I’ve continued to make Richard various cuff-links. Most are fairly simple. A selection below:
One thing Richard complained about for a while was how to store all the various cuff-links and tie pins I keep making him for gifts.
Thoughts turned to what would work best. At first I tried a paper-mache book, with the intention of using a ring holder for cuff-link storage. This didn’t really work as planned.
In the end I found a pine box with drawers on eBay and after a bit of effort came up with the following:
Well, I’ve completed the export/import from the old data base file backups of the old self hosted website. The cross posting meaning it has appears on wordpress.com also.
The attachments also transferred ok on the self-hosted site, but not wordpress.com. At least that missing content is restored.
Another thing I’ve done is changed around the theme settings, with a new header image of pieces of my work, which works ok, there are several versions that will be different on both sites and the site logo has changed too.
Now I just need to track down photos of newer items to post in the time I was offline, can’t believe I overlooked it for about 2 years, so many other things took my attention alas.
However, a bit of a sneak peek of items is below.
So I’ve been meaning to finish off making a set of dragon cufflinks for Richard and this weekend I finally got around to it.
They turned out nicely, if bigger than I first intended.
Richard loved them 🙂
I’m rather pleased with them too. so much so that I might make similar as pendants for myself.
Until next time 🙂
So as I wrote last time, I’ve been lacking for a place to sit and work on my jewellery recently. I’ve found a small amount of space to do a few small items, mostly repairs of items that broke previously.
About the only new item I can show is below:
I’m quite happy with how the one on the right has come out. The acrylic paints working much better, it still needs a layer of varnish, but the one on the left, even though done with nail polish (acrylic) and varnished with hairspray has held up pretty well, though I don’t like the frame as much as the one on the right which I made previously for cat pendants from clay as seen below:
The green cat never did look quite right due to the clay curving (one of my first experiments with clay) and broke, but I was glad to be able to reuse the frame which was fine.
The other items I’m planning/working on are mostly for gifts so not able to show anything of them really atm.
When I have cleared a better place in my rather small flat to work more often I might get on with more jewellery. Until then most of my art/craft is done at Artyfolks and recently has been clay/ceramics.I might take some photos when chance arises of some of the work I’ve done there, some I like, others are merely mediocre at best imo.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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:
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:
As can be seen one went a little wonky, but think with a bit of sanding it should be ok.
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!
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:
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.