Grab yourself a bargain!

Hi there, thanks so much for reading this blog. Apologies for the lack of posts lately, things have been a little busy recently (I’ll tell you all about it in the next blog post!). However, I have some sad news for you…

I’m closing my Little Koo Etsy shop for the foreseeable future. Well, this might not be sad news for you, but it is a little bit sad for me! I really enjoy jewellery making and I just want to thank you so much to everyone who has bought, commented on, or even just looked at my jewellery. It really means a lot to me. Unfortunately, raising two-year old twins doesn’t leave a lot of time for jewellery making and it’s just not worth my while keeping the shop open for now. I do plan to come back to it in a year or two though, so keep your eyes peeled!

In the meantime, I’m having a massive closing down sale! 40% off everything! So if there was anything that you had your eye on and were thinking about buying, you now have the chance to get it at a great discount. But you need to be quick because this sale lasts until midnight on 17th November.

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Just to whet your appetite (or if you’re wondering what on earth my jewellery looks like), here are a few of my bestsellers and personal favourites:

Turquoise and iridescent blue bracelet

Turquoise and iridescent blue bracelet

Mint green amazonite crystal and pearl cluster necklace - Little Koo

Mint green amazonite, crystal and pearl necklace

Simple handmade mother of pearl and pearl earrings

Handmade mother of pearl and pearl earrings

Turquoise chrysocolla and pearl 1920s style bracelet

Turquoise chrysocolla and pearl 1920s style bracelet

Handmade blue and white flower earrings

Handmade blue and white flower earrings

Little Koo sterling silver charm bracelets

Sterling silver delicate charm bracelets – heart, star, shell

If you’d like to pick up some beautiful sterling silver jewellery at a one-off low price, then head on over to the Little Koo Etsy shop now!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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DIY button stud earrings

Since having the twins, my dangly earrings have been relegated to the jewellery box (the twins do like to pull on them!) and I have mostly been wearing studs. I’ve got a few pairs of stud earrings, but it’s always nice to have more to choose from, so I thought I’d expand my collection by making some button stud earrings.

DIY button earrings

I’m not sure where I got the idea of glueing buttons to earring posts to make earrings from, but it’s not exactly ground-breaking! You literally just glue the two pieces together. This is one of the quickest crafts I think I have ever done.

I had fun picking buttons from one of the button shops in Sham Shui Po (the main craft district in Hong Kong) – I chose buttons that were quite small since I wasn’t looking to make statement earrings, just pretty studs. I purchased my silver plated ear posts from International Craft, where I buy a lot of my jewellery supplies. I forgot to buy butterfly backs when I bought the ear posts (doh!) so I’m using some clear plastic stoppers that I already had.

button stud earring tutorial

To make the earrings, I started by cutting off the shanks on the shank buttons (some of the ones I picked had them, some didn’t) using old jewellery cutters. Then, I sanded down the remains of the shanks to get the back of the button as flat as possible.

To glue the buttons to the ear posts I used E6000 glue, as I’ve heard it’s pretty good. I’m not very good at glueing things together, so I wanted to give these earrings the best chance I could of actually staying together. So I sanded the back of the button and the pad of the ear post a little to make the surface more rough, and wiped both parts with nail varnish remover (I’ve heard it removes grease). I then just glued the two together and left them for a day or so, and there you have it, button earrings!

The buttons below had shanks so you can’t actually tell that they are buttons, they just look like normal earrings. Those of you who regularly read my blog will not be surprised to see some mint green earrings here – I just love the colour so much!

glue buttons to ear posts

These dark blue buttons look a bit iridescent in some lights (you can see it a bit in the top photo), but unfortunately most of the time they just look almost black. Still, these earrings will go well with lots of different colour outfits!

remove shank from buttons to make earrings

I think the navy blue and white earrings are my favourite. It’s more interesting when you can tell they are actually buttons! I don’t think I’ll wear the bright pink earrings – they’re a bit too bright! But I thought the buttons were quite fun. I think I’ll give them to someone who will appreciate them more!

cute button earring studs

What do you think? Why not make some earrings of your own? They’re so quick and easy!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Custom delicate beaded wedding bracelets

My sister in law (whose wedding I mentioned in my last post) very kindly asked me to create two bracelets for her wedding – one for her and one for my other sister in law, who was a bridesmaid. The bridesmaid’s dress was a mid blue colour so I played around with a few designs on a blue theme and this was the one that she chose!

Blue crystal and pearl bracelet

(It was my favourite too, so I was really pleased)

These bracelets are really delicate, made from clusters of crystals, pearls and seed beads. I just love the look of tiny beads clustered together at the moment, as I mentioned here.

Blue crystal cluster bracelet

The bride’s bracelet had light blue crystals, and the bridesmaid’s bracelet had mid-blue crystals to match her dress. The beads are threaded onto two pieces of flexible beading wire, with some of the beads going through both wires to create a woven look.

Delicate mid blue crystal and pearl bracelet

The bracelets got lots of compliments on the big day, I was so pleased! I was so happy with how they came out, I think I might make one for myself…

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

New clustered beads necklaces

I’ve got a thing about clusters of small beads at the moment – I just think they look so pretty! If you remember, I made some Christmas decorations which were rings of clustered beads last year. I’ve been working on and off on some necklaces using this clustered bead technique for ages, and I’ve finally got them up in the Little Koo Etsy shop!

The central part of each necklace is made from small beads wrapped around a stiff wire semi-circle, hung on a sterling silver chain. These designs have a little sparkle from the clear Swarovski crystals interspersed with pearls, gemstones and tiny gold seed bead accents. So far, this necklace is available in two colours – mint green and pale pink. The mint green design features amazonite beads, while the pale pink design uses strawberry quartz.

The amazonite necklace can be found here

Mint green amazonite crystal and pearl cluster necklace - Little Koo

…while the strawberry quartz necklace can be found here.

Pale pink strawberry quartz crystal and pearl cluster necklace - Little Koo

I’m thinking of making some earrings to match, so watch this space!

What do you think? Is this a style that you like too? Would you like to see this design in a different colour?

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Custom handmade jewellery designs

One of the nicest things about making jewellery is when I get asked to make something specific for someone! I love doing custom designs. And I’ve been lucky enough to have been asked to create two of them recently.

The first was a very open brief – a friend wanted something fairly simple in style, but it had to be purple! I decided to make a bracelet from some beautiful purple swirled glass beads that I have. I bought some lilac Swarovski crystal bicones to match and pulled the design together with some silver spacer beads. The overall look is quite a slim bracelet design, which I chose because it is pretty but not too flashy.

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The second was a little more specific. I was asked to create a two layer necklace using some beautiful flat teardrop shaped lapis lazuli beads that had already been picked out. I played with a few designs and decided that the lapis lazuli matched well with some blue goldstone beads that I already had. I wanted the beads to be fairly spaced out so that the necklace didn’t look too heavy so I linked the beads together with wire wrapped loops. This took me quite a long time! I’m not sure whether I’d make another necklace like it again due to the time it took, but I was really pleased with the result.

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Luckily, both people loved their new jewellery!

It’s so much fun to design something for someone specific. If you’d like me to design you (or someone you know) a piece of jewellery, just get in touch. The best way is to email me at littlekoojewellery@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your requirements and work with you to produce a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Handmade beaded Christmas tree decorations

I’m really excited to announce that I have designed some beaded Christmas tree decorations, which are now available in the Little Koo Etsy shop!

I’m really pleased with the designs, I think they’re pretty and elegant and a beautiful addition to any Christmas tree!

Click on the picture to be taken to the listing.

Little Koo beaded snowflake Christmas tree ornament Little Koo wire button heart Christmas tree ornament Little Koo beaded cluster gold and pearl Christmas tree decoration Little Koo beaded cluster green and gold Christmas tree ornamentLittle Koo beaded cluster red and gold Christmas tree decorationMore designs will be added soon so please check back to the Little Koo Etsy shop to see them!

What do you think of my new designs? Would you be happy to have them on your Christmas tree? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

Also, don’t forget that all new subscribers to the Little Koo jewellery newsletter in November will receive a code for free international shipping until the end of December. Click here to sign up.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Christmas is coming for Little Koo!

Wow, it seems too early to be talking about Christmas! I’m not one of those super-organised people who buys all those presents in September, in fact, I choose to leave Christmas present shopping and all other Christmas-related activities until December has started.

Unfortunately, I’m hoping that you are not like me!

You see, the last guaranteed international posting date for delivery by Christmas is 2nd December. So, I really hope you’ll start thinking about buying your Christmas presents in November this year!

So, in order to tempt you into starting to plan early, I have two incentives.

Firstly, anyone who signs up to receive Little Koo News in November, or who is an existing subscriber, will receive a code for free international shipping up until 2nd December.

Little Koo News is a monthly update on what’s going on with Little Koo jewellery, including regular discounts, and a roundup of the month’s top blog posts. Click here to take a look at last month’s issue to get a flavour of what it’s like.

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So what are you waiting for? Click here to subscribe and receive free shipping!

Plus, I forgot to mention that all new subscribers go into a draw to win a pair of Little Koo earrings of their choice!

Secondly, I’ve been working hard on some new designs, including a range of Christmas tree decorations! These will be going into the Little Koo Etsy shop in the next few weeks and I’ll be showing off my new designs on this blog over the next few weeks too. I hope you like them! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the new designs:

Little Koo mint pearl and crystal cluster necklace

So has that tempted you to start your Christmas shopping early? Or maybe you’re already well under way, in which case I hope I’ve diverted your plans to include browsing some pretty jewellery! Either way, please take a look at the Little Koo Etsy shop. Remember, I am very flexible and would love to discuss any requirements you have, be it size, colour or a totally new design!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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