Beading Back in Time Blog Hop

So the theme for this Beading Back in Time Blog Hop was to Choose your Favourite Historical period (500 AD - Present), so of course I went straight back to the Roman era.
I'm not sure what it is about the Roman style that I feel so drawn to but I just love it!
For my piece I chose a Roman gold and amethyst necklace circa 1st century B.C for inspiration this is the piece....
Photo found on christies.com via Pinterest

I just love every thing about this piece, the colours, the gems, the way the focal is set, the detail in the clasp every thing!
Unfortunately I am not so much in love with the piece I created, (it was one issue after another) so it is more of a work in progress!

So here it is....

First issue I had was the silver beads that were going to sit in between the tourmaline beads were not the right shape, they did not look organic enough so I left them out, which I don't like! Then even tho there was 20 inches of tourmaline beads only about 15 inches of them had a hole big enough to thread the stringing stuff through (can you tell I never string things) so it came out shorted then I wanted and I had to attach chain to the ends with I really don't like the look of!

I did not have a cameo in my stash to use as a focal so I decided to use a piece of Roman glass, but I did not have any that had that beautiful luster that I associate with ancient glass and it looked rather plain so I decided to set a stone in centre to add interest which I like but think maybe it's a bit too large/over powering? Still on the plus side I taught myself to set a stone on stone! I have seen this technique used quiet a lot and am glad I tried it!

So I like the ideas I had but they defiantly need refining, also I did not get to make a beautiful clasp in time so just chucked a pre-made one on, when I restring this to add on the more organic silver breads I will also be making a beautiful handmade clasp to go with it!!!!

To check out what everyone else has created head on over to Phantasm Creations!


AJE COM Ravens

Art Jewelry Elements October themed challenge is Ravens and was picked by our Amazing Karen of Starry Road Studio!
My first thought was to hunt out for inspirational quotes on ravens, and thats were I stumbled upon The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (I can't believe I had never heard it before) and then idea's started flying!

My first idea was to draw out a raven and possibly etch it in copper (some thing I have not yet done) but I struggled to draw it how I wanted it and changed to a simpler idea, feathers and outlines!

I wanted to make a pair of raven feather earrings with black stones and rugged looking feathers, a pendent with a raven and a moon, a piece using that beautiful huge garnet I had been hoarding for ages, oh a triptych piece with an old castle window and a raven perched on the ledge with closing window shutters, and a flying raven on a shield inspired by the Raven Master at the Tower of London, and a beautiful paper cutting that I had seen of a raven with a starry sky! Too many ideas and not enough time!!!

I stared cutting sheet metal into feathers and ravens....

and then got distracted with more ideas! Until I had to stop myself and choose just one idea to work on!

 So I chose the shield idea and decided I wanted to make it a hollow bead, I did the part that I thought was going to be the hardest, the working out the angles and making of the frame and it all worked beautifully until I had to solder on the front plate to the frame and oh my disaster struck....

I managed to over heat the piece and melt my flying raven! Ah well too many ideas to stop and sulk, so I moved onto the next one and here's how that turned out....

Confidence in soldering restored, I decided I liked the standing raven so much that I would cut a few more, but this time I wanted a piece inspired by The Raven poem! For me it's about love and lost and so with this in mind here's what I created....

Stamped and soldered part way through, I finally used my huge garnet....

"Perched and sat and nothing more" It still needs a little finishing off but I love this piece....

I need a shot of it being worn but my model is out of town for a couple of days so I shall have to post that shot when I have finished off some more of the work in progress pieces!

Yep, I rather like them! Thank you Karen for choosing such an awesome theme! Please check out what every one else has created too!

Art Jewelry Elements Team:
Lesley Watt
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Phantasm Creations
Caroline Dewison
Linda Landig
Niky Sayers

Our Guest Bloggers:


Year of Jewellery project catch up!!!

Photo Heavy post of all the YOJP I forgot to show!....

Week 27 (Jul 4) - Birthstone of the Month: Ruby

Week 28 (Jul 11) - Beach, Sun, Water!

Week 29 (Jul 18) - Let the Games Begin

Week 30 (Jul 25) - Angles


Week 31 (Aug 1) - Birthstone of the Month: Peridot

Week 32 (Aug 8) - Inspired by my Favourite Fictional Character

Week 33 (Aug 15) - Draw It First (& show drawing with the finished piece)

Week 34 (Aug 22) - Life is a Beach

Week 35 (Aug 29) - Sunrise/Sunset


Week 36 (Sept 5) - Birthstone of the Month: Sapphire

Week 37 (Sept 12) - Leaves

Week 38 (Sept 19) - Dangles

(Prong Wrap tutorial by Lonely Soldier Designs)

Week 39 (Sept 26) - Vintage Inspired

Now just the rest of the weeks to catch up, I hope your all having a lovely day x


We're All Ears :: October Reveal

Today I am joining in with the fab Earrings Everyday, October blog hop. Now I have to admit, I had never heard of Project Runaway before hearing about it on the Earrings Everyday Blog and had to google it (hey, I'm from the UK) but I feel in love with the stunning designs they showed by designer Monique Lhuillier....

So the challenge was to select one of these looks and create a pair of earrings to accessorise it!

I also must admit, I'm not in the least bit fashionable! Nope, not a bit! If I happen to be wearing some thing fashionable it was more then likely brought by my other half or I have had it so long that it may well have come into fashion again!!! I tend to dress for comfort/ease and in the dark (often with paint splats or a random pen in my hair) or in strips (I love stripes). But occasionally I do love to dress up and go all girly and these dresses are so beautiful!!! Purple always screams Royalty and opulence to me so hopefully this shows in my design....

I made some hammered copper and set amethyst connectors paired with a beautiful pair of lampwork head pins (that have a wonderful lacy look to them) from the lovely Linda of Earth Shine Beads! I hope you like what I created and please check out what everyone else created! x


AJE September COM

September AJE component of the month was supplied by the lovely Linda Landig and this time I managed to remember to get a photo first, and even a few work in progress shots!
Linda sent us all these beautiful ceramic oak leaf and acorn pendents in the most amazing colours!

At first I could not decide what to make, so I sat down and did some thing I very rarely ever do and sketched out a few ideas, while there pondering the most charming little robin was sitting adjacent to me singing a beautiful song and he some how found his way into my design!

Then I set to work sawing, stamping, soldering, pickling, polishing and generally having lots of fun.

Then came the hardest part.... I had no beads that went with my design! I know HOW can this be I have LOTS of beads but red is one of the colours I find rather hard to work with and nothing was working for me so I did what all designers do (no I did not buy more beads) I put it down and procrastinated! Then last night as I was considering using cord (dark brown leather cord would have been so lovely but I only had a light tan colour) inspiration hit me! I had all the beads that I needed! They were just in a bracelet that I had made ages ago and stashed in a draw some where! I just needed to find them! And here they are....

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow Necklace

A wonderful selection of art beads! There is a beautiful little owl by one of my favourite lampwork designers Laura Sparling sitting in a little acorn cap/nest by the fantastic Lesley Watt, a beautiful  flower bead by the marvellous Karen Totten, and stunning oak leaf clasp by the amazing Joanne Tinley Jewellery.

Finished off with a simple handmade copper chain. I'm rather pleased with this one, especially it's little secret robin...

Thanks for visiting, please if you have time check out what every one else has created....

Have a great day!


Summer holiday part one, Paris

*Warning Photo Over Load, proceed with caution and a tasty beverage possibly also a bar of chocolate!*

Ahhh, I am so behind on every thing at the moment, I blame poor time management and a jolly good summer holiday! This year we decided to leave the UK (which we never do) and head to Paris for a week of fun and it was magnificent!

Eiffel Tower

We stayed 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower over looking the Seine River, it was really lovely.


The Eiffel Tower was just stunning, at night it all lights up and every hour on the hour for ten minutes it sparkles and twinkles like a million hyperactive fairies!!!

Night Life

One thing we really noticed about the difference between the UK and France is how much every thing just comes to life at night!!!

Under the Eiffel Tower

 Second Floor Looking up to the Top

My Little Adventurer Insisted on Going to the Very Top!

Where she took this and many other small people views of the tower

Inside the Tower

Inside the tower, we had to go up in the lifts as we had the little one in his buggy and there was no way we could have carried him and the buggy up all those stairs, but I would rather like to go up the steps next time!

The View From the Top of the Tower

Over Looking the Seine River

Boat Trip up the River

Little Details Every Where

The Bridges Were So Beautiful

 The Arc de Triomphe

Notre Dame Cathedral

The "Love Lock" bridge or Pont des Arts. 

The tradition goes that a couple with their initials carved into a padlock visit the bridge and attach the padlock to the rails then throw the keys into the Seine as a sign of there commitment to each other. Unfortunately so many locks have been added to the bridge that the weight was becoming a safety concern and so most of the panels over the bridge have been removed. They have been replaced with these very cool non padlockable street art panels! 

I blurred out some of the scribble on this one so I could print it out for my wall at home!

These were really lovely works of art but I believe they are only temporary

Random cat fish street art down by the river

Very powerful piece of street art 

At the Flea Market 

Flea Market

Once you battle your way through all the junk stalls in the centre you find these amazing little streets and a whole Mall type building stuffed full of treasures and of course there were a few bead shops to be found too!!!

Midnight Fair Ground

Paris really dose come to life at night, one night on the way back to the hotel we came across a huge fair ground that was still open at midnight (you don't get that in the UK they normally close before 11pm) and to say the Little's were excited was an understaitment! We had an amazing night of fair ground rides and candy floss (mostly eaten by me) and the "best night ever"as stated by Lana!

Inside the Louvre

It's no secret that I LOVE museums and so we spent a whole day at the Louvre and we still did not get to see every thing! Amazing!

The Displays Are Amazing

The Celling of a Tomb

I could have spent a whole day just going around the Ancient Egyptian part alone and plan to go back when the children are alot older, so I can have more time there, maybe get one of the audio tours and wonder slowly around taking my time and enjoying the beautiful things!

Stunning Ancient Vase

Amazing Ceilings

I think this was part of the Napoleon suite but can't be sure at this point I was just taking as many photos as I could, there was just so much to see!



I must resurch these painting I would love to know who painted them and the story behind them.

Galerie d'Apollon of the Louvre

I Just Love These Two!

The Three Grace's

Of course having my own Grace (who is almost 16!) I am obliged to take photos of anything and every thing that has her name in!

Coins and tiny heads

Oh how I covet these, and what a beautiful necklace they would make!

Venus de Milo

Egyptian Fragments

If you would like to see more photos of the Louvre (mostly jewellery and bead related) check out my Seeking inspiration at the louvre post over at Art Jewelry Elements blog and hopfully I will chat to you all again soon (so much more to show and tell on)!

Have a great day wonderful people x

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