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.

closing down sale 2015

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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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

Making a sequin necklace

A while ago I saw this tutorial on Pinterest for making a sequin bangle. I really liked the look of all those sequins stacked up together and thought I’d try making a necklace using the same technique! Here is what I made:

sequin necklace DIY

I’m not going to post a detailed how-to here since I used very basic jewellery making techniques to make my necklaces, but do let me know if you want one!

The original blog post used cup sequins strung onto wire and shaped into a bangle shape. I didn’t realise she used cup sequins until after I had bought a load of flat sequins! (very cheap from a shop in Sham Shui Po) Oops. I think that the cup sequins stack together better than the flat sequins, but I still like the look that I managed to achieve.

mint green and white sequin necklace

Another difference to the original tutorial is that I strung the sequins on flexible multi-strand beading wire, rather than standard wire, to allow the necklace to drape well. I started out by stringing the sequins one at a time (VERY slow!) but quickly got bored. I realised that a much quicker way was to stack a bunch of sequins between my forefinger and thumb and then roll them gently to line them all up so you can then just thread your wire through the middle.

I was originally thinking of putting a bead on each end of my sequin string, but then I thought that a spiral copper cone would be quite fun! I’ve not made one before but I’ve seen various tutorials that use a pencil tip to create the cone shape. I wasn’t sure whether to start my cone at the tip or the bottom but I found it easier to make the cone shape from the tip down, by using pliers to hold the end of the wire cone against the tip of the mechanical pencil I was using. I had a few goes, and used the best two on my necklace. I have to admit that it’s very difficult to make a nice even, tightly curled cone! It’s certainly made me realise how much work I’m going to have to put in if I want to be really good at wire work…

sequin necklace with copper wire cones

One thing to note is that the base of the cone is slightly angled because there is a wire sticking out, and this makes your cone angled against the sequins. Maybe you could trim the end of the wire on your cone at an angle to reduce this.

Also, your cone won’t naturally stay central because it has a big open end. To get around this you could either make the end of the cone slightly bigger than your sequins, so the cone fits over the end of your sequin string, or thread a small bead onto your beading wire before you thread the cone on so that the bead fits inside your cone (and is hidden). I did mine the second way, using a large seed bead.

I was really pleased with how the cones look on the necklace!

silver and copper stacked sequin necklace

Anyway, I was having so much fun that I made another sequin necklace! This time I strung my sequins onto a short, straight piece of 0.6mm (22ga) wire.

mini stack sequin necklace

Again, I wanted to do something with each end of the sequin stack. This time I made a little flat copper wire spiral, which was actually really easy to do. Just make a small loop with some round nose pliers, and then continue winding your wire around the loop, holding the spiral flat with pliers as you go.

sequin necklace with copper wire spiral

I finished off each end of the wire with a wire-wrapped loop, threading the loop through the end of a piece of chain before wrapping the wire round. Again, because the wire wrapped loop finishes with a piece of wire sticking out, it makes the end of the sequins slightly angled. You could trim the end of the wire at an angle to minimise this, although it would be quite fiddly.

I think I prefer the other necklace, but the little cylinder-type pendant is quite nice!

green and white sequin stack pendant

What do you think? Do you have a favourite? Do you like the look of the stacked sequins? Do let me know if you have a go at this yourself!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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The Little Koo sale ends on Friday!

Happy New Year! Did you have a good Christmas? Ours was good, fairly quiet and short (in Hong Kong you only get Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day off work) but a fun time nonetheless. Here’s a Christmassy picture of the twins in Santa hats for you.

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Anyway, this is just a quick one to remind you that the Little Koo post-Christmas sale is now on, but it finishes on Friday so you have just a couple of days to enjoy at least 30% off everything!

Little Koo - Cushion style earrings

I also forgot to mention before that you can use any other Etsy discount codes you have in combination with this sale, for example there is a code in the newsletter I send out every month (click here to sign up for that!), and I also give a thank you code to everyone who buys something. Bargains galore!

Thanks everyone for reading my little blog in 2014, I hope you enjoy what 2015 has to bring!

Rachel

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The Little Koo post-Christmas sale is now on!

The Little Koo post-Christmas sale runs from 26th December to 9th January – that’s 2 weeks long! All non-sale items are 30% off! (Sale items are already 50% off!) It’s my biggest sale of the year so you’ll have to wait another year if you want to buy my jewellery at such low prices :)

Pop by the Little Koo Etsy shop to check out the sale!

Turquoise chrysocolla and pearl 1920s style bracelet

Also, all my unique beaded Christmas decorations are now 50% off! (You can now find them in the 50% off section of the store) I’ll also be adding a few new designs that I made for the last craft fair shortly.

Little Koo beaded cluster gold and pearl Christmas tree decoration

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Little Koo Etsy shop to see the sale!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

 

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Little Koo jewellery giveaway!

I’ve decided it’s time for a giveaway! Up for grabs is this charm bracelet with your choice of coloured bead:

Little Koo sterling silver heart charm bracelet

It’s very simple, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me which are your favourite Little Koo jewellery designs (you can pick up to 3 separate items). Please visit my Etsy shop to see the jewellery you can pick from.

You have one week to leave your comment to be entered into the draw. The giveaway closes at midnight on Friday 9th May. Only one entry per person (extra comments will be disregarded). This giveaway is international.

Take a look at the Little Koo Etsy shop to choose your favourites!

Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Featured blog: The Beading Gem’s Journal

After a bit of a break I’ve decided it’s time to re-start my regular posts featuring other Etsy shops and blogs that I love. I’ll be doing this once a fortnight. Today it’s the turn of Pearl from The Beading Gem’s Journal!

I first came across The Beading Gem’s Journal when I was researching various jewellery making techniques and other aspects of jewellery making. It just kept popping up in my searches with great articles so I added it to my Feedly and now I get a daily dose of jewellery goodness, from new techniques and online tutorials to features on other great jewellery makers. If jewellery making (or indeed jewellery in general) is your thing then I’d recommend you take a look!

Here is Pearl to tell you more about it…

Describe your blog in one or two sentences

I write an inspirational jewelry blog where readers learn all about jewelry and the art of the craft in an entertaining manner. Hence “Jewelry Expressions in Bloom” (Editor’s note: this is the tagline of The Beading Gem’s Journal)

green onyx earrings small

What made you decide to start a blog?

I started the blog simply because I did not have a website.  I needed something online to publicize my workshops back in Nova Scotia where I used to live. Initially I featured many of my students’ final creations.  The blog grew from there.

Blue Cord and Ribbon Necklace 1

Where do you get your inspiration?

Pretty well everything!  Nature, museum trips, historical jewelry,- even wallpaper patterns!  I have an open and imaginative mind and am prepared to try anything.

s Wire wrapped All My Love Inside Necklace modeled

What has been the highlight of working on your blog so far?

The most pleasurable part of writing the blog is the wonderful community that resulted. I have “met” so many inspirational designers and really warm and friendly people who share this craft.  When I started the blog, I wasn’t really keen on writing but after more than 7 years, I have grown to enjoy writing as another creative outlet.

Tagua Twist

What do you like to do when not working on your blog?

Making jewelry naturally!  But I also enjoy other crafts like crochet, sewing.  When the weather is better, I also like gardening. I enjoy photography and gawking at great designs – architecture, furniture etc.  I am also a bit of a bookworm.

crystal wire wrapped pendant s

What is coming up in future posts?

I never know what I might discover and share in future posts.  My blog is very fluid –  I try and share trends and great ideas as they happen.

What are your top three favourite blogs?

I have many favorite blogs covering a wide variety of topics reflecting my interests – so it is hard to choose.   PetaPixel is a photography blog I love.  I also enjoy the quirky Book of Joe. I used to write a lot for Trendhunter and I still enjoy reading their giant blog.

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Thanks Pearl! Please check out The Beading Gem’s Journal to dive into the beautiful world of jewellery crafting!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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