Having recently tried & loved a calligraphy workshop, the oft forgotten desire to try my hand at new things has been fully relit, hurray! So when London Local Etsy team asked me to review a workshop at their recent Etsy Christmas market, I couldn’t wait to give a Promises Promises jewellery making workshop a try. As I’ve mentioned before, one thing I really wanted to start building this year has been my collection of minimal jewellery by independent makers. I’ve done quite well so far with Annabelle Lucilla earrings & a Wild Fawn necklace and I’ve now happily added to this little collection with a necklace made myself. If you quite fancy creating something of your own too, read on to see how I got on – perhaps 2017 is the year you try it for yourself?
Promises Promises jewellery
Promises Promises is the jewellery brand designed & made by one-woman show Vicky Myatt to create ‘individual pieces for strong, modern women’ combining ‘fashion aesthetics with craft philosophy’. Using a combination of metals and jesomite, her geometric pieces are layered in a multitude of simple deep pastel shades to create stunning necklaces, earrings & rings. Originally a product designer, Vicky clearly feels very lucky to be working full-time on her own business which utilises all her talents & passions.
Jewellery making workshop
Wrapped up cosy in my duffel coat after a warming mocha, I sat myself down at Vicky’s stall to learn how to make my own necklace. With a relatively short timeframe, there was no way I’d be recreating one of the eye-catching pieces for sale next to me; instead I’d be creating a simpler geometric piece using a pre-made shape. With a choice of a divided circle pendent or a slightly more elaborate ‘V’ shape, I opted for the shape resembling both mine & Vicky’s first initial, (I’ve got a bit of an addiction for collecting things starting with ‘V’).
My next choice was whether to go for stainless steel or brass: I fancied a nice bronze-coloured necklace so went for the brass. Taking me straight back to my D&T lessons at school, the first thing Vicky instructed me in was filing down any imperfections with a double-sided file. These little bumps were things I probably never would have noticed had Vicky not pointed them out, proving that my attention to detail is limited to say the least. Therefore, having Vicky’s expert eye check my progress every now and again was really helpful to ensure I didn’t create a necklace that would snag on all my clothes.
The next stage was for me the most satisfying: polishing it up to make it nice and shiny. So fun! So shiny! I took my sweet time with this, mainly because I was enjoying chatting with Vicky and was in absolutely no rush at all. Had I been so-inclined, there’s a possibility I could have got through the full necklace-making process in about 20-30 minutes, but I settled myself in for a full hour, ha.
With the pendent complete, I felt like an actual jewellery-maker for a hot minute, unreeling the chain from the industrial style roll to drape around my neck for length-choosing purposes. I went for a low-collarbone length so I could layer it up with a shorter necklace. Layering necklaces is such an easy way to feel styled without having to make an effort. Not making an effort is my favourite way of being stylish so this trick is a nice little win for me.
Now, the fiddly part: jump rings. Four in total to catch on both sides of the pendent and the closing clasp. It took me approximately 5 seconds to drop them so Vicky suggested using a pair of pliers in each hand to make the process easier. I felt like Edward Scissorhands: another win. Taking into account whether I was left or right-handed, I attached the final clasp before fastening my new creation around my neck.
Throughout the process, Vicky was always on hand to answer any questions I had about what I was doing, or just generally chatting about life. Considering her jewellery was selling really well alongside the workshop, I really appreciate all the time she took with me. Thanks Vicky! Oh, & I’ve had a lot of compliments about my new necklace too – it feels amazing to say I made it myself! Is there anything you’ve made this year you feel proud of? Tell me below!
The workshop was free for me to attend in exchange for a review: all opinions are my own of course.