Sunday, 29 March 2015

Handmade Monday : Anchor Bracelets



For a while now I have had the idea of making some 'anchor' related jewellery - inspired by my love of the sea and my Dad's house in Appledore, Devon. I have had the idea for bracelets in my head for a while now and spent a good few weeks sourcing and selecting the materials to create the 'look' I had in mind......and here are the results. I think these bracelets are my favourite bracelets I have ever made, I love them and I'm so pleased with how they turned out. I made a few different versions before I finally settled on this design :

...the vital ingredients

....the making process

..the finished piece : red anchor bracelet

 Each colour bracelet is available with a choice of gold plated, silver plated or rose gold plated anchor and clasp. I haven't photographed the rose gold ones yet as I had to wait for the rose gold stuff to arrive......which it did yesterday, so I am going to try and get some of the rose gold ones listed on my Poppy Designs Etsy Shop this evening/tomorrow morning.


Navy Blue Anchor Bracelet

So far they have been really popular - so much so that I have had to order more supplies to make more. The red and blue ones seem to have been the favourites so far and I have had a few sales since I listed them on Etsy on Thursday afternoon.

It's been a real boost to me this week, as sadly I am in the middle of yet another lupus flare which has left me unable to function properly and do my day job. I originally got into jewellery making and crafting when I was first ill with painful joints....I am so glad I did as I really think my crafting has kept me sane through some dark times. I think a lot of people have had similar experiences as I have met a lot of people through fairs/forums who have long term illness and get a lot of comfort and positivity from their art.

Purple Anchor Bracelet

I am not sure how much I will manage this week....I want to try and do something, but this debilitating and disabling fatigue makes it so difficult. I like to try and get some exercise and fresh air, so thankfully a good week on Etsy (with 15 orders) and 3 orders on Facebook have given me a real boost and the motivation to stroll to the Post Office with my little bag of parcels every day. I have this lovely little selection of charms to play with this week, so hopefully I can muster up some creativity and come up with some designs........


 I am going to sign off now and pop over to Handmade Monday.....and try and conserve some energy for the week ahead. Have a lovely week xxxx







30 comments:

  1. Oooh i love these and its great to hear the sales are flooding in - well done you! I hope you're feeling lots better soon xxx

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  2. These do look wonderful. The blue one looks especially nautical. I do hope you have a better week this week :)

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  3. These do look wonderful. The blue one looks especially nautical. I do hope you have a better week this week :)

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  4. I hope your health improves this week, congratulations on 15 sales in a week:) that's brilliant:)

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    1. Thank you Vicky. It has been my best month ever on Etsy, I'm absolutely delighted with it x

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  5. They make an interesting change and must be very comfy on the wrist. I have some beautiful looking bracelets which stick into me so I don't wear them often!

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    1. I know what you mean, I have bought jewellery in the past that is uncomfortabe to wear too. I try and think of comfort when designing my pieces xxx

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  6. I think the red and blue are the most nautical looking, and suspect that's why they are most popular. They are all great looking bracelets though.

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  7. Love the bracelets. The purple one is my favorite xx

    I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling too good. As someone who suffers from chronic back pain I know how hard it can be to function in every day life. I too have found sewing has seen me through the tough, dark times.

    Congratulations on your mammoth sales. You must be doing something right.....

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    1. Sorry to hear about your back pain. I hope things are okay for you at the moment?
      Thank you for your kind comments on my bracelets and sales xxxx

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  8. I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Your bracelets are fantastic. I agree with some of the other comments that the red and blue are possibly more nautical but my favourite was the lavender coloured one :)

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  9. *hugs* hope your flare goes away soon. Beautiful bracelt, I can see why they are so popular.

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  10. Very nautical and just right for the summer hols

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