Promised D a piece of jewellery as a gift for all the encouragement -you know how important it is when one is starting out. She sent me a picture of her in a Yoga outfit and this inspired me to make this armband for her. Turns out she is one talented lady with a fab singing voice!
Met and became a member of a Jewellery makers group on Facebook a couple of weeks ago - only those people heard my cries of anguish - and they were very supportive. So, I got back on the bike the next day, and made what I call The Desert Mambo necklace - am in a better mood after that, I assure you.
The Desert Mambo Necklace
Also made a couple of brooches for Mike's friend's wife - he wanted a dove of peace as Mrs B was a prominent member of the CND in Wolverhampton in her time. He didn't like the first one - and he made so many requests for design changes, I just thought it would be simpler to whip up another one. Did you know the dove of peace has to look to the left - he says so - not borne out by Google images though, he wanted it to have a wing - 'couldn't you add on a wing?' he asked plaintively, he didnt like my beloved dangles - I cannot seem to make much without those - they add movement to a piece - I think - but of course, he commissioned the piece, and the customer is always right - right?
So, the first one is the reject - am interested to hear your comments - the ladies from JAR were all in favour of a lynch mob, but I just made another one - I'm nice like that!
Finally got my kiln going - truth be told, I was a bit afraid of it - something that small that can go up to temperatures of above 1000 degrees C should the pants off anybody!
So got my Copperclay bits made, dried them and took them to the kiln at the top of the garden - I have no other space for it. Mike and I toasted my first effort with tea, and then after a bit of faffing about with the programming, on it went. Got some credible pendants, although a couple broke as they were too thin - I suppose par for the course - this seems to be the week for a 'will do better next time' mantra.