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Hoooooooo…. I feel like I’m coming to the end of a marathon. After days and days of photo-editing and listing drafting, I’m finally in a position to add new things to both my shops – new beads, new jewellery. I added lots of new beads to my Etsy shop last night. Here’s just a selection.
(Apologies for the grey tinge to some of the photos – terrible photography weather here recently!)
I’ve been doing lots of slip-decorating of porcelain…
…and trying to master forming a cone cap:
More porcelain here. I just love it with cobalt oxide:
As ever, I’ve made plenty of earring pairs…
…and I’m still loving lilies and leaves:
These bead sets are a new thing. I spent ages building up layers of different colours and marks, subtle variations in shades, and a range of textures.
Here are a few more bead sets.
What else? Headpins:
Naive / primitive face cubes
And also these big ol’ thorn focals:
Cool, hey? They’re so wonderful. However, I had imagined they’d be bigger and chunkier and might work as focal in a big necklace. (I always forget to look at measurements when I order things!) The thorns I bought will be great in earrings and more delicate necklaces but I was set on having some big thorn-like necklace focals. So, I tried making some. I hope my ceramic pieces diverge from their inspiration enough not to seem like a rip off!
And finally, on the bead front, some more of these old favourites –
Some of these pieces have sold but there’s still lots to be snapped up in the shop
But, I also mentioned new jewellery. Here are just a few of the new pieces I’ve made – there are many, many more. Of course, they feature lots of art beads.
Now I’ve bombarded you with visuals, it’s time for the giveaway. Up for grabs today? A $15 of credit to spend in either my bead shop
or my jewellery shop
. The question? What new things are you going to be working on this weekend? – or next week? – or when you first have opportunity? Just answer in a comment and you’ll be in with a chance of winning!
Bye for now, Claire