MAKE // Tatty Devine Necklace Workshop

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Back in November, I was lucky enough to win a place for myself and a friend at one of Tatty Devine's jewellery making workshops in an online competition! The Jingle Bells necklace workshop was a festive new addition to the brand's range of fun jewellery making experiences at their Brick Lane store in London. I've had this post sitting in my drafts for a while, and had been meaning to blog this while it was still Christmassy. Since life got in the way and it's now January, I was considering ditching it all together. Then I remembered how much fun I had at this workshop and also how badly I wanted to blog about it afterwards. Better late than never, right?

I've made jewellery before, but it was in some Center Parcs clubhouse when I was 7 years old, and a grown up had to do all the fiddly bits for me. As someone who loves crafting I found it simple to grasp, but it was also challenging enough to be entertaining and worth the money (if I were to ever do one again). Don't let that put you off though - There are people to help you out as much or as little as you need, and they'll even check at the end to make sure your necklace is absolutely perfect.

As for the actual making process, we were each given a really clear full scale flat drawing showing how the necklace was constructed, along with a pair of pliers, jump rings, and pots of different coloured mirrored perspex jingle bell pieces. We could choose which colours we wanted to use from red, gold or pink. I decided to mix mine up a bit using all three, with more red pieces since it's one of my favourite colours. Once the parts were assembled, we were given a chain to cut to our desired length and attach to complete the product.

Tatty Devine's jewellery making workshops have a really nice atmosphere. Even though you could just buy one of their necklaces ready-made and save the effort, there's definitely something really rewarding about wearing a piece of jewellery you've made yourself. It's was fun and therapeutic (and they also gave us wine!) I'd definitely recommend their necklace workshops as a fun activity to beat any of those post-Christmas winter blues you may have. The kinds of necklaces you can make there will vary seasonally, so it's worth checking the website here to see what's on.

Have you made your own jewellery before? Would you try one of these cool workshops? Comment below.

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