Saturday, 19 February 2011

Links I'm Obsessed With 2

Time for another round of inspirational gorgeousness!

Beautiful beaded beads and a sprinkling of origami - I found this whilst looking for origami instructions, and it took my breath away.

Retro to Go - fast becoming my new favourite website, this has provided me with endless inspiration which is now steadily filling my silversmithing sketchbook.

Core Architect - is fascinating me at the moment, it's a fairly gentle introduction to architecture and has some really interesting architecture. Again, helping to fill the pages of my silversmithing sketchbook!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Something's in the air...

No posts at the moment, a fantastic opportunity may have come my this space...

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Anyone who knows me in real life will know that I suffer from a fairly long term depression. Until now, it has never impacted on my creative side; I has consistently used it as an escape from reality; who could be depressed when looking at such beautiful things?

Until now.

What is it? Loss of mojo? No, I have a million and one ideas...I just can't get my head around construction. My brain is so slow at the moment, I look at the components and think that I cannot possibly do anything. Added to that whilst cutting some wire today I took a chunk off my index finger, I'm starting to wonder what's wrong with me!

My resin experiments are going sorely wrong, I've wrecked a bangle mould and I've lost patience with just about everything right now. Having said that, at least I have a tonne of inspiration, so I guess I'll just have to keep drawing and writing about it until the ability comes back!

Until then I have so many beautiful things stashed away in my bookmarks folder to stare at, including the incredibly beautiful Skinner Studio, a complete resin mistress.

Hopefully I'll be back with photos or at least something!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

So, here comes 2011...

Well, it's here already, who would have thought it. I don't even know where 2010 went! The secret santa bracelet in the previous post went down really well, with everyone, not just the person it was for! I don't think Tracy has taken it off since I gave it to her...I sense a future customer.

I've really started my resin enterprise in earnest; the first test pieces are out-
This will be turned into a ring...well, it would if I hadn't mucked it up and it'd gone cloudy...I left it on the windowsill and noticed that the windowsill sloped...and so had my resin! So I thought I'd be clever and turn it around but this must have led to air bubbles getting trapped in it. The bangle that I did befell the same fate. So, I've now got three moulds setting, all on flat surfaces, all people in the house with strict orders not to move them. Fingers crossed! They should have soft cured at this very point in time, but I'm going to wait until tomorrow and pop them out when they've hard cured. Keep your fingers crossed for me and watch this space!

In other news we had a fab Christmas, I taught my niece how to make jewellery (well, it had to happen some time didn't it!) and I got a Wii here's hoping I'm slim and trim by this time next year!