One woman's adventures in the land of hand made jewellery

Friday, 3 June 2011

A Small Disaster Averted

It's been a while since I made any earrings at all but recently when working on an as yet unfinished silver clay project I had a scrap of rolled out clay left. Having impressed it with a swirly texture I hand cut two tiny squares and pierced each piece of damp clay close to one corner.

Once dry the result was a bit of a disaster. Sadly I realised that the texture was somewhat marred by my pawprints! The two disappointing squares sat on my workbench accusing and challenging me everytime I sat down to work for several weeks. Silver clay is expensive and I really felt I'd wasted these particular pieces. Then inspiration struck, I could cover up the fingerprints with more clay...

Holding both dangles together I sanded their edges to ensure both pieces were a similar shape and size. Next I brushed the fronts with a little thin paste to dampen them before using a syringe to add some random squiggles to each. Once dry, torch fired and brushed, a little burnishing picked out the top layers of squiggles so they gleam when worn.

There was another small hiccup when I realised that the hole on one of the resulting dangles wasn't quite large enough all the way through for a jump ring. Twenty minutes patient work with a needle file and a beadreamer and this was soon rectified. So all in all my beginner mistakes were overcome, lessons were learnt and a potential disaster averted. And as a bonus I now have a shiney new pair of earrings to wear! I just need to practise my photography...

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Handmade Thursday...Fish Bubbles!

Inspire Me Beautiful
Making necklaces is always enjoyable but sometime when a quirky idea comes together its really fun. Today's efforts started out as a set of symmetrically strung blue and white oval beads with a rhodium plated fish as the focal point.  It all looked rather boring until inspiration struck. The stripy, moulded ovals reminded me of bubbles.....
.......a  hour or so of rearranging and stringing beads at my workbench and Fish Bubbles (picture below) was the result. I've already got a madcap home in mind for this particular fish but intend to make some more.

More Handmade Thursday ideas can be found here