A new collection at Little Koo and early bird Christmas discount!

I’ve spent the last couple of months working on a new jewellery collection for my online shop, Little Koo, and I’m really pleased with it! The aim of this collection was to create a line of much simpler and delicate designs for those women who prefer that style of jewellery. The new ‘simple’ collection designs can be found in the simple necklaces, simple bracelets and simple earrings sections of my shop.

The new collection is mostly based around some handmade Indian glass beads that I recently purchased. These beads come in a lovely range of iridescent and opaque colours which has made choosing colour combinations great fun. Also, due to their handmade nature, the beads are all slightly different shapes and sizes, giving the jewellery a nice ‘imperfect’ look. As with my other designs, sterling silver and silver filled wire is used throughout.

Unfortunately, I was not able to upload all the designs to Etsy before the twins came along but I will endeavour to get more of the designs up this month. Here are some to whet your appetite:

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New products

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Also, the Christmas season is upon us, and as an incentive for you to start thinking about it now, I am offering an early bird discount for the month of November! Get 15% off your order with the coupon code EARLYBIRD13 when you purchase through the Little Koo Etsy shop.

Little Koo early bird discount

Lastly, I want to guarantee that orders will reach you in time for Christmas so here are my last order dates:

  • UK – 29th November
  • USA – 6th December
  • Asia – 6th December
  • Australia – 9th December
  • All other countries – 26th November

These dates are based on the last posting dates before Christmas as provided by Hong Kong Post. If your country is not listed above and you have missed the 26th November deadline, please contact me as the last posting date to your country may be later.

Thanks for reading, and please do check out my new designs!

Rachel

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New designs in the Little Koo Etsy shop

This post does exactly what it says on the tin (aka title) :)

Here are some new designs that I have recently uploaded to the Little Koo Etsy shop!

Turquoise chrysocolla and pearl 1920s style bracelet

Turquoise chrysocolla and pearl 1920s style bracelet

Bright turquoise and coral silver necklace

Bright turquoise and coral silver necklace

Bright turquoise and coral silver earrings

Bright turquoise and coral silver earrings

Handmade coral coloured cluster earrings with crystals and pearls

Handmade coral coloured cluster earrings with crystals and pearls

Simple handmade mother of pearl and pearl earrings

Simple handmade mother of pearl and pearl earrings

Cluster earrings with green and purple beads

Cluster earrings with green and purple beads

Cluster earrings with purple, pink, pearl and crystal beads

Cluster earrings with purple, pink, pearl and crystal beads

I hope you like these new designs! To see all my designs, please visit the Little Koo Etsy shop.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

P.S. There’s still a chance to win a pair of Little Koo earrings of your choice when you sign up to receive the monthly Little Koo newsletter

Bead soup (part 1) – with DIY Accessories

Recently I was contacted by Zhen of the DIY Accessories blog who was interested in doing a bead soup. I’ve never done one before so I said yes and off we went!

The plan was to each put together 2 identical packets of beads – one you keep and one you send to the other person. After a set amount of time you each post what you have made and compare what each person has done with the same beads.

We’re starting with my packet of beads. I haven’t seen what Zhen has done with them yet but I can’t wait! This is what I sent (minus a few of the small pinky-orange beads as I realised I didn’t have enough to make 2 packets like this!):

Bead soup beads

As you can tell, I really like the combination of green and coral at the moment! I really made this into quite a challenge for myself as I’ve had the large snowflake obsidian (black and white), green and coral-coloured beads for a while but don’t know what to do with them! Most of my jewellery is a little more dainty.

I decided to start with the snowflake obsidian and use it as a focal point for a pendant. I very much like clusters of beads so I made a large wire ring and wound round the smaller beads to make a clustered hoop. I then hung one snowflake obsidian in the middle and put the pendant on a long chain. This is what it looked like:

Snowflake obsidian pendant

bead soup pendant

And hung over my pregnant bump:

large cluster bead pendant

As you can see, I added in some small pearls as I didn’t have enough small beads in the packet to fill the whole hoop (I hope that wasn’t against the rules!). I was quite pleased with the result – it’s not the sort of thing I would normally wear but I love the colour combination :)

I still had the large green and coral coloured beads left over so I decided to try my hand at a bit of wire work (something I’d love to get better at) and made this bracelet:

Green and coral wire bracelet

wirework bracelet

wire wrapped bracelet

green and coral wire wrapped bracelet

I used 20ga wire for the large shapes and 24ga wire to attach the beads. It was quite hard to get it all looking neat! As you can see, the shapes aren’t very even so there’s definitely a lot to work on there but I was quite happy with it as a first attempt at something like this.

I’ll keep you updated on when Zhen posts what she has made with the beads!

If anyone else would like to do a bead soup with me, I’d love to take part. Please just get in touch, either by commenting below or email me at littlekoojewellery@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Little Koo etsy shop update

After having massively neglected my etsy shop for the last few months, I’ve finally started to really focus on it and have put a lot of new designs up. Please check it out!

Also, I am offering 15% off with the voucher code LKJULY13 until 31st July. Anyone can use this code so please share it around!

Here are a few of my favourite new items:

Turquoise chrysocolla and pearl 1920s style earrings

Turquoise and iridescent blue bracelet

Blue and white flower necklace

Onyx and pearl art deco style bracelet

Green cluster earrings with crystals and pearls

I will continue to update the shop with new designs over the coming month so please check back from time to time. I hope you like my designs! Please share with your friends and family if you do.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Swarovski Hong Kong spring/summer 2013 launch

I was very fortunate to be invited by a friend to the Swarovski spring/summer 2013 launch at Hullett House yesterday.

The theme was a tropical South American style, and the marquee was decorated with exotic plants and they had even added heaters! (pretty unnecessary as it was already about 20 degrees outside). To start with we were treated to some Brazilian-style dancers:

Brazilian dancers at Swarovski launch Hong Kong

Brazilian dancers

Then there was a catwalk show with models wearing the latest Swarovski collection. The jewellery was very bold, with big pieces in bright colours, fitting well with the tropical theme.

Modelling Swarovski spring summer 2013 range

Models at Swarovski launch 2013

Runway show at Swarovski launch

The hanging bit on this last necklace comes off and can be worn as a bracelet!

There was a lot of talking in Cantonese which I didn’t understand at all (apart from the odd ‘hou leng’ which means ‘very beautiful’!). The show concluded with an interview with ‘the twins’. I have no idea who they are, why they are famous or what they were saying. But their shoes were very high!

Interviewing the twins

After the show, we got to look at some of the jewellery pieces. The jewellery was much more fashion-orientated than I was expecting, with less precious metals and more brightly-coloured crystals. These are some of my favourite pieces:

Earrings Swarovski spring summer 2013 collection

Purple Swarovski crystal necklace 2013

This purple crystal necklace was possibly my favourite piece there – I really like the shape and the colour fading out to clear.

Swarovski spring summer 2013 collection

I am wondering if I could recreate something like these filigree earrings in wire?!

Beetle necklaces Swarovski 2013And to finish, some very cute beetle necklaces.

Overall the show was good fun and it was really interesting to see the path that Swarovski have chosen with their latest collection. I don’t think these pieces will directly influence my jewellery but it was really useful research. The colour combinations were particularly interesting to see.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Lessons from a craft fair

If you have read previous posts in this blog, you will be aware that I am in the process of setting up a jewellery business called Little Koo. And that I first presented that business to the world at a craft fair in Wanchai last month.

I wouldn’t say that it was a resounding success; I made some sales but not many. But I did learn a lot, and I thought I would share some of those things with you today.

1. It’s all about the presentation

Little Koo craft fair jewellery stallI think I managed a fairly decent presentation of my products – my stall looked nice and uncluttered… but perhaps a bit too uncluttered. All of the other jewellery sellers had a lot more on their stalls to sell than me. And looking at the photos now, I can see that it was difficult for people to see the jewellery. My tags were too large! And the earrings somehow blended in with the background! When I next sign up for a craft fair I will definitely put more effort into how I present each type of jewellery item in such a way that it is really easy for the customer to see it and how it is worn.

2. Be unique

Little Koo blue Tiger's Eye and red Swarovski crystal braceletReflecting on it now, I realise that people come to craft fairs to find products that they haven’t seen before. Otherwise they would just go to a normal shop and buy a mass-produced item. The stall next to me had a range of bracelets that looked like they were made from measuring tape and this definitely attracted the attention of a lot of people who walked past. Whilst I am proud of the jewellery designs I have, I have realised that they aren’t unique enough to attract this sort of passing attention. I will definitely continue to launch the business online with the designs that I have, but I have lots of ideas for jewellery designs that are a little more unique! Watch this space!

3. Look the part

Little Koo business cardI have read a couple of articles which suggest that new businesses need to project the type of image that they hope to have when they are more established. I realise now that this also applies to craft fairs! All the other jewellery stalls at the craft fair looked a lot more professional than me, with proper display stands, printed tags and professional signs. I had picture frames with buttons sewn onto fabric and oversize tags (that I already had at home) with handwritten prices on. I also failed to get business cards printed in time. Next time I do a craft fair, I will definitely try to project myself as a professional business, which will hopefully give potential customers more faith in my products.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel