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

Bead Shop Update: Wednesday, 14th September, 6.30pm BST

So, I’m back with the details of the bead shop update and some images of the other new beads I’ll be listing, aside from the sawdust fired beads I shared in the last post. The update will be happening this Wednesday, 14th September, 6.30pm BST. There are lots of new designs, including some new sets. I love the interaction of the glazes on these:

hazy-meadow-wheel-set-1

jewelled-primitive-barrel-set-golden-yellow

striped-primitive-barrel-set

primitive-scroll-set

sun-up-mini-tube-set

And this, above, is one of my current favourite glaze combinations.

sun-up-lantern-points

See?

There are a lot of new earring charms.

verdant-layers-bullets

dusk-over-snow-bullets

sun-down-bullets

escape-to-the-tropics-long-drops

tattered-industrial-drops

multi-glaze-numbered-industrial-drops

old-gold-textured-banded-drops

tribal-striped-lantern-drops

lagoon-and-egg-shell-pods

rosy-sky-shields

And that is just a few – believe me! I’ve also done some autumn. I don’t tend to do seasonal beads but, while I prefer summer, there’s something irresistible about the colours and forms of autumn.

autumn-leaves-group

seed-heads-group

seed-heads

But if that’s not for you there are some more colourful things.

moth-wings-group

There’s a scattering of head pins –

faded-shades-carved-porcelain-heapins

And the sets of earring pairs are making a return –

earring-pairs-a

along with more tubby cones…

glowing-embers-and-copper-tubby-cones

cognac-and-green-tea-chubby-cones

I think that’s most of the categories covered. Here’s a link to the bead shop. This lot will be up in the shop tomorrow at 6.30pm BST. I’ll leave you with a few more pics of more new things…

molten-ombre-cone-pair

red-copper-and-aqua-textured-discs

stick-stack-connectors-earthy

 

watercolour-wing-charms

Sawdust Firing Love

Several weeks ago I went to do a sawdust firing with Jenny Barton (Enigma Pottery), whose classes I attended a couple of years ago to refresh my ceramics knowledge.  It was the first time I’ve tried sawdust firing and a one-off session, so, in the weeks prior to doing it, I spent a good amount of time reading up on the process. Sawdust firing, if you don’t know, is a low-fire technique similar to pit-firing, but done in a brick built kiln or some kind of metal container (which is what I used), rather than a hole in the ground. The kiln is packed with sawdust and other combustibles, which surround whatever it is you’re firing. Amongst this, other materials can be included to create different fumes which produce different effects and colours on your work. This might include salt (and anything salty!), oxides, dried plant matter, different woods, different metals, etc… Once you’ve got everything in, you set light to the top of the sawdust and let it burn away slowly.  There’s no glaze involved: the look of the finished ware is entirely dependant on the chancy business of how the materials in the kiln burn. So, for some time, I was walking around looking at everything, thinking, ‘Will that burn?’ and ‘What will it bring if it does burn?’ I got a bit fixated..

sd-bone-beads

I’m mad about the results. I feel I can enthuse more because there’s so much chance involved, so I can’t claim that much credit. I had been pretty apprehensive about what would happen in the firing. I feared that everything would just get oxidised and turn black because there’s so little surface area on a bead. Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing studio ceramicists whose work is largely focused on using and adapting the blackened surface that can be achieved on sawdust fired ware (and, the wholly black beads I got are lovely); I just wanted to try all the things at once and, hopefully, get lots of variety.  So I was pretty thrilled to discover all these rich colours and subtle details as I cleaned the ash away from the beads. Thrilled to the point of thinking, ‘Oh my goodness! I just want to do nothing but sawdust firing all the time for the forever now!’

sd-buds

One thing I did contribute was a hell of a lot of burnishing. I feel a little giddy when I reflect on the hours which I spent rubbing away at these pieces. And then, once they were out of the firing, there was a whole heap of polishing and waxing. It’s crazy time consuming, but the finished surface is so nice.

ad-burnished-rounds-1

(Just perfect for Autumn, hey?)

ad-burnished-rounds-2

In my reading around the subject, I discovered a way in which I can actually carry on doing sawdust firing on a smaller scale – which pleases me very much!  I had been in two minds about it, but now it seems I’ll be able to make more, I’m ready to part with some of these. I’m still havering on pricing, given how long it took me to burnish and polish some of them. There are also some more kinda matt sawdust fired beads which I didn’t burnish and they will be cheaper.

sd-cones

Which means it’s update time! And I’ve just finished a large load of my regular fired, glazed beads too. I’ll share some pictures of those here in the next day or so, once I’ve got some taken, and I’ll confirm details of the update. It will be next week some time. In the meantime, here’s some more sawdust fired lovelies…

sd-head-pins

sd-spindles-1

sd-spindles-2

sd-pebble-nuggets

sd-little-logs

sd-tusk-charms

sd-carved-and-faceted

sd-pods

Oh, I haven’t included a link to the bead shop! Here’s one 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 !

 

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!

Even More Words and Pictures

Those new beads I mentioned last time? They’re all done! ….. well, nearly… As ever, I’ve used lots of lovely crackle glazes. Although, they’re only really lovely when the damn things do what they’re meant to do and actually crackle. It’s never guaranteed, especially with some of these glazes, so to improve the chances of a nice net of crackle you really need to leave them some time for the crazing to develop, post-firing, before adding stain. It’s annoying, but in some ways welcome, this time at least, as it means I get to postpone the misery of photographing and listing everything!  Instead, I’ve listed some new pieces of jewellery which I’ve been making when I felt the need to have a break from the mud. All the pieces in this post are now available on Etsy.

Your Drifter 1

I realised the other day that it’s been nearly a year since I had my – how do you say? – ‘reassessment’ of what I’m doing making this jewellery stuff.  Around the same time I had to stop doing the big, monthly artisan market in my town, as I no longer had the help I needed to do it. It seemed a shame at the time, although part of me was very glad that I had a way out of those early, often cold and wet, Sunday mornings, and the attendant stress and anxiety that built up in the preceding days.

starlings 1

Over time I’ve come to find other advantages to this change. Not only did all my preparation for the market take up an unwarranted amount of time, given the money I was making at the event, but it was having a perhaps not altogether positive effect on what I was making and how I viewed what I did. Too often, I ended up focusing on making things because I thought they would sell at this particular market. I’d be governed by thoughts like: ‘that’s going to be too expensive for the typical market customer’; ‘I need to make things that will have a wide appeal’; ‘I need to make some bracelets – or whatever – in this price range, so I can only use x type of materials’.

Making a way 1

All this, along with what I found to be the nature of selling at a market, had me feeling that what I was doing was really just making accessories that would hopefully appeal to a good number of market punters.

roads 1

As I’ve said before, I never feel comfortable describing my work as ‘art’. But, once I stopped doing the market I was able to focus on making things with which I had a greater connection. I could pursue and develop an aesthetic that really appealed to me, one I felt a deeper connection to, rather than worrying about whether it would appeal to Sunday market shoppers in a Somerset town. Fortunately, I’ve subsequently picked up more online customers who also like this more niche style.

marianna 1

That said, I have had some pricing anxiety recently!  I’ve been forcing myself to pull out and use some of the precious artisan beads that I’ve long been hoarding, and telling myself not to be restricted by worrying about the cost of the end product. Just put the things that work together together. Then, of course, once I price it up, I think, ‘oh dear….’.

mischief 1

There are a couple of pairs of asymmetrical earrings in this latest batch. I’m truly sold on asymmetrical earrings. Really, personally, I can’t see why you wouldn’t want to wear them. (I mean asymmetrical earrings generally, not specifically mine!) And yet, of course, lots of people don’t get on with them. But, I’m still compelled to make them, even if they’re not for some (or even many!).

creatures 1

These last two mismatched pairs are amongst my favourites from this latest batch. So are these:

aeolian 1

Moving on, I’d really appreciate some thoughts on my necklace predicament. Chances are, if you have read this blog much in the past, you’ll have heard me whinging about the business of photographing necklaces. I’ve developed some tricks lately that work with some designs, but sometimes it’s just impossible to get an acceptable shot that features the whole piece. Some time late last year (I think!) my frustration reached a new height and in my fury I splashed out on a dressmakers dummy. It’s a pretty tattered affair although a bit of spot-healing when editing pics hides the worst of it.

curious tapestries 2

Now on my listings I can include some good and useful pictures of how the necklace looks when worn, and I’m not forced to include pictures of pieces contorted into odd, confusing positions just to show the full item. And yet, I never use them on the first picture as they’ll disrupt the uniform white ground in all my shop photos. Also, I find it can be harder to see details on these pictures with the dummy. Instead, as a first pic, for the necklace above, I have:

curious tapestry 1

Yes, well, now I’ve typed all that, I see it’s a fascinating read, but if you do have an opinion, please comment. I know the comments thing on this blog is a nightmare but if you include the words ‘necklace photos’ in your comment I can search it out from wherever WordPress has hidden it. Right, enough of that!

clemency 1

I mentioned last time about my silversmithing. Well, with my latest batch of beads I also made myself a porcelain ring stand to use for photos, so when I have a few more pieces done I guess I’ll get round to sharing some pictures here. I also need to tell you all about my natty new(-ish) metal-working station which I’ve set up in my airing cupboard!

What more 1

Now I’ve got these beads made – and when I get them listed – I’m looking forward to getting back in there and working on some new pieces.

first light 1

I’m still struggling with feeling torn between the ceramics, the metalwork, and my regular jewellery. On a number of occasions recently I’ve felt I’m not at the top of my game with any of these things because I’m having to move from one thing to another. When I finally feel I’m really motoring with something it’s usually time to turn to another pursuit for fear of neglecting that…

villains 1

Aaaaanyway, I think that’s all my chunter for this post. I’ll be back soon with that beady preview!  Bye for now!

Words (a few) and Pictures

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. beloved 2

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.

at north farm 1

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!

And beneath each layer, another 1

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.

after the weeping 1

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?’

A murmuring progress

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.

A Regal and Excellent AwkwardnessThe 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. bones and cement

I like the simultaneous complementarity and dissonance you get with the pearls and the teeth.

Deeper, Ever So Little Deeper

More off-white-ness here ↑ and here ↓

Fuel for fire

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.

Feverfew 1

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.

figurette 1

I have lots more to say and show on this subject but it’ll have to wait until I have taken some pictures.

hard candy 1And until I can find the wherewithal to write prose more lively than this. he seemed to go to sleep 1

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.

Blessings 1it comes in snatches 1

lorine

Making Hoopla

nothing blowing 1

quiet as killdear 1

salome 1

Stirred Earth

Tatters

The Great Dominions

the slightest sign 1

the torch bearers 1

What's Got Away In My Life

Who the hell are these people and what do they want 1

the wind widens 1

Tremulous

Bead Shop Update! Today!

!Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016, 6.30pm GMT!

!Shop here!

I know! It’s been a long time coming. I actually had these ready a week or so ago, but I thought I’d wait until February so people would have been paid and would no longer be struggling miserably through January. Mind you, I’m not entirely sure I’ve shaken that whole monkey off yet.

Anyway, on with a little preview. Normally I’d whip up a pile of Picmonkey collages but – at the time of drafting this – BT has been bust this afternoon (non-UK readers, BT is… oh, you’ve already fallen asleep…), and Picmonkey appears to be broken too. I’m quite glad to have an excuse not to have to sit here fiddling with Picmonkey. I’m just going to share lots of bigs instead. Starting with…

wings group 1

these, of which I actually have a group shot. They were quite a job: each hand carved with wee dental tools; two from bone china. But what to charge? The eternal agony of pricing…

There’s quite a few wing-y things.

smoky ming wing moth wing droppers 1

black and red tiger moth 1 green and purple moth 1

These were still popular last time –

striped primitive carved focal cone

sundown focal cone

And there are some wee pairs –

black scored cone pair crackle and red dotty cone pair

I’ve been struggling with making bracelets recently, so that’s had me thinking about bracelet-able things.

crackled pod bracelet bar 1 crackled spin bracelet bar 1 ship's wheel pod bracelet bar 1

As ever, there are stacks of earring charms.

dotted faded lilac crackle drops golden bullet charms melting point bullets

(↑particularly love the glaze on these!↑)

small crackle columns striped porcelain tusks

melting orange and charcoal pierced triangles

small wrapped tusks

That’s just a handful – like I said, there are loads! And to go with the earring charms…

earring pairs D 1 earring pairs C 2

Yep, that is Serenity and Rose Quartz. (Seems the Pantone website is down too!) Shame about the winter light. Lots of these photos would look so much better at another time of year. (Cases in point coming up↓)

In a similar vein, lots of headpins.

molten red long lily headpins 1

porcelain sgraffito drop headpins 1

stylized seed head headpins 1

Something different. I’ve had these buff stoneware clays for a while, waiting for something to do with them.

neutrals sw set 1

whites sw set 1

Lots of lovely neutrals. I’ve topped up some of the popular single beads.

smoky carved rounds snowy facets pinwheels

Well, these last ones are new. I also made these column-y game-piece focal things.

game piece column focal bead A game piece column focal bead B

That’s most of the things. I’ll leave you with a selection of others bits and bobs, and hope to see you on Wednesday (3rd Feb, 6.30pm GMT)! Here’s another link to the shop.

crackle hand pendant A stacked cap celadon crackle bead 1

charm set B 1

toothy pegs ming 1

More jewellery and bead custom orders

The jewellery making frenzy continues. I am now, however, trying to do some bead-making alongside; seeing if that will help me round the problems I mentioned a while back. So, if you have any bead custom order requests, let me know. It’s probably better if you message me through Etsy, as the whole comments thing on this blog continues to be a bit of a nightmare (no, scratch that, a total nightmare). I’m afraid I can’t take custom orders for the moths – sorry! If I had to make them to order I think my head would blow pretty soon. Most other things are okay, I think. Also, if you do want something, please let me know sooner rather than later because I can’t always take custom orders; right now, I have a bit of time when I can. One other thing: it will be a few weeks before things are ready, perhaps up to four to six weeks.

Anyway, here’s the new jewellery. Sorry, but I’m feeling far too lazy to add the bead makers’ names (I know I should!). Mind you, it’s mostly stuff from my regular band of favourites, and if you’re interested in either art beads or my jewellery, you’ll probably be able to recognise them for yourself.

Air and Darkness 1 An Entire Night Itself 1 Apotropaic 3 cheree 1 Down River 1 Electric Lives 2 ghosts 1 Her Only Possession 1 Mercies1 One Giddy Day 1 riven 2 So To Speak Take Down The Clouds 1 Her far-off repose 1 The Content Of Light 1 The Earth Has Care 2 the old trophies 1 3 the quiet bones 1 The Slightest Hook 3 Tuned to the notes of forever 2 news from another planet 5 Wounded Air 1

Some of these have sold but all the rest are available on Etsy.

Bead Shop Update – Wed, 21st October, 6.30pm, BST

Oh dear – long time, no post. Well, I’ve been busy. Busy making beads, which are finally ready to list. They’ll be hitting the shop at 6.30pm (BST) on Wednesday, 21st October. Working on this last batch of beads has really given me pause for thought. I’ve got into a kinda feast or famine cycle of making either all beads or all jewellery at one time. I don’t like it. I find myself wanting to be doing one thing when I’m doing the other. And, really, I think the two should be integrated so that one will inform the other more and push things forward. So, I’m giving some thought to how work this out. Anyway, you’re perhaps more interested in seeing these new beads.  I’ve spent quite some time working on a number of ideas that have lead me to make some larger, more time consuming pieces.  I’ve made more moths. Some, like last time, have lots of multi-coloured detail –

orange and aqua moth 2

blue green moth 1

But I’ve made a couple more from porcelain and did the wings with sgraffito in black and white.

red tiger moth 2

Boy, did that take some time. It was one of those things where you have to work through a number of delicate stages where, at each, there is the possibility that you’ll muck the whole thing up and have to abandon all your hard work. Fortunately, this time, I managed to avoid doing that.

I’ve also made some more kinda primitive pouch type things.

primitive pouch stitched 1

primitive puch (g'father clock) 1

Not sure I’d call that second one a pouch but it’s in the same kinda vein. The last lot of large focals are these large hand-painted beads.

puffin canvi 1

There’s more sgraffito on this one.

zipper canvi 3I’m happy with the way all of these have turned out, but I worry about putting so much time into individual pieces. It means I need to charge more for them if this bead making thing is going to work realistically, in the long term.  I got a bit of a telling off last time for not charging enough for things, like the moths. It’s made me reassess how much I charge for certain items so a few things will be going out at higher prices. I should say it was an affectionate telling off: if you’re looking for someone to blame, blame Petra!  I’m just telling myself if they don’t sell they can just sit in the shop looking pretty….

There are more cones, on which I’ve been trying different glazes and things.

focal cone 3

focal cone 5

focal cone 4I’m crazy for crackles at the moment. There are a few small pairs two, including these. Love the soft colours on them….

cone pair 2

What else? I’ve done a bit of autumn –

stained glass leaf pendant A

turning leaf pendant A

I never tire of seeing that molten red glaze when I open the kiln. I made this acorn mould about a year ago. I nearly forgot that I’d had it waiting all this time to be relevant.

acorn charms

I’ve also made more lots of rounds with glazes or finishes that have been popular. You can buy singles of all of these.

singles

And there’s lots more headpins, although not quite the baffling number I managed to produce last time.

celadon crackle lily pin 2

blister ball headpins 1

cobalt line drop pins 1

molten red lily pins 2

Another hit last time was the sets of earring beads.

earrings beads 1 A

earring beads 7 A

These are one of the things where I’ll be charging a little more this time. I was so unsure whether there’d be any interest in them, I initially put them out at a rather low price. They won’t be much more – just enough for me not to feel I’m giving my time away!  I’ve also been working one these chunky randoms sets.

Mixed set 1 A mixed set 9 A

mixed set 10 A

mixed set 12 A

There are quite a few and they’ve got all different types of ware in them and lots of different shapes, colours and sizes. I spent ages combining and recombining them when putting the sets together. I think that was me missing making jewellery.

As ever there’s a good range of earring charms of this kinda sort-green crackle wedges

crackle daggers two tone

shimmering sky earring charms

Surely that’s everything? Nope! I made all these pieces with kinda faux staples.

stapled earring charms

stapled wheel bead set 1 stapled pendant connector 1 peeling paper stapled pendant 1

Surprisingly labour intensive! Now, I think that’s the main things covered. I’ll leave you with a last few bits and pieces…

bone china ancients 1 scorched and tattered charms gold smoky pitted ball charms large glowing embers earring charms

….and I’ll hope to see you on Wednesday (21.10.15), at 6.30pm, in the shop!