28.12.19

December - Art Elements Theme Reveal - Holiday Creations

I LOVE the idea of a handmade Christmas (Kirstie's Handmade Christmas is my favourite TV shows ever and I have learnt of soooo many crafts that I had never even heard of from that show!!!) Every year I try to make more and more things but don't ever really feel that I manage to make very much as Christmas is just so busy, but this year I started much earlier and managed to get a lot more done!


The biggest problem I had was trying to photograph every thing as there was just next to no day light and very little time before finishing a piece and having to package it up to post it off in time, so some things I made I have no photos of! 


This necklace was one of the hardest pieces I have ever worked on! The opal was on a base of sand stone and it kept crumbling away as I was fitting the bezel. Half way through the top half of the opal broke off and I almost gave up, but the stone ended up looking so much better with out the inclusions at the top so I filed it round and kept going, and I am glad I did as I really love this one.


This one I kept! Its an Andamooka opal with a trilobite on the back, handmade chain and I intend to make a trilobite clasp to finish it off.
There was so much more things I made but I think I will need to invest in some kind of daylight lamp and a better camera as the photos did not make the cut! 
I can't wait to see what everyone else created....


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15 comments:

  1. I am glad you kept one of your necklaces. Your metal work is so wonderful. Wear it proudly and enjoy the compliments on your work. Have a happy 2020!

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  2. Gorgeous jewelry. The recipients of your works are very lucky. Lighting for photos is always a challenge. Especially with bright silver and sparkly stones. I hope you find a perfect lamp to show off your spectacular work.

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  3. I know exactly what you mean about the light being so poor (see the jellyfish in my post!), and I hope you can find a way to share more as your work is so amazingly inspiring! Opal is my birthstone, and I love how you were able to really highlight those beautifully with your work. I hate that you had so much trouble with that one, but your persistence paid off in the most gorgeous way. Have a really wonderful new year!

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  4. Niky, I agree with the previous comments that your metalsmithing is inspiring! I love how your bail is set into a tube at back. And some silver handmade chain is on my list of projects for 2020!! In the U.S., Sis got me two daylight lamps with shades a couple of years ago & they are perfect with a lightbox! Don't know if you can get them in UKor if they make them with Euro/UK plugs, the brand is Proxelle, I'm sure she found them on Amazon. I won't be taking them back to France come January, the plugs & voltage are different. But daughter will be able to use them here in the meantime. Alysen

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  5. Your metalsmithing abilities always blow me away. I adore both of the opal necklaces. I am glad you kept one for yourself!

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  6. Love all of your pieces. I am glad you kept going with the opal because it turned out amazing!

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  7. Gorgeous work Niky!! You have such great patience and tenacity which speak well for how your work turns out. Not even a rambunctious opal can get the best of you!! I love seeing your work and being awed. Have a great 2020.

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  8. Wonderfull metalsmithing, gorgeous jevellery.

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  9. I love opal and these are beautiful pieces.

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  10. That opal with the trilobite on the back, oh wow, I love it!

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  11. OOOH opals. You are awesome. Who were the lucky recipients? Those silver fossil ear studs are sparkly fab!

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  12. Wow Niky - your work is so beautiful. Just lovely. Happy 2020!

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  13. Your creations are always so beautiful! I'm glad you kept that one for yourself, it's fantastic!

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