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If you read this blog you know, but if this is the first time you ventured over here, then I’ll tell you πŸ™‚ I love taking photographs… One of my childhood dream come true really. I know that some must think that ‘it’s only a push of a button, what’s the big fuss?’, but I find so muchΒ pleasure when I manage to take a good shot, or when my image does justice to something beautiful.

I find product photography really gratifying. For some reason I don’t always take good shots of my products (maybe because they aren’t good, who knows? :-p) but for example I’m really pleased with the photos I took of a friend’s jewellery. All taken in natural light with my standard lens on my lil’ Nikon πŸ™‚ Although my next step is investing in a 50mm lens, for that shallow depth of field and fab bokeh πŸ™‚

But anyway, have a look:

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These photos were taken of Jane Dearman‘s jewellery and they are all available for purchase in her Etsy Shop. Also what is really nice with Jane’s jewellery (apart from them being so amazingly delicate and some of them so complex) is that they can be made to order, which means you can have the perfect jewellery to match your outfit and event πŸ™‚

Thanks for visiting

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I’m back :)

Being away from blog writing is so easy… and yet its much more fun, when I make my self write, I just have to keep remembering that.

Although I have been busy, and here are a few things that I have been busy with:

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Yes, a bit a crochet is always good πŸ™‚ and these necklaces are already available in my shop.

But not all is yarn and hook, been doing some paintings inspired by a fab artist called Agnes Cecile, here is my version

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I know…pretty crap compared to Agnes’s work, but I was happy that I am able to do something that is kind of ok to look at. Definitely there is room for improvement and I’m looking forward to that πŸ™‚

And last but not least, I have been spending a dash of time with Amanda Hillier in her studio, and these are my new lions, it was lovely to carve and print again… and I think I want to experiment more with colours πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping and a good spring to you all!

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Shrinking art

One of my new obsessions me thinks πŸ™‚

Well, it all started a couple of weeks ago when me and Maggie had a visit at the Little Hippo shop where some of my bags and jewellery are being sold. Anyway, its a lovely lovely shop full of great products and we came across this kiddy book on shrinking plastic. It looked like there might be some potential in amusing our selfs on an afternoon with it, so Maggie bought it for us to try. We haven’t stopped ever since πŸ™‚

I finally got my mojo back to create images either by drawing them or using other media and techniques (can’t stop buying pencils and pens now). I’m not great but I used to draw a lot, and I just stopped a couple of years ago. My experience is that no matter how good you are at something, if you don’t practice it, eventually your skill is just gona go to sleep deep inside you. And deep sleeping skills take a whole lot of effort to be awaken.

Anyway the basics of shrink plastic is that you can create any image on the surface of the plastic (draw it, stamp it, colour it), since it is very thin, you can cut it to any shape you like and hole-punch it, then bake it in the oven for about 2-3 minutes (165Β Β°C). The baking will make the plastic thicken and shrink to the third of its original size. So it is highly satisfying as the colours intensify and your little image becomes a solid object that you can use to make jewellery or use it in your sketchbook.

These are a few we made this afternoon:

some of my bubble bath attempts

some of my bubble bath attempts

cherries on the rise and dragonflies with bees :)

cherries on the rise and dragonflies with bees πŸ™‚

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Maggie's stained glass themed heart

Maggie’s stained glass themed heart

necklace tiles that Maggie made

necklace tiles that Maggie made

Our disastrous attempt of using shrink plastic that you can inkjet print on.We couldn't get the colour saturation right, the plastic has a horrible surface, feels flimsy... so this will just go back into the drawer for now.

Our disastrous attempt of using shrink plastic that you can inkjet print on.We couldn’t get the colour saturation right, the plastic has a horrible surface, feels flimsy… so this will just go back into the drawer for now.

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These are already available in my onlineΒ shopΒ and still many more to come. πŸ™‚ So if you like any remember to pop back soon to check out the new ones.

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Thank you for reading, as I think this must have been my longest post so far. Promise I won’t bore you with so much text next time πŸ™‚

Also, hope you are enjoying your summer and don’t forget to be creative and have fun!

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Valentine’s commission

Starting this beautiful 2013 a bit late but with a lovely commission for a friend, for his other half.
Occasion… Valentine’s day πŸ™‚

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This set was made using sterling silver wire in two sizes, one is 0.8mm and the other one is 0.5mm.
Still trying to master the mystery of wire wrapped jewellery, but getting there πŸ™‚

More lovely creations to come πŸ™‚

soon xx

it doesn’t want to stop raining…

… so in the end it has an effect on you and it’s up to you what you do with it.

I tried to channel all the influences, colors and the mood and I made this:

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Along with the rain I had another influence… this song just feels like rainy days…

 

See you next time! Hopefully the sun will be back by then πŸ™‚

 

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getting friendly with the plastic :)

Easter has been (luckily) a very busy period, loads of work and also loads of crafting and experimenting have been done πŸ™‚

Last year we had a fab day out in Yorkshire, Harrogate to the Knit and Stitch show and amongst all the lovely things we have spent successfully money on, me and Maggie bought some friendly plastic. On the way back we made a huge list of what we have to do with all the inspiration, ideas and materials gained on the show.

Well, couple of months later we managed to get round to have a few hours of experimenting… really enjoyed creating in a different way then what I am used to so far.

Ok, if you are not familiar with friendly plastic so far, basically this is a type of plastic that has a colored foil on top and by heating it you can shape it and mould it to your desire. A really lovely way of creating.

Maggie created the earrings – love the clean style! And she made the big green-flower bead, which inspired me to make the pink flower on the white back ground. Also we experimented with stamping onto the plastic – I am quite pleased with the result actually.

As you can see we are pretty at the beginning of working with friendly plastic but all these pretty things in various shape will be on display and for sale at the Damson Day fair. So if you are about come and see us πŸ™‚

 

I’ll be back soon with my new bags and other creations…

Until then show and tell what you have been up to during Easter!

Take care

 

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