Moth and Moth Wing Pre-Order Event – 5th December 2017, 6.30pm GMT

For some time now I have been planning to do a one-off pre-order / custom order event for my moths and moth wings. I have had a lot of requests for custom orders since I started making them and have always had to refuse as I felt I might have to disappoint other people who subsequently asked for them. Plus, they take a long time to make! Usually I make a handful for each shop update, and they are always among the first things to go. I’ve decided to go ahead and I’ll be running the event on Tuesday, 5thDecember at 6.30pm GMT. I hope folks’ purses won’t be too cleared out after cyber weekend.  Treat yourself early now before you have to give up your funds to everyone else!

original moth

I’ll be offering two styles of moth and two styles of moth wings  – Original and Dot-work in both cases. I will be selling them on Etsy with listings for each (www.somethingtodobeads.etsy.com). There will be multiple quantities available on each listing. I haven’t done an event like this before, and I haven’t tested Etsy’s resilience when it comes to quickly renewing a listing when it is bought, especially if it is bought several times in a short space of time. So, I plan to have eight listings, two for each design, spreading the quantity across them, to cover for any glitches that may occur.  Should you find you can’t see the listing you’re looking for, please try refreshing the page. I haven’t decided exactly how much quantity I will be offering of each design but it will be limited. I will probably start with around 25 of each and if they sell out, I will add more (until I feel the numbers are getting too much!), so do check back. As ever, any additional shipping payments will be refunded. I will be putting the listings up at 6.30pm GMT and they will be up for 24 hours OR until they run out.  As there will be limited quantities, I’d ask that people only buy a maximum of two moths and two pairs of moth wings – at least to start with. I’ll keep people posted if I open this up.

I do hope this is all making sense!

dot-work moth

I should mention now that the prices for the pieces in this event will be higher than those you may have paid if you’ve managed to buy one previously. As I usually only have a few, I have allowed myself to price them a little low. If I have to make a large number I can no longer convince myself those prices are fine. I would hate for this to be seen as greed or an attempt to cash in. Just applying the coloured decoration to one of the simpler pairs of moth wings takes about an hour at least. Add to this the forming, the carving, the sanding, the firing, the staining, more sanding, the glazing, the second firing… I hope you can begin to see that they are pretty labour intensive!

So, the prices will be as follows:

Original Wings – £19.00 (approx. $25.00).
Dot-Work Wings – £21.50 (approx. $28.00)
Original Moths – £26.50 (approx. $35.00)
Dot-Work Moths – £29.00 (approx. $38.00)

original moth wings

There are a few more details to let you know about: You will be able to specify three main colours that you would like used on your pieces. You can do this either when you place your order or in a convo after you place your order.  (Please don’t message me with colour choices before the event, as it will make it harder to keep a record of things.)  As I will use other ‘sympathetic’ shades (nothing wild or leftfield) that I feel will work with your chosen palette, you can also specify any colour (eg. orange) or shade of colour (eg. chartreuse or lime green) that you particularly do not want me to use.  It is more helpful if you list your colour choices rather than messaging me pictures of past moths and wings I’ve made: it will make it simpler for me to collate all the information ready for decorating them.

The moth pendants are made from porcelain and are fired to a higher temperature – this gives a lovely finish but means that a more limited range of colours can be used as not all those I have can survive the higher temperatures. I can use a broader range of colours on the wings, which are low fired and glazed differently. As a guide, when you are picking your colours for either moths or moth wings, you can select from the following lists. The general colours listed (e.g. Blues) will range from pale to dark with a greater variety on the wings:
MOTH COLOURS:

Reds               Pale Neutrals                         Black                         Greens
Orange            Purples                                  Sandy Neutrals         Turquoise
Yellows            Blues                                     Dark Brown

MOTH WING COLOURS

Reds               Peach                                   Greens                      Greys
Orange           Pinks                                     Turquoise                  Beiges
Yellows           Purples                                  Blues                        Browns
Black

I do hope this doesn’t seem overly convoluted. I am really trying to make the process as simple as possible!

dot-work wings

A few final things. I will start work on these when the orders come in. I will, however, be taking a break over Christmas so that will delay things a little.  I plan to have them ready by mid to late January. My aim is to time their completion to coincide with a larger bead shop update of other designs. If I haven’t finished producing all the items I want to make for the update when I finish the moths and wings, and it is getting towards the end of January, I will postpone the update until the start of February – simply because many people tend to feel a little low on funds at the end of January. If this happens, I will contact everyone individually and see if they want their moths sending out straight away or if they’d prefer to wait for the update.

I think that’s everything! Please do get in touch if you have any questions whatsoever! The comments facility on this blog is worse than useless right now so send your questions through Etsy. Here’s a link to the shop: www.somethingtodobeads.etsy.com. Alternatively, you can message me directly using this address: somethingtodobeads@gmail.com

I’ll hope to see you on Tuesday evening! – 5th December, 6.30pm GMT – www.somethingtodobeads.etsy.com

 

Catch Up…

A quick post attempting to catch up on recording – if nothing else! – some of the jewellery I’ve made in the last few months. I’m currently working on a new batch of silver pieces, but I failed to post images of a clutch of silver items I made and listed some months ago. So, here they are…

The Same Sea, The Same

Cloudbusting 2

Fold Thyself 1

Taking Moments 1

A Fine and Frail Halo 1

And In Doing So, Be Undone 2

Burning with a dark grey flame

Flowing, and Flown 1

An infinity of Loose Ends 1

Murmurations 1

Persistance 1

The Ineluctables 1

Haerith 1

Little Triggers 1

forest floor ocean jasper

The Kindly Thorn 1

Her Glittering Integument 2

The Thunder Child 1

Darkling 1

You Ought To Be Here By Now 1

 

What We Imagine Knowledge To Be 1

Back soon with more. Cheers, Claire

Bead Shop Update this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm GMT

So, I’m dropping in here to share details of my latest bead shop update. It will happen this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm. Here’s a little preview of some of the beads that will be available. Apologies for the iffy white balance on some pictures. This sunny weather has made taking photographs a real bind…

moths group

bullets flower 1sawdust tusks grouptattered stoneware set 1

lilac metallisc breastplate connector 2 tattered cones graphic porcelain discs feather pair 3 crackled skinny ombre bullet headpins fancy headpins 1blended pinks lily pins earthy sunset moth wings ruby blue crescent columnspierced pod old gold earring charms sd rounds sets sd buds set of three stone shards 2 earthy twisted tusks

These last tusks look kinda odd in this photo, but they are really one of my favourite things! Anyway, here’s a link to the shop. I hope you’ll stop by this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm GMT. Ciao for now, Claire

New Jewellery

So, while I was working on all those beads, I was still, here and there, doing some jewellery making. Over the period of six to eight weeks, or however long it was, that resulted in a considerable backlog of pieces to list. Well, yesterday I finally finished getting that done. It’s mostly earrings, inevitably, but once I had the beads out of the way, I did allow myself time to work on some new necklaces, which alway requires more planning. Anyway, here’s everything. A couple of pieces have sold; the rest are available here.

A Heavy Measure Of Grace 1 A Simple Plan, One Happy Day 1 A Subtle Joy 1 Acrobat's Wife 1 As Fast As You Can 1 balances 1 Balladeers 1 Behaving as the wind behaves 1 cactus land 1 Consolations 1 cosmic literalist 1 gang of one 1 Growing There, Even Now 1 In The Current Life 1 Interiors 1 Just Breathed On By The Light 1 Nobody's Servant 1 Now? So Soon? 1 Once You Have Tasted Flight 1 One Splendid Tear 1 Palm-vines, Ferns, and Peperomias 1 Record Of The Pleasures 1 Ruses 1 So Little It Was, So Silvery Warm 1 supplicants 1 The Night Had Been A Giant 1 The Salvages 2 The Vivid Creatures Can 1 Their Dappled Contents 4 This Travelling 1 Waistrels 1 Where You Won't Do Very Much Harm 1 Working On A Galaxy 1

Ciao for now, Claire

Bead Shop Update – Friday, 24th February, 6.30pm GMT

Phew! Finally! It feels like I have been making beads, glazing beads, firing beads, photographing beads, and listing beads for forever. (The prospect of not doing that for a while is kinda giddy-making.) But, at last, things are in place for an update this Friday, 24th February, 6.30pm GMT. Here’s a little preview of what will be available, including some new sawdust fired beads.

sawdust rounds sets

sawdust drop headpins 5

sawdust tusks 1

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Barely There Carved Pleated Bead Set

multi glaze smokey blue tattered set 1

faded shades crackle cone pair

sun up lantern spikes

final fire daggers

ocean side long drops

earring beads 4primitive faces 3

feather 1

green blue textured pod pins

lilac haze pod pins

moorland pod pins

mid-century seeds group

ombre crackle hoops

pale crackle seed pods

gold and ivory tusks

orange and turquoise moth 1

vibrant primaries moth wings

strange saucers set 1

hand-painted porcelain discs 1

spiked shapes 1

pierced stone shards 1

tropical waters leaves

two halves stoneware set 4

This is just a small selection from what will be the biggest shop update I’ve ever done. In related news, I have also managed to set up a newsletter so I can let folk know about upcoming bead shop updates. If you would like to receive it, just message me through the Etsy shop with your name and email address. Here’s a link to the shop. I hope you might find your way there on Friday (6.30pm GMT) to see what else is new. Ciao for now, Claire

Happy New Etsy Listings

So, er, happy new year. That it is the end of January and I am only just getting around to posting here is pretty representative of how things have been with me thus far this year. I haven’t been idle. I had planned to spend xmas making myself the rings I’ve never had chance to make for myself, which is a job that ended up running into the start of January instead. That done (mostly), I’ve been focused on making beads. There are a lot. It may end up being the biggest bead shop update I’ve ever done. I’m pretty much on to glazing now. I can see it taking some time… I’m hoping to get the update done in the first half of February, but it’s likely it will end up being mid February. Also, I’ve made a batch of beads for sawdust firing. I just need to establish if that’s really possible at this time of year. If it is, I’ll be adding them in the update too – assuming they come out okay.

Really, I’m still in a pretty hibernatery mode; just hunkered down making and avoiding the outside. Oh, and I’ve had bad anaemia, which has been surprisingly debilitating. It took me all my resolve to get my act together and photograph all the jewellery I made over Christmas. All of the following have been listed on Etsy, although some has sold or been reserved. Here’s a link to the shop.

Placida 1

A Calm Passage Across Many A Night 1

A Modest Need 2

Abeyance 1

An Elusive And Demanding Country 1

An Excess Of Mercy 1

And This Is Why The Empress Waits 1

Central Lines 2

Ghosts 1

Gladly 1

Her Pale Sister 1

Her Plague, Her Redemption 1

How Quickly They Changed Their Tune 1

Night Flight 1

Omissions 1

One Constant 1

That Faint Half-Flush 1

The Barest Places 1

The First Colours 1

The Watery Light 1

The Wild Places 1

They Answer One's Questions 1

This Is All 1

Which Having Been, Must Ever Be 1

Until next time, ta-ra!

Happy Winterval…

Well, I did have the best of intentions. I was going to write a proper ‘end-of-the-year’ post – thoughtful, retrospective, entertaining, insightful… but… I’m just beaten. Really, totally beaten. My head is fit to split and I’m seriously in need of some down time. So, this is just to say thank you for your company this last year. I hope you’ll be back in 2017. In the meantime, here’s a slightly blurry picture of Dexy looking surprisingly content about being wrapped in tinsel – an annual tradition.

dexy-tinsel

Happy Winterval, dear reader!

*All* of the Silver is Listed…. phew….

So, this last few days have been predominately taken up with listing all of the last of 2016’s silver pieces. It’s been quite a thing, let me tell you. I was anxious to get them in the shop asap in case any of them suggest themselves as possible Christmas presents – for your loved ones or yourself. Obviously, there’s still a good amount of time to send out UK orders. I do, however, send out a lot of jewellery to the States and the deadline for shipping to the US for Christmas is coming up this week, on Thursday, 15th December. This is a date given by Royal Mail, and a full list of dates for Christmas shipping can be found by *clicking here*. As you’ll see, the deadlines for numerous European countries are also coming up this week.

Anyway, on with the jewellery. First, new rings:

of-being-numerous-6 cirrus-1 mote-1 your-etsernal-compass-1 the-manifold-1 you-tore-your-flag-1 one-thousand-times-i-came-back-1 the-pleading-of-life

A couple are no longer available, but the rest can be found on Etsy. As can all these earrings, which feature lovely stones and, in some cases, my ceramics.

a-far-cry-1 a-tear-in-the-canopy-1 one-they-they-came-they-stayed-1 the-unseen-seam-1 ruined-by-a-single-sweetness-4

And finally, I have made these simpler and less expensive post earrings combining deliciously dark silver and my ceramics, and the odd mini cab here and there. These would be particularly ‘giftable’, I reckon…

a-pale-darkness-1 a-slender-hazard-1 an-anemone-starred-pool-1 lunar-phase-1 precisely-their-necessity-1 quiet-and-ready-enough-1 rare-earth-1 the-shadow-always-follows-1 to-tell-it-would-end-it-1

Tempted? Here’s another link to the shop. I’ll be back before the holidays; until then, all of the bestest to you!

Sleep deprivation, pink, and other stories

You join me on a sorely sleep-deprived sunday. The older I get, the more ill-equipped I am to cope without a good 7+ hours, so this post is unlikely to be as sparklingly conversational as I hoped. One good thing about this lack of sleep is that it leaves me unable to do more than sit in a chair with some kind of brain funk. Anything more creative or requiring fully firing synapses isn’t going to happen. Okay, that’s not really a good thing, but it does mean that I’ve done a long, looooooong day of listing stuff. Hoooooooo! So now there’s a stack of new jewellery in the shop! Including a surprisingly large number of pinkish things. I know pink is widely frowned upon, but in the right quantity and the right shade, well, I’m fine with it.

traces-of-amy-1 examples-of-the-same-lily-1 lacuna-1 the-magi-1

I’ve also been drawn back to a palette I used to obsess over.

and-the-sky-turned-the-world-red-1 the-urgents-1

And, of course, there are neutrals and off whites…

bones-of-the-swan-1 more-yesterday-1 over-the-plains-of-the-deadland-marshes-1 unconditional-day-1

More unusually, I have !necklaces!…

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how-far-they-have-come-1 my-urchin-one-1

And also bracelets! – just the two…

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The next job will be getting the last lot of silver pieces in the shop asap. They are currently at the assay office. Once that’s done, I plan to start winding down for Christmas. I’ve decided that I’m not going to drive myself up the wall trying to do a bead shop update before xmas, but I have already started on a fresh pile of beads and plan to keep up the relaxing clay-times over the hols. So, there should be a pretty mammoth shop update in the new year.

I’ll be back as soon as possible with the new silver things. (Can you tell I’m anxious to get on with having a break?) Ciao for now!