January 16 2017

Top Stringing Materials for Jewellery Making

Top cords for jewellery making

Jewellery making is a very varied craft that encompasses many styles and techniques. A common feature of creating handmade jewellery is the use of cords, threads and other materials to hold beads, pendants and charms. Cords can also be used to create an entire piece of jewellery. There is a variety of cords that can be used in this way though some are more suited to certain applications than others. For example if you wanted a fine thread for stringing a bracelet of small gemstones then a nylon thread or tigertail would be a good choice. Where as if you wish to create a chunky macrame design, a thicker sturdy waxed cotton or colour rattail is more suitable. Cords maybe hidden away underneath beads and other components or it can be encorporated into the jewellery’s design.

 

In my latest hub I have brought together information on seven threads and cords that can be used in creating handmade jewellery. The article includes information on suggested uses, sizes and important things to consider such as strength and ease of use. Materials featured includes waxed cotton cord, ribbon, rattail and illusion cord. The full HubPages article can be found at Seven Top Stringing Materials for Jewellery Making

 

As well as this latest hub I have many others that are related to jewellery making including Using Semi-Precious Stone in Jewellery Design, Using Colour in Jewellery Design and Important Points to Consider when Designing Jewellery.

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December 15 2016

Jewellery Making Business: Start Your Own! – Introduction Video

My jewellery making course has is now rated five stars on www.ofcourse.co.uk. I designed and created the course with complete novices and those just starting out in mind. The course covers a range of topics including using colour in jewellery making, different types of beads, information on tools and precious and semi-precious gemstones. The final section covers how to start selling jewellery on and offline and some practical and legal matters than need to be considered or followed.

Jewellery making business course that will teach you the key skills for designing fabulous jewellery, and setting up a business to sell jewellery. Do you have a passion for creating jewellery that you want to make into your career? Have you always wanted to know how to design your own jewellery products? This course will teach you the key skills for creating and designing fabulous jewellery, and will then explain what is required to price and sell jewellery online and offline.

Visit the Jewellery Making Business: Start Your Own! course page for full details and to sign up and get started.  Use code; TEACHER_CLAIRE50 at checkout to receive a 50% discount on the course price.

Course Highlights

  • Over 2 hrs of video content to help you create jewellery, with supporting PDF Tutorials for making specific jewellery
  • Learn how to create a profitable jewellery making business
  • Detailed presentations explaining how to utilise beads of all materials
  • Pricing strategies, and legal information concerning the running of a jewellery making business

Enrol to Earn Your Certificate

  • Enrol and become certified in a new skill
  • Share your new skill with employers, friends and colleagues
  • Build a porfolio of course projects
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December 2 2016

Vegan Cranberry and Almond Chocolate Bark Recipe

vegan chocolate bark

There is no need to be boring or limited when eating a vegan diet. Many foods are naturally vegan and there is a huge range of vegan cookbooks and recipe websites. Health food shops and some supermarkets stock delicious vegan items such as cakes, chocolate and ice creams or you can opt for making your own. Many recipes are simple and quick to make. My making your own you can tailor the finished treats to your own tastes and know exactly what went into making them.

My delicious recipe for vegan chocolate bark packed with healthy almonds and cranberries can be found here. The article includes information on the health benefits of the ingredients and a step by step easy to follow recipe. This vegan chocolate bark recipe can be used to create delicious gifts for friends and family. The recipe can also be used to make chocolate bark as an alternative to shop bought treats. The bark can be kept fresh in an airtight container. Try experimenting with other types of nuts and dried fruit to create a selection of great tasting vegan chocolate barks. Vegan varieties of milk and white chocolate can also be used instead of dark chocolate.

Vegan Cranberry and Almond Bark Recipe

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November 25 2016

ABC of Terms used in Magic

herbal magic
Photo Source – Esc861, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I have put together a basic glossary of terms commonly used in herbal magic. Many you may be familiar with already as they are relevant to other areas of magic, paganism and witchcraft. There are many others but I hope that this list can be a helpful starting point for those new to the topic, as a quick and simple list or as reminder.

Adept – Someone who has gained a specific level of knowledge, skill or aptitude in an area.

Akashic Records – Sometimes called ‘The Book ofLife’. A collection of every deed, word, feeling, thought, and intent that has ever occurred at any time in the history of the world. Those who are able to tap into these records can learn otherwise unobtainable information about the past.

Amulet – An object that is worn to bring luck or to protect.

Anaphrodisiac – The opposite of an aphrodisiac. Any herb that cools passion.

Aphrodisiac – Herbs that can be used to increase sexual desire.

Astral projection – The phenomena of experiencing consciousness outside of your physical body.

Athame – A ceremonial knife that is used in rituals. It usually has a black handle.

Balefire – An open air fire that is lit for magical purposes.

Bane – Any cause of harm or death.

Banish – To drive away for good.

Besom – A broom made from twigs tied to a stronger central pole. These are the brooms traditionally associated with witches.

Botanomancy – Divination using herbs.

Censer – A vessel used for burning incense. These are often made of brass, copper or clay.

Chaplet – A garland of flowers, leaves or herbs that can be worn on the head.

Clairvoyance – ‘Clear seeing’ The ability to perceive information in a way other than through the five senses. Often called intuition.

Clear – To remove negative energy from a space, person or item.

Consecrate – To make something holy or sacred.

Coven – A group of witches who work and worship together.

Curse – Concentrated negative and/or destructive energy that has been deliberately created and directed at someone or something. This is done with the intention of doing harm.

 

healing herbal peppermint tea
Source: Anthony Cramp. [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr
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November 16 2016

Download Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget eBook

Often when people hear gluten free and vegan together their first thoughts are either, it must be very expensive or must be a very restricted and boring diet to have. The good news is that neither of these are true and even when coupled with the need to be gluten free, vegan food can be delicious, healthy and varied. In June 2016 I finished and published my Kindle book Gluten Free and Vegan on a Budget, which is packed full of tasty recipes with are free from gluten and all animal products.

gluten free and vegan ebook

The 56 page ebook contains twenty one of my own gluten free vegan recipes. For each recipe I have avoided using expensive or difficult to obtain ingredients and have instead used foods that are easily available and naturally gluten free and vegan. A few of the recipes do include vegan cheese and gluten free pasta but these are now stock by many supermarkets and health food shops. The recipes also do not require any specialist equipment, although a food processor or blender of some kind is useful.

Most of the recipes serve two people but can easily be made for more by increasing the ingredients. From various groups and talking to others I have found it is common that only one person in a family or household will be vegan and/or gluten free, so it felt more practical to have recipes that could be made in smaller amounts with no adaptations.

Each recipe is accompanied by a full colour photograph of the dish and this book also contains a list of ideas for jacket potato fillings and seven delicious healthy smoothie recipes.

vegan fudge

Recipes featured in the ebook include:

Rice Patties with Stir Fry Veg

Pea Curry

Creamy Mushroom and Leek Pasta

Spicy Lentil Pakoras

Pear and Polenta Cake

and many more.

 

Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget was originally only available for Kindle devices and apps and from the Elderberry Tutorials Etsy shop but can now be bought and downloaded directly from this page. To purchase your copy simply click on the link below. Payments are handled securely by PayPal so you can be sure that your details and privacy are fully protected.

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November 3 2016

Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials

Today I thought I would share one of my herbal hubs, Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials. I have been writing articles on HubPages for nearly five years now and enjoy writing about herbs, crystals, healing and many spiritual subjects. HubPages is a great site for writers to share knowledge and for anyone to learn about pretty much anything you can imagine.

I originally wrote this hub in May 2016 and it is packed full of information of healing healthy drinks. The featured drinks include smoothies, teas and cordials that can all be made at home. These healing herbal drinks also do not need any expensive or complex ingredients or equipment to prepare. The full article contains recipes for healing herbal smoothies, teas and cordials including elderberry syrup, minty cacaco smoothie and peppermint and calendula tea.

healing herbal tea
Source: Ruta Kucinskaite, [CC BY-ND 2.0], via Flickr

All of the needed ingredients can be bought easily and many can be collected growing wild, even in towns and cities. These include elderberries and rosehips. Although it is very important to be certain of what you are picking before you consume any items. Do not take more than you require and take care so not to damage the plants or harm any wildlife or habitats. Many herbs can be grown at home in your garden or in pots on a balcony or driveway. Some are even happy to grow on an indoor windowsill. Alternatively, some supermarkets and other shops stock living herb plants that can be used. Dried herbs can also be used and if you grow your own, these can be dried and saved for later use.

Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials

As well as being a delicious addition to meals and other edibles, herbs have a powerful ability to ease, soothe and heal a huge range of illness and other difficulties.

One excellent way to take advantage of the powerful natural powers of herbs is to use them to make various types of hot and cold beverages.

Herbal Teas

There are many herbal teas that can be bought easily and so maybe familiar. Examples of this include peppermint, nettle, chamomile and fennel teas which can be bought from supermarkets, health food shops and other retailers in tea bags much like regular tea. These can be drunk purely for their tastes but do also possess health benefits that can be utilised. Peppermint tea is known to an useful in soothing stomach upsets and any digestive upset. Fennel tea can help with trapped wind and can be an excellent and natural way to ease wind and colic in babies. If mum is breastfeeding, she can drink the tea and it’s benefits will pass to her baby through her milk.

healing herbal peppermint tea
Source: Anthony Cramp. [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr
To continue reading the full article, please visit Healing Herbal Smoothies, Teas and Cordials on HubPages.

 

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October 7 2016

Allergy Friendly Potato Croquettes. Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free

Allergy Friendly Potato Croquettes

These potato croquettes are a great way to use up leftover mash potato and vegetables, even if you only have a small amount. They are allergy friendly as the recipe is gluten, dairy, egg and nut free as well as being vegan and vegetarian. I used a coconut spread to make the mash but any dairy free spread will work fine. If you need the recipe to also be soya free, substitute the soya milk for an alternative of your choice.

It is hard to give exact amounts of ingredients for these allergy friendly potato croquettes as it will be based on how much mash potato you have and how wet it is at the start. You can also make these using small frozen mixed veg. You can make your own breadcrumbs using a suitable bread or it is possible to buy them ready made.

Mashed potato
Finely chopped veg such as carrots, peas and sweetcorn
Fine corn meal
Nutritional yeast
Soya milk
Gluten, dairy and egg free breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper (optional)

1. Add the corn meal a tablespoon at a time to the mashed potato until it begins to come together into a ball.

2. Add 2 -3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (or more depending on your tastes) and knead into the potato ball. Add more corn meal as needed.

3.When you have a fairly solid ball of potato mixture you can begin to make the croquettes. Shape heaped tablespoons of the mixture using your hands.

4. Roll the croquettes in the soya milk and then in the breadcrumbs until they are coated.

5. Place on a plate and continue to create croquettes until all the potato mixture has been used.

6. Chill in the fridge until needed. This step isn’t essential but it helps the croquettes be less fragile. They can also be frozen.

7. Cook at 200C/390F/Gas Mark 6 for 12-15 minutes, until browned turning half way through. If frozen the croquettes make take longer to cook.

gluten, dairy and egg free potato croquettes

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October 1 2016

Brand New Class – Using Colour in Jewellery Design

Using Colour in Jewellery Design online class

My brand new class Using Colour in Jewellery design is now publish on Skillshare. The class will show you how to use colour effectively in jewellery design and covers topics such as colour theory, colours and emotions and colour schemes. The class then guides you through creating a beautiful and unique stitched bracelet where you will be able to apply the knowledge you have gained.

The class consists of short videos that each introduce a new subject. The videos can be accessed at any time and worked through at your own pace.

Skillshare are currently offering 3 months of premium membership for $0.99 (approximately 80p). The premium membership means you can access any of the premium content on the website, which includes hundreds of classes covering a wide range of topics. Each class has a community board so you can chat you other students taking the same class as well as the class authors.

You can sign up for Using Colour in Jewellery Design here. I look forward to chatting with you all and seeing your finished projects.

 

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September 20 2016

Using Colour in Jewellery Design – New Class on Skillshare

 

I have been working on a new video tutorial this month. The tutorial is called Using Colour in Jewellery Design and features information on using colours to create colour schemes, how colours affect the emotions, colour associations and finding sources of inspiration for designs.

As part of the class I will also show how to create a unique stitched bracelet based on the information in the video.

I have uploaded an introduction video to YouTube and will be putting together the remaining content this week. The full class will be available via Skillshare in early October.

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