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I’m a tad busy with flat improvements and work, and am heading off for a weekend away tomorrow, but my very talented friend Birdwoman came over earlier in the week and took some photos of completed necklaces for me. For those of you who can’t wait for me to upload them here, you can view them on Flickr. Enjoy!

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Crystal glazed heart pendant and bead necklace

Crystal glazed heart pendant and bead necklace

This is the best picture I’ve been able to get of my latest creation (I need to invest in a better camera for close-up work or bribe a friendly photographer to assist me!).  The title just seemed obvious, particularly as the space connection is two-fold; the crystal glaze I used is called ‘Milky Way’, and I was watching old episodes of Babylon 5 as I was doing the wire-work to put it all together. I’m really pleased with this, the glaze is beautiful (unfortunately, the photo really doesn’t capture the depth of colour) and my wire-work has really improved with practice!

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Handpainted stoneware pendants

Handpainted stoneware pendants

These are the long-waited pendants that I painted and glazed months ago and then couldn’t get fired because the kiln broke. As you can see, I’ve made some up with matching earthenware beads, and left others with just a jump ring bail to attach them to a cord or chain.

Stoneware pendants with beads

Stoneware pendants with beads

Also coming, when I can get a craftgawker-worthy photo of it, is my new masterpiece – The Heart of the Galaxy necklace – and my pendants and necklaces should also start appearing on my stock catalogue page soon. So you might just find that perfect piece of unique jewellery to accessorize a summer wedding outfit right here.

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new_necklacesI’ve been busy making some wire-work and bead jewellery recently; shown here are the green & sliver bead set (necklace and bracelet) I’ve made for my Mum, a little heart and bead pendant, and a collar inspired by Native American jewellery which I made by pairing some wood-effect beads someone from my pottery class donated as she had no use for them, and some of my ‘harvest time’ crystal glazed beads. As promised, I’ve also got around toSmall goblet photographing my new smaller goblet design. This first one is glazed in transparent and albany stoneware. I love the albany glaze; it comes out almost irridescent, dark, dark shiny brown on its own, or a rich toffee colour over transparent, and I made use of both effects here.

Also new around here is a self-portrait of yours truly on the ‘About’ page, sporting my lovely ‘Emerald Clouds’ bead choker, which is probably my favorite of the jewellery pieces I’ve made so far.

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heart keyring

A good friend had a birthday earlier in the week and I wanted to send her a piece of my pottery but her taste in jewellery runs more to vintage marquisite, so I made one of the hearts into a keyring for her instead. It seems to have gone down well and looks like I might be making another one as a present for a friend’s mother. I better get my Mum’s necklace finished soon, she’s going to be jealous!

Spent most of my pottery class this week glazing beads for various jewellery projects. Hopefully, the stoneware kiln is fixed so I might actually get my other painted stoneware tile pendants and another goblet fired before the summer break. And I’m off to Potfest Scotland tomorrow, which is always a good source of new inspiration and ideas (and a dreadful temptation to spend money!).

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Purple heart pendantsAfter a slight delay due to illness, I got my latest batch of heart pendants back this week and spent yesterday evening making the purple ones up into pendants with matching beads.  I thought I’d try something new with my photography so here they are on a leaf from my rubber plant, taken with flash because the sun kept bleaching the colours out and I don’t have a sufficiently advanced photo-editing programme to correct it.  I still have dark red and ‘raspberry ice’ glazed hearts to make up into jewellery but I don’t have any glazed beads to match them as yet so that’s my next job.

Unfortunately, progress on non-jewellery projects has somewhat ground to a halt because the stoneware kiln at the college is still broken. Which also means my last batch of painted tile pendants are still waiting to be fired. I’m wishing I had a kiln of my own but I don’t have anywhere to put one. If my partner wins the Euromillions tonight, you know what is top of my wishlist!

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The event turned out to be an excellent source of new feedback – I’ve got lots of ideas brewing, some handy new contacts, and confirmation of interest in the idea of goblets and other vessels for LARP events.

There’s no college for the next two weeks due to the Easter holidays but last week was pretty constructive as I got a bunch of new heart pendants glazed in reds and purples, and also painted some more rectangular stoneware pendants with more floral designs.

I’m a tad snowed under with the job that pays my bills at the moment but come the end of the month, you can expect lots more photos and activity around here.

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