Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone in the US had a great Memorial Day Holiday (and everyone else just had a great weekend!). I've been hard at work picking up a new skill - jewelry making! Here's what I've made so far:
For my first bracelet, I knotted some strands of copper wire together in the same way you would to make a friendship bracelet.
Once I felt like I had enough, I wrapped the back in more wire and some green glass beads, for a pretty two-toned effect.
I was pretty hooked after that one, so my next experiment was with knitting copper wire, which I've been meaning to try for a couple of years now. I cast on about 16 stitches and knit the wire exactly as I would have done with yarn, then rolled it into a tube and grafted the ends together.
I love how this one turned out, but I think next time I'll use thinner wire; these are all made with 24 gauge, and it was pretty difficult to knit with.
Next up, I made a pendant necklace with a polished piece of white quartz.
I've collected stones since I was little, and I love the idea of incorporating them into jewelry. The ones in this batch are actually from our last trip to Ashland to visit one of my mamas-in-law; we were killing time before dinner one night and ended up in a little shop that let you choose your own bag of polished rocks - an offer I couldn't pass up!
On a side note, all of these pictures were taken in our front yard, and I'm so in love with the backdrop of these flowers for the jewelry. Everything is so gorgeous right now!
My next piece was a big, chunky ring using another stone - rose quartz this time.
This one is probably my very favorite (in fact, I'm pretty sure I'm keeping this one!). It's definitely a statement piece, but I love the way it looks. I tried it out yesterday on a date with my husband and I think I'll be wearing it with as many outfits as I can manage this summer!
And last, I decided to make something a little more delicate, and braided some beads with the copper wire to make a very fine ring.
This one is, honestly, probably more my style, and more of a ring I would wear every day or to an occasion where a huge rock isn't appropriate!
These pieces are have just been listed in the Etsy store, so if you like them as much as I do, head on over to get yourself some cool copper jewelry!
And in other exciting news, I have an announcement; I now have a Patreon! If you love Measured and Slow, want to support me as I continue to grow, and love cool rewards (like personalized cards, discounts, exclusive videos, and more!), please head on over to my page and take a look.