Archive | January, 2011

Adventures with a new kiln

30 Jan

I have finally been able to afford a kiln. Until now I have been firing with a torch in the bathroom, but I have now stepped into the world of silver with a kiln. It arrived on Tuesday, but I have just been looking at it all week, too scared to turn it on. All the instructions keep giving warnings of all the dire consequences of what can happen if not used properly.

Tonight is Saturday night, and finally I have gotten up the courage to use it.. the following was my online stream of consciousnous:

awwwww! I have finally turned my kiln on! There is a little chimney of smoke coming out the hole 😉 Cats are very curious but none too happy (good). I am sitting here holding a glass of red wine and smoking furiously (bad) …. so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and still a bit scary. Why do I not have any fear with a blow torch blasting out fire in my bathroom but am so trepidatious with an enclosed well insulated metal box? mmm room smelling none too good ha ha
(how long does it take to get to temperature?). Sip wine – calm down. Digi timer set and ready to go – come on…. mmm smell not good (or is that the cigarette?).
Cats eyeing me with suspicion and distaste. Cats leaving through catflap! Bye cats! (hope they come back).
Smoke stopped – temp getting there – now 530… now 636 (25 minutes so far) .. and now we are at target heat – Timer on! (no fear of charcoal fest tonight – unless I doze off in a drunken stupor in the next half hour that is .. now where are the cats!!
Blimey am I glad I have this timer – I forgot!! It is so quiet I expected whirring and clunking. 4.51 mins to go.
………Now it’s done. That took an hour for 35 mins heating time – mm that’s good, in future I think I’ll use that time to list my items. How long to cool back down – lets see.
Ha much quicker with the ruddy door open that’s for sure!
Right – one and a half hours later I reckon I can go and get my treasur out of the safe – and then maybe go search for the moggies!! (Actually they’ve come back and are soundly snoozing).
Thank you for (whether you wanted to or not) sharing this adventure with me!

New Camera – So happy with the detail!!

29 Jan


Just got myself a new camera, as I was so fed up of not being able to get the beautiful colours and details in my photos. I just could not be happier, its just amazing, and so easy. On a bit of a high at the moment.

Who buys these little curiosities?

29 Jan

So who buys these curious little beasts? I have had various different groups of people buy them. The newly pregnant mother – who sees the new arrival coming as the complete family group – or as a gift for someone who is thought of as a matching pea!

well I suppose it depends which type we are talking about.
The one pea in a pod, this has been bought for a symbol of a nickname,

“I’ve always called her pea” or “she always calls me poddy”.
Quite a few have been given as presents for travellers, they are complete on their own and don’t need anyone else, really independent people.

The twos;
Twins are the obvious wearers of these, though very often it might just be best friends. It is a very popular choice for couples, for one to buy the other – “everyone says we are like two peas in a pod”.The majority of my cufflinks are as grooms gifts from the future bride.

Threes;
Again the obvious is triplets and groups of three friends but of course for the mother of a family with a new baby on the way, and baby makes three.

A charmed life

29 Jan

The charms
I wanted to offer them but on a very small scale so they were affordable to everyone and also to add to bracelets. However the style of bracelets now is quite large so in the end I plumped for three different types of fastening. I have to say they are little buggers to make! I have dropped them all over the place. When it comes to polishing them, I polish mainly by hand and being so small nearly always one will pop out from my fingers and go flying somewhere. I have found them in my tea, in a glass of wine, in the fur in my slippers!

the pendant

lobster clasp/split ring/ large ring

To launch New Website News Blog – Free Bracelet

11 Jan

To launch my new ‘News Blog’ on my website I am giving away free a stunning sterling silver David Christensen cane glass bracelet – worth £16.00 to the first 3 customers who order over £15 from the website, and leave a comment on the blog. Don’t miss out, these really are lovely pieces and went like hot cakes last year when on show at the Havant Arts Centre.


Just click the link for more details (not that there are many more 😉

Silver starburst pom poms!

5 Jan

I have these crystals and I have the silver and I love my designs!! But what on earth can I call them? starburst? explosions? fireworks? sea anemones? Dahlias? No idea. If any one can think of anything better please let me know cos I am at a loss, and am in the process of making tons more, but don’t know how to describe them. They are solid fine silver, some have crystals embedded in them, and are quite chunky. (nearly 2 inches long). But what are they??? 😉