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
I've been working on some new, totally original designs for my woodland range, and I'm loving these unique spinner rings.
They are a more complicated design than the more usual flared spinner ring, which makes them more time consuming to make, but I think the end result is worth it :)
This spring hare version is the first design and is just so cute. I love tactile, substantial jewellery, and this little fella is just that.
He's hand cut from thick sterling silver and spins all the way around the inner ring.
Great for people like me who love to fiddle with their rings :)
He's available HERE and to see him spinning, check out my Facebook VIDEO :)
This prancing fox spinner ring is the second in the series, and he is made from the same quality materials as the hare.
Each fox is hand cut, so is slightly different and unique.
He spins all the way around the inner ring in the same way as the hare.
He's available HERE and to see him spinning, check out my Facebook VIDEO :)
I'm offering the first ten orders for these spinners at an introductory offer, so grab yours as soon as possible ;)
And I'm currently working on some more woodland creature variations, including a badger, raven and maybe even an otter :)
If you like the sound of these, keep an eye out on my Facebook page.
So, I'd been having a little trouble with my Facebook page when they were working on the latest changes.
I couldn't post on my page, or even see any of my previous posts.
It was quite frustrating, but it made me realise how dependant I am on FB to keep in touch with all my lovely followers.
The best way to ensure that I can contact you if anything drastic and permanent ever happens to my page is to send an email.
So, my latest giveaway is open only to subscribers of my newsletter :)
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this handmade sterling silver hare ring in a size of your choice, simply subscribe to my newsletter if you haven't already .... it's that simple :)
(I promise not to spam you with thousands of emails - I send two a month at the absolute most :))
Good luck :)
I regularly run Saturday silver jewellery making workshops. These generally have a theme, such as making a pendant or stone set ring. Last Saturday I ran a Stacking Rings In A Day workshop for ten ladies who were all new to silversmithing. It was a great day and everyone completed their set of five different stacking rings.
We started with this pile of different styles of sterling silver wire .....
And ended the day with 50 shiny new stacking rings :)
I am helping to run an auction on Facebook to raise funds for the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project. This registered charity offers farmers and landowners in East Sussex the option to have badgers on their land vaccinated against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) as part of efforts to eradicate the disease from this area. Hopefully, voluntary vaccination programmes like this will convince the government that vaccination is a way forward, rather than the destruction of our badgers.
We have had some truly amazing items donated for this worthy cause, the majority of which have been hand made. This cheeky chappy has been donated by the amazing Daisy Felts who makes the most colourful felt creations.
Another donation is this stunning limited edition, high quality print from a colour pencil drawing by Paul Caton, Badger Drawings and Print Edition. 'Cricket Ball' measures 12 x 10 inches and is signed and numbered.
Amongst the 62 amazing donations, we also have these fantastic pieces from Papercuttergirl, Strawberry Glen and Helen Hodson Ceramics.
This Amigurumi badger, lovingly crocheted specially for the auction has been kindly donated by Lizi Angel Art. Measuring 8 inches from nose to tail he is made with acrylic, polyester and nylon yarns, polyester stuffing, and safety eyes and nose. A great collector's piece.
I have made and donated this copper and silver badger head pendant for the auction. He measures approximately 40 x 25 mm and hangs from an 18" sterling silver chain.
This stunning woodcut original has also been kindly donated by Lisa Hopkins. This is a framed original and measures 13 x 11" and there are 10 prints of this available in the auction also.
The auction runs on Facebook from 10pm (GMT) Friday 29th January 2016 until 8pm (GMT) Sunday 7th February 2016.
Sussex Badger Vaccination Project Auction
Please join us to help save the UK's badgers :)
Thank you, Sue xx
I am taking part in the BFG Holiday Market alongside a host of other small businesses. Here's a sneaky peak at some of the great items that will be available .....
A gorgeous hand woven scarf from the amazing LoomyBin....
A really stunning hand made bag from the talented Mel's Enchanting Creations.....
A beautiful heart garland from the brilliant Daisy Felts....
A stunning turquoise and copper pendant from the fantastic Jem's Gem Box....
A beautiful hand knitted shawl from the talented Glitterwitch....
And an emerald and chrome diopside seahorse from yours truly....
Hope you can join us at the BFG Holiday Market Night on Facebook tonight at 8pm :)
My students have really excelled themselves this year with some really ingenious and well executed designs.
These fantastic pieces were made during one of my Saturday silver pendant workshops. I'm always amazed at the diversity of ideas and how brilliantly executed these are, especially considering most of my students have never done any kind of jewellery making or silversmithing before.
These pieces are also examples of my students' work during the Saturday workshops - bangle, spinner ring and stone setting workshops.
During the term-time evening classes my students can explore their own ideas - the classes aren't 'themed' in the same way the workshops are. Students can make anything they like......even a gift for someone else :)
I've been invited to exhibit a few piece at Woodstock Museum for a few weeks, so on Tuesday I took some of my work over :)
This silver moon gazing hare is one of my favorite designs at the moment. I love the contrast of the shiny hare, moon and star against the textured dark 'night sky' of the background.
My garnet, amethyst and green onyx elephant pendant is also on display at Woodstock...
If you happen to be in the area, pop in and have a nosey :) Thanks, Sue XX
I'm really pleased to announce that the badger pendant I donated to The UK Wildlife Arts and Crafts fundraising auction on Facebook raised an amazing £60. I designed this necklace specifically for the auction as it was to raise funds for sab groups on the front line defending our badgers from the terrible cull. £1200 was raised in total to help save our badgers :)