Monday, 24 November 2014

The Jewel in Jewellery Journey. Part 1.

I'm starting out jewellery making!!  Properly??

So I'm thinking given my experiences and such I'd rather like to get back into jewellery making.  I've dabbled on and off for a long time and always found pleasure in it.  Recently I was reading some articles about the possibility of coming off of benefits (I'm disabled) and actually making a living from the jewellery I make.  That's a long shot I know.. but for now getting back into it seems a massive and great step in the right direction.

So let me explain how I got started.. and what's brought me here.  I was in college some years back I did jewellery as one of my course projects in the 3D work shop class.  Lisa, my most wonderful teacher who was just so gifted and genuine and lovely, really saw the beauty and potential in everything and everyone but she was so disappointed in me when I said I wanted to do media studies and not fashion and not continue down the road of jewellery making. ~Which I'm now kicking myself for.  With that belief from Lisa that I was good enough to have potential to go on and be a jewellery designer and maker it was always playing in the back of my mind.  But my most favorite thing was soldering, welding, engraving, enameling and resin.  I'm sure there was more but those project where I got to use a blow torch and really get creative were the best.  I made a very very rustic copper huge charm braclet as my final piece and loved it until I lost it ..along with the rest of my jewellery and box.

Few years after that I got this bright idea I was going to set up a jewellery business making n selling jewellery.  Only at that point I didn't even know how to open a jump ring let alone turn an eye pin...  What I'd learnt in College wasn't even basics.. well it was but I didn't have a kiln or fire pit, or money for them kinda tools..  I purchased some cheap jewellery pliers, won some charms on eBay and bought some phone cords with the idea that I'd make and sell phone cord charms.  Only not only were they being sold cheaper than I could afford to make them...  but I had trouble with pliers and jump rings and just trying to get the charms to stay on was a mission.  I made some lovely charms and with hours it was a piece of cord and the charm was some place else.  Being so well 'me' that didn't matter because I had this website and a plan.  I'd worked very hard on making a website, though didn't know how to do much more than that.  Damn taking media instead of fashion.  lol.  So I packed it in.  Just didn't bother.  I had apx 100 charms, a few beads, cord and two or three tools.  No great loss.  

A number of years later, I'd picked up a few crafting hobbies such as tag making, cards, mini albums and one or two altered crafts too.  And during that time I found "oh this would look lovely with a charm" ...and so looking on YouTube and A LOT of practice I learned how to turn an eye pin, correctly open a jump ring and soon enough I was pulling together various charms.  Which lead to beading.. which became charm braclets, necklaces and rings and then I got looking at Polymer clay which in turn paper clay / air dry clay (didn't like it), resin... mixed medium charms and all sorts.  And now while I'm not a pro by far but a few years on a I have a few odds and ends and basics down and while I only ever sold a few things and even then was probably far too generous on the price given the cost of materials.  Before even thinking about my time...

So lately I've been pondering and thinking it's something I'd like to go for and look into.  The only thing, aside from my disability, holding me back is the worry that I'll be commiting some kind of fraud or lose my entitlement to benefits and in turn lose my home and drum up a load of debt.  So it's something I'm going to seriously look into.

But that said.  I have been a huge fan of the very talented Brenda Sue for some time now,  And is one of my go too's when I'm looking for inspiration.  While the materials she works with might not be available to me 'cos of country or finance I still get some wonderful ideas and some knowledge from her.  I recently, Friday, discovered the facebook group which I have joined and everyone there is just so overly friendly and warm and sharing it's such an inspirational place. especially for jewellery makers.

So, that's where I'm at.  And a brief history.  But now.. I figure I'll start this new adventure and call it "The Jewel in Jewellery Journey" ...I hope to share my finds.,  And of course I'll post to my Facebook page @ 

Imogen aka missimoinsane

Sunday, 23 November 2014

BARGAIN EBAY HAUL!! (Saved over £900!!)


Showing off  I saved well over £900!! Read on!  Ps. Picture doesn't show everything I got!! 

So decided since it's nearly my Birthday and Christmas that I would treat myself.. With my "I've quit smoking savings" haha any excuse I know right. BUT I got bargains. Again. 

1. Over 650+ assorted charms £37 (usually apx £5 for 20 so saving of over £160+)
2. 137 real velvet necklaces, charms, beads and more £14.98 (necklaces usually 10 for £4 so saving of over £55+)
3. 2 Raaco 44 Drawer Units £40 (usually £35 each so saving of £30)
4. Huge bundle of brand new beads and charms including real gold pendants and beads £28 (seller says over £250+ worth I think more so saving of over £222+)
5. Over 200+ large bronze charms £12.49 (varies from £5 for 10 so saving of over £87+)
6. 50 packets of scrapbooking metal charms £12.30 (varies from £8 each so saving of about £387+)

Total spend. £144.77
Total saving. Well over £941+
Total bargain. Well over £1000+ of goods for less than £150.

or 9 weeks of smoking 30-40 a day at £8.60 a pack. (apx £1000) know for a FACT that this lot will last me a whole lot longer than 9 weeks and be a whole lot healthier too. Ps. Over 8months since I quit smoking 
Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday to me. Yes I'll be selling on the unwanted items. And there is much much more than just what the pictures show!!!!


Frozen Heart Concept - Chunky Bag Charm.

FYI: Same & similar is available / I am available for commission while supplies last see my facebook page for details @ feel free to go look, like and ask.

Frozen Heart Concept - Chunky Necklace.

FYI: Same & similar is available / I am available for commission while supplies last see my facebook page for details @ feel free to go look, like and ask.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Room Project Part 1 of ?

Waking up to happy smiley furbabies made me wona do something positive!!

Decided my mission for this weekend it to clean up both my desks, my craft shelves, drawers etc and have a clear out and rearrange - mostly 'cos I'm sick to death of never being able to find anything lol. Plus going to reorganise some of my craft storage 'cos some things are just not working for me. Like keeping my beads at the other side of my room to both my desks..

There will be before/after and progress pictures. And possibly stuff up for sale... I'm dreaming if I think I'm going to get it all done this weekend though lol. But it's my plan   Thinking 'cos I know my curtains are too short anyway but try and put them up.. so my room stays warmer. Got some recycled / up-cycled ideas but it's going to have to involve muscles (sorry bro)

Today's progress.

1. Computer desk.  I've tidied up and reorganised and polished etc all my desk top and computer area.  Moved my tower from top of my desk to underneath which so far no problems.  Moved the corner unit onto my desk.  Switched out my lamp - need to get a bulb.  But looking cleaner.. which makes me more productive :3 hehe

2. I did a crafty craft.  Needed somewhere to store my most used brushes and makeup.. I don't have a mountain of room.. but I did make this small craft for under 50p! Got the glass in an antique/second hand shop for 20p and the diamant√© bling packet from poundland for obviously £1 and used two n a half pieces of the diamant√© strips to bling up the glass. Put my frequently used makeup n brushes in it since my rooms lacking a dresser this is now on my desk instead of a drawer 

3. I cleared off my craft desk, got my brother to put up curtains I knew would be too short (but it's massively warmer in here now) and go gather some wood from a wardrobe my mum didn't want in her garage.  To stop my cats from being able to push my bead drawers over and then got my brother to move my bead drawers and now I've started reorganising my beads and my bookcase.

-To Be Continued-


About: Hi, It's Imogen and I created this page to showcase and perhaps sell some of my hobby creations to continue funding my therapeutic pass time ♥

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Sadly had my page deleted so creation a new one. Thank you to my wonderful friends for the support thus far and I hope to continue with this fresh start and positively.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

More Frozen Inspired Earrings (for sale)

FYI: Same & similar is available / I am available for commission while supplies last see my facebook page for details @ (edit updated with new page link) feel free to go look, like and ask.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014



#5Photos I tag to do this.. Jez Cane, Matthew Dawson, Lyndsay Reddington Del Guidice, Kavika Kupkakepants and Malachi Piatt

I was tagged by Dan Clegg to do the "5 photo's that make me smile" ...I thought about it and this is my choices.

5 photos that make me smile

(1.) Fractal Panda. Because even though I don't have it I got a DD (Daily Deviation) on deviantART. First real artist recognition.

(2.) Baby Ash bopping Baby Dusty on the head - some things never change. Love my fur babies.

(3.) My brother in his red and yellow car - In some ways he'll always be my baby brother. Love him.

(4.) My Sister, actually doing a good photo!! But she's getting too grown up too fast. Love her.

(5.) Josh and I. Because even though we're no longer together. We did have some very good times. And this New Years Eve was one of them.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Wendy's 10th Birthday




Cake by Lyndsay who is creator / founder of...
 For Goodness Cake in Blackpool, England.  You should go look!!

#100HAPPYDAYS Day 057. Happy 10th Burthday to My Sister Wendy. Glad you had a good birthday and enjoyed your presents and the stunning cake Lyndsey made. I had a brilliant day too xoxoxo  — with Jez Cane.