Thursday, June 24, 2010

In the Pink

Wow - I've been so busy just lately with one thing and another, new customers and lots of commissions - brides, holiday jewellery, you name it!

The vintage shop on Etsy is doing well too, I'm finding lots of lovely items to stock it with, and some wonderful regulars already!

I've also had an order for some of these lovely 'bling' rings - fabulous clusters of sparkly crystals and pearls, I'm planning lots of summery colour combinations, with matching cluster earrings.

This rose bush in my garden has some very beautiful and heavily scented blooms, what with this and the honeysuckle and jasmine around my patio it's my favourite place to sit at the moment!

And finally... don't you just love a gorgeous sunset...?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blowing Hot and Cold

Well we've been having some very odd weather here in the UK, a tropical heat wave that brought some lovely temperatures and got us all out and about in our summer wear, not to mention the almost daily smell of barbecues - we certainly know how to make the most of it!

Alas it was not to last, we're back to spring temperatures and back in our woollies - c'est la vie!

Some new goodies to show you - 'Glacial Falls' cluster earrings with wonderful plump green amethyst briolettes and a cool Swarovski crystal mix of blues and greens.

For the next pair 'Honey Bees' I've soldered some chain to the bezel cups and set them with smoked topaz Swarovski crystal cabochons - very sweet, and just right if you don't want to wear anything too long.
This next pair are gold-filled - 'Tropicana Earrings', it was really hard work wrapping the beads on these compared to working with lovely soft fine silver! I was pleased with the colour mix though, a fruity mix of Swarovski crystals with raspberry chalcedony briolettes.

Finally a pair from a couple of weeks ago - 'Tutu Earrings', combining silver sheet and wire again, I've topped these off simply with faceted moonstone beads.
More photos and available to buy in my etsy store - Amari Jewellery :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Summer Earrings

There's nothing like sunny days to get you in the mood for summer! I'm really enjoying the colour in the garden right now - one of my favourite times of the year, everything is still fresh and green, and lots of good things to come :)

The first earrings are sterling silver, hand sawn and set with carnelian cabochons, with some hot Indian Red Swarovski crystals. They have lots of swing and movement!

These cluster earrings are ever popular - and it's so much fun thinking up colour combinations! Swarovski crystal tanzanite pendants with crystal bicones, all wrapped on my own handmade fine silver headpins.

Both available in my Etsy shop - Amari Jewellery :)

And finally another splash of colour from my garden - gorgeous lemon yellow and white flowers on this beautiful shrub, how can I not be inspired! :D

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sea Foam

I had so much fun making this pendant, it combines my two favourite types of jewellery techniques of silver-smithing and wire wrapping. I can see this being a bit of a theme in the future, especially as I have a page full of designs just waiting to be created! :)

After hand sawing the 'wave' out of sterling silver sheet, I soldered and then wrapped the wire part of the pendant with tiny white seed pearls and silver seed beads, and faceted aquamarine along the edge.

You can find this in my Etsy store - Amari Jewellery :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Azurite Flower

I did a bit of pottering in the garden at the weekend in some unexpectedly warm spring sunshine - it's nice to see some colour appearing, especially in my rather unkempt plot which has been sadly neglected in terms of planting!

This first picture is of a beautiful purple/blue periwinkle flower, or 'vinca major' to give it it's latin name. It holds a special charm for me - when I was a child we moved from the city to a small rural village, and the cottage we lived in was called 'vinca' as the garden was full of these pretty flowers. They make great ground-cover plants, the variety I have has variegated leaves.

I also spotted these lovely pink scented hyacinths in a pot that I'd forgotten about!
I've been creating again too - the sterling silver flower on this necklace has been set with a fresh blue/green azurite cabochon, and hangs on a pretty oval link chain. More pictures on Etsy - Amari Jewellery

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nice Weather for Ducks...

Well we did have some lovely spring weather here in my part of the UK last week - lots of blue skies and warm sunshine, not sure where it went but the rain and clouds are back far too soon! :(

I'm very fortunate to have a small lake just round the corner from me, I did manage to grab a few of those rays with a couple of nice walks before the weather turned, I'm in desperate need of blowing off the winter cobwebs!

I'm making lots of brighter, more colourful gemstone and Swarovski pieces for the shops I stock at the moment, ready for the spring and summer - my favourite time of the year. Everything in the garden is starting to burst into life again, not nearly enough colour though - I really must plant some more spring bulbs, especially daffodils! Lets hope it brightens up for the easter break :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Vintage Postcards

Just a quick one today to introduce a new Etsy shop selling vintage postcards and photographs. - this one indulges my passion for history and antiques! You can check it out here - Sitting Pretty :)

I've been so busy just lately - we've been doing some alterations and redecorating in our lounge, I meant to take a photo of the lovely Victorian tiles in front of the now disused fireplace but forgot! They were a faded inky blue/white in colour with a floral pattern - oh well, next time! We've left them 'in situ' as most were damaged sadly, but they are nicely protected underneath the flooring. It's mostly finished now, just a few little odds and ends to do :)

I'm also trying to catch up with orders this week, and of course the bridal season is now well under way! As well as revamping the lounge, I've not been well the last couple of weeks, so I'm slowly trying to get through the backlog of paperwork, housework, you name it! New jewellery soon, I promise... :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Handmade books

I think like most creative people I'm interested in all kinds of arts and crafts, I've done so many different things in the past, and I'm sure I'll try many more! I've recently found a renewed pleasure in painting (just for the sheer enjoyment of it, I don't think I'm particularly good!), as well as trying various paper crafts and scrapbooking.

I've had an interest in making handmade books for a while - I've made plenty of little matchbooks, but have finally moved on to something a little more complex (as usual it takes me forever to pluck up courage to just do it!). This book is the third one I've bound, as a gift for my mum on her birthday :)

I've used white linen thread using a chain stitch to bind the pages to the covers.
I added some bead work while stitching, and then some hand-sawn flower motifs in brass, and finally some silver shade Swarovski crystals. The covers are black book cloth, and I've used some green Victorian-patterned paper inside. This was fun! :D

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Busy Busy!

We are busy with alterations and decorating at our house at the moment, which is why unfortunately I've not had much time to create much just lately! The air seems to be constantly full of dust too, it's a nightmare trying to keep everywhere clean. Still, it will all be worth it in the end!

These are just a couple of the pieces I did coming up to Valentine's Day - a cluster set with ruby Swarovski crystals and garnets, and a commissioned sterling silver heart necklace with rose quartz and crystals.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stud Earrings

Yay - my first pair of stud earrings! I quite like to wear stud earrings myself, especially for everyday (and with long hair much safer of course!). These are nice and lightweight too.

Sawn by hand from sterling silver sheet, then I added some light amethyst Swarovski crystal cabs for a delicate colour and some sparkle. I'm quite pleased with these!

This pendant is similar to one I made before in copper - here it is in sterling silver, with a beautiful Swarovsi crystal cabochon surrounded by a serrated bezel.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mermaid's Tears

Quick little pair of earrings here - these gorgeous turquoise-blue apatite briolettes caught my eye, maybe a bit too early for such a summery colour but I kept coming back to them when deciding which stones to use!

I love the wrapped jump rings at the top, they are just over a centimetre in diameter and remind me of little daisies. I've added a freshwater pearl in between, along with tiny freshwater seed pearls at the bottom of the coiled tear drop frames. I'm really enjoying wrapping again! :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Indigo Dawn

A cluster necklace with a difference - I've coiled some sterling wire round a pretty petal-shaped soldered frame, and added the most gorgeous green amethyst, or prasiolite, briolette in a delicate blue-green.

The clustered beads include faceted aquamarine and iolite rondelles, with Swarovski bicones in montana blue - this is one of my favourite crystal colours at the moment, I have lots of colour schemes with them in mind!

Sunshine Award

I had a lovely surprise yesterday from Vicki White who has passed on a Sunshine Award to me! The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspires others in the blog world - I feel very honoured! :)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Verdigris Earrings

Some more wire earrings - this time fan-shaped, I must be drawn to this shape for some reason as I seem to do so many pieces along this theme :)

A little touch of mixed metals again here, with sterling silver and tiny gold-filled barrel beads. The briolettes at the bottom are a lovely golden beer quartz with a very pretty sparkle, and I've picked out some little polished tourmaline beads in mossy and blue-green shades.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter Skies

Well the snow has finally disappeared from our part of the UK, and the temperatures are definitely milder! It made for a very pretty and festive Christmas and New Year though - I hope everyone had a good break! :)

My first job after the holidays was to give the workroom a bit of a spring clean after all the frenzied productivity coming up to Christmas. I often start projects and then lose interest or get distracted by something else - I found these long teardrop frames in one of my storage boxes and decided to finally finish them!

I've coiled round the frames and added a swirl of fine silver and some tiny sterling beads. We had a little hint of sunshine this morning with the palest blue sky, which inspired the soft colour combination. I've used scapolite beads in a diamond shape which have a beautiful cut and subtle pale gold colour with lots of sparkle, tiny mystic blue briolettes and black diamond Swarovski crystals.

These should be up in my Etsy shop soon!


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