Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It's been so long

Hello dear reader,

It has been a while since I've been able to blog. Things are starting to move along in the jewellery department, as I made the big decision recently to open a shop from which to sell my jewellery, along with a few other goodies.

That said, I did slow down on jewellery making for a while. There were a variety of reasons, including lack of inspiration. But the decision to open the shop also put a bit of a stop on things. You see, sterling silver dulls when it sits around for a while, and considering I haven't sold a thing through the Etsy store, I'm holding off making too much until a few weeks before the shop opens its doors. That way everything on the shelves will be bright and shiny and brand new. I've recently had to go so far as to pull some pieces apart so I can polish the silver - especially pearl pieces. One doesn't want cleaning chemicals near pearls, that's for sure.

I'm also improving my silver and gold skills at a rapid rate! With the additional purchase of a disk cutter and dapping block, I'm having fun with different ways of working with circles. The soldering's becoming more consistent too, which is cause for celebration for this little duck!

Just so you don't give up all hope, here's a few teasers of some new work:

On Golden Ponds
Hand made sterling silver twisted wire with 9 carat gold, featuring
tiny granules in the centre of the domed disk.
A very delicate and delicious bracelet for a dainty wrist.


Hand beaten sterling silver disk with 9 carat gold wire feature and twisted gold/silver bail.
A funky, spunky 2.5cm pendant, featured here on a 1x1 sterling silver figaro chain.

Golden Ripples
I just love dangles!
These delicious numbers are made from sterling silver chandelier findings, for which I've made 9 carat gold and sterling silver disks (in graduated sizes for the centre).

These are fabulous, with the right sort of light-catching gleam to really make an impact. oh, and they are on my hand made rounded French ear wires ... of course!

There is going to be a lot more to come. I can't wait to start sharing pictures of my shop, in busy Sydney Road, Brunswick! Hopefully work can start on the renovation and fitout this weekend!

Exciting times ahead. Until next time ...

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