Friday, 26 July 2019

Marigolds and feverfew

It was some gorgeous orange marigolds that inspired me this week. I have several lovely lengths of satin cord and this orange colour matched my painted flowers really well.

Mr J pointed out that some silver bead caps would give it a bit of sparkle so I hunted some out that look like little petals. A mixture of knots along the cord add a bit of texture. Jewellery making has been a bit slow this week - far too hot to concentrate on anything complicated!

Saturday, 20 July 2019

A fanciful framework for dichroic glass

I've been on a personal mission over the last few weeks to find ways of encasing cabochons without losing too much of the outside edges of them. As soon as I pulled this lovely dichroic cabochon out of my collection it reminded me of some photos I had seen of reflections of city lights in water.

I particularly liked the way the stripes looked right at the edges of the glass so spent a bit of time working out how to craft the wire so that these areas remained visible. I've gone for quite an art nouveau look to this one and have designed the chain so that the shapes echo the wirework. I think I need a couple of days off after all that!

Friday, 12 July 2019

A painterly pendant

I've had a lovely couple of days making this pretty necklace. There is something so relaxing about sitting with a palette of paints and a pile of beads.

There was only one small (well large actually) hiccup during it's making. I had strung all the beads and held it up to check everything looked good. One end slipped from my grasp and all the beads slipped off. One strand would have been bad enough, but I have three in this piece. That will teach me to put masking tape on the ends next time!

Monday, 8 July 2019

A walk amongst wildflowers

What a lovely way to spend a Monday morning, walking alongside a wildflower meadow. This pretty area is beside the path I take to the post office on the days when I am fortunate enough to have jewellery to send.

I took my camera out with me this morning, in order to photograph the cornflowers which look spectacular amongst the abundance of other wild flowers. Looking at a picture in a book is all very well, but getting up close and personal with this lovely flower teaches me so much more about how it is formed. The colours are so inspirational, I love yellow, purple and blue in combination. I've no idea what I will make as yet, but it will certainly be bright and inspired by this lovely ramble in nature.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Sitting Pretty

We try to spend as much time as possible sitting on our garden seat throughout the summer months. Lunches are eaten there, plans are made, wine is enjoyed and necklaces are made. Looking at the colour of the roses and geraniums inspired me to hunt out components in those colours.

I decided to include some turquoise after noticing how a bright blue solar lamp was making splash of colour in amongst the pot plants. It’s added just the contrast I needed to make a gorgeous combination with the rose and antique gold. Just the merest hint of marigold is in there too, in the form of some sparkling Swarovski crystals.

The 2 glass ‘nugget’ beads have been in my collection for ages – as always, beads have a mind of their own and know when they want to be used!  It really has been a labour of love and I’ve really enjoyed every moment of its creation.