Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Silver Design by Anna Karin!

I wanted to let you all know about a great blog I have been reading recently called Anna Karin's Art and Plej. It's full of lovely inspiring ideas and beautiful crafts. I especially love her Silver Design page where you can take a look at all her beautiful jewellery creations like this ring which is made from a silver spoon. I love the idea of recycling old items and turning them into something truly special and unique.

I've also fallen in love with these earrings...

Thank you Anna Karin for your great blog and beautiful designs...keep up the good work!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yet another Charm Bracelet

Hello lovelies! I've got a new addiction...charm bracelets! Since I got my new tools enabling me to open and close jump rings (the little metal loops that connect things to other things) I've been on a non stop charm binge. Here is the latest, and my personal favourite. 

As you can see, no two charms are alike. This is a collection of lots of little charms and beads that I've acquired over the last few years, each one interesting an unique. It features semi precious stones, genuine swarovski crystal and an array of acrylic, shell and metal beads. It's joining the rest of my pieces in my shop right now!

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Power of Fire

Tonight I've been playing around with marbles in the microwave kiln. It's still cooling so I'll get back to you with the results later. 
While doing a little research for said project I came across this image.

 Turns out that these are marbles that were fused together during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. How cool is that?! To see them in real life you have to go to the Chicago History Museum. 
 It reminded me of camping during the summers in the USA and how we could melt beer bottles in the fire over a period of a few hours. I forgot that fire could do that.

Microwave Kiln Fun!

My favourite Christmas present this year was a new Hot Pot microwave kiln, much bigger than my old one. Thanks Mum and Dad!

 Ideally I'd have a proper kiln so I could make larger items and fuse lots of things at the same time, but because we never know where we are going to be in a years time it's too much of an investment to buy one here in Spain.  I can imagine that shipping a glass kiln from Spain to the UK would cost more than any state of the art mega kiln I could buy. So for now I'm microwaving. 

I love the new Hot Pot, I can fuse 2 or 3 things at the same time or make much bigger pieces than I could in my old kiln. It also came with some glass supplies like stringers, millefiori and lovely pre cut bullseye glass strips. 

Here a couple of my first creations with the new Hot Pot. 

Before Firing. I've layered all sorts of glass bits and bobs on top of each other to create a funky design. Notice how I've used fibre paper strips that run across the top of both pieces to create a hole. You can find out more about how to do that here

After Firing: After about 8 minutes in the microwave, with lots of stopping and checking, this is the final result.  I love how the individual glass pieces stay raised, but now they are very rounded and fluid looking. I've cleaned out the fibre paper which made the holes, so these guys are ready to be strung onto a necklace. 

Keep checking my etsy shop to see the finished product.

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Additions...

Happy Monday! Today is my last day of freedom before the daily grind of work (and finding more work) commences, so I've been spending it wisely and adding some fresh designs to my shop

This bracelet is made form aluminium (or aluminum if you prefer) rings connected together to fit flat on the wrist. It's mega lightweight and has a super fresh, lets-get-ready-for-spring personality!

This guy is my latest necklace creation. It's a fused glass bead (bought, not handmade) strung with a silver bead and wire wrapped together to connect to the chain.

And finally these funky skull earrings. The beads are made from turquoise coloured stone. Cute and scary at the same time!

And to wrap her up, here are a couple of shots I took when I was photographing the pieces from today's post. I flippin' love our terrace. I don't use it nearly enough but when it's sunny, which (don't hate) it usually is,  you can get a tan and use the fantastic natural light, even in the middle of winter!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Pieces on Etsy

I'm excited to show you some more new additions to my shop. My creativity is in overload right now thanks to  lots of new materials to work with, so there will be much more to show you over the coming days. Here are the new original items up for sale at the moment...

                               Electric Blue Button Earrings

                                Chunky Charm Bracelet

                                     Fused Glass Party Necklace!

                                      Fused Glass Beaded Shell Necklace

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year, New Designs!

Happy new year everyone! To welcome in 2013 I'm making a new range of recycled wine bottle jewellery for my Etsy shop. Here is the first of the range, a pendant made from a bottle of Spanish Rioja fused together with bright shards of confetti glass and finished with a wire embellishment, hung on a chain framed with small glass Millefiori charms. Stay tuned to Art For The Most Part and my etsy shop to see more and snag these one of a kind eco friendly peices!