Saturday, 7 April 2018

From the heart of the hedgerow

I've always been fascinated by hedgerows. Often relics of ancient field boundaries, they are mini nature reserves full of interesting flora and fauna. Painting the flowers and insects that live there is a constant pleasure and I wanted to capture a tiny piece of this shady, flower studded world within a pendant. Many leaves are actually heart shaped, so it seemed a good choice for the frame.


I made some beads from polymer clay to accent the cord. I use Cernit brand clay as it's incredibly tough. Making my own clasp so that it resembles a twisty root added a nice finish.


Saturday, 31 March 2018

A little of what you fancy

Happy Easter! My sideboard is full of chocolate. Bliss! Perhaps all the pretty shiny paper has sparked a desire to get creative with collage..... or perhaps it's all that sugar! Anyway I had such a lovely time losing myself in paints, metal leaf and pretty hand made papers. Now that my pendant has it's 'overcoat' of protective resin it needs a cord to match the colours.

I'm into coral shades just now and have some lovely hemp cords in those shades on order with Amazon. When they arrive next week I'll make a pretty macrame cord to complete it.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Painterly pendants

I love painting flowers. My sketchbooks are full of them, from tiny wild flowers to the ones in pots on our patio, I like to get out my watercolour box and try to capture their beauty. After a few weeks of experimenting with mixed media, I have developed a method of turning my miniature paintings into jewellery. Here is my first bouquet of blooming lovelies!




The challenge was making the surface durable, and at last I'm happy that they will stand up to normal everyday wear and tear. They will find their way onto Folksy over the next few days and would brighten up a spring outfit nicely!