Sunday, 16 November 2014

Finally back in Folksy Business

I relocated back to Nottingham (UK) a few months ago. What with the move, changes to EU online selling regulations and lack of proper internet connection for several months, I put my online shops in holiday mode until I was in a position to begin selling again.

Now I am! In the first instance my Folksy shop is up and running again. Hurrah. At the moment there are no new items listed but I hope to get that sorted very soon. 

For now, here is a shot of a fabulous mushroom that I recently spotted at Rufford Country Park in Nottinghamshire. 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Bumper Bead and Pendant Selection For Sale

Look, here are 2 of my latest wire wrapped pieces :)

The first is imitation rose quartz (polymer clay of course) wrapped in silver wire with a coiled bail. That's the one on the left. 

The second is a pink polymer clay "symmetry" pendant with a pink wire wrapped bail. I'm still not super confident with my wire creations so I based this one on a tutorial I had. The tutorial said to leave room for wire to be coiled around the base - I think I left a little too much room. Can you believe though this is upcycled clay? It came from another project that didn't quite work.

I'm loving the back of the symmetry pendant.

You can buy the two pendants above in this bumper pack of polymer clay beads and pendants for sale now in my Folksy shop. 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

New beads listed on Folksy

Whoop. Finally some new beads listed on my Folksy site. Not having much spare time these days, I get very excited about these things!

These blue beadies and spaces are now up for sale! 

Monday, 26 May 2014

I got chills

After another small polymer hiatus, I have had a little time to work on these simple chili beads.

Not a great photo but I used my phone - enough said! I used a little glittery embossing powder on the beads so now I'm trying to work out a way to bake them without using baking powder, which sticks to the embossing powder. If I put them on a tile, that will leave shiny spots so I'm now thinking polyester fiberfill.

I used the rest of the clay to make a quick cabochon, but it looks quite dull so I'll see what i can do with some sanding. Lets see how the embossing powder reacts to sanding. 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

First Wirework Ring Design

Look - my first wirework ring design. I wasn't sure how this would turn out so I used cheaper copper wire and imitation turquoise beads but I love it! I don't know how long it will last but I'm going to enjoy it while it does. Watch this space for variations :)

I also made this one, based on a ring designed by Jewellery Maker's guest designer Laura Binding. 

It's a little busy so I think if I did it again, I would use fewer colours. It was a lot of fun to make though :)

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Wire work

The bails I made for this pendant and earrings set look so much better than when I use just a jump ring. 

I used up scrap strips of clay from a project I had been doing with alcohol inks and made this cute matching set. The wire work is fun to do too although I find when I haven't done fancy loops in a while, I need to remind myself what I am doing!

I used simple wraps for these cute doggy bone earrings - I think in this case less is more :)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Another Kitty Helper

Didn't get much work done this evening!

Although it looks like I have all my tools, Kitty was sleeping on 6 pairs of pliers and I needed to use them! 

Monday, 20 January 2014

Cosmic Beads

You might remember that I have been playing around with a new style of beads:

Well I now have 2 sets of these beads for sale in my shops.

Firstly this fresh green set of 8 with golden divets:

And then this set of 14 beige crater beads with copper divets.

I'm still perfecting the technique so I've priced these a little lower - get them whilst you can :)

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Simply British

It's so quintessentially British to drink tea and I certainly do. There's nothing like sitting down on a Saturday morning to enjoy your first cup of tea of the day. 

I also like to make quaint tea related polymer clay items such as these simple teapot charms.

The first set is this imitation brown ceramic set of 6 beads. For sale now in my Folksy shop. 

I also made this antiqued set of 9. For sale now in my Folksy shop. 

If you don't fancy 9 charms, there is a set of 6 antique look beads available

Friday, 17 January 2014

Look what I found!

I found a picture of a beaded elf I made for Christmas 2012. Isn't he lovely? I had made beaded baubles for girl relatives and was looking for something a bit more masculine and making a beaded elf and popping him on a bauble was a great solution :)

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Yep, these beads did not turn out how I had hoped! I'm am not good at using inca gold at all!!

Filed under "how not to make beads".

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

New year, more claying

Did you make any resolutions this New Year? I made some. I wasn't nearly as good at claying, making and blogging last year as I had hoped to be and I intend to do that this year.

So here's my first post. It's a bit of a cheat really as I'm just posting a pic of these earrings but I'm so pleased with them that I think they deserve their own post. 
These are Christi Friesen style lilies (the recipe is in her Flourish book) wire wrapped and agate and unakite beads added. Simply lovely ;)
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