Thursday, 11 December 2008

Wire Wrap Rings

These simple wire wrap rings are a delight - - they are fun to make and the variations seem to be endless. They look to me like something Roman or Bronze Age although the basis of the design came from my mother's engagement ring (which is neither of the above, I would like to point out!) - three diamonds set in a row. I wanted something simple and pretty - and affordable. I sell these for £20, no matter whether they are bronze or silver. Let me know if would be interested in a tutorial.
The design is not one I learned, but one that I came up with whilst trying to find a way to make a ring which did not sit too "high". So many wire wrap rings seem to stand up a long way from the top of the finger, and if I wear rings like that they tend to catch on things all the time, or the stone gets hit on to things when I am waving my hands around to illustrate something, so there is always a risk of breaking it.
I wear the bronze and amethyst version every day, (it looks very regal). One of my friends wears the silver and aquamarine version with matching earrings.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Studio Gallery in Hastings

I have just realised that I had forgotten to mention that in the long gap between posting in March and October, not only was I busy due to a serious illness in the family, but I also managed to open a studio / gallery in Hastings Old Town, with my partner, artist, etcher and printmaker, Colin Bailey. I(I don't know how this managed to slip my mind, but it clearly did!). The gallery is open from 1.00 to 6.00 pm most days, and often a bit longer at the weekends. So far it seems to be doing extremely well, and we love the challenge of constantly redesigning the window displays and interior set up. The attached picture is an early one, I will try to add something a bit more recent soon.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Netted Bracelets

New work - these bracelets incorporate a mix of twisted, wrapped and crochet wire - in this case antiqued copper with amazonite, flourite and aquamarine semi-precious stones. They look as though they have been dredged from a rock pool - and they do look very antiquey - as though they've been lying on the ocean floor covered by sand for a very long time.....


Well over the top, I know, but I love these new pieces. I have been told they look like mad musical notations, with over-zealous treble clefs all over the place! Each one takes a couple of hours or so to create - and of course each one comes out different. I try to be guided by the central stone or shell and the way the wire wants to go. They look great with a simple dress and never fail to get favourable comments.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

it's been a while....

but I'm back again. I have been away due to family circumstances - I can't believe that it's been more than eight months since I posted anything. Anyway, I am now making a promise to myself to keep this blog going rather more regularly and to to fill it up with useful bits of information and tutorials. I'll get the camera out tonight and post some pictures of new work, most of which is using wire wrapping copper antiqued with liver of sulphur. Yumm....

Monday, 17 March 2008

Monday 17 March - St Patrick's Day!

So green Guinness and silly hats all round!

I managed to find a copper and bronze supplier at the weekend so I will be able to include some of these gorgeously coloured metals in future work – am very excited at the idea!

I also had a trawl around one of our local “antique” shops and managed to find some little keys which are clearly just crying out to be incorporated into jewellery – they are certainly far too interesting to be left in a box somewhere and will be making an appearance shortly.

The one completed project of the weekend was a crystal bangle – made with lilac ametrine, orange citrine, green citrine, garnets and some vintage lead crystal beads – very pretty and old fashioned – and I have just the perfect recipient in mind. Photos to follow soon.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

13 March 2008

New stuff... this happened last night while I was experimenting with twisting some wire into coiled beads - it ended up incorporating a couple of bits and pieces from junk shop jewellery which I had taken apart, and some crochet wire with little crystals in the crochet stitches -- I wore it today and it seems to be very successful... I think the next one will be in silver and copper - this was only in practice wire. Anyway, I love it, and I can see more of these on the horizon....