Archive | February, 2011

New FBML Welcome page on Facebook.

22 Feb

Ove the weekend I updated my welcome page on my facebook page. There is an option of using FBML to have a stand alone page that new visitor see when they visit your page. To see it in its full size either click on the link here or go the fine silver tab above. It’s really nice to be able to personalise it instead of just a whole pile of comment afer comment. However, this is the second time I have done it and each time I forget how I did it last time!!! I have made notes so I can remember for next time but not sure I’ll understand them. There are some great tutorials around, however, they have mostly been written by very computer savvy people, who just don’t get that an awful lot of us aren’t really much good with html. Anyway, love the cut and paste function. (Don’t you just wish it was available in your life!!). That’s all for tonight – I was jolly pleased with it, hence me posting it here!!


The Lazy Week and the ruddy back with a vengeance!

20 Feb

I am now on the last day of my week off, that turned out to be one of the laziest weeks I’ve had for ages. I had so many plans for ‘making’ but in fact ended up doing so little. I have ordered a gadzillion pounds worth of supplies however, but as for making ???? I wanted to keep with a theme of very simple, so once I had the orders out of the way I made the two above. I wanted to create something that was sparkly yet very plain, and I think the spoon handle crystal pendant worked, I just wish mauve would be a little more accomodating when it comes to being photographed (it just seems such a shy colour to capture). And wanting to move a little away from the traditional peapods, which just keep on and on and on, I made this 3D moon catching falling stars. Again I love the simplicity and the 3D ness.
And to top it all off, my back has now come back with a vengeance! At least it stayed away mostly during the week, but AGH!


18 Feb

So lazy. It was my birthday yesterday, and I did just about a huge pile of nothing, which was amazing! This morning I have found my energy again, and have all sorts of ideas, but no time! Last day, but it has been a great week, new ideas and directions with things. And some kind soul has added me to a feature in their blog. The4inONE. Very grateful.

Pea Pod Cufflinks

16 Feb

Pea pod cufflinks

I was having a day off from the jewellery one day, over the Isle of Wight, when my phone went. A lady was getting married in a few weeks and wanted to give her fiance a pair of pea pod cufflinks, as everyone said they were like two peas in a pod, could I make some? At that time I was using toggle style cufflink backs and couldn’t really see how it could work. But I said I would think about it and get back to her. I went home and played around, did some drawings and made up some mocks and they seemed like they would work. She also wanted the date of the wedding engraved on the back. So I went ahead and made them and sent them off. She got back to me delighted. And that was where the cufflinks came from. Since them they have become a firm favourite for wedding day gifts and for valentines days gifts. There was however one fly in the ointment. I was doing a search online to see where they stood in google search and saw my photos but on a site I didn’t know. I went to the site and lo and behold there they were, My cufflinks photos, my descriptions, but apparently being mass produced for pennies in China!! Minimum buying quantities 250! I contacted them, I contacted many people but nothing has happened, they are still there and obviously a con. As were many many other poor etsy sellers cufflinks. This company had stolen totally the photos and descriptions of hundreds of etsy sellers cufflink items. I wrote a long blog piece about it, but to be honest I realised in the end I was just giving them free publicity so I stopped fretting. The problem in selling online is that there are always copies and unscrupulouses, so I slightly changed the design and just moved on, but that’s the story of the pea pod cufflinks. blig

So lazy!!!

15 Feb

I’m on holiday this week, one whole week to create in – not!! My intention was to rest and make at my leisure, instead, I have been searching for new supplies, but the price of silver has gone up so much I keep going round and round in circles. I have spent the entire afternoon today looking for supplies for my cufflinks only to eventually go back to the original and just have to suck up the price increase. So, starting from tomorrow, I will make! Or maybe just stay in bed – we’ll see!

I heart my peas

10 Feb



So I thought these would be cute, some little two and three pea pods on silver hearts. I did the hearts in two ways, smooth and granulated, the granulated were quite lovely and sparkly. I made them for Valentines day a couple of years ago.

Spring is coming – honest!!

5 Feb

Carrying on with the theme, this has just been finished, though not connected as it needs to be for a necklace, but the cleaning up has been done. I was able to get the patina the exact same colour as the cubix zircona – a lovely pinky mauve, however once you lacquer them, the colour loses some of its warmth, but at least it will be safe to wear. If you look carefully it has three crystals in the lowest is a mauvy colour the next up is a pinky red, and the top one is a pale lilac.

I think, this one is staying with me. Two reasons, one – I am sooo pleased with it and two – until I get my hallmark sorted out I can’t sell it in the UK anyway, as we have a law here that anything weighing over 7.8 grms must be hallmarked by the assay office, and this beast weighs nigh on 12 grms!! So would be blinkin expensive anyway! (£60 / $98), so reckon it’s time for a present for me, and anyway it’s my birthday very very soon!!

New Ideas

2 Feb

New kiln, new ideas. Recently a design of mine got ripped off by someone, initially I got royally hacked off by it, but in the end decided that as I do this for calm and peace and it is my passion I had to let it go and discover other ways / methods to play. So here is what I am doing at the moment. I am using more and more other elements in my silver and I added a patina on the recessed part to give definition. Time consuming and absorbing and I have to say I was delighted with the end result. I have another 7 or 8 in the process at the moment, and will post them when they are ready.

Tania Cavenecia Torres: Featured Artisan ~ Sue Hodgson

1 Feb

Tania Cavenecia Torres: Featured Artisan ~ Sue Hodgson: “Sue Hodgson is a wonderful jewelry artisan from the UK. Her designs have a beautiful organic feel to them and I especially lo…”