Viola Joke Cufflinks – ‘Viola’ and ‘Bow’

I am quite proud of these because they are a physical viola joke.

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As I’m a violist, I’ve been hearing viola jokes since I was seven years old.  The idea is that viola players are not as intelligent as other musicians, but this is, of course. nonsense*.

These cufflinks are based on the following joke:

‘ A violinist noticed at the end of each rehearsal break, one of the violists would look at the inside flap of his jacket before he sat down to resume rehearsal. This continued for several decades, and the violinist became quite curious about it. One day, during hot weather, the violist took off his jacket and went off on break. The violinist waited until everyone was off the platform, looked around, and sneaked over to the jacket. He pulled back the flap and saw a little note pinned on the inside. It read: “viola left hand, bow right.” ‘

They’re available in my Viola Emporium, or my ‘Bling for Strings’ Etsy Shop.

*We know it is nonsense, because there’s another joke which goes, ‘Why are all the viola jokes so simple?’ ‘So violinists can understand them’.

New Delicate Woven Cord Button Necklaces

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These two button necklaces are my latest woven cord creations. Made with tiny 10mm buttons (rather than my tapered, chunky button necklace style) they are great for petite necklines or for anyone who wants a more subtle and delicate necklace.

These two colour schemes are blue, grey, white and lilac, and peach, coral and cream.

I’ll be adding more in this style over the next few weeks.

Button Brooches – New Designs

I’ve made a new batch of button brooches to fill up the previously rather sparsely populated brooch section of buttonjewellery.co.uk.

There’s a mixture of neutral and muted-coloured brooches, and also some brighter ones, and the sizes range from 40 – 55mm across. They’re made with stacks of three buttons in graduated sizes, stitched together and mounted on a metal brooch plate.
Wooden button broochpink and blue button broochpink and lilac button brooch

There are lots more designs on my brooches page.

Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Earrings

While continuing my process of delving through boxes of leftover materials and forgotten bits and pieces, I found a bag of jigsaw puzzle pieces. There were still a few left that were similar enough to each to make pairs, so they’re become earrings. Each pair is unique, and these ones come from a vintage puzzle which had a bird design on it.

It was donated to me because too many of the pieces were missing for it to be completed without being incredibly irritating – but it could still be turned into other things…

All of these jigsaw puzzle earrings are for sale at the Unexpected Boutique. Each pair is one-of-a-kind.

Beaded Safety Pin Earrings – Three New Colours

Last year I made a batch of safety pin drop earrings using gold safety pins with green and bronze rocaille beads. These earrings were popular with customers, so I’ve made some more, in several new colour schemes: red, peacock blue, and multicoloured.

They are available from the Unexpected Boutique website and Etsy shop.

More Felt Jewellery – Necklaces and Bangle Bracelets

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Today I’ve been listing the rest of my stock of felt jewellery on the Unexpected Boutique website, and also in my Etsy shop.

There are some more felt bead necklaces in bright colours, and also four of my sister‘s felted bangles.

That’s my whole stock of leftover felt beads made into jewellery now – I made a total of fourteen new necklaces using up all the odds and ends.

Latest Jewellery: Felt Necklaces and an Autumnal Button Necklace

Felt and button necklaces

At the moment I’m doing some using-up-of-leftover-materials from previous projects (as with my upcycled bead bracelets) and next in the queue was my box of felt beads. Previously I’ve made big batches of identical necklaces, but with the odd ones left over, over the past couple of days, I’ve made the first few of some one-of-a-kind felt necklaces. There are some more lying in a big fuzzy pile on my workbench waiting to have their clasps put on, but these three are finished and available to buy at Unexpected Boutique’s felt necklaces page.

I’ve also made a new button necklace in autumn colours, to replace the previous new one which sold almost immediately:

This button necklace can be purchased here.

Felt necklaces

Upcycled Bohemian Bead Bracelets – Made With Memory Wire

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For ages now I’ve had a stash of beads that have been waiting to be made into jewellery. However, out of the whole box, there’s probably only about ten percent that were bought by me as beads. That ten percent are leftovers from other projects; the rest of them are there because, over the years, some beaded necklace or other has broken. Some of these were from jewellery that I owned myself, and others came from other people’s broken jewellery clearouts, and were given to me because people thought I was the sort of person who cold make use of them. The thing is, I mostly haven’t, because I’ve mostly been making things out of buttons rather than beads. I never really got into the whole “bead” thing. But a few weeks ago, I thought: they’ve been sitting there for years. (And I really mean years – I’ve had some of them for getting on fifteen years now.) They are not achieving anything at all by sitting there in a box. So I sat down and made a small fraction of my bead collection into bracelets.

I’m fussy about bracelets – or, specifically, bracelet fastenings. Obviously, as a person who uses their hands a lot, I need a bracelet to do two things: not get in the way too much, and not fall off. Otherwise I just don’t wear them. But I equally despise the kind of bracelet fastening that always requires another person to fasten it for the wearer. That’s just annoying. So this limits me to the alarmingly small number of secure clip fastenings that are easy to do up and take off with one hand, or elastic bracelets. Or so I thought. All this time I’ve been ignoring one really obvious solution to the bracelet problem: memory wire.

Memory wire is basically a hard steel spring, and comes in a big coil that looks like a slinky toy. To make into a bracelet, you cut off a section of one or two coils, and basically just bead it up however you like. When you put on a memory wire bracelet, it does two things – stretches and bends briefly so you can get your wrist in, before returning to its previous shape when on your wrist. As well as this, it gently moulds around whatever size wrist it finds itself around, so will fit snugly on a variety of wrist sizes larger than its resting size (or will be like a round bangle on smaller wrists).

So, memory wire is what my new collection of boho-looking beaded bracelets are made with. You can get them at the Unexpected Boutique, and also in my Etsy shop.