I have just started a sale in my online jewellery shop. The discounts increase based on how long ago I made things, up to 33% off.
Happy Cyber Monday!
It’s been ages since my last post. I have been waiting to tell you about my very own, fabulous, online shop. This is not that post! 😦 I won’t bore you with the technical details, other than to say the gnashing of teeth and tears involved in its creation continue.
In the meantime here are a few pieces of jewellery that I dropped off at the Craftworkshop in Sedbergh yesterday.
There are a couple of necklaces featuring my polymer clay beads.
And a pair of elasticated bracelets.
Here’s a reminder that my auction to benefit the British Red Cross will be ending tomorrow, Sunday 9th July. The British Red Cross assist people in crisis. Their current appeals include assistance for the people left bereaved, injured and homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster and those involved in the recent UK terror attacks as well as people suffering from conflicts around the world.
Please have a look at everything available and remember that the proceeds will be going to a good cause. The bids start at only 1 penny so you may get lucky and win a (practically) freebie.
There are a few more items included in my charity auction that I’d like to talk about. Remember – all proceeds will go to the British Red Cross who are helping people involved in the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower.
I chose to make these purple beads into chunky earrings because the texture matched the wings of my Angel painting. They look like ceramic, but because they are made from polymer clay they are still light enough to wear as earrings.
This stone bead and macramé handbag charm was one of a pair of earrings, but unlike the purple leaf earrings above I was worried that they were too heavy to wear. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them because I liked them so I didn’t really want to dismantle them . After making the love charm for the auction, I realised the weight wouldn’t be a problem if it were a bag charm.
Its partner became a key ring – just to be different.
I chose the next pair of earrings because they were waiting on my desk for new photographs to be taken, and because there can never be too much purple.
This red, purple and green pendant goes with the earrings. It’s hollow polymer clay so it’s super light.
Please have a look at my other items and remember that if you do bid it will all be going to a good cause.
This year I signed up for the Polymer Clay Adventure. I’m generally not very good at following a tutorial literally, but I thought this year it would be a good exercise to try a run through at least once.
I used carved beads (from another of the retreat tutorials) for these earrings. I didn’t have gold hooks so I made some spirals that I attached to steel studs. I thought the focal beads were a bit too chunky so I added another bead to give the earrings more length.
I also made a pendant with a stamp textured bead. When I made this bead I thought the edges were a bit fat so I pinched them and added a slight wave. Some of the purple coating had cracked off the wire by the time I worked the bottom row, but I thought it picked up the gold mica on the bead quite nicely so I still used it.
I made another pair of carved beads, this time in silver, since I thought the first ones were a bit fat. I included some black beads in the wire crochet but they are a bit too similar to the bead colour and don’t really stand out.
By the time I got to the next silver carved bead my fingers were objecting to the crochet (I think my wire is too hard) so I decided to weave a little cap instead. I also scribbled in some scratches. This is purely for textural effect and is in no way related to the fact that the bead got scratched while I was working on the wire weaving. 😉
I also made a pair of purple beads similar to Kira’s, but I haven’t yet decided what to do with them.
If you’d like any (or all) of the pendants and you are willing to pay for the postage*, pop a comment here on my blog before the end of January. If more than one person wants a pendant I’ll do a random selection.
*Shipping is from England (95p to UK, £3.15 to US addresses).
I have been working hard on making some new sheepy items for Sedbergh Sheepfest on 17th and 18th September. This year I decided to stick to a palette of black and white. Here’s a sample of what I made:
I also made a few pairs of earrings using the cross stitch sheep cane I made previously.
Of course working in black and white, I couldn’t resist making a few Op Art inspired pairs of earrings.
And an obligitory kaleidoscope cane.
These, and more, are now available at the Craftworkshop in Sedbergh. And if you are in the area on the 16th and 17th, the festival is good fun too.
This week, for my 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge, I went back to a comfort zone I didn’t know I had and made mini pendant sized vessels. I was intending to make a yarn bowl, but there is an upcoming celebration for the new baby in the family so I was asked to make a wishpot for her.
What’s a wishpot? I came up with the idea when my girls were babies and we had a welcome party for them. Family and friends spoke their good wishes for the new baby (like fairy godmothers) and blew into the pot. Afterwards I glued the lid on to keep the wishes inside. I’m keeping them safe for when my girls are old enough to wear jewellery.
I made one of them quite minimalist with a faux cork stopper, but I couldn’t resist making another one that was more florid. I’ll let baby’s mum choose :).
They are quite dinky as befitting a baby. I have tied a cord around the lip of my girls’ vessels to make them into pendants.
Post Christmas Blues, but in a good way ;). Here is some finished jewellery I made using my blue polymer clay components. You can find the necklace in my Folksy shop, and the earrings in my Etsy shop (or click on the images below).
I’m trying to think of a grand finale to my Spectrum Year. I’ll certainly make SOMETHING, not sure how grand it will be though :).
A couple of years ago I made a necklace of multi-coloured polymer clay beads. I call them Sherbet Beads because with the hint of shimmering clay and the rough texture they remind me of the sweetie necklaces I had as a child.
For some reason, although I love the beads, I never wore the necklace much so I decided to take it apart and use the beads to make earrings. Here are some of the earrings I made…
Some have already made it to my Etsy shop, some are on their way, and some have already found new homes :).