Yeah… It’s been another while. I’ve recently streamlined my writing commitments for other blogs – which means I’m not doing them any more – in an effort to find more time in my days. One thing I’m hoping to do is write more posts, and fuller posts, here. I used to make such an effort when I started this blog. Now, as you may well have noticed, it’s become more of a photo stream of new jewellery. Inevitably, since my last post, I’ve built up the usual pile of pieces that I’ve yet to share here. These have all been listed on Etsy, although some have sold.
These (above) are reserved. I really like them and kinda want to make more variations on the design but, annoyingly, the principal ingredients are all from different US Etsy shops and, well, the new US-UK shipping price is just crazy. Which means I’m barely buying from the States any more.
If there’s anyone out there (in the States) who fancies receiving a clutch of parcels and forwarding them on to me as one lot, let me know! I’ll pay in beads!
I really love this necklace. I like the tiny dot of red amongst all the neutrals. I loved the pendant when I made it and was surprised when it didn’t go. Must have been meant to be. I’m not sure everyone is as mad keen as I am for the whole off-white, dirty-white palette, but I keep reaching for it.
Moving on, you know sometimes you make something and think, ‘Yes! That’s a whole new good thing! I like it. I’ll make more!’. And then, a while later, something starts to niggle at you….’Hmmmm…. have I seen something like this before somewhere?’
That’s kinda what happened with the pink drops on these earrings. It occurred to me that Robyn Cove had potentially made something similar. I went and had a quick search and, yes, there were some bell shaped pieces not unlike these. Gah! So, I didn’t make more. I made the one pair I had pale pink (not at all Robyn) and used them myself rather than sell them. I hope that gets me off the hook.
The porcelain teeth in the bracelet below are another thing of mine that didn’t get snapped up. Which, again, is good or I wouldn’t have been able to make this.
I like the simultaneous complementarity and dissonance you get with the pearls and the teeth.
More off-white-ness here ↑ and here ↓
I’m currently working on a batch of beads that I’m hoping will be ready in the next couple of weeks. It’s been a bit of a struggle because until I sat down to start working on them, I hadn’t been giving bead making enough thought.
What had I been thinking about? Well, it’s a whole new thing that I haven’t even found time to mention here! I started doing silversmithing classes last Autumn. Initially, my aim was to get more comfortable with simple things like soldering but it’s grown into a bit of an obsession. From mid-Feb into early March, it was taking up much of my waking thought.
I have lots more to say and show on this subject but it’ll have to wait until I have taken some pictures.
And until I can find the wherewithal to write prose more lively than this.
On that note I’ll leave you with the rest of this recent batch of new pieces. I’ll be back soon(-ish) with the new beads and, of course, a fresh load of new jewellery.