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I’m constantly looking for inspirations from either the world around me or things I see on the internet.Books and magazines also provide inspiration and help in learning new techniques.

I’m by no means any kind of expert, very much a dabbling beginner. I make stuff when I’m well enough to do so as a therapeutic hobby mostly. Though being able to make things for friends as gifts is lovely too!

I find sites like instructables.com and pinterest invaluable for the array of ideas they showcase.

Pinterest can be like searching on wikipedia in a way as you find something, you look at the website, then it spirals from there. A great time sink! and great fun too!!

I use springpad too to save bookmarks from my phone. Often I’ll be unable to sleep so will find things on my phone to come back to later. Whether I will is an entirely different matter, but I prefer to bookmark/pin/spring such things so I can if I so desire later.

My pinterest boards for jewellery or crafts

Springpad for jewellery

If you wish to have your blog/tutorial linked to here please comment and I’ll happily take a look :)

Finally none of my items would be possible without the websites I get beads and supplies from :) the main one being madcowbeads.com they provide great service and great prices:)

xx

Some finished items.

Last week I made a quick necklace for a friend to cheer her up. I Forgot to get photos myself, so excuse my friend’s pictures due to lighting being poor.

Agate Slice Pendant

Agate Slice Pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I made time to finish off a couple of items and make a friend a pendant, which has special meaning to her.

Firstly I finished off some cufflinks for Richard (pair of Darth Vader, pair of TARDIS). Mostly just varnishing.

TARDIS Ring and Cufflinks

TARDIS Ring and Cufflinks

 

Darth Vader and Dragon Cufflinks

Darth Vader and Dragon Cufflinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also used left over black clay for a pair of black dragons, which will get a red background and become cufflinks for Richard.

Made a cat pendant (blue background, black cat) for Nat as well. Also made myself a couple (purple background, black cat & black background, green cat), the green cat broke sadly so will have to redo that (the epoxy didn’t stick it properly and it was too curved).

 

Black Cat, green background on silver frame.

Black Cat, green background on silver frame.

Black Cat on Purple Background

Black Cat on Purple Background

Black Cat with Blue Background

Black Cat with Blue Background

Green Cat with Black Background

Green Cat with Black Background

Finished off a couple of Y Ddraig Goch brooches, one for Nat and one for my Mum. Unsure which worked best, think I might add some more black to the right hand one to define it better.

Welsh Dragon Brooches

Y Ddraig Goch Brooches

The pendants need bails adding, but otherwise are complete :) not bad seeing as the cats started out not being too good (original baked backgrounds were not quite right shape wise or a little warped).

Dr Who and Star Wars jewellery

In my previous update I’d shown some of the experiments with polymer clay.

First some cufflinks:

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I’m pretty happy with how these have turned out after some cleaning up and epoxy. The tardis ones need some painting to pick details out and then just need some varnish.

If you remember the purple backed tardis from the last post as shown below:

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TARDIS pendant and black cat on purple pendant. Both need some finishing work doing.

I wasn’t really happy with how it turned out, due to the method I used to make the shape of the backing. I’ve since ordered some moulds and cutting shapes to make the size better fitting to cabochon frames.

A bit of work though led to this:

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I’m much happier with it as a ring.

Finally I made a couple of other rings:

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I quite like how the darth vader ring came out and the two stones rings, one tigers eye, the other a lovely amethyst.

I’ve still to finish the Welsh dragon brooches and a couple of cat pendants.
All for now :-)

Some Work In Progress with Polymer Clay

Today I managed to get the dinner table set up against the window in the living room and sit down and try again with the polymer clay.

Rather than attempting to do two colours on same mould, tried taking a thin clay impression of the cat part in the center of the mould. Trimmed with a scalpel to get the shape closer to the edges of the impression and then a back made using a shape to get the right dimensions. As seen below:

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Black cat on green background.

The image shows it after having been baked. But I’ve yet to tidy it up. The flecks are the glitter in the clay. Reasonably happy with how this came out. Though the end of the tail ended up getting chopped off a bit

 

 

 

 

 

Next I tried using the Dr Who mould I have:

For a pair of cufflinks for Richard of a TARDIS :) see below:

TARDIS Cufflinks. Prior to being finished off and cufflink blank adding.

TARDIS Cufflinks. Prior to being finished off and cufflink blank adding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As can be seen one went a little wonky, but think with a bit of sanding it should be ok.

TARDIS pendant and black cat on purple pendant. Both need some finishing work doing.

TARDIS pendant and black cat on purple pendant. Both need some finishing work doing.

I also created a TARDIS pendant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With left over black and puple clay from the TARDIS pendant and cufflinks I created a black cat on purple background pendant as seen above. Managed to make the purple background a touch too thin so it split a bit. But I think with a little work should be ok.

I still had some left over black clay at this point so made the Darth Vader heads below. They’ll form a pair of cufflinks and maybe a pendant, haven’t decided yet. The mould is much deeper than others I was using so getting the clay out is a pain at times!

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Darth Vader heads. Need some cleaning up.

Next I stated working on a gift I wanted to make for my mum, a welsh dragon brooch. The mould isn’t too deep and really just left a impression on the clay, so backed it with a square of black clay. The result is below:

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Welsh dragon brooches and black cat on green pendant

I think a bit of a wash of some kind of inks to bring the colours out will help add more definition to the dragons. But think they should work ok as brooches.

Happy I got around to trying to make some more items with clay. I have lots of moulds, but might at some point try some freelance sculpting and other techniques with it.

Have been meaning to do more jewellery for a while, but never quite seem to find the motivation to do it.

Comments welcome.

 

 

Long time since updating.

So it’s been a while!

Not been able to do much jewellery or crafts over last 6 months as been focusing on sorting new flat out. Almost there. But no real area to work from at present.

I did however make these items for Richard’s mum for Christmas:

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Aside from needing more practice with knots I quite like them. Richard’s mum liked them so that is what matters! I also found a lovely kingfisher pendant on ebay for her (no photo sorry).

The only other items of jewellery I tried was polymer clay and push moulds, they didn’t turn out how o intended sadly.

Getting one colour in the mould then another colour on top (for instance a cat in black, with a surround in purple) just failed every time! The cat either didn’t stay in place or got double imprinted or spread outside of where I wanted it when putting the second colour on top. Kinda given up on it, and will just mould in one colour and paint with either nail polishes or better acrylics/alcohol inks etc.

The darth vader I tried worked well. But when baked found a mistake in putting it on a sheet of silver foil. It meant the back domed as a result. Could still sand it and epoxy a cufflink blank to it however, so not all a loss. Same was true for the cat mould, done in a single glittery green clay.

I’ve since bought a few books in polymer clay and better tools and more colours however.

That’s all for now.

Succssfully moved

Just a quick blog update to say I’ve successfully moved. However as I’m still in boxes and sorting out my new flat creative output has ground to a halt as currently cannot get to most of my supplies or set up a suitable place onto sit and work.

I’m slowly getting there though, so hopefully by early new year I’ll be able to get back to doing creative items with jewellery again.

The new flat is a big improvement for me health wise though, so that hopefully will mean I can manage more jewellery over time.

 

Some quick gifts and a finished project

So in my last post I showed photos of a work in progress:

A current work in progress :)

A current work in progress :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I finished it off and am rather happy with the result :) Although one part of the ‘tooth’ pieces broke sadly in half, but epoxy glue fixed it, but it’s left a bit of a mess on the surface, i’ll have to see if i can lightly sand it off.

Close up of 'tooth' piece.

Close up of ‘tooth’ piece.

I'm quite please with this one :) quite a bit of weight to it though!

I’m quite please with this one :) quite a bit of weight to it though!

I also decided to make a pair of earrings and a pendant for my friend Natalie. Quick and simple, but I’m sure she’ll be happy with them :)

Pink agate slice pendant. Love the colouring.

Pink agate slice pendant. Love the colouring.

These are rather nice and cute I feel. Just right for Natalie!

These are rather nice and cute I feel. Just right for Natalie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time :)