Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
I made the necklace below last week but I didn't have the chance to photograph it until today. I've called it "Starry Starry Night" and it uses stunning beads by Laura Sparling, silver bead caps by Kutuu (Hannah Salomon), Swarovski crystal and, of course, chainmaille. I love doing chainmaille - it's time consuming but very relaxing!
Anyway, I'd better get back to uploading all the photos I've taken today to my website! I hope you're keeping warm and dry this rainy November evening!
Sunday, 25 November 2007
The necklace and earrings below are made using chainmaille and beautiful rosy beads from Mindy . They were on my stall for the first time today and haven't even been put on my website yet, and they sold on their first outing! Don't worry though, I've got another set of Mindy's beads to play with, so watch this space!
Saturday, 17 November 2007
The photo definitely doesn't do her work justice as the light was really bad today - I'll be so pleased when my light box arrives! I'll show you the change in the pendant once I've oxidised it!
Most of my beading time this week has been spent cutting jump rings and weaving chainmaille, partly for a commission and partly for up coming craft shows. I thought I'd show you some photos of the process - I start with a reel of sterling silver wire, coil it round mandrels, cut the coils using my lovely koil kutter, tumble the cut rings (the wire through the middle of each bundle is supposed to keep them together in the tumbler, but one of the wires broke and so T and I spent far too long last night picking tiny jump rings out from the steel shot in the tumbler!) and finally weave them together. The weave here is Byzantine. It whole process takes a while, but I enjoy it! Mind you, I didn't enjoy it quite so much before I had a koil kutter as sawing all the coils by hand hurt!
Well, I'd better go and get B's tea ready - he's got a cold, poor love, but I bet he's feeling warmer than T who is on a canoeing weekend - yes, I do know he's mad! My brother is due over later for a visit. He's staying until tomorrow afternoon, and I think he's really coming to play with B rather than to see me!
have a good weekend!
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
I made the frames for these pendants ages ago but couldn't decide which stones to use on them until today. The spiral uses various shades of faceted carnelian and the abstract pendant aquamarine and labradorite. I spent ages trying to photograph the blue flashes in the labradorite! They will eventually be on my website, but I wanted to get them finished today so I could use them as examples in my pendant workshop tomorrow evening.
And a dainty pair of labradorite earrings too...
That's it for now - hopefully I'll be back in a few days!