Wednesday, June 17, 2009

some recent work...

As promised, a little look at the fired pieces (shown before firing in my last post).

& a couple of bonus shots of other things I've made recently :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

work(s) in progress...

Today I thought I'd blog a little bit about my jewellery making.

I make my silver jewellery using PMC (precious metal clay), which is basically tiny silver particles in an organic binder - not actually 'clay' as such. While it's wet, I roll, shape & texture the piece, before leaving it to air dry.

You can use almost anything to create a texture in the wet clay, I have used leaves, lace, seedpods, straws, toothpicks.....& I've also made myself some texture plates & stamps. You can see some of the plates in the photo above & the photo below shows some of my stamps, all made out of polymer clay.

Once the clay has air dried (at this stage it's referred to as 'leather hard'), I can refine the piece. I sand the edges to make them smooth & attach the bail (for pendants). Sometimes I embellish the piece further, by carving or adding raised decorations.

I also set many of my pieces with lovely sparklies - lab created cubic zirconias. I have lots of different shapes & colours....

Once I'm happy with the finish, I fire the pieces in my kiln. The pieces in these photos got fired last night...I'll take some photos to blog soon :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A hot cup of tea is like a little slice of heaven...

...on a cold day...or a cup of coffee or hot chocolate of course :) . Some out-takes from my Pretty Pink Tuesday shot. The one above is the one I almost chose (sorry Kathryn) & below are some shots of the girls & Archie getting in on the photoshoot, enjoy :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

playing with texture

I created some new textures tonight by scanning some pretty scrapbooking paper. I edited these two shots using the textures, plus two I uploaded to flickr & the other wouldn't upload to my blog....might try again another time. :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

...scattered pieces...

Fine silver pendant newly listed on my etsy. The pendant is textured using a piece of lace that I got from mum & I used some shards that I had kept to make the raised sections.