Final day of Sale, plus things and stuff

I’ve done a woeful job of promoting it but today is the last day of the Spring sale in my jewellery shop.  In case you don’t know, I’m offering 25% off all jewellery, including a good number of pieces that have already been reduced. All you need to do is apply the coupon code SPRING25 when you check out. This means you can get this bracelet for £22.50, which seems a crazy price, frankly.  (Click on the links below the pictures to go straight to the shop listing.)

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Sea Wreath

These earrings – always a bit of a personal fave – can be yours for 12.38.

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Picasso Coins

This bracelet will be just £20.25.

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Soft Geometry

Which, again, is pretty daft. And this necklace can also be had for £22.50.

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Folksy

Sometimes you just want make space and what have you… Many of the items in the ‘Sale’ section of the shop will be removed and no longer available from tomorrow, and the price of those that remain will be put back up. So, it’s now or never on a good few items…

Aside from all this, I thought I’d share a few pics of other things that have been happening, like you should do on a blog. On Thursday, the gallingly good Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads shared a post on Art Jewelry Elements showing some stamps that she had made by lino-cutting. This is the sort of thing I have been meaning to do, but I hadn’t managed to get my finger out and do it. Thanks to Caroline, I finally gave it a go.  As Caroline said in her post, it’s often not really desirable to use commercially produced stamps and textures, and I generally try to avoid doing so. I made some plaster moulds whilst I was still doing pottery classes last year and I’ve loved having them to use. I wish I had the opportunity to make more. I do own some moulding compound but I always feel I should be all organised and have everything planned before I use it, and that sort of thing tends not to happen in my world. The beauty of the lino-cutting thing is that you can just have a bit of a doodle and see what you come up with, and the materials are relatively inexpensive so it’s no great disaster if you bodge it up. I’ve got a little mound of carved lino bits now.  I’ve yet to try them out properly on any clay yet but I did try a few bits, just to see if I was on the right track.

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a huddle of houses

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some flowery bidnizz

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scribbly Giacometti-style faces

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And as you can see here, you can save up any stray offcuts and carve them to make textures for rolling beads over. I’m looking forward to seeing these glazed.

What else? There’s been some sun the last few days – the proper stuff that actually makes you feel that Spring might just be a possibility. Dexy has be sprauncing around on the terrace sniffing the air…

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…despite having mysteriously developed arthritis in his back legs. He’s only six. He’s a medical marvel, really – always managing to find some new ailment requiring extensive and expensive treatment. Thank the lord for pet insurance. Apologies for the cruddy little mobile phone pictures. Here’s some better shots of him that I’ve had on my desktop, waiting for to be shared, for an age.

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Other than that, I don’t have much to report. I’ll leave you with a tune that’s been buzzing round my head for the last day or so…

FLASH SALE and Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!

So, it’s been a lovely day here in Frome – proper sunshine and everything!  What better excuse for a flash sale.  You can get 25% off all jewellery using the discount code HERECOMESTHESUN25.  Click here to head to the shop. The code will be active for the whole weekend. There are a few pieces that are waiting to be listed, which you can see if you look at the last couple of posts.  Also, I’ve been having a bit of an earring making spree over the last couple of days.  If you’re interested in any of these, let me know and I’ll get them listed so you can get 25% discount.

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(ceramic connectors and bead caps – Scorched Earth)

saffron

(ceramic rounds – Bo Hulley)

nightly

(lampwork – Puffafish, ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

watch men

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In a mist

Here’s another link to the shop. Here’s the code again: HERECOMESTHESUN25.  I hope you’ll find something to treat yourself to.  Bye for now!

Nearly there

It’s half past five and it’s still light.  Hallelujah.  It’s also been sunny – well, sort of – today, so I seized the opportunity to take some pictures.  I made a couple of bracelets this week that I’ve been planning to make for a while.  They were some time in the planning because I kept thinking of other things I needed to get to finish them.  I spent a fair while looking for the perfect citrine for this bracelet:

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(lampwork focal – Moogin; patinated brass toggle clasp – Abyjem; ceramic wheel – Slate Studios)

There was a time when I couldn’t really see the appeal of yellow stones.  I’m dotty about them now.  It’s a pretty luxe bracelet, all in all.  I often avoid mixing together so many pricey materials, dreading to think what price I’ll have to put on them, but I decided to go to town with this bracelet.  I took a similarly cavalier approach when making this one.

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(ceramic hoops and chain links – Scorched Earth; lampwork beads – Glass Bead Art; ceramic round – Grubbi)

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I’m really quite pleased with the way it turned out.  And the photos are a lot better than a number I’ve taken recently.  I’m nearly done with all my shop overhaul-ing, so it’s the last few days of the sale.  To mark this, I’m now offering 30% off everything currently in stock.  Just use the discount code FINALDAYS.  Remember, some pieces will be going once the sale ends so if there’s something you’ve had your eye on, now really is the best time to bag it.  Before I go, here’s a few more new pieces that will be available shortly:

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(ceramic pendant – Gaea)

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(polka dot beads – Bo Hulley)

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(ceramic flower – Captured Moments)

It’s now half past six – I’ve spent a long time saying very little!  Time I was off…