Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Dabbling with Gemstones and Dexter and I do a 'Selfie'

When I first started jewellery making it was because I loved semi-precious gemstones and their fabulous natural beauty. It's been ages since I made pieces with just gemstones so I thought I would have a go and try out a new technique too.  The bracelets above and below feature faceted blue quartzite and lepidolite respectively and have used silver plated wire to weave around the stones. I am really quite pleased with how they have turned out so I think I will make some more!

I also decided to make a pretty necklace from these gorgeous faceted lemon quartz drops. I alternated them with sterling silver and Swarovski crystals and then finished the necklace off with really pretty sterling silver chain. 

After all the jewellery-making yesterday and photographing, I am having a bit of a 'rest' for a few hours today. Dexter and I were at a bit of a loose end waiting for my fruit loaf to bake so I decided to take a 'selfie' of us......

I've just heard the buzzer on the oven I am going to go and see how my first ever fruit loaf turned out.......x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Handmade Monday : Spring Designs

 It's nearing the end of the weekend once again and coming to that time of the week where the lovely Wendy at Handmade Harbour organises Handmade Monday for everyone to share their blogs and hopefully read and comment on everyone else's.

My week has been spent photographing my newest 'Spring Designs'. I'm not altogether happy with these photos as the light isn't quite right so I think I may be spending the evening redoing them. The picture at the top of this post is of my Pansies necklace. I made the pansy beads from polymer clay and am quite pleased with how they have turned out. I put them together with shell pearls and Swarovski crystals to create this piece. I also have a red Poppies version which I am going to photograph and upload to my Poppy Designs Etsy shop and Facebook page later today.

I'm really into my polymer clay at the moment. I love loads of different jewellery making media but I think polymer clay is my all time favourite. I have just finished putting together some jewellery from some cat and animal designs I made a month or so ago :
polymer clay cat brooches

polymer clay 'wood' animal brooches

polymer clay cat necklace
I'm going to have to re photograph these as I don't think the pictures do them justice. The cats along the top are all little brooches about an inch and a half in length. They look lovely in real life and I'm really pleased with how they have turned out. I'm going to try them out in my Etsy shop and on my craft stall for £4 each to see how they do. I also made a few little necklaces (bottom picture) on satin cords. They're just a bit of fun really, but I've really enjoyed making them. I'm also really pleased with the 'wood-effect' polymer clay animals. I made these animals a few weeks ago and just couldn't decide what to do with them. There is a much better picture of them on my previous blog post which shows the colours off much better. I decided to make this first batch into brooches too. I think I am going to try them out at £5 each as it took quite a lot of work to make the 'wood' canes in the first place. I'm really pleased with the effect and currently working on a range of different designs and styles using the wood canes. 

As everyone must know by now, I'm a huge cat lover and have 3 of my own cats. My youngest, little Maisie, will be one year old tomorrow! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. I will sign off this week's Handmade Monday with a couple of pictures of Maisie taken over the weekend : one with her sitting in her little basket on my craft desk (she often sits in her basket and watches me work) and another one of her with her brother Dexter being naughty and chewing on the pretty spring flowers I bought this morning!

Naughty Dexter and Maisie chewing on my flowers!