Above, is one of three necklaces I've made in celebration of some of my favourite books. This one is honouring Jitterbug Perfume by the delightfully doody Tom Robbins. I've long since lost count of the times I've read it now, but it was the perfect companion during my wild travelling days in Australia and Thailand. Ah, youth!
This is one of a few of my recent experiments with firing sea glass, and I was really rather pleased! I think this looks like a nice juicy olive. It's a bit rough and ready on the back, but I'm getting used to that - hooray!
I was more than a bit chuffed with the way this one turned out too, and it looks rather glam when round the neck.
A more greeny-bluey version, and scattered about a bit. Still Autumny though. There are so many colours going on down here in the valley at the moment. OH - I haven't mentioned any of that so far, have I? That'll be the topic for my next post then.
This is one of three (the one not pictured is a purply number - you can see it in the shop - www.jewelidentity.etsy.com). I had this idea of two necklaces in one. The lower section can be easily unclipped and clasped together to make another shorty necklace, or the beaded choker can be worn by itself. Or both together, but separate - see, lots of options!
Another bit of experimentation with sea glass melting here, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the blueyness of it when I opened the kiln. It looks really nice in natural light. It's got a few imperfections here and there, but hey, haven't we all?
I liked the idea of a sort of crucible effect with sea glass, but before it loses it's form, so I resined the glass in instead. I've done the same with the five rings in this collection.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time with a driftwood artist called Jamie Bird, who gave me a charcoal picture of a crow, forlornly staring into a black pan with an egg in it, which he titled, Mother and Child. It's poignant but dark humour kept me laughing every time I looked at it. With a bit of Photoshop jiggery pokery, I've re-created it as a pendant in the hope that someone else will enjoy it too.
This is one of five of my crucible rings in black stoneware with sea glass.
I love this Antique Turquoise glaze. My lovely man bought me my kiln, and with it a selection of yumtious glazes. The bangle needs someone with a small hand!
This is another experiment with fired sea glass and silver. it didn't turn out quite as I expected, but I was pleased with it nonetheless. I just love the cracked glass effect.
My friend Lisa, who I used to work with at the hospital got right into paper wrapped beads. It didn't really do it for me, but I thought I'd have a go with the same technique using porcelain, and was pleasantly surprised. As a potter herself, she'll be calling me all sorts of names when she claps her eyes on this!
Now then. This is my homage to the wonderful Chuck Palahniuk's latest masterpiece, Damned. Unsurprisingly, it's receiving rave reviews, and it feels like a return to the old Chuck style of writing that I love. Better still, it's the first of a trilogy! It's like I've died and gone to Hell!!!
Another piece honouring the great man, Chuck. This one in tribute to Invisible Monsters, which is still my favourite. It's due for re-release soon with another 150 pages! I'll make no attempt to resist that whatsoever!
Another of my crucible ideas. This one rather growly and earthy with the green glass fully melted and puddled in the centre.
These are some of the latest in my etsy shop (www.jewelidentity.etsy.com) - there's plenty more in there besides.
In the hope that this latest attempt at text is going to stay put, thank you again Jackie, for your kind words and interest. I appreciated them more than you can imagine, and I look forward to seeing some of your work. I'm really hoping that I can find out how to add comments myself. Next post coming soon. Petra x