Monday, December 15, 2008

Fleur De Lis Earrings

I am sure you know by now that I love long earrings and these just hang so beautifully, I have had several compliments on them!!!

I cannot believe it is so long since I updated my blog!!!! Definitely need a New Year's Resolution here, at least once a week, even if I don't have a pic!!! Although I do have a pic now, one I have called a Zulu Hut Pendant, for obvious reasons!!!! I loved doing this and am planning a whole range with the same theme being the Zulus.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Yellow Jasper

This was comissioned and was quite a challenge because I had to listen to what my customer wanted. She did take my suggestions, but ultimately I did what she wanted. It was a really good exercise for me, although I did take a bit long about it, I think because of my self-confidence. She is thrilled with it though!!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Onyx earrings

I made these for fun, I liked the idea of the squiggles, and they were more of a challenge than I thought they would be!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Harlequin Quartz Pendant

I began setting this stone when Nikki came to visit, we decided we need to have an aim when we meet. In this instance it was to improve our stone setting, and we had to do something we hadn't done before, so I did a 3 corner setting and once I had made the setting the rest of the pendant just presented itself to me, and I am so chuffed that it came out just as I could see it in my head!!!!! It has taken me a while, because I have too much going on in my life and have resolved to change that and spend more time making jewellery!!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Website

Am very excited, I have just built a new website, which is why haven't posted anything for a while, just have had too much to do. The address is Still need to put up my shop, but it's there!!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Ivory Necklace

This piece was commissioned by a man for his wife. They normally holiday on a piece of land in Botswana where the animals roam free and he found this piece of ivory from an elephant graveyard, he has other pieces, but this was the piece he wanted in the necklace, and the few ostrich eggshell beads near the pendant were also found on the site as well as the blue glass beads which is what the Portuguese used to trade with the locals a couple of hundred years ago. He wanted me to incorporate this into a necklace for his wife's birthday with silver, because she loves silver. I have done some jewellery for her before. Anyway, this is the result, they are thrilled with it!!!! Thank goodness, it is always nerve racking designing for other people. The silver on the pendant is matt and the loop is textured and LOS'd and the two silver beads are also textured and LOS'd.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Spring Challenge

I know it's autumn here, but the Jewelry Art Network had a Spring Challenge and I decided I had to do it this time, get the inspiration going, and since I am playing with filigree this is what I came up with. It is light and flirtatious and gives the suggestion of a flower.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Emerald Ring

Yay, I have finally finished this ring, the customer had the stone and she changed her mind about how she wanted it, so it took a while, but it has turned out really well in the end.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Initial pendant

I was asked to do this by one of my sister's friends, and it proved more of a challenge than I had expected. I decided to try cuttlefish casting so that I could get the thickness of pendant that I wanted, and it was such a hit that I am definitely going to cast like this again. For those of you who don't know, you melt your silver so hot that it is liquid and you pour it into the mold you have made out of cuttlefish and voila! you have your shape in silver. Of course, you also get the texture which I love, but which was wrong for this pendant, so I had to file it off. Was a lot of work, but worth it. Then, she wanted coloured stones down the centre, and these were all I had, you can't see it, but the two outer ones are sapphire blue!!! This was my first attempt at bezel setting square stones, but they came out well!!! There were scratches that couldn't come out between the stones, but Nikki ('cos I went to Nikki for a learning session - I think I learnt more than she did) had the idea to make a satin finish between the stones and it worked out really well. So at the end of the day, after the huge learning curve, it turned out quite well and I am feeling so motivated and ready to do more, which is great!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Stolen Camera

I haven't been posting for a while because my camera was stolen in a burglary at our house, and this has hit me so hard, that inspiration also went missing for a while. Anyway, when insurance finally pays out, I will post all the things I have been up to in the meanwhile.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Curly earrings

I need to find a way to hang my earrings nicely when I am taking pics, but I had fun making these and wanted to show them off.

Flowered pendant

Finally managed to play with my camera and while haven't quite got professional pics, at least managed to get this pic clear. I need to diffuse the light better and then maybe I will get somewhere!!! At least know why I was getting them so wrong though!!