Keeping Up With All The Things… new jewellery

So, for the last couple of weeks I have primarily been sat in my airing cupboard/metal studio, making tons of rings (and the odd earring). I know, I still haven’t managed to share any of this much mentioned metalwork. It’s been such a thing, and I feel I have this whole great epic tale to tell about it all. I shared a few pieces on Facebook a month or so ago, but I have made much more subsequently. All this means I’ve found little time to make my ‘regular’ beaded jewellery, and there’s been no bead making either! I’ll have to pull my ceramics finger out shortly because I’ve booked to do a one-off sawdust firing class later on in August and I need to get stuff prepared for that. As for making the regular jewellery, well, I’ve been fitting in a bit off it here and there. I’ve finally collected all these stray makes together and got them listed on Etsy today. Here they are…

bedouins 4 border crossing 1 entanglements 1 fallen nest 1 flight across the desert 1 for your sake 1 keeper of secrets 1 I meant for you to have it 1 leaf litter 1 market day 1 storm rolling in 1 the dancers what other body 1

Here’s another link to Etsy.

Right, time to get back in my metal hole….

Smitten Charity Jewellery Auction, in aid of Mind

For the last couple of years I’ve participated in a fabulous fundraising event, donating jewellery to be auctioned to raise funds for different charities. It is organised by Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads, with able support from Lindsay Phillipson and Kate Floate, and goes by the name, So Good I’m Smitten. And, all the jewellery that is made and donated is created by Smitten customers using some of the lovely beads that Claire sells. In 2014 we raised over £1200 for the The Alzheimer’s Society, and last year over £1800 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. This year’s charity is Mind, the mental health charity. As you may or may not know, it’s a cause that means a great deal to me; and, with NHS mental health services being ever more stretched, underfunded, and cut back, alternative sources of support are particularly vital right now. The auction takes place online, on a dedicated Facebook page. It’s really easy to participate; you don’t have to sign up or join anything. You just need a Paypal account to make your payment/donation – and a desire to own some lovely jewellery. You can see an album of all the jewellery that is available here. As you’ll see, the reserve prices are set at a very affordable rate. The auction starts today (15th July) at 5pm and runs until 8pm on Sunday evening (17th July). Here are the pieces I’ve donated. I’ve mixed in some of my ceramic pieces with the Smitten supplies.

SGIS bracelet lagoon feathers circles SGIS pendant necklace pendant on bust moorish

Here’s another link to the event page. And, again, a link to the auction album where you can place your bids. I do hope you’ll hop over and take a look!

More New Jewellery

Just a quickie to share the stack of new pieces that I just listed on Etsy. There’s a crop of new stacked totem type pendants. I haven’t made any for a while; they’re such fun to design.

Where Will I Wander 1 And All The Stars Were Gone 1 voodoo 1 Her Promethean Way1

tiny totem 1

This last one – the most mini – may be my favourite. I foresee more being made along the same lines. Here’s a more substantial piece, which I’m also rather taken with.

Trouble and Mischief Is All You Live For 1

And now the earrings. First of all, this trio, each pair featuring these lovely long sticks/spikes which I made when I was doing all my recent glaze-y experiments.

The unclaimed Wild Stretches 1

Give Me All Mountains 1

where is your comforting? 1

I also broke out some amazing lampwork beads that I’ve been a’hoarding. My hoarding seems to be at its worst when it comes to lampwork. These ones are very gloooooowy.

star stuff 1 kingfishers 1

And finally, a last few pairs with nothing to link them but loveliness!

citrus 1

limpets 1

palm-vines, ferns, and peperomias 1

Several pairs have already skidaddled out of the shop, but the rest are available here.

Some (Relatively) New Jewellery

I really should have written and shared this post a week or so ago, but I got sidetracked with the bead shop update (re. which: Thanks to everyone who shopped! I’ve just posted everything out!). I have yet to share these earrings that I added to the shop a week or so ago. So, this is a quick post to do just that!  A couple of pairs have sold but the rest are available on Etsy.

Across The Very-Marble Of This Place 1 all that remains 1 An Older Friend, The Sun 1 cressida 1 hell ain't half full 1 Life gets everywhere 1 sun spots 1 This Knowing 1

Finally, to mix things up, a lone bracelet –

works and days 1

I must make more new bracelets and necklaces – a job for this weekend, I think. Anyhow, for more pics and info on these, head to the shop. Ciao for now!

Bead Shop Update – Thursday, 30th June, 6.30pm BST

Dear God, it has been a horrendous week here in the UK. It’s taken something to shake myself out of staring into the middle distance, muttering about ‘hell’ and ‘handcarts’. But things have to go on and I have a new batch of beads for the taking. So, I’m going to update the bead shop tomorrow night (Thursday, 30th June) at 6.30pm (BST). It’s not quite as large an update as the last few, but there’s still a good amount, including *LOTS* of earring charms. I had so much fun combining different glazes with the last lot that I did, that almost as soon as I’d sent those out I made up stacks of different shaped charms to experiment with some more. They fall loosely into three different shapes. There are these bullet shaped ones (I’m not really happy with the term but I can’t think of another, suitable name).

vivid horizon bullets

Sun Up Bullets

red and black crackle bullets

Then there are some long skinny drops –

serenghetti long drops

grass green and nut butter turquoise long drops

turkish delight long drops

And finally, there are these kinda dagger/lantern shaped pairs.

glowing embers daggers

heather in the distance daggers

moorland daggers

That’s just a taster – there are lots more of each shape. Another new thing – these bone beads. Well, there’re not strictly bone-shaped, more flared tubes. What would you call them?

earthy bands bone set

striped bone bead set 1

olive band carved bone set 1

And here’s a set with one tube and lots of rounds. I have to share it here because it’s one of my favourites.

neutral bone set 1

I’ve made more of these concave charms…

astral concave earring charms

…quite a lot more…

molten red and old gold concave earring charms

And revisited these crescents connectors I made a while ago.

norwegian blue crescent connectorsaurora and old gold crescent connectors

These tubby cones were also popular last time –

olive and red cones spring candy cones

And there’s a few more pairs of cones, including these.

misty mountain cone pair

What else? Oooo – hold the front page! – I made three more pairs of these moth wings in different colours!

moth wings 1

There’s also the regulation crop of head pins.

celadon crackle and old gold pod pins 1

frayed crackled bud head pins 1

Aside from all these, there’s a number of mixed sets…

softly, softly set 1

dark steely set 1

Randoms set 1

several lots of scuffed, faceted porcelain beads,

scuffed faceted porcelain nuggets (blue, red, navy)

and a selection of other miscellaneous earring charms…

stylised porcelain seed pods

sundown conical earring charms

I reckon that’s everything. So, 6.30pm BST, Thursday, 30th June, 2016. And ! here’s a link to the shop !

 

New Earrings

Just an ultra quickie to share a crop of earrings that I’ve just listed on Etsy.

Brutalists 1

The more I look at these, the more I love the charms – so different and so cool. Yep, the more I look at them, the more I can be content with the possibility that they won’t sell.

Precious Stain 1

I have similar feelings towards these, especially the lampwork – so soft… and blueberry-y…

Saints, Blood, Milk, Honey 1

The Moon Hurt No One 1

Sentries 1

These last ones really need a better photo to capture their loveliness. I do love me a skinny earring…

The Little Thin Things, Paul 1

What The Fair Left 1

Then You Win 1

Plenty of neutrals in this batch… just so hard to resist…

Those Grand Old Ladies 1

And that’s it for this little lot. As I said, they’re available here. In other news, I’ve actually taken some photos of my silver stuff so I’ll back back to share some of that some time soon. Happy weekending!

Must try harder…

Yes, I know, it’s been some while. What have I been doing? Well, amongst other things I’ve been producing lots of jewellery, the latest lot of which I’m going to share here. I’ve been doing a few pieces lately that, without planning it, have turned out a bit more colourful than the majority of my more recent work…

Shedding Treasure 1

Even a bit more pretty? Cute, even? Maybe it’s because it’s Spring? And things have been sunnier?

Shedding Treasure 2

I’m really liking the pictures taken on the mannequin too so you’re getting them as well!

the gypsy's warning 1

Again, kinda cute and folksy…

the gypsy's warning 2

Both of the pendants in these necklaces were made by Kathrin Kneidl (Donna Perlinplim). They have enough of a rough, scuffed, and rustic feel to avoid things looking too cutesy. I’ve been using quite a bit of Kathrin’s stuff lately. I’ve never found face beads appealing before but I really like the charms in these earrings.

idea-free sleep 1

Again, they’re Kathrin’s, as are the connectors below.

Lives Aslant 1

I buy far fewer beads these days – including art beads. I guess it’s because I’ve found other things to obsess over lately – silver, cabochons – but it also feels that now I’ve got this smaller group of makers that I buy from over and again, whose stuff I can’t resist and whose work just fits with what I want to make. Does that mean my style is finally becoming more cohesive? Who knows… Petra, of course, is one.

emissaries 1

Obviously, that doesn’t mean that I’m not open to stuff from other bead makers. Oh, no, no, no. I guess I just have a stronger sense of what I will use.

Another factor is that I am inevitably using far more of my own beads. The blistered drops in the pair above, and the pod pins below are both mine. The connectors are both by Petra – I probably don’t need to point that out…

eternal attendants 1

Actually the majority of the pieces in this latest batch feature my beads, especially my head pins. (I do love a handmade headpin – they just make things look far more integrated.

Little Tall Dark Circles 1

purveyor of clouds 2

I also LOVE these chunky Indonesian star beads – so cool!

Quiet but Constant 1

A number of the beads I’ve used here are the few that were unsold after my last update. I have a big new batch of beads on the go, although I’ve got distracted this last week or so, with metalwork stuff.

rose-rock, rock-rose 1

I keep mentioning this silversmithing and I’ve yet to share any images or anything here – or most places. I’m hoping my next post will see me putting this right. (Again, more of my beads and charms in these bracelets.)

simple pleasures 1

Finally, a couple more pairs of earrings.

Those Strange Affectionate Animals 1

When I initially took up doing metal stuff it was partly so I could do basic things like making bits like the hoops and connectors in these pieces – a bit of simple soldering, etc.

Your Ancient Cool 1

I hadn’t thought I’d end up throwing myself into learning how to set cabochons and stuff but that’s what’s happened. Anyway, fingers crossed I’ll get round to sharing some pictures soon. Till then, all these have been listed on Etsy. Some have sold but the rest are available here. Ciao!

Sunshine and New Jewellery

Have you had sunshine these last few days? There’s been sunshine here! I haven’t felt too much of it on my bones today because I’ve been toiling away, listing new jewellery over on Etsy. I feel like I’ve been tied to my laptop for forever so I’m just going to share these photos and run, take in some evening warmth…

Cherished Whisperings 1 A last fiesta 1 crooked road crocked year 1 Down The Wide River 2

Is This World Luminous? 1

yielding 1Every when Smudges 1 Is This World Luminous? 1 Mudflats 1 1 kimono 1 over the plains 1 Standing In Fine Quiet Flame 1 The Blue Cloud and the wordless wind 5 The Dark All Voices Come From 1 too doggone 2 Walk The Long Night Down 1

Wild Fires 1

Here’s another link to the shop. Ciao for now!

Bead Shop Update Tonight – 17th April, 6.30pm BST

We’ve had a loss in the family this morning so I hope you’ll understand that I’m not bursting with words today. But, I promised images of new beads and and some advance notice about when I’d be adding them to the shop. So, all these and many more will be hitting the shop tonight (Sunday, 17th April), at 6.30pm BST.

Astral concave earring charms carved ombre crackle charms confiture concave disc charms earth and sky piereced charms spain dotted red and black charms orange glow pierced triangle charms spring air lantern charms stylised seed charms tubby cones - turquoise and blueceladon crackle and shino bullet charms faded heather droppers giverny bullets stirred earth droppersbetween weathers long ribbed drops meadows stoneware cone pair dotted crackled stoneware cone pair scored sgraffito cone pair

earring pairs B 2 earring pairs F 1 peacock feathers pendant 2 bone china wing pendant emerald and tangerine striped drop head pins 1 black on porcelain primitive pod pins 2 hickory moth 1 bold bright moth wings pair

smoky blues pitted porcelain spine set scuffed faceted porcelain set 1 Striped stick set apache pinwheel lentils Southern Gothic sets

I hope you’ll be able to stop by later. Shop this way!