Some of the new things….

So, writing for two other blogs has lead me to neglect my own. I have bags of new stuff to show you: both jewellery and beads.  I added some of my new ceramic beads to the bead shop on Thursday. A good number have been snapped up, which is great because it gives me an excuse to keep making them, which I’m absolutely loving doing.  There is still a reasonable number of beads available, so do have a look if you fancy.  I’ll do a post here soon about the new beads but if you’re particularly curious, head here to see a post I did about them on Art Bead Scene.

Today, I’m gonna share my latest jewellery makes. Tomorrow is market day, so are you ready to see the inevitable heap of new things?  Whenever we get to this time of year, I tell myself, ‘Don’t go overboard with the autumnal designs’. And, every year, what happens?

woodlands 1

(lampwork rondelle – Puffafish; wooden barrel – Pymatuning Crafts)

garland 1

(ceramic leaf: Scorched Earth)

mosaic

(ceramic bead – Gaea)

[I have a confession to make here: that pod-like ornament thing, I spotted it (and very much liked it) in a Fanciful Devices piece. She did share where it came from and without giving it too much thought, I ordered some. Then I wasn’t sure about whether that was a good thing. But, well, they turned up and I’d paid for them, so I thought, ‘Sod it’.]

toffee apples 1

fire fly 1

I actually made the following one a little while.

foxy 1

But it sold the other day, so…

hare here

I do love Jo Lucksted‘s woodland critters – They match these czech leaves perfectly. And, well, yes, autumn.  I put these together super quick today.

chevrons and angels

They’re less autumn than some of the other pieces. I rather like them; I won’t mind if they don’t sell.  It hasn’t been all falling leaves and mists and fruitfulness.  Here’s a pair of earrings made with one of my ceramic bits.

collective 1

(ceramic feather – Something to do Beads; ceramic drop – Scorched Earth)

Which leads us neatly to this month’s crop of Scorched Earth earrings. More asymmetry here –

another story

(ceramic spike – Scorched Earth; ceramic connector – Ragged Robyn)

aurora waters

I won’t give the credits for them all. Basically: Scorched Earth!

polka tips 1

These were harder to photograph than they had any reason to be. As were these…

wind chimes 1

And while we’re on the subject of tricky to photo, bloody labradorite!

light on slate 1

(ceramic wheel – Happy Fallout)

I also made a crop of cheaper earrings recently with some particularly choice new czech glass shapes, sans art beads.

cutters 1

throwback 1

I do love a 70s colour scheme…

Oh my goodness! I’ve still got a heap of photos to add. Hmmmm…. I can’t face it! There’s been just far too much photographing and photoshopping recently.

dexy hates photography

Dexy agrees. He’s sitting, here, in front of my ever-so hifalutin photo set up. He goes crazy when I start setting it up. And I’m starting to feel a little crazed going through all these photos (maybe you are too?), so I’ll be back another day with the rest of the helping. It’s time for wine!

Clearing

I’m having a cull.  I’ve been meaning to do it for some time.

cull

You know those pieces that end up hanging around? Or those pieces that nag at you because some element of them isn’t right?  Or those things you were never entirely convinced by and that didn’t prove you wrong and sell?  Today, I’ve chopped all mine up.  This might seem rash – certainly, only the other day, a piece which I had mentally marked for the chop went and sold.  Still, I feel better for it.  I’m also hoping that this array of retrieved beads will prompt some new design ideas, which have been a bit few over the last couple of days.

art beads

I have made some new things.  Earrings mostly, and one bracelet…

salted

The bracelet has been listed on Etsy, the earrings will join it in the next few days.  Do pipe up if there’s anything you’d like.

This way

(ceramic arrows – Scorched Earth)

watercolour

(glass headpins – Numinosity Beads)

silk slippers

button buds

I also made a pair for me, with these beautiful heather-y spikes…

heather spikes

(ceramic spikes – Scorched Earth, lampwork beads – Glass Bead Art)

…because I clearly need more Scorched Earth earrings… s.e. earrings

I also need to learn how to make my camera work in non-macro mode.  Before I go, I had calls for more pictures of Dexy, which I am always more than happy to share!  He’s not the easiest beast to photograph, but today he decided to oblige and sat still long enough for me to capture a good portrait.

dex

That’s the lot for now.  I guess I’d better go and tidy all those liberated beads away…