Jewellery Inspiration

I’m feeling pretty inspired to make some new lines for my jewellery and accessories ranges lately and I’m really feeling the love for handmade talent. So today I’m going to share with you my favourite handmade jewellery finds from around the web. All are featured on my Jewellery and Accessories Pinterest Board.
Onetenzeroseven Tea Lover Necklace

OnetenzerosevenMe and Zena Pencil Ring

Me & ZenaLepun Envelope Ring

LepunFinest Imaginary Name Necklace

Finest Imaginary

I actually got my very own “Claire” necklace and the quality is superb.

Honestly WTF DIY Heart Friendship Bracelet

Honestly WTF

Biribis House and Tree Crochet Ring

Biribis on Flickr

I urge you all to look at the gorgeous creations of Biribis – there are loads more items and all just as cute!

This week I relisted a ton of items in my Etsy store. Click the image below to see the full range. I’m pretty excited about some new lines coming in June too so watch this space!

Claireabellemakes Etsy

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Claireabellemakes in the shops!

I’m writing an extra post this week to share with you some exciting news! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have heard me mention that I was working on wholesale orders over the last two weeks.

Claireabellemakes in the shops

I am super pleased to have been approached by Cambridge Folk Museum who are supporting local makers in their shop, which includes handmade jewellery, stationery, wooden children’s toys and home furnishings. Building a network in Cambridge is very important to me, as I love living here and know there are a ton of talented makers in the city.

In addition, one of my favourite stores; All the Fun of the Fair (on Carnaby Street in London) asked me for a large order of accessories to sell amongst their fabulous collection of yarn, trinkets and craft goodies. I have blogged about the store before (here and here) and feel so happy to have started a business relationship with them as well as being a customer. Creative Director Buzz is one of those people you could natter all day to!

Although I hadn’t planned to try for wholesale until next year, I’m very grateful for these opportunities and hope they will be the start of bigger things ahead. I am still keeping my Etsy store well stocked and always welcome feedback on my makes – good or constructive!

If you have a handmade business and are thinking of gaining wholesale orders, please check out this fantastic e-guide from Indie Retail Academy. It is well worth it and is free!


A Handmade Jewellery Box

As most of you will know, I make rings and accessories for my Etsy store. I thought it would be fun today to share the handmade items in my jewellery box.

G bought me this gorgeous jewellery box on a trip to Japan a few years back. He is honestly the best at giving gifts and I was stunned at this, it’s so beautiful. What made me happy is that it winds up to play delicate music when opened and it is lined with red velvet.

Japanese Jewellery Box

I’ll begin with these super cute slides from Mummybird Pretties. I try hard to support local makers, so must make a visit to Claire’s Cambridge market stall soon with my spending money ready! If you follow her on Instagram she posts loads of upcoming stock and it’s all SO pretty!

Mummybird Pretties Slides

The only studs I ever really wear are these from Onetenzeroseven. Sophie kindly answered my recent plea for some mint green flower studs and found these unusual ones below. Thank you Sophie 🙂 Please do visit her shop & blog, you wont be disappointed.Onetenzeroseven earrings

Wooden scrabble tile ring (available in my shop) and an oversized button ring.

Scrabble & Button Ring

Vintage button hairslides by me and a dainty glass hairslide I found at a craft fair.

Vintage Button Slides

These glass studs are super heavy, so it’s a bit of a relief to take them out at the end of the day, but the colour is so rich and unique. G picked them for me from one of the makers at the art salon I used to work at.

Glass Earrings

Some of you will know I have a penpal from Canada who I have been writing to for 20 years. She sends lots of handmade jewellery as we both share a love of hand crafted items. I love the bright pink in these beaded ones, so eye catching.

The wooden ones have had a bit of an adventure. I was in the lift at work one day and one fell out and down the lift shaft. It just so happened that the lift engineer was working that day, so we asked him to look for it. I didn’t really have any hope that it would turn up, but it did! However, the oil in the lift had tarnished the wood big time. I was sad as they were a favourite pair.

My friend Tim is keen at building things from wood and offered to restore the earring for me. I couldn’t believe it when he popped them through my letter box a few weeks later – looking identical and good as new! I’m sure I still owe him a pint for that!

Canadian Earrings

This crochet cuff was made for me by a dear friend – it’s so perfect for winter and a great match for the wooden earrings.

Crochet Cuff

I get so many comments about this clock ring that I almost wish it told the real time. It’s from a fab seller called Ruby Spirit Designs on Folksy. I like the vintage feel.

Clock Ring

I’m going to end on a non handmade item, just because I absolutely adore it! This bow bangle is from last season at Oliver Bonas. Cute eh?

Oliver Bonas Bow Bangle

I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peak into my jewellery box. Perhaps I’ll share my pendant collection next time.

Take a look at my jewellery and accessories pinterest board for more pretty things.

Do you wear handmade pieces?

I also want to say a thanks to Sue who gave me a blog award this week! Please do stop by her blog and awesome folksy shop which is full of very pretty crocheted items!