Commission Work

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Fanklemade Services

Did you know, I offer commission work as part of the Fanklemade services I provide to customers?

I was recently commissioned to make a necklace as a special birthday present for a lucky lady. Having previously purchased some earrings from me, her partner wanted an illusion necklace with the same natural freshwater pearls.

Natural metallic baroque pearl illusion necklace

Goal

The goal is to create something unique, meeting the client’s requirements and most importantly suiting and fitting the end recipient! The last point is especially important if the commission is a surprise gift for someone else. You need to glean as much information from the client as possible regarding measurements, what colours suit the wearer and also, what type of occasion the jewellery will be worn for example, worn daily or on special occasions.

Fit for purpose

All my jewellery is handmade, with cold connections, unlike factory made items. They are more delicate and need to be handled carefully. Knowing when the jewellery will be worn will help me determine the best process and materials to be used, to ensure it is fit for purpose.

For example, not all gemstones have the same level of durability. They are graded according to their hardness using the Mohs scale. It measures how resistant a gemstone or mineral is to being scratched or damaged when exposed to general wear and tear.

Jewellery worn on the hand or finger will normally be more exposed to wear and tear than necklaces or earrings.

Conversation

All my creations have a little bit of me in them but commission work involves the vision of the client as well. So, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the client’s requirements. This means not only discussing the project at length at the beginning but also maintaining a conversation throughout the process. A continuous conversation is essential, especially at each stage of the project, to ensure my creation is in alignment with the client’s wishes.

Journey of Discovery

The interesting thing about commissions is I may end up making something I wouldn’t necessarily have considered before. It is an opportunity to consider new materials and possibly apply new techniques. Each new project is a journey of discovery and that is always fun!

Reviews and Recommendations

As a small business owner, it is important to me, not only to provide a good product and service to customers but also to receive feedback from them. It is fed back directly to me. I am able to react quickly, making changes where necessary. It helps me grow in my business, understanding what works and what doesn’t.

I am delighted to say that the customer and the recipient loved the finished piece and left lovely reviews for me.

If you have an idea for a piece of jewellery or home decor you would like, please feel free to contact me.

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Pearls – a brief introduction

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What do you know about pearls? Here is a brief introduction to help you on your pearl journey.

When you mention pearls, most people immediately think of the classic round single knotted white pearl necklace. However, pearls come in a variety of sizes, shapes (eg potato, round, baroque, biwa, keshi) and colours (some dyed, some natural). Just take a look at the picture attached – can you identify the different shapes?

Pearls – a brief introduction

Having multiple choices helps pearls to maintain their classic and timeless reputation.

Availability

Diving for pearls used to be the only option available to gem collectors but now with the introduction of pearl farms, they have become more accessible. However, the size and condition of the pearl still dictates its value.

Pearl Qualities

When selecting pearls, you need to consider five criteria, namely size, shape, colour, lustre and orient. These all affect the value.

Pearls over 7mm in size increases in price faster than smaller sizes. Round pearls command a premium. You have to remember they are organic and it is rare to find a perfect round and, of course, cannot be reshaped. What you see is what you get.

Colour choice is subjective to the individual but naturally coloured pearls are treasured more than dyed / treated ones. Different types of molluscs produce different coloured pearls.

Good lustre can be demonstrated when you can see the reflection of a bare lightbulb on the surface of the pearl from a distance of about 6 feet.

The orient of the pearl is the iridescence / glow on the surface.

Myth & Legend

Pearls symbolise purity, fertility and are also know as the gem of sincerity. They have a long association with love and marriage. It is said they are worn by the bride to prevent her from crying on her wedding day.

Pearls are also the June birthstone and 30th wedding anniversary gift.

Pearl Gift

If you have a celebration coming up and would like a pearl gift, check out my shop

Bespoke Commissions

If you would like to commission a piece of jewellery, please contact me at hello@fanklemade.com.

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Tutorial on how to draw a doodle flower

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What is this?

Here is a little bit of mindfulness fun for you, a video tutorial on how to draw a doodle flower.

Tools needed

The only tools needed for this doodle flower tutorial, is a pencil and a piece of paper

How to draw a doodle flower

We all doodle, don’t we? Why not bring all your doodles together, into one project? This tutorial on how to draw a doodle flower, is an example of how you can combine your doodles into a simple drawn shape.

Doodle Flower

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Lifestyle Changes

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Self-Isolation

This current situation happened so quickly that there was no real chance to prepare, let alone learn the necessary skills to cope with self-isolation and social distancing. Lifestyle changes occurred overnight and that was that! Are you coping with the changes and also managing to find time to relax?

New Lifestyle Changes

The majority of my day used to be spent creating, with a small amount of time allocated to social media etc. Within the first week of lockdown, technology took over. Using the telephone more and working online became the norm, which involved joining on-line meetings and using social media to not only keep in touch with business contacts, but also family and friends. It was non-stop!

These lifestyle changes have been my greatest challenge, but a routine is gradually emerging, which also allows me to continue creating and find some me time.

Different World

Some of you may now have plenty of time on your hands and others may be juggling a multitude of tasks: home schooling, entertaining the children, looking after the family and still trying to work remotely.

In this different world, whatever camp you fall into, you need to find a quiet space for yourself and find time to relax.

Relax

As a creative, a pencil and paper are the first tools I pick up to sketch (or doodle), whenever I have a few free moments.

Doodling can be both therapeutic and relaxing. It helps you to be in the moment and practice mindfulness – who knew?

If you are looking for a new distraction, feel free to download this rainbow picture, for you or your children to colour in.

Thank you

I am so grateful that a change in working practice and shopping for groceries are all I have to worry about!

Whilst we stay safe at home, all key workers from the NHS, to emergency services, to waste collection, to care workers and shop assistants, naming just a few, are performing their duties in very difficult, scary times. They deserve our gratitude.

Why not display your finished picture in your window, to show your thanks.

Stay safe at home and keep well.

Lifestyle changes.  Thank you to NHS and key workers PDF download
Download this PDF to colour in and display in your window

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Fanklemade Story

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Fanklemade Introduction

I am Sheree, the designer and creator behind Fanklemade products. I started my business in 2017 making handmade gemstone jewellery at directly to customers and via craft fairs.

Portfolio

Gradually, I expanded my Fanklemade portfolio to provide handmade bags, leather products, textile, vinyl and metal home décor items. I also opened my Etsy shop.

Everyday is school day for me, learning new techniques and processes as I hone my skills, not only as a maker but also as a business owner.

Why did I start making?

Partly through necessity as I could never find the right colour or style of clothing to suit me. Partly because I wanted to wear something different or wanted to decorate my home with one-off items.

Every Fanklemade piece is lovingly made with a desire to create unique, affordable items to be enjoyed by you.

Social media

During the month of March this year, I took up the challenge to improve my presence on social media. So, I created daily posts for my Fanklemade Facebook and Instagram pages.

Why don’t you check the posts out on my Fanklemade pages, there are 31 posts with #Marchmeetthemaker in the title. It was an opportunity to introduce me and my business to current and future customers and give an insight into my creative world.

For me, this was no mean feat! I am very much a novice in the world of social media and up until now, have been rather reluctant to show my face, as it were; preferring viewers to concentrate on my handmade products.

It is obvious that for those of you who are unable to see me at crafting events, blogs and other online communications like this are a way for you to begin to know me, follow my progress and hopefully enjoy my creations.

Sheree Wayman, owner and creator of Fanklemade products
Sheree Wayman, owner and creator of Fanklemade products
Fanklemade handmade gifts

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Taking time out for yourself

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Christmas!

We are fast approaching the busiest time of the year, for my business…..Christmas! As a designer-maker, it not only involves the designing but also the sourcing of products, the final creation and then promoting and selling through social media, outlets and craft fairs.

Take time out for yourself

For this reason, taking time out for yourself is important; allowing you to slow down, reflect and in my case, this time, actually play with new products under no pressure. I already make cards, predominantly for personal use, so on Sunday I tried out painting cards using a craft airbrush and alcohol pens.

Working outside

It was a pleasant morning, so rather than being stuck in the house, I worked outside (just had to contend with a strong breeze which was a little tricky).

Taking time out for myself, enjoying the sunshine, concentrating on the flow of the ink onto the page (and not me!!!) and creating something new was great fun. The fresh air and project took my mind off all the other daily concerns and I felt refreshed as a result.

Satisfaction

You can’t beat the feeling of satisfaction when you complete a task, whether it be cleaning the car, gardening or doing your accounts. Not every project or task needs to be creative but taking time out for yourself and doing something you enjoy is beneficial for both body and mind.

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October Birthstones are Opal and Tourmaline

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If you are born in October you are fortunate to have both opal and tourmaline as your birthstone. Each gem comes in a rainbow of shades and colour.

Myth and Legend

Opal encourages positive emotion, improves memory, instills loyalty and faithfulness with respect to love, personal and business relationships and brings spontaneity to the wearer.

Tourmaline helps balance the energies in the body; attract inspiration; promote understanding and encourage self-confidence.

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2019 Fanklemade Events

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Why don’t you visit one of the following events and check out my handmade creations.

8th December 12 noon to 3 pm: St Albans Girls’ School Winter Fair, Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans, AL3 6DB

30th November 5 pm to 11 pm: Etsy Made Local 2019 Christmas Fair, Lannock Farm, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7EE.

27th October: Winter Craft & Gift Fair, The Vineyard Barn, Welwyn Garden City, Herts., AL8 7PU

15th October – 9th November: Create Open – Artists in Action, The Workhouse, 5 Ashton Square, Dunstable, LU6 3SN

https://www.facebook.com/TheWorkhouseDunstable

13th October 11:00 am to 3:00 pm: The DIY Wedding Fair, Venue 360, 20 Gipsy Lane, Luton, LU1 3JH

https://www.facebook.com/events/venue-360/the-diy-wedding-fair

8th June 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Huddle Market, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU.
https://www.facebook.com/huddlemarket/

6th April 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Berkhamsted Pop Up Bazaar, The Town Hall, 196 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AP. https://www.facebook.com/berkhamstedmarket/

29th March 11:30 am to 3:30 pm: Spring Mother’s Day Craft Fair, WRFC Bar and Coffee House, Watford Rugby Club, Radlett Road, Watford, WD24 4LL https://www.facebook.com/events/368102820683490/

 23rd March 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Health and Wellness Day, Great Hadham Golf and Country Club, Near Bishops Stortford, SG10 6JE. https://www.facebook.com/kneadamassagetherapyrooms/photos/a.507819342732048/1130171043830205/?type=3&theater

17th March 1.00 pm to 6:00 pm: Holistic and Craft Fayre, Pinner Green Social Club, Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, HA5 3TJ.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/holistic-craft-fayre-tickets-57921320228

2nd and 3rd March: MK Handmade and Vintage Fair, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre – outside John Lewis. https://www.mkhandmadeandvintage.co.uk/

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Jewellery Design Commissions and Repairs

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Did you know that Fanklemade offers a service for jewellery design commissions and repairs? Each project is priced separately. Please contact Fanklemade with your enquiries.

We understand that commissioning a jewellery design or repairs can be a leap of faith for the customer.   To allow the designer free rein can be unnerving. You should, take the time to familiarise yourself with the designer’s work and style to help with your selection process.  

Case Study – Repair

This week I have repaired jewellery for two customers. The first one was a request to shorten a bracelet and the other a little more complicated. It was to create a new necklace from the broken remains.

Stage 1

The first stage is to carefully clean the gemstones.

Stage 2

The second stage is to consider the customer’s style and incorporate any particular requirements.

Stage 3

At the point of stage 3, we evaluate what original gemstones and findings can be used in the new design.

Stage 4

Formulate a design.

Stage 5

The final stage is to create the new piece of jewellery.

End Result

The customer was delighted with the end result, which provided her with two different necklaces.

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November birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

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November babies are fortunate to have the choice of two birth stones: Topaz and Citrine

The colours of topaz range from clear (colourless), yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, to green and blue.   Blue topaz has often been treated to bring out the blue colour.

November birthstone: Topaz

This stone is pleochroic, which means that the gem can show different colours in different crystal directions.

Myth and Legend
Topaz brings the wearer joy, generosity, abundance and good health.  It is traditionally known as a stone of love and good fortune.  It promotes honesty, individuality and self-control.

Wedding anniversaries:

  • 4th
  • 23rd for imperial topaz
  • 50th for golden topaz

Citrine is part of the quartz family and ranges from transparent , yellow, yellowish brown to orange and has sometimes been mistaken for Topaz.

November birthstone: Citrine

Myth and Legend

Citrine is a warming, energising and highly creative crystal.  It promotes joy; protects against negative energy and helps concentration.  This gem is also known for abundance and believers will keep a citrine in the wealth corner of their home, in their purse/wallet and traders will keep some in their till.

Wedding anniversaries:

  • 11th as an alternative stone for this anniversary
  • 13th

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