Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Jewellery Photoshoot

Had a really fun day recently with Jenny, Steff and Amy, who met up with me in Nottingham for a photoshoot of my leather jewellery.

A last minute decision was made on the location, I wanted a white brick wall so it was perfect, and also had 'famous' written in huge black writing, an interesting addition to the photographs.

We decided on lots of colour, and wanted an urban feel as the jewellery is bright and bold. Steff did an amazing job on the make-up, I have never worked with a professional MUA before.

 It was so cold but Amy was great and never complained, the light was also fading fast as it was the very end of October but Jenny did a great job on the photographs, and you can't tell everyone was freezing!

Model Amy 
MUAH Steffany Rucci
Photographer Jenny Sneap Photography

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Crystal formation necklaces

Another crystal design is going to be added to my Etsy shop soon!
I have created these colourful crystal formation inspired shapes from colourful and metallic leathers, and arranged the cuts into these mineral clusters. I will be adding them all to chains to create necklaces.

More colours are planned, but for now here are emerald green, ruby red, rose quartz, yellow and gold and icy blue.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Coral reef rings, clay and leather ring designs

These are unfinished ring ideas, using polymer clay and leather in colourful shades, I love the texture combinations. The clay I have shaped into coral and sea life shapes, rounded, smooth and pitted, they give fascinating and intricate textures to the jewellery.

Combined with a soft piece of block colour leather, they will be lightweight and eye-catching.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Triangle envelopes

Made some black triangle envelopes for sending my earrings out in, and I love the results!

I used a template from Google, some card, and a stamp and gold ink for these beauties. I used double sided tape rather than glue and luckily have a strong brand, these have held up well to me opening and closing them, and decoration. They will be good for shipping my leather jewellery as they are lightweight but sturdy.
If you would like to try, here is the template I used, either print it out, or do as I did and tape tracing paper to your screen, you have to be creative with no printer!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Etsy banner making tutorial, using the free editing programme Gimp

Hello, spent some time making a quick etsy banner making tutorial for Gimp yesterday, a free image editing programme which I love, it is quite simple and hopefully easy to follow! I have included step by step instructions and highlighting, but if you have any questions please ask.

I think yours will look better than mine, :) , my real banner took a bit longer as I edited the text (maybe a future tutorial). Editing photos is great fun when you become more comfortable with the programmes you use, I find Gimp has many features that Photoshop has, but is free, so a great tool for a small business as they are finding their way.

The full pages are on my website,, where you can save the images as jpegs.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Branding and business cards

I recently went through some branding and logo changes, created a new, more relevant and coherent look in my jewellery packaging, etsy banner and avatar , bought my web domain and created images for the pages there. Phew!

Thinking of ordering some new mini cards from Moo, their cards are great quality and can withstand being carried in my wallet for months, which is sadly a tough feat for all things paper, things always end up a bit ripped and frayed, but not these cards!
I love the novelty factor of the smaller size, and the images print beautifully.

Here are a few of my potential designs

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Own domains!

Bought my domain names yesterday, got a good deal by searching for coupon codes.
So exciting to know you have the .com of your business name!
One site is more developed, the other I could only put a photograph on, but I quite like it