January, The year of jewellery project

Here are my pieces for The Year of Jewellery Project on facebook....

'Midnight Walk on the Beach' This one is made from a flat pebble I found on our holiday to Cornwall, set in silver with a lovely moon stone set onto the front of the stone. It was some what of a practice piece!

This one was made specially for me, I utterly love the moon baby focal by Staci and used it in this piece to which represents my three children, the Moonbaby is my oldest who when she was little told me every night "I love you to the moon and back, around the world a million times, to the depths and breth of the widest ocean and more and more and more...." The coin which I set in a two tier prong setting is a very old spanish coin showing a lion is for my little boy Leo and last but not least the shiny little drop is for my little girl who is a collector of shiny little things!

This stone henge book pendent was made for the AJE challenge and was so fun to make that I think I may have to make a few more, maybe the seven wonders?

This one I made for a tutorial on AJE so if you want to find out how to make it click here. It's a beautiful amethyst set into an Irish 3d coin tresure locket.

These last earrings were also made for an AJE tutorial on using dimple making pliers (tutorial can be found here)! So far I am amazed that I have managed to keep up making a piece a week!


AJE Buried Treasure - the "Use your stash" reveal!

It will come as no surprise that Hoard beads, I buy these wonderful little handmade treasures and then I stash them away (and occasionally I take them out and stroke them).

So joining in with the use your stash hop was a must! Here is (some of) what I am dealing with....

The print tray on the wall is for my larger beads that will not fit into the little draws on my print chest.

Here's an inside view of some of the draws.... lots of lovely treasures!
Now I was hoping to have lots of pieces to show you, I was set to really tackle my stash and use some that I had held on to for a while (maybe as long as 5 plus years). But life got in the way and I only came up with the one piece, but I love it!

I used this AMAZING raven focal by the ever so talented Jenny Davies-Reazor and super cute glass drops by our wonderful Jen Cameron. I absoloutly love the colours Jenny has used in the focal it is just so me, so I made a piece for me!

Here I tinkered a little with the placement of the glass pin (moved it up a little) Ideally I would have loved a black tavernier cut stone set in silver to the side of this focal but I don't have one of those (yet)!

I may well tinker with this one a little but I really like how it turned out, It's very me!

Shot of the back. I do hope you will join me in seeing what everyone else has created....


AJE Sun Challenge Reveal

Over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog the Theme for December's design challenge was the Re-birth of the sun. Now the first thing that popped into my head relating to the sun was a beautiful Aztec sun god, so I was thinking that a sun god pendent cut from a sheet of golden brass would be a great idea but I just could not get the design right! 
So I went back to Lesley's beautiful introduction post and re-read it several times, each time stopping to look at the beautiful Photo of Stonehenge that Lesley had posted....

I have seen Stonehenge several times but only in passing as we have driven by on the way to some where else and I would really like to go and have a wander around. I adore that it is so ancient and has such a beautiful magical look to the place plus I love all the mystery surrounding it's use/how and why it was made. So I decided to use this as inspiration instead!
Here's what I created....

A tiny copper book pendent/necklace. It measures a touch over 4cm in height, the idea was that it would be made into a necklace with a few drilled stone beads and some heavy chain but unfortunately I have not found the right beads yet so it remains as is.

Each of the tiny pages have had the edges burnt to make the book look old and then I used the coptic stitch to bind them into the book, which is fastened with a little hook clasp.
I do hope you will join me to see what every one else has created!


AJE November Component of the Month

Hello lovely people, today is the reveal day for AJE November Component of the Month! November's components were supplied by the Amazingly Talented Caroline of BlueberriBeads and were these stunning Lichen pieces....

Of course as always I forget to take before photo's so I have pinched Caroline's pic!  Don't they look amazing and so beautifully organic!
Now what did come as a bit of a surprise when I opened my package was the amazing colour of the tiny pools of glass in the centre of the cab, I just assumed it was a dark blue but it's the most wonderful amethyst colour and that is what inspired my design, tumbling amethysts! 

Everything has been hammered to try to keep quiet an organic feel but it is still a work in progress,  I'm not happy with the lay out of the chain so the rough amethyst will be moved to make a more asymmetric design as soon as I have some beach pebbles or some sort of grey stone to add in!

Of course there is a little hidden message on the back, a little reminder inspired by thanks giving (which unfortunately we don't have in the UK) to be thankful. Surprisingly the LOS gave the back of this piece a beautiful pinkie/purple colour which you can only just see in the photo but I really like it!

Thank you so much Caroline for you wonderful component, I really enjoyed designing with it! Now I can't wait to see what everyone else has created with theres!!!

Please join me....



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!

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