Little Bursts of Creativity

For a long time I haven’t made any jewellery, but in the last few weeks I have felt an urge to start playing again.

I’ve had the red and silver mokume gane polymer clay components on my work table for over a year!  last week I finally made up the smaller set into a pair of earrings for myself, and wrapped them in silver wire with an inbuilt bail so that I didn’t have to drill a hole through them.  I’m really happy with them, and the resin on top of the clay makes is shine nicely.

Yesterday I finally took the plunge and made up the larger focal piece into a necklace, I attached the chain to the focal by filling a link with resin and setting it on the back.  I’m still not completely happy with the chain going all the way around the neck, as it seems to sit a little stiffly, so I may have to change that at a later date.  Maybe half chain links and the other half double strand tubing.  I also made up the middle pair of focals into earrings, again attaching handmade wire bails (to hang the hooks through) on the back with resin.

I also remade the ring – prior to yesterday it was swirly wire and pearls, but I never really liked it very much.  I carefully unwound the swirls of wire, and then reshaped them to hold the handmade glass cabachon.  During this process I got the balance point for the “stone” slightly off, so it is heavier on one end than the other, but I don’t think the gold-wire is up to me unwinding it again to reset the cabachon.  I can live with it.

Last week I also played with the three pendants shown here, each has been created using “Prisme” Pebeo Paint.  I love how the metallic paints works itself out into patterns, however I have to fight my inclination to push it around and mess up the patterns – so I am trying to learn patience.  If you mix 2 different colours (as in the triangle pendant) you can get interesting effects depending on which paint floats and which sinks.  I think my favourites is the diamond pendant, these aren’t my normal choice of colours but I think they work really well and the soft tones compliment the “cell” effect.

Today  I’ve been playing with some other things, and have part completed a couple of other pendants, but that’s a story for another day!

Shameless Self Advertising

Some of you may know that I used to have a hobby!  I used to enjoy making a little bit of jewellery, playing with glass, wire and polymer clay.  Sadly I have just noticed that it has been over 2 months since I created anything.  Not sure why I have stopped, except that I still have too much jewellery hanging around my house.

I haven’t had anything in the local gallery for a long time, it all got a bit too hard to deal with when I increased my work hours, etc, (excuses, excuses),  So now I’m trying to sell it on the internet (which hasn’t worked out to be success for me, so far).  However, towards that goal I have marked down a lot of stock (some as much as 50% off) on my website.

If you’re in the market for a unique, handmade piece of jewellery, check out my Etsy shop

I promise I won’t do any more shameless self advertising, at least not until Christmas!

Sterling Silver Wrapt (4)Aqua stitchedBurgundy Ring (2)Blue stone ring (2)

A little Creation

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.