Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Feeding the family...

Chris and I were busy digging over one of our vegetable patches this weekend ready for planting - someone else with a family to feed it seems is this blackbird, who decided to make the most of some freshly-turned soil to grab some juicy worms!

He kept coming back for more - we were so amazed at how close he came to us, in the end I fetched my camera and we spent more time watching him than doing any work!

Now the weather has beaten us... so we'll have to wait till later in the week to get the broccoli and sprouts planted :)

Back to the wire and beads!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Blue Wave Bracelet

Last one for today....

This was fun! I wrapped some little blue goldstone nuggets with sterling wire, adding a little swirl on the top. Hammered rings, lavender Czech glass beads and a twisted wire toggle.

Mint Choc Chip Hoops

Some more fun little earrings - hammered and textured sterling silver circles, with vesuvianite, smoky quartz, peridot and prehnite.

Oh, and a big bunch of white lilac blossom I pinched from the garden :D

Capuccino Jasper Bracelet

Hmm... still waiting for my wire-wrapping mojo to return, so some different pieces at the moment while it has (yet another!) holiday....

These gorgeous coin beads are jasper... really lovely stripy markings in coffee, chocolate brown, and creamy white. They remind me of minstrels - no wonder I'm getting chocolate cravings just lately!

The rondelles are faceted smoky quartz, and I've added some hammered, textured rings and a sterling toggle clasp.

Raspberry Ripple Earrings

Some more bits and bobs I haven't got round to posting yet...

Some summery cluster earrings... I was so pleased with these chalcedony briolettes when I received them a while ago - the raspberry colour is amazing, and they really seem to 'glow'.

The cluster is made up of faceted rock crystals, very pale blue topaz beads and Swarovski bicones in 'paparadscha'.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Lavender Crystal Earrings

Some more hammered and textured circles - this time in graduated sizes, very lightweight and again look really shimmery when they catch the sun!

I've added some Swarovski crystal heart pendants, and bicones in violet and light amethyst wrapped on handmade fine silver headpins.

The flowers in the background are some gorgeous bluebells from my garden, which are now gracing a little glass pot on my desk and giving off the most amazing scent!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Blush Earrings

I really enjoyed making these earrings, it's nice to take a break from the kind of wire-wrapping I normally do. I soldered and lightly hammered the sterling silver rings - they have a really nice texture that catches the light, although I haven't managed to capture it in this photo :(

I've added some wrapped pink tourmaline beads on fine silver headpins, these are so dainty and very lightweight - perfect for summer!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Champagne Truffle Earrings

I'm loving these Swarovski crystal briolettes - the sparkle is amazing. These are golden shadow, which has to be one of my favourite shades as far as versatility goes - I use it a lot in my bridal jewellery as it goes so beautifully with pearls.

I've clustered some lovely faceted rock crystal and lemon quartz beads on some handmade fine silver headpins for a bit of girly luxury. If someone doesn't grab these soon, I may just have to keep them ;)

Amari on DaWanda

I've opened another shop on DaWanda, which is based in Europe with prices in euros. Fabulous site, with a friendly community and forum, lots of promotional events to get involved with, groups on Indiepublic, and monthly themes where your items can be featured.

You'll need to brush up on your French and German to get maximum exposure by translating your listings! There's lots of help on hand in the forums and from other members if you have any problems. Go take a look!

You can find my shop here : Amari on DaWanda

Lilac Blossom Earrings

I picked out some pretty pastel shades for these earrings, they have a lovely delicate look, very feminine!

Sterling silver wire frames, coiled with tiny Hill Tribe seed beads, faceted tanzanite, and faceted briolettes in pink amethyst and sky blue topaz.


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