*All* of the Silver is Listed…. phew….

So, this last few days have been predominately taken up with listing all of the last of 2016’s silver pieces. It’s been quite a thing, let me tell you. I was anxious to get them in the shop asap in case any of them suggest themselves as possible Christmas presents – for your loved ones or yourself. Obviously, there’s still a good amount of time to send out UK orders. I do, however, send out a lot of jewellery to the States and the deadline for shipping to the US for Christmas is coming up this week, on Thursday, 15th December. This is a date given by Royal Mail, and a full list of dates for Christmas shipping can be found by *clicking here*. As you’ll see, the deadlines for numerous European countries are also coming up this week.

Anyway, on with the jewellery. First, new rings:

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A couple are no longer available, but the rest can be found on Etsy. As can all these earrings, which feature lovely stones and, in some cases, my ceramics.

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And finally, I have made these simpler and less expensive post earrings combining deliciously dark silver and my ceramics, and the odd mini cab here and there. These would be particularly ‘giftable’, I reckon…

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Tempted? Here’s another link to the shop. I’ll be back before the holidays; until then, all of the bestest to you!

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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And Today: One-Off Rings

Today’s listings are a collection of one-off rings. They were all made in response to the particular stone. It gave me the idea and then it had to be realised. I have been kinda working on series, but sometimes you just want to make that one particular thing. First up there’s this very simple piece which has the most deep, delicious globule of rutile quartz.

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I spent some time considering potential embellishments: maybe some granules on the rim, or maybe a few small spiky prongs placed irregularly round the stone. But, in the end, I just went with simple, because whoever ends up owning it is just going to be looking at the stone, really. You can see all the delicate rutiles better in this picture.

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(With thanks to my dear, dear friend Toni, for lending her non-metalling, non-ceramic-ing, non-oxidising fingers!)

Next up, this little thing.

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The Gap Of Today Filling Itself

I don’t have that much to say about it, really. It was, like I said, just one of those ideas that came to me, and appealed to me, as I was turning over this little piece of reticulated sheet. But I rather like it!

Next one! Some time ago I treated myself to a this gorgeous great drop of sunstone. It’s a favourite stone of mine and I knew I’d be keeping it. So, I went to town and came up with this whopper. For once I didn’t even oxidise the metal.

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Getting the metal to rise up into this cupped shape was a time-consuming but fascinating and ultimately satisfying process. When I started, it seemed impossible that my hammer strikes could result in this smooth sweeping shape. I knew I wanted to make another to put in the shop.

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A Tender Thorn

There may well actually be more in this design in time.

I’m also planning on using more of the little spiky prongs that I’ve added to this next ring.

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The Empty Immensity

It’s kinda spacey this one; and the rough pyrite sits so well with the reticulated silver. It just needed those wee spiky accents.

Finally, there’s this bumblebee jasper piece.

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An Easy Luminosity

I got the cab in a de-stash someone was doing and I knew, even before I had it in my hands, that I wanted just this simple geometric shape as the face of the ring. And – a rare thing so far! – it’s actually adjustable, so it’s likely to fit most people!

That’s it for today. They’re all listed right now on Etsy.

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.