Four New Delicate Button Necklaces

Here are some new button necklaces in the lightweight, delicate style that I’ve been using just recently – one in silver-grey, one in various shades of green, one in vintage pearl, and one in a mix of warm, bright colours.

These necklaces are great for petite necklines and people who want something subtle and buttony. They also make good presents for children, who can wear them as a longer necklace when they are small (I’d suggest around age 8 and up) but also continue to wear them as they grow, as they still fit as a shorter necklace on an adult.

The buttons used to make these necklaces are usually between 8 – 11mm across, and the necklaces measure around 45cm (exact lengths are specified on individual listings).

You can browse my button necklace collection here.

Jigsaw Puzzle Necklaces and Earrings

These jigsaw puzzle necklaces are made with Japanese washi paper over jigsaw pieces, to form unusual necklaces:

jigsaw-necklace-washi-detail-oldJigsaw puzzle necklace: £28, Unexpected Boutique

There are also some matching earrings:

jigsaw-earrings-washiWashi Jigsaw Earrings, £10, Unexpected Boutique

Japanese washi paper is a beautifully decorated paper which is often used for origami, but here it has been repurposed to create ornate and eye-catching jewellery. The combination of washi paper and jigsaw pieces is a surprising juxtaposition, and on top of that, the edges are decorated with ink “stitching” to make them look a bit like sewed-on patches. So it is a jigsaw, some origami, or the start of a patchwork quilt?

Two Upcycled Charm Necklaces

…aaaand we’re back. I’ve finished moving house. Not finished unpacking, but all the things have been extracted from the old place and put into the new one.

Because I apparently have unusual priorities, rather than deal with the large pile of assorted items that has gathered in the corner of my new jewellery-making studio (sample: coathangers that I don’t want, an old Swan kettle, some sofa cushions which my mother inexplicably bestowed on me, massive roll of bubblewrap, a collection of Fairport Convention memorabilia, giftwrap, an inexplicable map of Birmingham) I have put some pictures of my latest necklaces onto the internet.

Talking of piles of miscellaneous objects, this is what these necklaces are made from. After I had declared my shops closed after the last Christmas rush, as a little reward for myself, I got out some boxes of old broken jewellery that I’d been hoarding for a few years, spread all the bits out on the floor, and picked out the best bits to turn into new upcycled charm necklaces.

Most of the time, as I’m making a living from jewellery-making, I have to make sure I can make multiples of each piece that I design – otherwise the time I spend photographing, processing and uploading each item becomes too much and can’t make things fast enough. I do make a few one-of-a-kind items, and I’d like to do more of this, but at the moment with the way my shops are set up I don’t get the opportunity very often.

So after frantically making lots of my stock designs over and over for people’s Christmas shopping, I wanted to make something completely different and unique, without worrying about whether I could reproduce anything similar ever again – it was a little no-strings-attached creative break for me.

Here are the two necklaces I made:

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Update: both of these necklaces are now sold, but you can check out other unique bohemian necklaces in stock here.

Felt Jewellery

I made some felt necklaces and bracelets. I now have them for sale as the beginnings of a felt jewellery collection at the Unexpected Boutique.

I first came across this style of jewellery when my sister’s housemate was making it, and thought I’d give it a go myself. I like the way the necklaces are a bit like miniature scarves – as they’re made of wool felt beads, they’re probably the, er, warmest jewellery I’ve ever made.

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(I’m not sure that’s a very impressive claim, though…)