I call this handmade glass cabochon on my ring “Cobalt”, but I think it fits Ultramarine also.
Taken me all week to see what was right in front of me for the Navy challenge!
Handmade Glass Bead, in Lavender tones.
The undulating zigzag of my sterling silver and glass pendant
Bronze glass bead on Sterling Silver – handmade jewellery
I haven’t been creative lately, in fact it has been over a month since I sat down and made a piece of jewellery. Somehow the weather just hasn’t encouraged me.
Anyway, this weekend I actually did something. I have had some bits and pieces on my work table for a long while now, and inspiration finally struck on Saturday.
The focal is a handmade slumped glass bead, set in Polymer Clay. I’m looking forward to wearing this later on in the week.
I make handmade jewellery, and sometimes housewares. I sell through a local shop that specialises in local handmade items. Well, sometimes I sell, more often I don’t. My hometown is a tourist town, so in the off season (which we are approaching now) there isn’t much going on. I have also have a shop on etsy since 2012, but I have never sold anything through that. Etsy is just too big for a little handmade fish like me, unless you really get into all the networking side of things, you are lucky if you ever get anyone to see your shop at all.
I do have a facebook page and my website, but again, you really have to do the whole networking thing, and I never really have, mainly because I just don’t have the time. Handmade for me is a hobby, I love making things. I love the tactile pleasure of smooshing (very technical term) polymer clay. I love sanding and polishing the clay to get a soft and silky feel on the finish. I love, love, love hammering metal. I love melting glass (although I have to be careful with the glass, because I always want to grab it with my hands, which is a big NO NO when it is like molten lava).
So, making handmade is what I love. Selling and marketing handmade, not so much.
So when I get the time I will be going back to that blog and reading some more of his posts, who knows, I just might find some hints and tips to make things easier.
I’ve enjoyed my day today, finishing off some jewellery that has been on my table for a while.
This necklace with large polymer beads is not my usual style, but I thought I would try making something different.
It is interspersed with glass, plastic and metal beads, and strung on sparkly thread.
Spoons ARE my thing at the moment. This lovely glass piece found it’s soul-spoon today.
This spoon is full of tiny little curls I drilled from the beads on the necklace at the top.
Not sure whether to leave it as is, for the texture, or top it with clear resin.
However you spent your Sunday, I hope you enjoyed it.
thanks for listening
The assignment today from Bloggin101 is to post something inspired by the “About Me” page I wrote yesterday. Weirdly enough, as you’d think someone who takes the time to blog would want to say something about themselves, I don’t want to talk more about me. I felt I said enough yesterday, so what more do I choose to tell you.
I have toe rings, I sometimes sing
my eyes are blue, my hair is grey
I love to play with polymer clay.
I took a class to play with glass
but my beads aren’t round, so I melt them down
I use my kiln to fuse and slump it, and also for glass that is dichroic.
Some clay, glass, metal or wire
entwined in a fashion
to make simple jewellery – my hobby “passion”
I was a carer for my husband for 3 years before he died, raising our girls through this time with the constant help of my Mum (mother of advanced age- MOAA), who cared for them whilst I spent large amounts of time at the hospital with my husband. I sadly admit now that I can’t remember a lot of things from those years, my girls often say “do you remember when ……..Mum?” and I can’t. It breaks my heart that I cannot remember those precious years when they were so young.
So funny, weird, silly is my way of coping with what has been lost. Sometimes it is just easier for me to write it in rhyme.
I’m trying to focus on happy, positive (without going to the perky positivity of extremes), joyful things in life. Which, I guess, is what my blog is about. So there, in a way I have been inspired by writing this post.
When I made this pendant it just reminded me of Autumn, so that is it’s name.