This week we welcome the arrival of the Jasmin Studio Crafts Grab Bag. This product has been in the pipeline for a little while now - partly because of my mission to get the whole world to give jewellery-making a go, but also because of an innate need to try to make the craft more affordable.
I am only too aware of the mounting costs of starting out in making jewellery... there are findings, tools, pretty beads... And if you want to sell your jewellery, there are even more costs involved in packaging, insurance, website… The list goes on.
And let's not forget the fact that this is one of the most addictive crafts you can devote your hard earned money to, so in all likelihood your wish list keeps growing and growing... Experience talking here.
So hopefully this is where this little grab bag will come in useful as it offers great value for any intrepid jewellery maker who likes a surprise. There will be findings, trays, charms, glass, necklaces and various other bits included – however this is a surprise bag so you just don’t know what you’re going to get! The only things that won’t be included are glues, glazes and sealants, but outside of that, you will receive several fabulous things!
There should be enough materials in one bag to be able to make at least 10 projects, though some may need additional findings (such as jump rings or clasps) to complete them, and some will probably need a bit of lateral thinking – we will grab a handful of glass from a mixed bucket so it might or might not fit the pendant trays you will get! Told you it was going to be a surprise!
I hope this will inspire you to try out new methods in your jewellery making. So you have a tray but no glass? Consider using resins, glazes, polymer clay, or glued embellishments. Have glass but no tray? Think about using a bail, or gluing the glass onto a ring, or a hair clip.
If you’re in an adventurous mood and fancy a change from the norm that won’t break the bank? give this bag a try – its contents might just surprise you!