Come on in to this home for my jewellery and other stuff. I hope it will continue to grow as I hope to continue to grow in myself.
I do love a good bit of salty language, and encourage all who join me here to express yourselves in your truest forms! Enjoy yourselves xx

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Well, here goes!

My first post on my bloggy thing.  Holy shit - I've really struggled to get my head around how this works, and just hope I can get to grips with it. There's still a whole load to put on here, but I think it's going to be a big old pile of trials and errors. I would just like to  say here that my inspiration to get going with this has been from visiting that delicious Fanciful Devices's blogspot. But really - that much talent in one person is just obscene! I need to figure out how to show other people's work on here, but for now, you'll just have to make do with my own!! Oh - that's the whole point of this, isn't it?!

Right - she said, through gnashing teeth, I'll re-write my text all over again. I'm really not liking this. First of all, I was rejected by my own bloody blog when I tried to reply to the comments made by the lovely Jackie, and now - all my accompanying text has just vaporised!!! I'm not a happy rabbit.
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



  1. Hi, congrats for getting your blog up and running. Looks good! Your photos are awesome, loving your work. I'll be checking in on your blog. I'm still in the planning stages of mine...which pisses me off, I really need to get my shit together.

    I too am amazed by the lovely Fanciful D's awesome work, so inspiring! Love her stories. I love that she shares so freely.

    Okay, I'm gonna go create something.

    ...Jackie xo

  2. OMG, how did I give Fanci props without including the awesome Sparrow Salvage. I get such inspiration from these fabulous ladies, I love them both!!

    ...Jackie xo

  3. You and me both, Jackie! They're amazing aren't they? Come on now, take that inspiration, and get those blogs of yours fired up!!

  4. One last try before I go stark staring mad! Last comment accepted, then the next one - rejected, before it vanished! Not funny now blogspot. I was trying, once again, to say thank you, Jackie, for taking the time to comment on my meagre efforts, and that I hope to see some of your work soon. Are you an Etsy girl? Three blogs on the go! Bloody good luck is all I can say, because this one is doing my chunk in!
    Enough now. My man's birthday tomorrow, then next post coming soon.
    Petra x

  5. Petra, I'm an Etsy wannabe, can't get that together either. I'm so much more visual than vocal and it's hanging me up. :(

    Can't wait to see your next post!

  6. It took me a good while to get over that hump too, but I'm slowly getting used to it now. The wording in my listings is still pretty stilted though. But as a visual person, then enjoy using photos to show off your work instead. They have the biggest impact anyway, I reckon.
    That hung up place is rather uncomfortable, isn't it. Try to let go of all your uncertainties, and just go with your heart. Yes, I know, that's really clicheed, and can feel impossibly hard to do, but I really do think it's the only way to get a genuine outcome. I'm still a long way off from where I want to be in my work, which is why my shop is all a bit of a mish mash of styles. I'm learning so much from the likes of Fanciful D and Sparrow though, because they absolutely go with their gut, and, well - the results are all there!!Go on, Jackie - let it all hang out!!
    Back tomorrow with some Devon bloggery.
    Petra xx

  7. Thanks Petra, I appreciate your wisdom!
    ...Jackie xo

  8. Hi Petra!
    I'm just getting my blog going too...and working up to getting a shop on Etsy (someday) I hope. ;)

    For now I'm trying to keep a bit of a journal about what all I'm trying, etc.

    I love the top leaves!! Stunning. I really want to try some enameling with a torch...but I guess you did these in the kiln(?)


  9. Hi Lela,
    How wonderful to see another warm body on here! I'm really starting to enjoy this world of blog. Just feels a bit easier to be myself on here. (Take note Jackie!!!)
    Thank you for your kind comment about my leaves - I was quite pleased with the way that one turned out. Yes, it was kiln fired like all the glazed pieces. I've tried a few things with a blow torch, without much success, and have had some disasters trying to kiln fire all manner of things, but it's often by finding out what doesn't work, that you discover new ideas that do.
    Good luck with your new blog - and with getting your Etsy shop open. I'll keep my eye out.
    Petra xx