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Jewels for Halloween – It’s a kind of magic

Halloween in the Adams Family household was never a small Thing, my personal style may have gone from Cousin Itt to Pugsley in the last 25 years but my enthusiasm for this dubious holiday has not wavered. So in the spirit of celebration of the unknown and creepy, we can also embrace the magical and mysterious and even some veg to bring us back down to earth.

This year there has been an appearance of magical, mystical motifs on the catwalks and looking beyond the stars and moons there are otherworldly delights to be found.

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Shelley James makes 3D printed and cast glass sculptures from her base in Cockpit Studios. These pieces, some of which can be worn as necklaces, change colour in different light conditions.

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There are some more traditionally spooky treats to bewitch us too, like this beautiful bat out of the blue ring by Lydia Courteille.

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These cheeky eight-legged freaks have got their fangs into some of Alexander McQueen’s signature skulls.

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It doesn’t take Halloween to get under your skin to use skulls as a way to get a-head with your jewellery designs. Susan Elanora uses this as a regular motif for her cute and creepy jewellery. And our tutors Natasha Williams and Sophie Arnott have also used the skull as a reference in their work.

Natasha has used Computer Aided Design and 3d printing in wax to get to create this angular cranial knuckle duster in silver.

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While Sophie has favoured engraving for this silver signet ring.

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I am growing to love Halloween even more since discovering that its roots are in harvest festival traditions. I have a great appreciation of vegetable jewellery. The pumpkin may be the go-to-veg for these times but this pumpkin coloured Romanesco cauliflower brooch by Barbara Paganin (AKA Space Cauliflower, usually the unearthly colour of Slimer from Ghostbusters) from the epic collections at the V&A is just what the witch doctor ordered.

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Don’t let your creepy creations (Uncle) Fester indoors, here are a few magical, curious or kooky things to see and do over at this frightful time of year:

Harry Potter- A History of Magic Exhibition at The British Library. Until Wednesday 28th February.

Screening of The Addams Family with orchestral accompaniment at The Royal Albert Hall. Thursday 26th October.

Halloween Fair at the Horniman Museum, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017.

Virtual Reality Haunted Cinema in Covent Garden, from Wednesday 25th October-Sunday 29th October.

Halloween Fright Night party at The Quarter of Curiosity Shop in Soho, Thursday 26th October.

Or Go(mez) wild and book onto one of our magical courses to get that memento mori made.

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting.

 

 

Halloween winner

Congratulations to Faye Billington who’s “Blood Brooch” is the winner of our Halloween jewellery competition.

We were very impressed with the drama of the blood drops and the clever use of polymer clay. It must look stunning on.

Faye has won a jewellery making bundle from Beads Direct worth over £100 – we look forward to seeing what she comes up with from that.

You can see the collection of bats and skulls and other scary items that made up the entries on our Facebook page.

 

 

A closer look at October’s jewellery making prize

This month’s jewellery making competition prize is a bumper bundle worth over £100 from Beads Direct.

There is so much in it we thought it was worth a closer look:

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Even we don’t know what’s in the big bead hamper because Beads Direct want to retain some mystery. But when is opening a surprise package of beads a bad thing?

Kumihimo Braiding kit

Kumihimo is a Japanese technique that creates colourful braids that you could wear by themselves or use to hang a pendant – perhaps made using some of your mystery beads. The kit has everything you need to learn the technique and create an 18in braid. A chance to add another skill to your repertoire.

 Mini tool kit

Have you every thought about taking a jewellery project on a trip and wondered how you are going to pack everything. This little tool kit could be the answer – flat nose, snipe nose and round nose pliers plus cutters in a case you could slip in a handbag (although possibly not for hand luggage if you are flying).

Fimo clay kit

Polymer clay is a fun material as anyone who’s been on one of our polymer clay workshops can testify. It’s possible to be engrossed for hours creating canes and colour combinations to produce beads and surfaces for pendants, bracelets etc. If you already use clay, more supplies are always welcomes and if not, here’s a chance to try it out.

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Plus there are pens, shrink plastic and even a mug to keep you supplied with tea as you create.

To win this great bundle of creative supplies, send us a picture of your Halloween inspired jewellery.

Entering couldn’t be simpler. Explain why or how your piece invokes the spookiest time of the year – it could be colours, shapes or inspirations – and send a picture of it to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk. We’ll publish the picture in our facebook page gallery along with links to any website or social media info you give us.

Marvellous making prize for our October competition

We promised you news of the great prize from Beads Direct for our Halloween themed jewellery making competition.

Among the goodies worth over £100 are:

  • A big bead hamper (wrapped in tissue as the contents are a surprise!)
  • A kumihimo braiding kit
  • A fimo clay kit
  • A shrink plastic kit and book
  • And a portable mini tool set.

Plus there is a mug so that you can keep the tea and the inspiration flowing.

This month we are asking you to send us pictures of your Halloween inspired creation to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk for a chance to win this great prize. For all the details click here. Closing da: Midnight on Halloween, 31 October.

Time to get spooky with our October competition

Grace and Firefly jewellery

Inspired by the autumnal weather and this bat by Chu-Mei Ho of Grace and Firefly, an LJS tutor, this month we want to see your Halloween inspired jewellery.

It could be colours, shapes or inspirations.

Entering couldn’t be simpler. Explain why or how your piece invokes the spookiest time of the year and send a picture of it to press@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk. We’ll publish the picture in our facebook page gallery along with links to any website or social media info you give us.

Watch this space for more details of the great jewellery-making prize, worth more than £100,  for this competition from our sponsor Beads Direct – there’s so much in it, it deserves a post all its own.

And the closing date…

…Well midnight on Halloween of course.