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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Fresh silver listings…

Let’s start with these. They’re a variation on the circle designs that I shared yesterday, with the added inclusion of some mini cabochons. There’ll be more of these. I just needed a break from sawing those circles!

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Now another little series. Sometimes you just want the thing itself clad in a simple silver setting. When I saw this chunky square of green rhyolite I knew that was what I wanted to do. Like the shape of the stone was design enough. There’s something really pleasing about the shape – and in this colour, it has a slightly retro, seventies look.

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This stone also has a kinda vintage, 70s look.

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This one has a slightly different feel, but it still suits little embellishment.

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These are now all listed on Etsy.