Jewellery Design Commissions and Repairs


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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Craft Fairs 2018 Update

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Another fruitful craft fair is over.  Many thanks to all the lovely people that visited my stall and my fellow Etsy designer makers for their inspiration and support.  I look forward to meeting you all again on the 1st December at the next Etsy artisan market at the Intu Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes.  Same time, same place!

Sterling silver charm and citrine bracelet

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Fanklemade’s 2018 Events

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The first of Fanklemade’s 2018 events was at the #Huddlemarket Arts and Craft Fair yesterday.  We had good attendance and plenty of new customers.  Thank you to all my new friends and customers, it was a fun day.

Fanklemade at the Huddlemarket, Harpenden 15th September 2018


Next shows are:

15th September: Huddlemarket, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Harpenden,  AL5 2RU

29th September : Etsy Local Market at Intu Shopping Centre, 67 Midsummer Place, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3GB

19th/20th October: Crafting Live, East of England Arena, Peterborough, PE2 6XE.  Fanklemade will be in the Artisan Tent.

3rd November: Huddlemarket, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Harpenden,  AL5 2RU

1st December: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Etsy Local Christmas Market at Intu Shopping Centre, 67 Midsummer Place, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3GB

9th December: 2 pm to 4 pm NPRA Christmas Fair, Napsbury Park Sports Pavilion, Pegrum Drive, Napsbury Park, London Colney, Herts

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Pantone Colour 2018 Ultra Violet


I love the ultra violet Pantone colour 2018. Its vibrancy can enhance many outfits. Did you know colours can influence your state of mind?  You probably don’t realise that you may be choosing your outfit colour, according to your mood.

Violet is a blue-based purple and has links with creativity, individuality, inspiration, royalty, luxury, wisdom, dignity, devotion, spirituality – who wouldn’t want that?

Complementary colours to violet are pale yellow, golden brown, turquoise, mint green, light orange.

The practices of mindfulness and meditation may help us to find balance and calmness in our stressful lives. Violet is the colour of spirituality and is linked to the crown chakra.

For those of you who want to bring this colour into your home or jewellery, you can find violet in:

Tanzanite, Amethyst, Iolite, Lavender Jade, Sugilite, Lepidolite, Charoite, Spinel.

Violets, Agapanthus, Aster, Freesia, Iris, Pansy, Phlox, Verbena, Lavender.

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Gift Wrapping a Box


It’s that time of year again!  Here are some instructions on how to wrap a parcel.

Ensure the box contents are secure before wrapping.

Make sure you have sufficient wrapping material to cover article.  It doesn’t always have to be paper; try fabric for example.

Wrap a measuring tape / piece of string / ribbon around the box and measure the length to gauge how much paper you need to cover it.


Add a further inch / 2.5 cnm to both long edges.

Also measure the length of the box plus the depth of the two ends then cut the paper slightly less e.g. an inch / 2.5 cm per end – this really depends on the size of the box.

Cut the paper to the appropriate size.

Centre the box on the paper.  Wrap the two long edges of paper around the box; secure one edge to the underside of the box with a small strip of tape.  Draw the free edge over the secured edge; slightly fold under its raw edge and secure with tape.

Rest the palm of your hand on the box and curl your fingers over the short edge, pushing down one end of the paper against the box.  This will form two sloping sides. With your other hand, pinch a crease on both sides and then fold them towards the centre of the box, at the same time creasing the folded paper.  Remember to keep the paper taut over the box, perhaps run your fingers along the edges of the box to reinforce the shape.

Apply a small strip of tape on both of the folded sides.  Form another crease along the box edges.

At this point you should have a triangular shape tab.  Pinch the folded edges to form a crease.  Then fold over the rough edge of the final tab and fold the tab up to the box end and secure with tape.  Repeat at other end.

Apply more adhesive tape wherever needed.  Double-sided adhesive tape gives a cleaner finish.  Sharpen edges and folds wherever possible.

Turn the box right-side up and decorate with bows / tags / embellishments etc

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