All posts tagged: jewellery


Interview: Monica J | Crocheted Lace Stones

Once the preserve of doilies, baby booties and blankets, the craft of crochet is having a revival. Maker-creator Monica Johnson is giving crocheted lace its time in the sun. Or more specifically, it’s time in the stone age. For Monica encases stones in intricate crocheted covers, fusing nature with finely crafted lace, and turns them into works of art and jewellery. It seems there is nothing she can’t crochet. Please introduce yourself – tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Monica Johnson and I am an artist with a deep love for creating one-of-a-kind works of art. I mostly create crocheted lace stones, crocheted lace stone necklaces, dream catcher necklaces and jewellery with a bohemian vibe. I also love to create handmade beads, draw, paint and sew. I have had an Etsy shop since 2007 – I am excited and thankful to have my work featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine, Autumn 2015, Jewelry Affaire magazine, Autumn 2015, Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, Summer 2015, Oncewed (online), and Better Homes and Gardens. I’ve also had a …

Greg Mann Jewellery - Fork Rings

Interview: Greg Mann | Jewellery from Cutlery

While others might look at a spoon and think cereal, Greg Mann looks at one and thinks jewellery. For more than 20 years Greg has been fashioning jewellery from all sorts of culinary wares no one else wants. Cleaned and scrubbed free from things like leftover cereal, each piece is re-imagined, tweaked, bent and polished into rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks. He even does bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Come and meet Greg and his unique re-invented jewellery … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My vocation in the arts began with a bridging course at TAFE and touching on various studio practices. I then studied ceramics, but still used a variety of material and did small scale workings. I returned to jewellery full time through a Fine Arts degree course at RMIT in Melbourne and entered a world of rigorous discourse into wearables and materials. After travelling and living in other countries, doing various jobs, I considered trying to make …

Earrings made from vintage postage stamps

Interview: Helen | Upcycled Vintage Postage Stamps

Stamp collecting become a popular hobby in the mid 19th century after the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, was created in Great Britain in 1840. It was a rites of passage past-time most children went through, some even continuing into adulthood. But nowadays, one might well ask, does anyone collect stamps anymore? While true philatelists may be a dying breed, it is creative people like UK-born, Bondi-based Helen who are reviving the art of philately in a most unique and inventive way. Describing herself as ‘a designer, philatelist and lover of all things colourful, historical and illustrative’, Helen of ‘Postcards from Aloysius’ creates jewellery and accessories from new and used postage stamps from around the world. Come and find out how a non-stamp collector can now boast a collection of more than 50,000 stamps. Tell us about yourself and your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My background is originally in textiles. I studied printed textiles and surface pattern design at Leeds Art & Design College in England. It was there my love for colour, …

DIY marble clay bowls

DIY Handmade Marble Bowls

A few weeks ago I posted a link to how to make your own marble clay bowls (see here) and my daughters and I decided to give them a go. And how much fun were they? I won’t go into the ‘how to’ here as you can get the lowdown from A Beautiful Mess but you can see the results below. The tricky part was getting the marbling just right, without having one colour dominating. This meant lots of tight twisting at the three-colour clay ribbon stage. Plus, you need make sure you have an oven-proof bowl of a suitable size/s. The mini bowl to the left was actually made in a muffin tray! And leftovers can be used to makes beads, bangles or a necklace pendant.   Happy crafting!