Friday, December 28, 2007

I'm moving!

I couldn't log in to Blogger for ages, and although now I can again, I'm going over to MySpace for a while, to see what that's like. I'll see what I can do about keeping both up to date, and in the end I may switch back to this blog, but in the meantime, if this is wildly out of date try looking at

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


A friend of mine had a bracelet she liked but didn't wear, so I earringified it for her:

And as promised, the bead roller. See, it's two bits of plastic with channels in each one that match up. You measure out just the right amount with the little thingy that's just out of shot in this picture (you can see it in the next one) and put it in the channel of the desired shape. Then put the two pieces together, as in the next picture...

And roll the back and forth so the fimo is squished into a bead shape. You have to put a hole in it with a needle then and bake it. Easy!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

spots, silver and stars

I haven't blogged in ages - it's been a bit tricky getting on the internet in our house because The Tone is on the brink of becoming a world-famous rock star (I hope) so he's been occupying it rather a lot. Still, I've sneaked a slot, so here's a little update.

I got a bead roller, which is really fab (actually, I should have put a picture up - I will do next time). You use it with Fimo or any oven-bakeable modelling clay and it makes regular-sized and shaped beads. I've been having modelling clay fun, making beads like the spotty ones in this bracelet:

And you'll be on tenterhooks waiting to see my latest silversmithing efforts, I know. Well, here's the ring. I'm not sure whether it looks much different from the last time, but in silversmithingland that's several hours' work.

And, excitement knows no bounds, a new project! This is a brooch (or it will be) made in copper with a silver bezel and pin, and a lapis lazuli stone set in it. I've slightly cheated for this picture, as I haven't set the stone yet but you get the idea. And obviously that nasty muck'll all be removed and it'll be fabulousy shiny when it's done. There's only one week left, though it's the Easter holidays at the minute. My last session will be the 17th April and that should be finished then. I think I have to leave it to be assessed but I can have it back in May.

Friday, February 16, 2007


The latest update on my ring: I'm now polishing it up.

And some examples of the things I've done lately:

But the most exciting thing is that I got some elastic and I can make stretchy bracelets!

I got Elasticity (by Beadalon) which is designed for beading. It's extremely strong and it's plastic, really, not elastic, so it stretches but it won't 'stretch out' (i.e. over-stretch, I think). That's what they claim, anyway. It's also extremely expensive, but worth it if it's stronger, and it is really smooth.

But I initially found it very difficult to use - any knot I tried, including the one they recommend (a surgeon's knot), unravelled itself. The elastic just seemed to want to be straight. So I was on the verge of taking it back but luckily Tony saved the day and worked out a way of doing it. He did a knot with the two ends together, pulled that really tight and then did another two normal half grannies, pulling them both really tight after each one. That held it.

So the secret to tying Beadalon Elasticity so it stays tied is to use two different types of knot and pull it really bloody tight!

Monday, January 29, 2007

chips and chunks

I recently got some semi-precious chips and things:
(clockwise from top left: rose quartz, fancy jasper, mother of pearl, malachite, blue lace agate, rhodonite)
I made this wrap bracelet using the malachite:
And I was given a necklace to take to bits by a colleague. In return I made this necklace with some of the pieces , some mother of pearl chips and white square 4mm beads:

Friday, January 26, 2007

the return of me

I haven't posted anything in ages, mostly because it was Christmas, so I just made things and then gave them to people with no intervening time for photographing them and posting the photos. Then I spent about three weeks doing nothing but write essays for university. But I've been busily making stuff since then, so here's a small selection:

Some rather funky chunky necklaces

Some dangly earrings

And some 2-strand bracelets