Wednesday, 7 March 2012

My Very First Project

Well, here it is - the very first jewellery item I ever made - around 5yrs ago.

I used to decorate paper mache boxes, paint them up and decorate the lids. The lids always had some kind of ribbon on the edges and I needed stones and pretty things to hide the join. My husband (Craig) sent me to The Bead Hold (which at the time had another store near home - now only at Point Chevalier) as he had done some work there.

Wow! This was the first time I had ever been into a bead shop and I remember being totally blown away by it and just loved the feeling and atmosphere in store. I was mesmerised and spent quite a bit of time looking at absolutely everything. Quite overwhelming too as there were things in there to cater for all kinds of beading.

I spotted the signs for Jewellery Making Classes in store and my heart leaped for joy and I litterally signed up on the spot to do the basics class - using beads and threading them on to tigertail and learning how to finish off the necklace. The above photo is the result of that first class - I was hooked , line and sinker.
You know, I still have this very necklace and still wear it!

My beading journey has taken many twists and turns over these past 5yrs and the style of my beading has evolved since this first class. In my next post I will show you my first stitched piece of jewellery that just set my love of beading on fire.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow that looks very similar to the first piece I ever made! Unfortunately I don't have a photo. It is so interesting to go back to where you started and see how you ended up where you are today. I started with a fishing tackle box of beads, findings and tigertail - all purchased from Spotlight. My workspace was the dining table. Now I have draws full of various findings and stringing materials (no tigertail!), a kiln, gas torch and kilos of glass to make my own beads. My workspace is now half the garage and my designs are no longer just stringing, but more intricate bead and wire work.