21.12.14

Facebook giveaway

This piece was an practice piece, I had an old cracked opal doublet laying around and thought I would try and set it, any who I liked the result so much I can't bring myself to throw it, so to celebrate 100 sales in my etsy shop I thought I would have a giveaway on bits of niknats facebook page.



Here is what you could win....


So why not head on over and enter for your chance to get your hands on these! You could also use the code to get 10% off one of these little lovelies....


I finally managed to get some coin lockets in the shop, Amethyst....


Kyanite and....


Opal!


And how cute is this little heart!

Have a wonderful Sunday lovely people x






13.12.14

A few makes....

 I thought I would share a few pics of the pieces I have been working on....

I love this piece, the ruby was one of three that I brought many years ago and was hoarding for the right project, they are such lovely stones, well this is the last one and is heading off to it's new home as I type!


These coins are the beautiful Roman coins I got when I went up to London, just across the road from the Victoria and Albert Museum was the sweetest shop full of amazing antiquity's and I could not leave with out buying some thing (I wanted everything, it was all so old and crusty and beautiful)!
Anywho I did not want to spoil the coins so I made a prong setting for them and here they are with a beautiful pair of Amethyst set copper drops, they were in the shop (well one was I may have hoarded the other) for a short time before they flew out along with some of my best ever bits, so I really must get making again!

Have a wonderful day lovely people!

12.12.14

New Desk!

I had so much fun decorating my new bureau that I decided to have a quick peek into the second hand furniture shop.... just to see what they had, with no intention of buying any thing! When I stumbled upon this little beauty.... 


I fell in love instantly and as it was the managers special and had 25% off I decided it was my lucky day and I really must buy it! 
I decided I wanted it to be in the same style as the bureau so I brought the wonderful key handles and set to work painting while eagerly awaiting their arrival, only to stumble upon a dilemma....
My other half's drill was left at his sisters new house and would be for some time and I only had a dremel type flexy thingy which only fitted the very smallest drill bits, buying a new drill just to drill two holes was not an option (storage space is very limited) so what to do? 
First I drilled the biggest holes I could with what I had, they were about 2mm wide and needed to be about 6mm, so my creative thinking cap on I decide I can use my round file and make the holes bigger! Erm no, that did not work and would take about a million years, so be patient and wait for the return of the drill or on to plan B? (serious furniture restorers please look away now)! ....


Using a pair of very sharp scissors and a lack of regard for any of the health and safety rules I have learnt over the years I set at the draws like a mad woman, but it got the job done....


and now I love it even more and it is the perfect fit for my jewellery making corner (Sorry about the awful photos but it's winter here in England and sunlight is a long forgoten thing, seriously it's 8am here and it's still dark outside)!


Yep, I love it!!!!

Have a wonderful day lovely people x

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11.12.14

December Giveaway!

I am running late on this months giveaway but December so far has been mad whirl wind of birthdays, illnesses, christmas plays and coffee fulled christmas shopping, but hey thats December!

This months giveaway includes






So here's what you have to do....


Leave a comment on this blog post!!!

Easy as that, of course if you would like more chances to win you could....


Please leave a separate comment for all of the things that you do (if you are already a follower of my blog/shops/pinterest thats fab and you can still enter just leave your comments for each)
every comment is an entry!

This giveaway closes 22nd December (which is my birthday yay)! 12.00 UK time where I will use random number genarator to pick a winner!

and make sure you pop back after 22nd to see if you have won!


Have a great day lovely people x

6.12.14

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop


Hello my name is Niky and I am a bead hoarder....


My weakness is handmade art beads, you know the sort, one of a kind, must buy now or I will never ever have them, strokable, "my precious" beads, and while some of you are looking at my display/storage thinking there is loads of room on there, which of course there is, this is because.....


Quiet a few were put into storage while I have been reorganising my work space and that is not the worst of it....


There is an over stuffed draw too, full of baggies stuffed with crystals, seed beads, roman glass, sea glass, pottery shards, pearls, wooden beads, fossils to name but a few, and even worse then this....



I have even started hoarding components that I have been making, stuff that I have been making to put in my bits of shop but have not quiet got there (and this is only a tiny amount that I had to hand). You know you have a real problem when you are hoarding your own stuff!!!

Now I had huge plans for this wonderful hop hosted by the Amazing Lori Anderson, I wanted to make a beautiful handmade silver chain for an amazing Soul Silver woodland fairy bead that I have or use up some of the many Moogin beads that I have had for ever or even use one of my treasured Anne Choi beads but my muse had other ideas, My muse insisted that make up some thing with my own bits that I have been hoarding and as my muse is a spoilt so and so that often gets her own way....


These lovely hearts were put into this piece....


Which is now my most loved necklace....


I also made this which I also love....



This piece is not quiet finished yet tho, that loop near the focal shall have a beautiful ruby briolet dangling from it, and I WILL make that handmade chain for my beautiful fairy, and use my other hoarded beads, really I will!

Please have a look to see what the other jewellery designers have come up with and Have a great day wonderful people!


29.11.14

Charm reveal - what I received


So the auctions are up and running for the Art Charm Exchange and I thought I would show you the beautiful charms I received....







I feel so incredibly lucky to have received so many beautiful little works of art and have linked all of the above to there ebay auctions so if you see one that you simply can not be with out just click away!
There are of course a great many others up for auction too and remember all money raised is going towards Beads of Courage an amazing cause that works with sick children!!!


28.11.14

November Winner!!!


Thank you all of you wonderful people that entered my November giveaway, and the winner is....
Comment 5 which belongs to....


The very talented Claire Fabian! Claire if you could email me your postal address I will get your prize out to you straight away, Watch this space for my December giveaway!

25.11.14

Art Charm Swap 2014


Welcome to the Art Charm Exchange Big Revel and Charity Auction. I have had so very much fun during this wonderful exchange, it has been fantastic and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the Amazing Jennifer Cameron for doing all the hard work!


So our theme for this swap was "SOAR" which makes me think instantly of Eagles high over mountains. I tried to think of other ideas that were less obvious, feelings and emotions that the word  soar evoked but I kept coming back to birds, so I decided to just go with it!
I had a vague idea of the type of charm I wanted to make, Something involving my current obsession for coins, but I had to find the right coin....


Which lead me to this beauty, This coin was PERFECT for what I had decided to do (just look at the wonderfully soaring bird), but things were going way too smoothly! When I tried to purchase 22 plus a few extra coins incase of mishaps (which are surprisingly common) it turns out I had fallen for a rare and hard to get hold of coin (well hard to get hold of that many), so on to plan B, use a different coin.... 


Much easier to get hold of, a much smaller bird but still with the ability to soar I turned to my much loved old farthings, after doming, sanding and filing on to the hard part....


Making tiny silver bezels for the little treasures (these are 4x6mm tiny) and lots of jump rings


Then comes my favorite parts, lots of soldering, cleaning, setting, polishing and then there you have it, my charm....


All over half a century old, re purposed farthing coins....



Little coin treasure charms

With lovely little jewels hidden inside....



4x6mm pink rhodolite garnet

and beautiful 4x6mm iolite


See you don't have to be an eagle to soar, even the little wren is full of the potential to do great things!

I recived many beautiful charms but you will have to wait a couple of days to see what I got, but as I know you are diying to see all the other amazing charms that these fantastic artisans have made here are the links....



2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants

Niky Sayers



THE IMPORTANT PART.... if you see a charm that you would like the extras that these wonderfully talented artists have made are being auctioned off on ebay with the proceeds going to an amazingly deserving cause Beads Of Courage who do such wonderful work with sick children, so please take a moment to check out the auctions!














21.11.14

We're All Ears - November Reveal

As soon as I saw the inspiration post on the Earrings Everyday blog for November I knew I wanted to join in! I have always had a love of fairytale and magical creatures and the Nebula animation is just amazing (seriously you need to watch it)....


Instantly I was drawn to the magical creature and the glowing water! So I wanted to do some thing inspired by that.


I really wanted to use moonstones, white with that beautiful blue glow that would have been perfect but I did not have any to hand, I did how ever have some rose cut chalcedony that would work well.....


I started by making some feather headpins (I would have liked these bigger and alot fancier but I'm still very new to sawing shapes and was not feeling overly confident at this point) I then made an open back prong setting for the chalcedony and decided to use these as the ear wires. I was unsure about using the lampwork beads and decided against it in the end, trying to keep the design simple and sleek like the creature, and after a bit of a play heres what I came up with....


I love the way the open back setting of the chalcedony lets the light shine through the stones, I may have to try making some more stone set earwires.


The feathers are't amazing but I am happy with them as a first attempt.


So there you go, I rather like them, but I really do want to try and make a moonstone pair with better feathers! Thank you so much Erin for the fantastic inspiration.

Have a great day you lovely people xxx




14.11.14

Riveting

Blah, I am having one of those days where I just can not think of the right thing to type (possibly due to the horrible change in weather, winter is definitely coming, or the massive pile of dishes that need washing up, they are going no where in a hurry, because, I am definitely lacking in motivation today)!
So something shiny to cheer me up....


My first attempt at riveting turned out rather well, It is one of those lovely watery/magical type of beads that really is just so beautiful to look at! This wonderful bead is one of a set I got at The Big Bead Show in October and is by the very talented Sarah Downton


It looks so lovely on I even painted my nails to match! 

Please don't forget to pop by on 25th November to see what we all made for the Art Charm Exchange and for your chance to bid on some of the really beautiful charms in the Charity Auction, with the profits going to the amazing charity Beads of Courage. If you have not heard of the work Beads of Courage do then follow the link it really is inspiring and there are many ways you can help!




So now I am back to feeling fully motivated and incredibly lucky again (amazing how beads can do that), bring on the dishes so I can go singing in the rain!

Have a great day lovely people xxx




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