All the best gifts come in small packages, just like Lotts and Lots’ jewellery set
Craft a delicate bracelet and earring set
If you’ve never made your own jewellery before, this dainty, delicate set is a great place to start. Its minimalist look means it works for both everyday wear and special occasions, so it’s an ideal gift for friends, family and (more importantly) yourself.
Change up the look with silver or copper leaf, or combine two shades of clay to create a marbled effect. You’ll find gold chain and jump rings in most craft stores, or online – www.jewellerymaker.com has a huge selection that’s sure to bring out your inner magpie.
Roll the clay into two small logs, one 0.5cm ( ") in diameter and the other just under 1cm ( 3 /8"), then slice off 0.5cm ( ") thick discs from both rolls. To make the earrings, shape the polymer clay from the smaller roll into pea-sized balls and flatten slightly. For the bracelet and box decorations, flatten the clay from the bigger roll to form discs roughly 2mm ( 1 /8") thick, then make a small hole in the top with a needle or similar. Place the clay pieces on a baking tray and put into the oven, following the manufacturer’s instructions to set.
02 Once cooled, apply a fine layer of Mod Podge or similar craft glue to the clay and wait until tacky (this doesn’t take long). Add the gold leaf and dust off with a clean brush. The final effect should have a cracked look – if you want to add more gold leaf, keep applying until you’re happy with the coverage.
03 To finish the earrings, apply a dab of jewellery glue to the earring back, leave for a few seconds and stick the clay in place. Leave to dry.
04 To make the bracelet, cut a length of chain the same
circumference as your wrist and a piece of silk thread 10cm (4") longer than the chain. Thread on approximately 10 crimp beads to the centre of the thread and crimp the end beads with pliers to secure.
Knot the thread securely to the last link of the chain, making sure the beads remain central. Add a tiny dab of glue over the knot to keep it firmly in place.
Using a 4mm ( ") jump ring, add the bolt ring to one end of the bracelet. To open the jump ring, take a pair of pliers and tightly clamp the jump ring with the opening facing you. Take the second pair of pliers in your other hand, clamp the jump ring at the other side of the opening, then turn in opposite directions. Thread on your bolt ring, then close.
Open the 7mm ( jump ring in the same way and thread on a clay disc, then close and fasten to the other end of the bracelet using the other 4mm ( ") jump ring.
To decorate your gift box, apply a light wash of watercolour paint. Being careful not to saturate the paper, gradually build up the colour, leaving to dry between coats. Once dry, apply dabs of Mod Podge randomly across the box, add the gold leaf, then dust off with a clean brush.
Using a paint brush, run water around the edge of the gift tag, then run your brush pen around the edge while still wet, so the colour bleeds into the water. Leave to dry.
Cut a length of cord long enough to wrap around the box three times and make a bow. Find the centre of the cord and place the box on top, then bring the cord over to the front and thread the tag to one end of the cord. Wrap the cord around the box three times and secure with a double knot. Thread on a gold disc, then tie the cord into a bow to finish.