Saturday, 11 February 2012

I am so excited to show you what Ive made! A handmade watch

Lookie lookie!  I made a watch!!  I know!  Its a watch!  Yippee!

Ok so after my excitement with Super Geek this morning (see previous post for details), I decided I was going to post the tutorial videos of me showing you how to make the wee shabby chic journal I made.  Its a series of tutorials showing step by step footage of bookbinding.  I uploaded onto YT finally (dont ask) and made them public......for all of 2 seconds when I realised on the second video, one of the most important sewing steps was missing!!  So, Im currently uploading it AGAIN.  So instead of Bookbinding tutorials.....you get this instead.......

I bet you lot thought I had gone and made another card, didnt ya?  Ha!  No way.  That last one for my brothers birthday was enough trauma to keep me going for a few years, lol.

Nope, I am excited for another reason......I made a watch.  As you can see already.  I also chucked out my Scrubby's good watch out of its nice decorative box so I could display mine and take photos.  Dont worry, no harm came to Scrubby's watch in the making of these photos, heehee.  His watch was carefully placed back in its wee hidey hole, opps, I mean nice decorative box once I had finished with it.

So you all know I like to play about making dangly charms and stickpins.  Well, I have got my sister possessed with crafting too, lol.  She was interested in jewellery making so for Xmas I made her up a pretty big starter kit.  But then the other week I was shopping around ebay for some more beads and things for my charms and stickpins and I came across an ebayer from China selling watch faces.  Says I to me-self  "Ohhhh our Tara could make those watch faces into pretty watches or bracelet watches".  So I bought the 10 little watch faces for less than 50p each and that was free postage too!  What a bargain.  So I got them delivered the other day and I was in my room last night, making up a nice wee bag of pretty things to give my sister including the watches.  And again.....Me-self pops up and says "Hmmmm, I think Im gonna take a bash at making a watch".

And this is how this pretty little watch came in to being.  I had everything I needed to make it.  I used the clear elasticated jewellery thread, spacers, bead caps and beads and a wee crimp clasp at the end.  Then just a few jump rings and a lobster claw for the closure.  I must say though, as much as I like my long nails and they come in very handy at time.......you know, when your Scrubby says he'd love a good ole back scratch....Im his human backscratcher and anyone who is a Family Guy fan will know exactly what way to say "Back Scratcher"..... my nails were a complete nightmare when trying to make this watch.  Trying to lift teeny ball spacers and thread the elastic thread through teeny wee holes was hindered severely by my long nails!  But I got there in the end and my desire to whack em' all off soon subsided!  But then it was back again when I tried to put the bloomin' thing on my wrist!!

My beautiful assistant kindly modelled the watch for me.....ohhh hold on a minute, that dainty little wrist is mine!  Heehee


I have quite a skinny wee wrist stuck at the end of my arms so I put an extension chain on the closure so it can be worn on any size of wrist


The Closure


Smokey coloured glass bicone beads and clear glass bicone beads with bead caps and spacers make up the strap of the watch


Heres a nice little photo of the watch lying out on a very fine and bright pink non stick glue mat!  Please excuse its grubby appearance!


A little close up of the hardware


I am as proud as punch with this little thing.


Its lovely and light to wear but feels sturdy and secure at the same time.  Ive never had a bracelet type watch before but I must say, its surprisingly comfortable.
Oh aye, and as a bit of an after thought, I made a few wee stickpins too....can you spot the odd ball one?


These ones are made using pretty lilac glass pearls and pearly pearls!


Did you spot it?  Yes I realise Im a complete numpty and the second pin has a pearly pearl missing and thats why its so awkward looking but I will rectify that!  I was staring at the damned thing for ages wondering what was the matter with the bloomin' thing and then it twigged!  A missing pearl!  Duhhh!

Right, I think thats enough mischief from me for one day.  Two posts in one day!  There must be something wrong with me!  Im off.  Thanks for stopping by folks.  Let me know what you think of my wee bracelet watch.  I love reading all your comments.

Toodles Noodles,  

Loops xx

49 comments:

  1. No wonder you are proud of your creation Lee, it is a fabulous watch, are there no limits to your talents? It is beautiful and looks amazing on your wrist! Gorgeous stickpins too! Love Jayne. x x

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  2. beautiful pins as always but your watch is stunning, great choice of beads.
    Chris x

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  3. Oh Lee you are so clever. This is so gorgeous. I wouldn't know where to start. Love your stickpins too even the oddball one lol Debs xx

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  4. Wow! this watch is absolutely gorgeous! I have boxes of beads but I never really do much with them, I don't think I am ready to take on a watch just yet but I have been tempted to buy some pins and have a go at them for a while. Everything you make is always so gorgeous
    Lindsay xx

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  5. You should be proud, The watch is simply stunning, Love the beads, Beautiful Piece of work. Bernice x

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  6. lee gorgous,gorgous well done fab watch,as for your pins their lovely,the odd ball as ya call it is second in it still is lovely. sue xx

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  7. OMG!!!! Mrs. this is so gorgeous. You clever girl. Love the pretty beads and the gorgeous danglies. Beautifil pins as always too Lee.

    Donna x

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  8. Oh lee this is just beautiful. I absolutely love the colours you chose for the beads, and the clever closure! Wonderful design and clever you. Love all the stickpins too! Thanks for all the inspiration on your blog, I actually made a dangly thing for one of my cards :-) love maddy x

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  9. This is gorgeous. Love the watch and beautiful stickpins. You now have me hooked onto youtube watching your friend Fiona and you of course making flowers and charms and altering things. I am starting to like more things than cards now and have just bought some beads and findings from her xx

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  10. wow its fantastic hun.really beautiful :D

    xx coops xx

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  11. Hee hee,i love your posts always HAPPY.

    LOVE your Beautiful watch creation you are soooo clever.Great pins even the bobbly one LOL.Happy Sunday.huggles xx

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  12. That watch is gorgeous Lee, doesn't look 'home made'. Def something you would see in posh boutique shoppe! Love all your pretty pins too hugs x

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  13. Lee, how clever are you.... this is just wonderful, a very pretty watch!!! go girl go... lol
    Tilly

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  14. wow fabby makes! this google stuff has got me in a muddle now! it said on someone elses blog they will be phasing it out all together...who knows x

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  15. Lee I've posted a comment on my blog re the Google and Mr Linky stuff. Can you let me know if the updated version is the correct one? Thank you Karen x

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  16. The watch is absolutely beautiful! You are very talented! I am your newest Linky follower. Hope you will visit and follow me too! Have a great day!

    glosews


    glosews@sew-alongs

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  17. Thanks Crafty Loops! My technical are non legendary and DH doesn't do blogger! And yes everyone seems to be terrified they are going to loose all their followers! hugs karenx

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  18. What a stunning piece of jewellery Lee, it's a "to die for piece". Those stick pins are stunning too, was looking for the oddball but you only had picks of the pins...none of you...ooohhhh silly me you meant the pins lol (just kidding!) all gorgeous.

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  19. Wow this watch is really gorgeous Lee!!! Wow your creativity knows no bounds!!!!! Beautiful piece of jewellery and you should be very proud of yourself!!!!!!Fabulous work!!!!

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  20. Wow Lee, that's really taking your beading to the next level, fabulous work.

    Hope it's OK, just added a link to your rose tut from my blog post today. Your's are soooo much easier than my version.

    B x

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  21. Your watch and pins are just beautiful Lee how clever you are! Hugs rebekah xx

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  22. Gorgeous watch and pins Lee....... you're super talented!

    Hugs
    Christine x

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  23. Hi Lee, wowee! I am just so in awe of your wonderful creativity, your watch is wonderful and looks very chic and very comfy! I love your pins and even the one that you say is odd, looks as beautiful as all the rest. Have a great day, Hugs, Teresa x

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  24. oh I bet this was so "time consuming" sorry could not resist lol xx but wow what a creation and love the bead work too
    Hugs Kate xx

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  25. Wow that watch is stunning and unique, Luv Sam x

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  26. WOW Lee the watch is stunning and your pins are gorgeous too
    Hugs Lorna xx

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  27. Stunning watch Lee,love the beads and your pins are beautiful...
    Mandy x

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  28. Wow amazing Hunny......you are sooo clever making the watch and your stick pins are just gorgeous! x

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  29. Your watch is so pretty! and love those stick pins too!
    Wendy x

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  30. Well you got me confussed Lee lol I couldn't see what what wrong untill I read it, but then it's getting on for 10pm (bedtime lol)Your watch is stunning, it looks fabulous, well done you, you are so clever. (My daughter's still looking out for those buttons for you :o))
    Hugs Teresa xx

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  31. Lee - it so fabulous!!! WOW! xo

    -pamela :)

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  32. wow how clever are you Lee ?? absolutely great watch and you must get some great compliments when you wear it ... and to be able to say "I made it " must make you feel great ... love your stick pins toooo and boy it took me ages to find the "odd ball" ... really observant me ... lol ...happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  33. evening Lee love this have a watch with pearl bracelett but bought. Oh get over and claim your bigshot well done. xxx

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  34. Oh wow, the watch is so gorgeous!! I would love to have one like this!! And the stickpins are so beautiful (even the odd ball!!) What fabulous creations :)

    Lisa
    indymermaid.blogspot.com

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  35. Hi Lee,
    just dropping by to say thank you for the link for the image,it's fabulous...Have a lovely weekend...
    Mandy x

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  36. Another stunning creation lee adore the watch and your stickpins are beautiful to even the odd ball :p!

    Kerry x

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  37. Hi Lee, thanks for the visit and the info... I'm gonna check them right out! Love your watch (and your stick pins) but afraid to get to into your bead work because them I will be off on a new obsession! hehehe! My hubby's been hogging the computer with his music so I have to try and get on whenever I can... dang, he didn't even know how to operate the thing until I showed him, I created a "Computer hogging MONSTER"! LOL! Take care and see you soon... Thanks again!
    Crafty Hugs,
    Pendra

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  38. Oh hun I have just been in fits laughing at your Super Geek post. Glad it's all sorted :)
    Beautiful watch & pins, you clever girlie
    hugs Mandy xx

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  39. Wow amazing watch and i love those pins x

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  40. Your watch is so pretty and dainty and the stick pins are gorgeous, well maybe not the odd ball, but she is funky pretty still!
    Your work is beautiful Lee!

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  41. wow a watch!! How clever are you! It's really lovely.

    I'm very sympathetic about your blogger story as both my s-i-l and my son are CGs, and play around with my settings if I don't ban them from my pc. Very irritating for you to know that he knew the problem all along! xx Jill B

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  42. You should be proud, Lee - your little watch is beautiful! Looks really dainty and pretty, I'm sure it will be well worn and admired! Lisa x

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  43. Hi Lee,
    Belated Birthday wishes,hope you had a great day....
    Mandy x

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  44. Really wonderful and fabulous to have created some wearable art! Very elegant with a touch of glamour!!! Great colours on the pins too!

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