New charm bracelets on the Little Koo Etsy shop

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These charm bracelets are the latest items to be listed in the Little Koo Etsy shop. They can be found in the ‘simple bracelets’ section of the shop. They are made up of a fine sterling silver chain with a star, heart or shell charm and a coloured glass bead. I have 6 options for the coloured bead available on Etsy – red, pink, blue, green, pearl or crystal. But I can accommodate a wide range of colours so please get in contact if you’d like a different one!

Little Koo sterling silver charm bracelets

These bracelets are ideal for people who don’t like to wear lots of jewellery because they are so delicate. As such, they make great gifts! Mothering Sunday is coming up on 30th March so perhaps a charm bracelet would make a lovely gift for your mum? Or please check out my other jewellery in my Etsy shop if she’d like something a little bolder!

In other news, I’ll be selling my jewellery at the Handmade Hong Kong Sunday Market in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong on 9th March. If you’re local to Hong Kong please come along and say hi!

Handmade Hong Kong Discovery Bay Sunday Markets 2014

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Crafting New Year’s Resolutions

(I am very aware that New Year’s was quite a while ago, but Chinese New Year wasn’t so long ago so maybe I can use that as an excuse for this post?!)

A couple of years ago I saw a blog post (I can’t remember where unfortunately) where someone was saying that each year they make a resolution to learn a new craft. I thought this was such a good idea that last year I made my first craft resolution – to learn copperplate calligraphy. I bought a nib and penholder, and a book on how to write copperplate calligraphy… and that’s as far as it went. Oops.

So this year I have made another craft resolution, and I hope to actually stick to it! My resolution is to learn how to make wirework jewellery. I have an idea in my mind of a jewellery collection that I want to make but I don’t actually know how to make it yet!

I hope that by sharing my resolution with you all that it will force me to actually stick by it and learn. If I don’t post updates on my wirework practice every few months you have my permission to write rude comments telling me to get on with it ;)

There are so many great wirework jewellers out there, I am spoiled for inspiration! I don’t know how close I’ll get to achieving their level of skill but it does give me something to aim for!

Here are a few of my favourites:

de Cor’s (being able to make these earrings is one of my goals with this wirework resolution – they’re so beautiful!)

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Lena Sinelnik Art

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Nicole Hanna Jewelry

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Gailavira Jewelry

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I also made a treasury featuring more great wirework designs!

wirework treasury

Do you have a craft resolution this year? If not, why not make one? It’s always great to learn new things! Let me know what you learn this year!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Custom necklace – wreath style pendant

After seeing my bead soup blog post which featured a wreath style pendant necklace, I was asked to create a custom version for a client. The bead soup version was very large (about 5cm across) so I scaled it down to a more wearable size (about 2.5cm across) using different beads but keeping the colour scheme the same. I also added in some AB crystal bicones for a bit of sparkle!

What do you think to the finished design?

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Thanks for reading!
Rachel

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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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

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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

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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