My next idea will incorporate some sterling silver and a piece of mother of pearl. I want it to have the look of lichen, or twisty tree roots. I melted loads of silver (got told off by Mr J as he found some little fragments near the teapot ooops). Melting silver on a charcoal block demands concentration. The molten metal dances about like mercury, but after a bit you get the knack of stopping the melt before the silver turns into a ball and it still has a lacy look to it. Must say I felt a bit like an alchemist. Still at the quick scribble stage as yet but I think it will be pretty and rather elfin in appearance. That's the plan anyhow.
Just booked another minibreak in Cromer. Hooray - I can go to the gemshop as it's just round the corner from the pub where we stay. Beer and beads in one weekend.... perfect!