This week it was all about tree bark rings....
From a list of thirteen 'top fans', - 7 chosen by Facebook and 6 chosen by me, a winner was picked at random.
Caroline won one of my chunky tree bark skinny rings in a size of her choosing :)
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a top 'top fan' gift, just pop over to my Facebook page and join in :)
So, Facebook has recently started awarding page followers 'top fan' badges :)
What a great way to appreciate people's comments and interaction!
So I thought it would be nice to present a gift to one top fan every so often.... a Top 'Top Fan' if you will ;)
This week, Laura was chosen at random from my list of 'top fans' -
some chosen by Facebook and some chosen by me.
Laura won one of my silver ethnic stacking rings, in a size of her choosing..
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a top 'top fan' gift, just pop on over to my Facebook page, and join in :)
I've been on a bit of an earring-making binge recently.
I realised that I had been concentrating on pendants and rings and my earring page had been woefully neglected for some time.
So, of course I had to start with my favourites....badgers and ravens......
....with a couple of bats thrown in for good measure :)
These are nice, robust hoop earrings, but are light enough for everyday wear.
I love the way they move freely on the ear wires - I am fond of jewellery with movement!
So then I designed some bear hoops with even more movement....
And I am REALLY loving these little handmade pins that ensure that the hoops can swing freely :)
*Offers available until approx 9 am 18.12.18*
I've been so busy, I haven't has a chance to post any December Offers for a little while,
so I'm making up for that with TWO offers today....
'Red Berry Silver Tree Bark Ring'
This gorgeously chunky ring has been decorated with a beautiful tree bark patternation.
Hand forged from really thick sterling silver, it is set with a berry-red garnet gemstone.
The silver has been oxidised and burnished to highlight the details
and then coated with a layer of special wax to help protect the oxidised surface.
Oxidisation is a surface treatment that will lighten with wear.
This ring carries a full set of UK hallmarks and my maker's mark as issued by Goldsmith's of London -
your guarantee of quality and silver purity.
Materials - sterling silver
Gemstone - 5 mm garnet
Width - 6 mm
Thickness - 2 mm
Size - to fit UK size M or USA size 6 1/4
*offer ends 08.30 14.12.18 UK time*
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Small 'Catcher of Dreams'
Silver and Carnelian Feather Pendant
Inspired by Native American dream catchers, this silver and carnelian pendant is handmade to my original design.
The carnelian setting is constructed with a raised circular border and the feather has been hand cut from separate layers
of sterling silver which have been soldered together.
This is a lovely lightweight necklace, perfect for people who prefer more delicate neck wear.
Your necklace will come gift boxed - perfect for giving.
Material - sterling silver
Overall size - approximately 50 mm x 10 mm
Gemstone - approximately 5 mm carnelian
Chain - 18" lightweight trace chain
*offer ends 08.30 14.12.18 UK time*
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I'm now teaching Friday daytime 5 week classes which are more structured than my Wednesday evening classes.
This term a group of lovely students each made a silver spinner ring from scratch.
Starting with silver sheet and wire, they learnt how to saw, file, form, anneal, solder and polish to create their pieces.
Each and every student had completed their ring by the end of the 5 weeks, and they all looked amazing.
I can't wait for the next 5 week course when I will be showing my students how to make Russian wedding rings :)
Just finished this cute fella and he's a rather special hedgehog ........
he's being donated to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Auction which takes place next Saturday (13th October)
I hope he helps towards raising lots of money for such a great cause.
If you would like to check out the amazing work they do, pop over and have a gander at their website -
So I've been working on designs featuring my most favourite totem again - the raven.
I'm always inspired by the ravens and crows who reside in the grounds of Broughton Castle and they've been the catalysts for a lot of my raven pieces. My latest pendant is no exception.
I wanted this piece to be called 'Dark Raven' so I wanted a really strong design, lots of deep but colourful stones and as dark a patina as I could get.
I worked on giving the wings a sense of movement - in as much as you can get flat silver sheet to suggest some anyway :)
I hope I achieved a sense of wind blowing through feathers as he soars high in the sky....
I chose my stones carefully. I wanted deep colours but also a good range that reflects the beautiful range you see in a raven's plumage. A raven can appear totally black, but in close up the glossy iridescence of their plumage actually shows hints of purple, blue and even red.
I sometimes wish the mottled colours after soldering and before pickling could be a permanent patina...
All finished and I think he looks pretty resplendent in his gemstone finery...... befitting Broughton Castle l hope :)
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.
If you are interested in this piece, he is available you can find more info on him HERE