after an afternoon of conversation and craft, we took away a jewellery making kit containing a tube of glue, beads and jewellery making notions by Elegance and Bijoux, a bead mat (essential for keeping your pieces in one place), tools and all important bead wire. How else to keep us motivated?


About Carolyn Schulz

Carolyn is the author of Popular Crafts magazine and a member of the Association of Creative Crafts and Art. Later this month on 18th October she will be presenting the Creating Jewellery show on QVC at 2pm. Expect to hear about the latest and upcoming products from Beadalon.


Her most recent book called ‘Beads and Wire’, is published by Search Press 2002 and showcases a number of wire- based projects ranging from jewellery to hair accessories. The book is packed with colourful pics and tips. Get it for £7.95 from www.amazon.co.uk. ISBN-13: 978-0855329754. Carolyn lives in Hertford, UK.


QVC regularly host jewellery shows and news from around the world for the die-hard jewellery enthusiast. On 27th October at 2pm, watch the Vintaj jewellery show.


See also http://bijouxbeads.co.uk/


Jewellery making is incredibly popular. For a comprehensive range of jewellery making classes from beginner level upwards see www.london.floodlight.co.uk for a course near you.

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