Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gemstone Crush

I recently bought some crushed gemstones and have been having fun mixing them with resin...

 (Left:  Kyanite, Chalcedony, Crystal Quartz, Resin
Right:  Amethyst, Citrine, Resin)

At first I thought I'd dome the resin to get a smooth finish (like the one on the left) but actually I think I prefer the 'craggy' look of the one on the right.....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Well, I’ve shown you my mum and sister-in-law’s Christmas presents so now we turn to the men in my life!  They are difficult to buy for at the best of times and even harder to make things for - it is difficult to think of something they may actually want or need.  However I’d set myself the challenge of a hand-made Christmas so I came up with these – clips for money/paper/anything you fancy.

(Left: Sterling Silver, Brass and Copper
Right: Sterling Silver)

Any suggestions for what to make them next year will be gratefully received....!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Egg Necklace

A while ago my sister-in-law showed me a picture of a necklace and asked if I could make her something similar.  The picture was of a beautiful, enamelled Faberge-style egg – and so was a bit beyond my skill set!!!   But I had a think about it and came up with this for her Christmas present...

(Sterling Silver, Ceramic egg, Glass Beads)

It is certainly not a Faberge egg but it, I think, has a certain charm.  Actually, it has set off a few ideas in my head – I think there may be a few more egg shapes turning up in my jewellery again.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Shard Necklace

A very happy new year to you!

For as long as I can remember my mum has had a collection of those intriguing little shards of pottery that turn up when you are digging in the garden – and I’ve picked up the habit from her.  I’ve also found a beach near where I live where you can find pottery shards.  I think there was a ferry that came up onto that beach many years ago - lots of cups of tea must have been drunk to celebrate reaching shore again!!

I’ve never really known why I’ve collected those shards – I just did it because my mum did – but now I’ve found something to do with them….

(Sterling Silver, Ceramic shards dug up in my garden, Resin and Glass Seed Beads)

I gave this to my mum for Christmas.