Saturday, 5 March 2016

A Few Earrings

I managed to do these yesterday.  For years I have been buying strands of gemstones and doing nothing with them so I decided enough was enough and made some earrings.  Also used a few bead caps that I have had lying around for years.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Great Fun To Create

These may go into an exhibition later in the year.  I am going to have another dabble today.  The sun is shining and the view from the studio is gorgeous.  I feel inspired to create.  

Friday, 26 February 2016

A Few More

I have been having a lot of fun with some wee metal houses.  The template is available on Altered Alchemy and as usual my first reaction was "I can't do that!" but with encouragement I did.  I find I am a bit of a wuss sometimes and just need to have some belief in myself.  The wee houses are not hard to do at all and I have plans to do a lot more.  I want to scale them down and make some brooches.  My next challenge is to see if I can do some cold connecting and rivet the brooch pin onto the back.  There is always the option to glue but I am not sure that would be strong enough with continual use.
I am loving the use of eyeballs at the moment.  Bit macabre I suppose but interesting just the same.  I am also playing with up cycling old tins.  This not only saves money but you can find some gorgeous designs on them.  It is great fun to scower the op shops (Thrift shop for some) and find old tins and wee objects that could be incorporated into a piece.  The hardware store is another source.  Hunt out screws, washers and even little handles or hinges.  Of course if you can lay your hands on some old rusty ones, even better.
I am a novice in the medium but plan to practise as much as I can.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

A Different Medium

I have decided to wander down the path of metal and resin.  I'm excited about the possibilities ahead. Pretty much terrified of drills, cutting up metal, soldering etc. I have bitten the bullet and ploughing straight ahead.

Gaining confidence with the help of a close friend who is the most creative person I know, I have managed to actually make a few things.  They are still a bit rough I guess but at least I have made a start.


test to load pic.   A bracelet I have done.  So long ago now, I don't remember whose design it was.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

How To Do Right Angle Weave

If there is one thing that strikes terror into the depths of my soul, it is Right Angle Weave.  This video is a great help.

How Many Days Until.........

Christmas......  Well I have not actually counted but it is not far away.  I am madly getting stock up for 5 markets, a country fair and the Warburton Visitor Information Centre where I have a section in their Handmade area.
I am making Christmas angels, earrings - Christmas trees, angels and maybe snowmen, wine glass charms (pictured below but with Christmas charms on them) and Christmas spiders.  It takes such a lot of work to get enough stock ready.  I am also trying to find time to make up beaded draped covers for the baubles.  Life is hectic at the moment.  Helping our daughter and son in law move from a rental into their new home, volunteering at the Visitor Centre and beading.  Beading bracelets, necklaces etc has gone out the window for a bit.