Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Just a little ol' update

Finally finished my Mrs Haversham inspired necklace and as you can see I made a few alterations, namely using a different kind of lace, more ragged and loosing the pearl hoops. It needed a more time worn look and that's why I also lost the shiny beads. That's the great thing about playing around you get to see what does work and what doesn't.





So what did I do with the beaded hoops and lace instead I made these








See nothing goes to waste!
Let me leave you with my latest treasury

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

But it's just a bit of paper..

I love messing around with paper, collaging, stamping, folding and decoupage. I like playing around with texture and colour plus it's the cheapest way to express yourself and to try out new ideas.
Look at these amazing shoes from The Funky Fingers at folksy.com


Decoupaging is applying paper to a surface and covering with layers of varnish. I use a matt varnish,designed for decoupage because it doesn't cause any ink bleed, especially good if like me you use a lot of images printed from your computer.

These delicate sculptural shoes have been made from paper, on design-dautore.com

Have you heard of moneygami, well here's a great example


















Next is Brian Dettmer who creates these amazingly detailed sculptures from books













Siba Sahabi creates these gorgeous vases from paper















I've also used decoupage in these 3 necklaces








So get shredding and sticking

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Within Temptation

I went to see this fantastic band last night with my eldest daughter Heather and her mates. Talk about feeling old! For those who aren't familiar with this band they are a rock band with a gothic, classical lean to them and they're lead singer Sharon has an incredible voice.



Check out Frozen and Angels on utube, my favourites which they played last night.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Inspiration

I'm a visual sponge soaking up ideas from graphic novels, music and nature, to name but a few. And this week this amazing picture of Helena Bonham Carter dressed as Mrs Haversham for a forth coming BBC Drama got my creative cogs turning.




So I got my hands on some lace, glass pearls, Steampunk watch and angel wings. The steampunk watch, wings and scroll I had soldered together over a year ago, but wasn't sure what to do with it. I painted it white and it now all seems to be coming together, so if you've got anything you're not sure about, put it away and come back to it.



















I also love all things Japanese and this is an experiment in decoupaging on leather with Japanese images and a white painted steampunk fan, still in progress.


The next piece is inspired by the Goth's cage, a graphic novel by Yasushi Suzuki and uses this fabulous black and white agate which is popping up into a few of my pieces, I love it.


Lastly a shot of colour with a large tumbled boulder of aventurine and lovely pink and blue lampwork beads from beadsandbotanicals on etsy. I used memory wire, which I have to confess is a bit of a beatch to work with but is great for bangles. I put a magnetic clasp with mine to make it super easy to put on.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Preview.

I can't believe it's November already and it's at this point that I start to panic. I've got 2 bags to make for xmas gifts, plus some other handmade pieces I've got to get started on. So I'm making loads of jewellery that will give me a small stock that I can gradually list over the next weeks, allow me time to turn to my sewing. Well that's the theory!!!

So coming soon...