Friday, 1 November 2013

Behind the Scenes

I have been busy behind the scenes making jewellery for my upcoming craft fairs and home parties.  You can see some of the items I have made in my Folksy shop.  Must dash got loads more to make, here is a pic of my latest bead set.

I hope it hasn't been too wet and windy on your neck of the woods.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Some bits to share

I was thinking of making this post a summer catch up but we did so much I could be here until Christmas, especially considering the regularity with which I update this blog.... Suffice to say it consisted of lots of trips out, catching up with friends, eating lots of ice cream, a week in France and sun sun sun!

I thought I would share a few of my recent makes with you:

I made these early in the summer holidays, as you can see I was definitely feeling the summer vibe.  The bottom two beads are made using a beautiful mini-mo club selection.  These beads ended up being added to a birthday present for a special friend. 

I was so pleased with how this necklace turned out.  
Special friend wearing birthday gift.
It has been a long time since I treated myself to some new glass, well it feels like a long time, so I ordered a few colours among them was CiM Gunmetal.  What a revelation this glass was!  In the rod it looks like any other black.  However, once melted, cooled then heated again this fabulous gun metal sheen appears.  I combined the gunmetal with ivory and I am rather pleased with the outcome.
Another glass I bought is CiM Rainforest which is the dark green in this set of beads.  I made these to go with a dress I bought, I still have the colours at my work station to make some more so that I have enough for a necklace.

I have also been working on some new jewellery designs which will be winging their way to my Etsy shop very soon!!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Where did that go?

So, July has come and gone!  I must have blinked and missed it.  It was so hectic at school with theme week and the Jungle Book production.  However, the main event of the month was our first visit to the Larmer Tree Festival it was amazing.  We also camped for the first time, weren't we lucky with the weather!  We had a fantastic weekend of live music, great food and creativity

 The grounds are beautiful with sculptures dotted around here and there.

There was some yarn bombing going on.

 The Larmer Tree taxi gave us a lift back to the car with all of our camping gear and some very tired festival goers.

 I haven't done it justice here, unfortunately I can't get hold of the photos I took.  However, we can't recommend a visit enough.  I really felt like I had been on a holiday and didn't want to come home.

I have managed some torch time this is the result of my first session in a while.

Yes! This is the haul from one session.  As you can see I real difficulty getting into a groove and I ended up making a batch of very different beads, none of which I am particularly pleased with.  However, I did manage another session the following evening
 As you can see this little set has a theme.  There aren't very many beads to the set but the large ones took me a while.  I am quite pleased with these, they might end up being  a piece of jewellery for me if they don't get snapped up.

Happy holiday, I hope the sun is shining where you are!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

A slight alteration

You may remember from a previous post that I had made a bracelet but it was too small, I was going to re-string it and did suggest that it might not remain a bracelet.  Well, it has become a very lovely necklace.

 As you can see the hand woven beads remain and I have added some big hole beads over some seed beads which give the necklace some movement.  I really like this style of necklace, I made one similar for myself a while ago and I wear it a lot. 
This is a lively colourful version which also has some hand woven beads.  I also made a pair of earrings to match this necklace, but I forgot to take a picture of them.  I have also dipped into my copper wire box this week.

This design is based on the 'Brangle' that I made during a workshop with Lush and Mizgeorge.  I treated myself to one of Jolene's mini-mo boxes of glassy goodies!  The parcel contains some twisties, murrini and shards.  The mini-mo is  a great for pushing me out of my comfort zone of my usual pallette.  I rarely work in yellow and lime greens but I am pleased with the way this turned out.

I am hoping to get my act together and to get these pieces and others posted on Folksy for sale so I will keep you posted.  

Enjoy the sun while it's still shining folks!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Sometimes it's just the way it goes

My previous post was a brief one because I was dashing out to the 'studio' to make some beads.  My torch-time is limited due to work and family commitments being a drain on my energy reserves so any chance I get to get to the flame is precious.  Sometimes I find I have a clear idea of what I want to make in terms of colour and design and sometimes I have an end product in mind be it a necklace or bracelet.  Other times though I head out there hoping to be hit by a bolt of inspiration.  I bought a calendar  a couple of months ago to help to give me some inspiration when none can be found.  The plan is to use each month as a starting block for colour.  April looks like this:
 It is a beautiful calendar I bought from Wakehurst called 'Through the Eyes of Children' and is a collaborative piece with many children and the artist John Thompson. I pulled together 5 colours and set to work, I was completely stumped as to design these are the resulting beads

Not the most inspiring patterns I've seen.  I just wasn't 'feeling' the colours and I couldn't get into a flow.  I decided to revisit the design I used for my 'Graphic' beads.  I couldn't decide on colour so I had a play.
It was a bit of a disaster really.  The bead on the left is rubino oro which should give a deep pink but I put it over ivory which was clearly a mistake as I have ended up with this kind of brown sludgey colour.  The beads are ok I guess but I just wasn't feeling it so I ended my session.  Sometimes it just happens this way, the time is there but the ideas aren't.  Often I find the ideas are there but when I fanilly get the time they are gone, I must get better at keeping a journal of ideas, then who knows the two might collide....

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

In Answer to Jill

One of my readers asked me whether I would show the blue and green spotted beads when I had etched them.  Yes, and here they are

As you can see the etch gives a lovely matt finish.  The beads with the white centres look as though they are glowing.

This is just a quick post as I have got the kiln warming!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Toffee, Hobnob and Cocoa

Introducing the latest additions to the household;


They are beautiful little guinea pigs only six weeks old!  They are settling well into their new home and their new owners are delighted with them.  If you ever need an incentive to get little people washed, dressed and ready for school I would suggest buying a guinea pig.  Every morning this week my tribe have been ready to leave for school a good 45 minutes before we need to get in the car.  Their logic is that if they are ready for school I won't have any reason to tell them to leave the guineas alone thus giving them some precious time with their new charges.  How much longer it will continue only time will tell but I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.

It has been a busy weekend so I didn't manage to make my commission piece until today.  I am rather pleased with it I hope the recipient is pleased likes it.

I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Today I have the very rare pleasure of being home alone for a couple of hours so I thought I would take the opportunity to show what I have made using the green and black beads in my previous post. 

 The glass beads were calling out for some beaded beads so I dusted off my beading needle and raided my large stash of seed beads.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to make beaded beads.  The clasp is one of my favorites from Bijoux Beads.  Unfortuanately I am going to have to re-make this bracelet as it is a wee bit small, but it won't take me long.  It will be interesting to see if the bracelet takes the same form in the re-making.

I have also had a commission.  The brief is 'a bracelet in black, yellow and white'.  I rarely work with yellow so this has been a nice challenge.  I was so pleased with the green beads above that I decided to follow a similar pattern.  The urge to make some more beaded beads was too strong to resist, you can just about see some in the bead soup bowl. 

In other news; the tortoises are awake!  We had to wake them as the winter has been so long and cold they have been very sleepy.  I am pleased to be able to report that they are all doing well, stretching their legs and grazing on dandelions.  We also have some new additions to the family which will be arriving at the weekend.  Be sure to drop by to find out about them over the weekend.

I hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Some beads to show!

I thought I would share some pics of my latest beads, we haven't had any sunshine here today so the colours are a little dull.

This is a nice bright spring-like set made with aqua and bright green.  These might get the acid treatment to give them a matt sheen.  The centre of the large beads are white so when the beads are etched they have a slight glow.

I made this set to match a top I bought.  Again I might etch these, I haven't decided yet.

Lastly is the set I made last night.  I have been lacking inspiration so I turned to my trusty 'Passing the Flame' book, a bible for bead makers.  This pattern requires starting the bead in a different way to the method I usually use which has resulted in some slightly uneven shaped beads.  However, I think this adds to their charm and I don't think it will show when I have made them into either a bracelet or necklace.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 1 April 2013

An Easter Make

I have had this design in my mind for a while but not actually summoned up the energy to make it.  That is until the Easter break! 

The beads were made by yours truly.  The metal beads are from my local bead shop and the tiny hoops that you can just about see are from Lush. I love the way the large glass beads move over the small black beads giving the piece some movement.  I am hoping to make some more of these in different colours and who knows I might even get around to posting some for sale.  In my head I am going to close my Etsy shop and re-open my Folksy shop.  But, lets not get carried away with empty promises, I have a week of the holidays left but they are going to be pretty action-packed so lets see how we/I get on.

Enjoy your Easter break.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Still here....

Still creating just not had time or the correct lighting to take photographic evidence.  Anyway here are some pics of my latest creations.

Some glass buttons and a heart using my most recent glassy purchase.  The buttons might become rings tonight depending on how I'm feeling after the Brownie run.
A flower garland inspired by this month's Mollie Makes.  I used some Stylecraft yarn that I already had in my stash and I didn't bother adding any fabric bows.  It was a very satisfying make and was straight forward.

I hope to be back on a more regular basis but lets see how things go.