Morse Code

So a few months ago I made a morse code bracelet…then I forgot about it. I even went as far as to make decoder cards to include with the bracelet, so how I forgot, I don’t know. It was only yesterday when I was talking to a customer about how her daughter loves stacking bracelets that I remembered it and mentioned it. She loved the idea as she’s really into puzzles and codes. So, this morning, I dug it out.

Now, last night while I was on Pinterest (for my before bed session) I realized how to make it even better. So, after I dug out the bracelet this morning, I made a tassel. Tah-dah!! From the ordinary to the sublime.

The bracelet is now available in my Etsy shop or on my website, and you can choose two or three strands and personalize it with a name, word, message…anything! Needless to say, I’m totally in love with it. I hope you like it too.

Jules

Absinthe Choker

So as I mentioned last week, I signed up for the Year of Jewelry Project. This week’s inspiration was a painting by Jackson Pollock. I’m not really into splatter paintings, and was drawing a blank. However the colors of the painting were green, black, white and gold/bronze so I started to dig through my bead stash.

I found some nice green super duos and remembered a bracelet I made a few years ago that was featured in the Beadworkers Guild journal, so I dug into my 4mm bicones. I had 24 beautiful Swarovski bicones in a fabulous color, crystal iridescent green, which I had to use. But…the pattern for the bracelet used 10 units of 4 bicones meaning I would need 40 bicones. Typical!! I never have enough (and hubby wonders why I need more beads all the time).

So, time to get creative. I selected some bronze/coppery seed beads and decided to put a diamond motif between the Swarovski/super duo units to help extend the length. It looked really pretty, but I decided to extend it into a choker, since they are all the rage at the moment.

I didn’t think repeating just diamonds in seed beads for the rest of the choker would be interesting enough, so I made bigger diamonds around super duos in order to carry the green motif through the rest of the chain. For sizing flexibility, I finished off with a bronze extension chain and a lobster claw clasp.

Oh, did I mention I’m a perfectionist? I sewed through the whole thing again to reinforce it and make sure all the links were tight, it took an extra 30 minutes at least – if not more.

I called it Absinthe as a nod to the Green Fairy as it’s quite romantic and edgy. And I ordered more of the crystal iridescent green bicones. I love it so much I want to make a matching bracelet and earrings, and maybe a ring.

By the way, hubby loves this! Whew…

Enjoy!

~Jules

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Absinthe Choker by Juliet Erskine for http://www.julesandrose.com

Year of Jewelry Project

So, I know it’s been ages since my last post, and a lot has changed! I moved from Scotland to California, and have been working on launching Jules & Rose in the USA…so I think that’s a good excuse, right? 😉

Anyway, I was recently told about a cool Facebook group called the Year of Jewelry Project, so I went and signed up. (Sign up now as they close to new applicants soon.) Every week, you’re given an inspiration in the form of an artwork, music, or something else. There are no rules about what type of piece you make, and you don’t have to follow the inspiration theme if you don’t want to.

As I’m now working to create two collections a year, I thought it would help me focus on designing. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been so bogged down in the business and admin side that I really needed a kick in the creative backside!

This week’s inspiration was Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, an awesome piece of jazz music.

I wanted to design a short collar, not too chunky, to fit in with the trend toward chokers and collars. I love the accent on beats 2, 3 and 5 in the song (it’s in 5/4 time) and the steady pulse that pushes through the song. I decided to use an A B B A B color pattern in a short fringe coming from a steady beat above. The fringe is only at the front of the necklace

I used gold lined AB seed beads and ruby magenta lined triangles accented with size 15 galvanized beads. The fringe pattern is Czech firepolish end glass in bronze/pink and a creamy pearl (sorry, I don’t know the exact colors). I’m very pleased with how it came out and intend to create a matching bracelet, ring and earrings for my Autumn/Winter collection. I might tweak the colors too…to be decided…

~Jules

Jazz Brunch by Juliet Erskine for http://www.julesandrose.com

Jazz Brunch by Juliet Erskine for http://www.julesandrose.com

Holiday hello!

You may have noticed that it has all gone a bit quiet here on our blog. We have finally, yesterday, finished all the fairs and events we have had booked in for the Christmas season. Phew! We have averaged over one a week every single week since the beginning of October, and we’d just like to say a big Thank You to all our friends and customers for the support you’ve shown over the last year. And now we’re going to collapse on our sofas to watch festive films and eat mince pies and hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows) for two whole weeks.

In January our beading videos will resume with some new projects for our fellow beaders to try. I am aware that the focus/quality of our current videos is less than ideal and will be trying a new set up with a better camera to see if it helps. The problem is that beads are shiny and small, and it’s tricky to get a camera able to cope with focus at such a close range on such shiny objects. However, I will keep experimenting until I solve the issue. The first new project will be our Art Deco fan earrings, which are popular with our customers.

So, on that note, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~ Jules (Juliet) and Rose (Sarah)

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Beaded Santa Hat Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share with you, as it is now October and you may be getting ready for a certain time of the year this little tutorial project. It is a video and the link can be found here: https://youtu.be/tyaVvR7U1Co

Santa Hat Card

This little hat can be made in about 15 to 20 minutes, and they are quite fun to make and use a basic netting technique. You can also play around with the colours. In this version (sorry the photo is so blurred), I did the first two rows in red, the next two in green, and then switched back to red.

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Anyway, they make really cute earrings as they aren’t very big. As always, if you do make them, please let me know if you like them, or show me how yours turned out.

Have a great weekend!

~ Jules

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Mini duos and more…

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Hi folks, I’ve had a busy day yesterday as our car was in for a service and so I was trapped in with my beads! (Yeeeesssss!!) Although I did walk 4 miles yesterday between walking back from the dealership, then walking to and from the school.

Anyway, first I made a couple of bracelets and then some matching earrings. The ‘coffee and cream’ bracelet uses super duos and the turquoise bracelet and earrings use the new mini duos which I just adore. It was my first time using them and I love how they look, but then I’m a sucker for smaller beads. 

  
Anyway, I also had just acquired some red luster superduos which I thought looked really nice next to the turquoise, so I just started playing around and came up with these, which I really like and might make in various colours. 

  
So, all in all a productive day and a beautiful sunset to reward us at the end!

~ Jules

  

Rising Phoenix Earrings

I’ve always shied away from the strange new shaped beads, triangles and such. I love superduos, and tilas are quite useful, and I can sort of see the allure of piggy beads…but suddenly there are all these new beads and really, how much room (and money) have we got for all these beads??

However, I can feel myself caving, and here is why: the Rising Phoenix Earrings designed by Penny Dixon and published in Beadwork magazine, April/May 2015. Oh boy, these are gorgeous.

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I never really liked those triangular beads, they look so pointy! But I can totally see me making these. I love the dangle bit at the bottom too.

If you don’t have a copy of Beadwork, you can still get the pattern online here.

I’ll let you know once I’ve ordered some triangle beads how they turn out!

~ Jules