Friday, 29 June 2012

Yummy Bead Soup

I'm thrilled to be accepted for Bead Soup and I can reveal that my partner will be the Amazing Lori Anderson, who came up with this splendid idea, and wrote a book about it and has several fantastic blogs! Yes I will gush shamelessly. So firstly let me pop up the following links, whilst I can still remember how to do it...

Now let me explain a little, you just swap beads, clasps and a pendant with you partner and show off what you have created on the reveal day! Easy...but I'm a bit scared cos it's Lori and she makes amazing stuff and most of you know that sometimes, ( okay maybe more than sometimes, ) I have had the odd lapse of taste. Skulls and shells anyone. Oh and I have been known to send out bags of crap..
Then there is my cat problem

I eez not sharing beads!

And I don't like soup.

It is difficult trying to think about what another jewellery creator would like, what their tastes are and what you think they would like to try out style wise. So fingers crossed.
I'm in the process of emptying out my craft room because my daughter is coming home and I need to stash a huge amount of stuff into my already packed bedroom. Note to self...Stop hoarding..
I keep getting distracted and making things instead of packing away, here's some work in progress

These will be earrings will layered shell discs.

Rose quartz and pearl, just need ear wires.

Matt agate- just need to blacken my wire and argue with myself about whether to use hemp cord or leather..
Better get back on task and continue with re-homing my stash.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Deja vu

Remember bangles and how much fun we had making those. Well I've applied Fancifuldevices wonderful technique to earrings. I've got loads of odd, tiny beads at the bottom of my bead boxes, so I set about playing. Fancy's tutorial is still available in her shop

In pink too

Tribal style, with mother of pearl, ostrich egg (yes really), jade and daggers.

Butterflies and chains

The last set I etched some copper and did some wrapping

Since it was such a hot day for once I sat outside with my steel block and hammered out my ear wires with my legs crossed, very authentic and low tech!
I also made this with some awesome crystal that as finally seen the light of day after being hidden away in a draw. See what happens when you rummage away in your drawers....(adopt Kenneth Williams voice and say loudly Matron!)

Lastly a re-worked necklace, this one just wasn't working, so I went back changed the beads and calmed it down!

I'll shut up now, but I'm delighted to have been selected for bead soup and I'll fill you in on all the details over the next month.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Graduation Show

Firstly I have done a submission for the 6th Bead Soup Party and under my profile is a button that you can click to find out more. Also for the very first time on my blog- this button works and takes you to the right place!

The Big News
I went to my daughter, Heather's graduation show, where she was showing her fabulous products that she had designed. She did all her graphics and also animated her work.

Here's me,shamelessly basking in the reflective glory

Just hugely proud of what she's achieved and fingers crossed she will get a fabulous job- and keep mummy in the manner she wants to be accustomed to!
It was also my youngest daughter, Fern's birthday, 10 years old! My god I'm feeling old, time races away before you even realise.
The degree show is running at Stoke University for the next 2 weeks and as well as the product designers, there are ceramics, textiles, photography. graphics and media. Plus jewellery.
This is the work of Amy Jayne Mace, a contemporary metalsmith

She uses tarnished brass, charred paper and leather to create this lovely detailing and it was lovely to chat to her at the show.
So if your in the UK and near to Stoke on Trent, I can highly recommend seeing the amazing work on display.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A Sad Bye Bye

It was a sad goodbye to my cat Misty. She was 18 years old and the last 2 weeks she had been getting very slow in getting around and just not herself. I took her to the vet and she found a large growth in her stomach, so she had to be put to sleep. That trip back with an empty cat box is a killer.

I still have Smokey who is 13 years old , so I won't get another cat for now, since I feel Smokey is a bit old for dealing with a new cat.
Here's Smokey doing her best fierce pose!
I haven't had anytime for making much stuff, since I'm de- junking the house to make room for my eldest daughter and her fiance to move in whilst they look for their own place. She's just finished her degree and should get her results in July, so fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Art and Artist Inspiration

I came across this wonderful artisan Odette Picaud - I love the layering of textures and the unexpected that can be found in her work.

Everything from scissors, gloves and an alsortment of found goodies.

Fashion photography is another great source of inspiration in terms of imagery, colour and story telling.

This last photo is Petrichoor via velvet moon diaries. Unfortunately I cannot find the credits for the other photos, but should you know, let me know.

Finally this blow your socks off doll from the amazing RawResin -

P.S just put up in my shop