18.4.14

N - NAIL ART

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Nail art

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Nail art is a creative way to decorate nails. It is a type of art which can be done on fingernails and toenails. It became commonly known in beauty salons and it is considered as fashion activity. Throughout time, nail art became a part of fashion and beauty while in history it was a part of aristocracy and determined social status.

Now not really any thing to do with jewellery but how much better do beautiful rings look when they have finger nails that are just as beautiful!!! I have been having a little bit of a play around and these are what I have tried so far....


First attempt at newspaper print nails


second attempt, bolder and brighter, tho probably too bright for my taste!


Latest attempt sudoko style!

Have a woderful evening!



16.4.14

M - MAIL

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Mail

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The mail or post is a system for physically transporting documents and other small packages, as well as a name for the postcards, letters, and parcels themselves.[1] A postal service can be private or public, though many governments place restrictions on private systems. Since the mid-19th century national postal systems have generally been established as government monopolies with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is often in the form of adhesive postage stamps, but postage meters are also used for bulk mailing. Modern private postal systems are typically distinguished from national postal agencies by the names "courier" or "delivery service".

I LOVE getting mail, I think all jewellery makers/crafters do! What could be better then going to my post box and finding lots of lovely little envelopes from all over the world stuffed full of treasures and trinkets, new beads, and beautiful gems! Oh the possibilities!!!!



This one is not that exciting just some sheet silver so I can get on with a couple of orders.
Hopefully i will catch up with my a-z tomorrow! Have a great day x

15.4.14

L - LABRADORITE

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Labradorite

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Labradorite ((CaNa)(AlSi)4O8), a feldspar mineral, is an intermediate to calcic member of the plagioclase series. It is usually defined as having "%An" (anorthite) between 50 and 70. The specific gravity ranges from 2.68 to 2.72. The streak is white, like most silicates. The refractive index ranges from 1.559 to 1.573. Twinning is common. As with all plagioclase members the crystal system is triclinic and three directions of cleavage are present two of which form nearly right angle prisms. It occurs as clear, white to gray, blocky to lath shaped grains in common mafic igneous rocks such as basalt and gabbro, as well as in anorthosites.
Labradorescence is a side-effect of the molecular change which occurs in large crystal masses of anorthosite, producing an iridescentplay of colors similar to adularescence. This labradorescence, or schiller effect, is the result of light diffraction within the lamellar intergrowths – fine, adjacent layers of the separate materials (lamellae) comprising the whole rock phase – created when conditions do not allow for sufficient diffusion to the materials' equilibrium composition.

So that is all gobbledygook to me but what I do know is that labradorite is a beautiful stone, one of my favourites....


If you would like a chance at wining these labradorite earrings then head on over to my facebook page Silver NikNats and enter my Easter giveaway....




Have a wonderful day amazing people x


12.4.14

K - Kids

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Kid

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Now I did want to make as many of my posts about jewellery/making as possible and while I could have chosen to write about Keum-boo the ancient Korean gilding technique, but as I have not yet tried this nor do I have the equipment or gold to do so, I thought I would instead introduce another big factor in my jewellery making KIDS! 
I have three of my own and one on long term loan! 
I can arrange my children into 3 categories with regards to jewellery making
    1. Hindrances - The older two fall into this category! As in "Mum I need a necklace for a friends birthday, can you make me one? It's tomorrow!" or "Do we really have to wait in for a delivery of beads?"
    2. Helpful? - Mess maker aka Princess is in this category, she loves to help "play" beads and is the reason I got into jewellery making she is also my bead show buddy, she not only enjoys going to the bead show but she also asks for an allowance so she can buy beads!
    3. Possibly Horrific! - This category is solely for the baby (well not so much of a baby as he will be two in four months) He is every beaders nightmare, he sits on the floor looking sweet and then points at my bead display innocently saying "ball". We have a long one sided discussion about mummy's beads that are defiantly not balls of any kind and then he tries to distract me, by offering me a kiss and his empty juice cup to refill, while he tries to climb on my desk chair and reach my much treasured beads, luckily I am awear of his plan and have moved my chair far from my desk so climb as he might he is too far from the "balls" to go to them, but how long until he realises that my chair is on wheels and he only needs to push it closer to the balls to get them? Then I will have to empty my bead displays!!!! 

Have a fantastic weekend you amazing people x



11.4.14

J - Jewellery

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Jewellery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jewellery or jewelry is small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as broochesringsnecklacesearrings, and bracelets. Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example. For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used. It is one of the oldest type of archaeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery. The basic forms of jewellery vary between cultures but are often extremely long-lived; in Western cultures the most common forms of jewellery listed above have persisted since ancient times, while other forms such as adornments for the nose or ankle, important in other cultues, are much less common.

These is so very much I could say about jewellery, from how much I love Roman designs and carved gems to my most favorite designed of all times ever, Rene Lalique. But instead of ratling on forever I just though I would tell you how i got into jewellery making and then show you some pretty pics....

I gave up my job as a supervisor in a pharmacy to raise my daughter full time in 2010. I soon found that I then needed a hobby something that was not baby centered and that would keep me busy at nap times and in the evenings, I have always loved making things and while browsing the net I stumbled across a blog called how to jewellery, I fell in love with some of the designs, and from then on I was hooked! I then found more stunning blogs and amazing designers and decided to start my own blog as a way of documenting my makes and conecting with other creatives, so here I am four years later still enjoying making jewellery and still learning.

Yesterday I got my package back from the Assay office so I thought I would share some of my new pieces....


Titanium Druzy necklace set in sterling silver, with a sparkly chain.



Moogin lampwork cab (my favorite artist for lampwork cabs) set to form a clasp, byzantine bracelet.

Lampwork murrini headpin by the amazing Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions (I completly LOVE these) set in a sterling silver ring.

Have a fab day wonderful people x





10.4.14

I - Inlay

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Inlay

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Inlay is a decorative technique of inserting pieces of contrasting, often coloured materials into depressions in a base object to form patterns or pictures that normally are flush with the matrix.[1] In a wood matrix, inlays commonly use wood veneers, but other materials like shellsmother-of-pearlhorn orivory may also be used. Pietre dure, or coloured stones inlaid in white or black marbles, and inlays of precious metals in a base metal matrix are other forms of inlay. Master craftsmen who make custom knives continue a tradition of ancient techniques of inlaying precious metals; additionally, many new techniques which use contemporary tools have also been developed and utilized as well by artisans.

Now I have not got around to trying any inlaid jewellery (yet) but thought I would show you some of my favourite from ETSY....


Have a wonderful day x







9.4.14

H - Hallmark

A - Z  (THIS MAY WELL BE A LONG ONE)

Hallmark

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

hallmark is an official mark or series of marks struck on items made of precious metals—platinumgoldsilver and in some nations, palladium. In a more general sense, the term hallmark can also be used to refer to any distinguishing characteristic or trait.

Historically, hallmarks were applied by a trusted party: the 'guardians of the craft' or nowadays by an assay office. Hallmarks are a guarantee of certain purity or fineness of the metal as determined by formal metal (assay) testing.


England


In 1300 King Edward I of England enacted a statute requiring that all silver articles must meet the sterling silver standard (92.5% pure silver) and must be assayed in this regard by 'guardians of the craft' who would then mark the item with a leopard's head. In 1327 King Edward III of England granted a charter to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company), marking the beginning of the Company's formal existence. This entity was headquartered in London at Goldsmiths' Hall from whence the English term "hallmark" is derived. (In the UK the use of the term "hallmark" was first recorded in this sense in 1721 and in the more general sense as a "mark of quality" in 1864.)

United Kingdom and Ireland

One of the most highly structured hallmarking systems in the world is that of the United Kingdom, (Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland), and Ireland. These four nations have, historically, provided a wealth of information about a piece through their series of applied punches:
  • A stamp indicating the purity of the silver is called the assayer's mark. The mark for silver meeting the sterling standard of purity is the Lion Passant, but there have been other variations over the years, most notably the mark indicating Britannia purity. The Britannia standard was obligatory in Britain between 1697 and 1720 to try to help prevent British sterling silver coins from being melted to make silver plate. It became an optional standard thereafter, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland is now denoted by the millesimal fineness hallmark "958", with the symbol of Britannia being applied optionally. The purity mark for Irish silver is the harped crowned.
  • The date mark is a letter indicating the exact year in which the piece was made. The typeface, whether the letter is uppercase or lowercase, and even the shape inside which the letter is stamped, must all be taken together to determine the year.
  • The city mark is used to indicate the city in which the piece was assayed. For example, a crown of a certain style indicated the city of Sheffield, while an anchor indicated the city of Birmingham.
  • Each silver maker has his or her own, unique maker's mark. This hallmark is usually a set of initials inside an escutcheon.
  • Irish silver also contains the image of Hibernia. This mark was introduced in 1730, and is still in use today.


These marks are the city marks, London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh 

So here in the UK if my jewellery has more then 7.78 grams of silver in it and I want to sell it then it has to be hallmarked. This means I have to be registered with The London Assay Office, have a makers mark made and then send my jewellery (along with some paperwork) off to The London Assay Office....



to be tested and then marked with my makers mark, date stamp, and metal fineness (purity) mark. I then pay fees (online, it's all very convienent)....













and my treasures are then posted back to me (the above ones I am still waiting for)! 
I love being part of this almost 700 year old tradition and get huge satisfaction knowing that jewellery I have made, that bears my makers mark will be around long after I am gone, How fantastic is that. And just in case you were wondering this is my mark....


The NS are my initials (Niky Sayers) and here is a better pic of the other marks....



I hope you are having a fantastic day x









8.4.14

G - Granulation

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Granulation (jewellery)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Granulation is a jewellery manufacturing technique whereby a surface is covered in spherules or granules of precious metal. The technique is thought to have its origins in Sumer about 5,000 years ago. In the first millennium B.C. the technique was used by Etruscans living in present-day Italy. Greek craftsmen also employed the technique, but it was the work coming from Etruria which became famous, in part due to the mysteries surrounding the process. 

So with no experience of this what so ever I decide to give it a go any way....


I enjoyed making the little balls although a few just rolled right off my charcoal block, I did not how ever enjoy trying to get them in place or trying to solder them, they were going every where. I think this technique requires a lot more patients then I possess!

Have an amazing day lovely people x

F - Findings

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Finding

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jewelry findings are the parts used to join jewellery components together to form a completed article.

List of findings

  • Clasps to complete neckaces and bracelets,
  • Earwires to link an earring to the wearer's ear,
  • Ring blanks for making finger rings,
  • Bails, metal loops, and jump rings, for completing jewellery. Jump rings can be used by themselves for chains,
  • Pin stems and brooch assemblies,
  • Tuxedo stud findings, letters of the alphabet, cluster settings, metal beads and balls,
  • Plastic, fabric or metal stringing material for threading beads.
Findings are available in all the jewellery metals - sterling silver, plated silvergoldniobiumtitaniumaluminium and copper.
I love to be able to add my own handmade findings to my jewellery designs, it just makes that item a little bit more special and it means that I can get every aspect of the design to work together.



Have a great day x

5.4.14

E - Earring

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Earring

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An earring is a piece of jewellery attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear (except in the case of clip earrings, which clip onto the lobe). Earrings are worn by both sexes, although more common among women, and have been used by different civilisations in different times.

I really need to get to grips with my new cameras settings as these colours have come out all wrong!




The bottom left is a beautiful deep purple and bottom left is a stunning golden yellow


The beautiful lampwork wing dings are by Genea beads (love her shop) not sure where the spacers came from and I made the lion headpins, better photos to follow hopefully!

Have a fantastic weekend lovely people x