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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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…

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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.

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

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

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More unusually, I have !necklaces!…

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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!

Stacked Earrings V

Long time visitors to this blog may remember that about two years ago I participated in the first of a series of fun wee earring-making blog hops. The idea was suggested by Malin de Koning, who proposed that a group of five of us make earrings from a collection of pairs of beads that she had put together (head here for more details and to see the first blog hop). Subsequenty, each of us put together a pack of beads and then sent them out to the rest of the group. The last time we did one of these blog hops was in February 2016, so it’s been a while. This final pack that we’ve been working with was put together by Heidi Post. And, through an usual turn of a events, I’ve actually had them since May, 2015! At the time, it was thought that this final hop would be happening much sooner than it is, and Heidi had to send something else to me, so she included her bead selection in the parcel.

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I actually made some earrings when I received them. Just recently, with a date set for this hop, I looked at them afresh and ended up taking most of them apart and re-designing them. Looking at this photo above, I see that I really haven’t done a very good job of incorporating the larger beads to the right of the picture. The beads that first caught my eye were the black stick pearls on the left. It’s a shape I’ve used quite a bit in earrings in the past, using tektite and black tourmaline crystals. These first two pairs were both re-made recently.

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The marvellous dark things are from Petra, of course. The other beads are from the pack.

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I really liked the unusual colour mix in the lampwork beads at the top of these, and so I worked with it throughout this pair. The thing I like about these earrings is that they’re actually slightly awkward and strange in outline. I think I tend towards more conventional, balanced profiles when designing; it’s good to diverge from these habits sometimes.

The next pair were made not long after I received the pack.

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A good part of them are beads from Heidi’s selection.

Now for the earrings made more recently. Here I’ve combined some of my porcelain tusks with the curved tube beads and a couple of other tiddlers from the pack. I’m afraid that they look frankly peculiar in this picture!

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When they’re on, however, they’re going to sweep gracefully below the chin, framing the face. In the next pair I’ve mixed a selection of the kinda earthy, autumnal coloured beads from the pack with some black slice beads and some unpolished amber.

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The drops, which match so well, are from Robyn Cove. Finally, I have two pairs of skinny stacks that barely make the grade because they only include a few of Heidi’s beads. The minimum we’re supposed to use is three and I’ve not managed to use any more than that in either pair. Still, they exist…

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Again, more Petra pieces here, along with some lampwork from Linda Newnham.

I haven’t listed any of these yet. I could only face taking a few quick snaps this morning (hence my failure to take a more flattering picture of the tusk-y jobs). The whole silver listing marathon has left me with scant appetite for photography and drafting listings. At least some of them will find their way into the shop anon. If there is anything that particularly catches your eye, do message me through Etsy.

But before you do anything else, go check out what the others have made – the links are just below. A big ol’ thanks to Heidi for sending this cool pack of treats! And thanks to Malin, again, for setting this whole thing in motion!

Malin de Koning – BeadingByMalindeKoning – www.beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se

Rebecca Anderson – SongBead – www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Leah Curtis – BeadyEyedBunny – www.beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com

Heidi Post – ExPostFacto – www.expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com

Silver and ceramics, forest floors, and fordite-based whimsey

So, I’ve listed the last of this initial batch of silver pieces on Etsy. Amongst them were a small handful of pieces made with silver and my ceramics. There’s this more elaborate pair of earrings which I made using off-cuts and stuff.

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There was also some simple drops with reticulated silver up top.

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These both sold quickly. I need to do more of this combining of silver and ceramics. I’ve just got to work out how to be both working at the silver and working on ceramics at the same time. I also listed this ring, which is one of my favourites. I wanted to achieve a kinda impression of forest floors…

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…with lichen and tendrils and moss and feathers…. but nothing too fairy-ish, if you know what I mean. There will definitely be more along the same lines. I have a crazy big ring nearly finished with similar embellishment.

Finally, there’s this fordite brooch. First brooch I ever did make! When I came up with the exclamation mark design, I just had to make it.

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So that’s the lot for the time being, although I already have a fresh pile of silver things just waiting to be oxidised and set and finished, along with a new crop of circle rings that are in the works. And, on top of this, I have a lot of assemblage earrings waiting to be photographed and listed. And then there’s that whole ceramics business that needs some attention… Phew – this making stuff thing is never done…

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Spikes!

Have I mentioned my love of spikes? Surely I must have before now. In any case, if you visit this blog at all regularly you may well have noticed that they frequently appear in what I make. When I was thinking of shapes to include in my silver, it was inevitable that spikes would feature eventually. I have spiky rings and spiky earrings, and I’ve just listed them all on Etsy today.

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And Today: One-Off Rings

Today’s listings are a collection of one-off rings. They were all made in response to the particular stone. It gave me the idea and then it had to be realised. I have been kinda working on series, but sometimes you just want to make that one particular thing. First up there’s this very simple piece which has the most deep, delicious globule of rutile quartz.

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I spent some time considering potential embellishments: maybe some granules on the rim, or maybe a few small spiky prongs placed irregularly round the stone. But, in the end, I just went with simple, because whoever ends up owning it is just going to be looking at the stone, really. You can see all the delicate rutiles better in this picture.

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(With thanks to my dear, dear friend Toni, for lending her non-metalling, non-ceramic-ing, non-oxidising fingers!)

Next up, this little thing.

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The Gap Of Today Filling Itself

I don’t have that much to say about it, really. It was, like I said, just one of those ideas that came to me, and appealed to me, as I was turning over this little piece of reticulated sheet. But I rather like it!

Next one! Some time ago I treated myself to a this gorgeous great drop of sunstone. It’s a favourite stone of mine and I knew I’d be keeping it. So, I went to town and came up with this whopper. For once I didn’t even oxidise the metal.

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Getting the metal to rise up into this cupped shape was a time-consuming but fascinating and ultimately satisfying process. When I started, it seemed impossible that my hammer strikes could result in this smooth sweeping shape. I knew I wanted to make another to put in the shop.

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A Tender Thorn

There may well actually be more in this design in time.

I’m also planning on using more of the little spiky prongs that I’ve added to this next ring.

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The Empty Immensity

It’s kinda spacey this one; and the rough pyrite sits so well with the reticulated silver. It just needed those wee spiky accents.

Finally, there’s this bumblebee jasper piece.

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An Easy Luminosity

I got the cab in a de-stash someone was doing and I knew, even before I had it in my hands, that I wanted just this simple geometric shape as the face of the ring. And – a rare thing so far! – it’s actually adjustable, so it’s likely to fit most people!

That’s it for today. They’re all listed right now on Etsy.

Silver and stone earrings now listed

So, I’m listing earrings today, all of them combining silver and stones. I got so immersed in making rings, I haven’t really got around to doing much in the way of making silver earrings. But I put a few together, including a couple of cabochon set pairs, including these with some rather lovely crazy lace fans –proclaiming-these-glorious-lies-1

– and these plump little solar quartz buttons.

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I have a stack of paired cabs so there’ll be more bezel set pairs anon.

Then there’s this pair of pairs with grey orbicular rhyolite drops. thickenings-of-light-and-air-1

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I’m kinda a sucker for grey. I have a pair similar to these last ones with the reticulated pads – soooooo very wearable!

Next, well, I’ve made silver spikes; I had to make silver cones! Every scrap of these is made from sterling – except the labradorite here (which is more glow-y in reality!),

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and the little black spinels here –

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All of these are now listed on Etsy. I’ll be back tomorrow with the next batch!