One reason why this blog had been sadly neglected was that I was challenged by a friend to alter a book, and that took a lot of research and experimenting. The book was a scholarly tome about Anglo-Saxon England in the 9th and 10th century. Of course I had to include some Anglo-Saxon jewellery – inspired by the article in The Beadworkers Guild Journal July 2017 on the Staffordshire hoard. The jewellery is in a niche formed by glueing the back section of pages of the book together and cutting the niche into the block. I decorated the front cover of the book with copper shim embossed with Celtic type patterns and Celtic patterned buttons, plus a rubbing of King Alfred taken from an embossed image on the original front cover of the book. The book is in an exhibition of altered books, organised by Sparks Artists, at the county museum in Aylesbury, Bucks until 14th February. The museum has done a splendid job in setting up the exhibition and lighting it beautifully.
Sorry the blog has been sadly neglected for a few months. I will show some seasonal makes here and then gradually add other new work completed in the missing months.
These Christmas tree decorations were inspired by the CGB pierced arrow design. After I finished them, I realised they would make good earrings so made a slightly smaller pair as earrings – now gone to a good home.
I have been experimenting with pinch beads, and love the colour of these ones – they are slightly less blue and more green than the picture shows. The focal is a soft touch cabochon with a netted bezel incorporating pinch beads and the necklace is chevron chain.The clasp is a triangle weave pinch bead button that fits into a beaded loop.
I love the colours in this chenille stitch rope, but I am not really happy with the pendant. At first I thought it was a brilliant idea to use netting to embellish the bezel as it echoed the pattern of the chenille stitch. But I have realised that the netting stitches are too crowded so the beads don’t sit correctly all the way round. Fortunately I designed the clasp and bail in such a way that I can remove the pendant easily as I wanted to be able to wear the rope on its own as well. If I can get another soft touch cabochon in this colour I will have another attempt at the pendant, but until then I will keep this one rather than undoing it so I can compare them.