Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Two more wedding jewellery offerings for my kiwi friend along the lines of 'something blue'
The idea was to have a pendant on a simple chain...
the top image is 'kooky blue': pendant length: approx 5cm, the chain link size is 2mm.
the below image is 'crystal blue': pendant length: approx 7cm, the chain link size is a chunky 3mm.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Friends are getting married tomorrow.
So for a card I made this little collage and put it into a little frame. I've painted and sanded back the wooden frame to give it a 'driftwoody' feel.
I've made a number of these in the past - weddings, births and housewarmings....
People seem to like them
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
You see I'm making wedding jewellery for a friend long distance. We've emailed images of the dress and descriptions of detailing. We've decided on a type of necklace (simple design to go with a very traditional white wedding dress), beads and length.
Pearls are lovely for a wedding plus little Swarovski crystal beads should catch the light without being too 'bling' and avoiding a too 'handmade' look which would not sit right with the dress.
So the best I've decided, to show actual length and size is to plonk a great length of measuring tape next to it. Any pointers in this direction would be greatly appreciated.
Anyway, I think she likes it... idea number two still in my head.
Oh yes: to clean pearl and silver jewellery, try a watery solution of bicarbonate of soda and toothpaste. If possible, let it soak for a couple of hours to brighten the silver. Soft stones like pearls, coral and turquoise shouldn't be affected.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I'm currently waiting for new materials to arrive.
I spent time this weekend sorting beads, cleaning old pieces and breaking things up to make new designs. It's very time consuming but quite satisfying. Nothing like a bit of recycling to make you feel virtuous.
Here is what the contents of my 'to do' box looks like. I'm waiting for a brainwave to do something really special with those old silver filigree beads - they have been languishing in a box for 7 years or more.
I could never resist a bargain.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
After four years my bromeliad has bloomed again. There was originally one spike. That died to make way for three little 'pups' that grew into three flowering spikes.
I think I need a bit more practice with the foliage.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I'm starting on Frangipanis again. I always struggle with the blossoms, trying to get the blend of colours just so. It will take a number of attempts to get the exact result I want.
This is what my work in progress looks like. And here is the reference - you can see the 'artistic licence' with the foliage which I've borrowed from a different plant.
Amethyst, blue chalcedony, aquamarine, clear quartz,freshwater pearl and sterling silver.
To enhance wisdom, intuition and truthfulness.
For creative thinking, balance and calm.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Vintage branch coral, Tibetan turquoise and sterling silver: To cool tempers, increase self confidence and promote friendship.
Necklace length is approximately 49cm from clasp to pendant. The pendant adds another 6cm to the overall length - so sits below the bustline.
Friday, January 2, 2009
A new year, new work...
I'm still working on my watercolour-on-canvas technique. Scrubbing the canvas with hot water and a detergent and letting it dry before you start makes the colou 'take' to the surface a little better in my opinion.
A dash of masking fluid, some pastel and a splash of silver go into the mix.
Here are three offerings and a picture of two of them on the wall arranged as a diptych.
Measurements: 25.5cm x 36cm.