Wednesday, 1 October 2008

A new trend!

I've been busy busy making floral cufflinks over the last week or so. I came up with the design for these some months ago and sent them to a beading magazine to see if they would be interested in them as a project - they wanted the flowers ... but not as cufflinks! So the flowers will appear in a future publication as a charm bracelet, which I am quite happy about, but I still think that floral cufflinks are a nice idea - maybe I'm just ahead of my time ;)

So I was quite surprised on a shopping trip last weekend, to see that this season all the major stores are now carrying not only gents, but ladies shirts with cufflinks! They are lovely as they are, but to me they look a bit plain as most of the cufflinks that come with the shirts are just little cream or white enamel discs. So I thought I would become a trendsetter - I bought myself one of these shirts and made some floral cufflinks to wear with it that also match a beautiful amethyst and teal angora top I have - perfect as the weather has become decidedly cool here in the UK!


When I first started making floral cufflinks, I tried to make relatively life-like flowers, such as poppies, apple blossom and wild rose and I have sold a few pairs of these, but now I have decided to add to this range with some 'fantasy flowers' that are just beautiful rich autumnal colours with either glass pearl or freshwater pearl centres. There are currently five pairs of floral cufflinks for sale in my Etsy shop or via my website and I will be adding to these in the near future - I am also happy to take commissions for any colour.




I used to call these 'ladies cufflinks' as I also make much plainer 'gents cufflinks' (see above) but I have sold a couple of pairs of poppy cufflinks to gentlemen, so I now consider them to be unisex, although of course you have to be a pretty cool guy to wear them! Both types have a sterling silver chain and bar attached. Why not treat yourself to a pair of beaded cufflinks and be a trendsetter with me!

26 comments:

  1. What a cool idea. I haven't seen any call for cufflinks near me, but then again, I am seriously overdue for a shopping trip, too.

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  2. these are very petty and great colors.
    i do some of the beaded roses and have a class coming up at the end of oct..

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  3. These are just GORGEOUS! I love the colors!

    Smadar

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  4. I've loved your cufflinks since the day that I saw them. I think they are cool. I was just thinking about your cufflinks earlier and thinking of the business women that wore suits to work and these would be something that would brighten up their rather dull wardrobe.

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  5. You beaded flowers are charming! I think they would make really cool cuff links.

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  6. Those flowers are lovely, great idea! :)

    I'm thinking napkin rings.. could be a great idea for christmas gifts..

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  7. You are very clever. I would love to see a pair of the flower cuff links, actually on a ladies shirt, how it would look with the shirt on. I hope you have great success with a wonderful idea.

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  8. I love the flowers. They are gorgeous!

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  9. Those are really neat, Kerri! I'm going to be on the lookout for a tailored blouse that requires cuff links. I'll order a pair if I do.

    Of course, I'll probably have to buy a suit too, but I'm a firm believer in choosing the accessory FIRST, then find the clothes to match. ;-)

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  10. Beautiful, Kerrie, I love them! I agree with Hilary too, I almost always choose the clothes to match my jewellery and accessories!

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  11. I love these, and I love cuff links. I have a ton of button ups that have cuff links. And I wear these shirts with dress pants or jeans, it doesn't matter. I definitely know what's going on my Christmas list this year.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

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  12. I don't wear many blouses that require cufflinks, but I can see these small items as something for the lapel, etc. Many times, when I see something like this I think that if they come in pairs I can give one as a gift and keep one. Beautiful work!

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  13. Your flower cufflinks ARE gorgeous. But then again, I could see them on headbands, on cute little girls' overalls, as a brooch, as earrings, dangle or post, either one, and the list goes on and on. Love 'em!

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  14. These are great and so stylish. "soft" cufflinks are definitely in! Good luck!

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  15. I think those are STUNNING!!! But I agree with the magazine ... cuff links wouldn't work for me and most people I know but as a bracelet they are awesome. I'm super impressed. =)

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  16. Wow thanks for all your great comments everyone! I really do appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to leave me a comment.

    My best wishes to you all;
    Kerrie x

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  17. Oh, these are brilliant. I wonder if I could retro fit the buttons on my pea coat with these.....I never unbutton those sleeves....

    It would be a great way to dress up a pea coat.

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  18. Absolutely fabulous! Your work is exquisite...
    it's inspiring me to get or make a cufflink blouse!
    Very sweet items :)

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