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Eeeeek!…It’s a mouse!!

Well, there I was this morning, around 8 o’clock, still in my pj’s, making a few Argentium silver earwires for my new earring collection, listening to Classic fm on the radio and enjoying the light, cooling breeze drifting in through the open patio door, when I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye.  Oh my…!!  My heart missed a beat.   Something had just run across the carpet and vanished under the cupboard in the corner!  Now I am not known for my love of animals, or my bravery, but I couldn’t ignore this!  So when my heart rate had settled to one more suited to my advancing years(!), I gingerly approached the cupboard and slapped my hand against it and was rewarded by the lightening fast appearance of a small, brown mouse which legged it along the skirting board until I was able to head it off as I didn’t want it to vanish into the depths of the house.  Off it went in the opposite direction – past the open door, of course (typical!) – until it met me on the opposite side of the room and did a 180 degree turn and dived back under the cupboard.  Hmmm – I was not going to be able to deal with this alone, but I was worried that if I took my eye off its hiding place to go and wake the menfolk in my house it could scurry off anywhere in the house and I wouldn’t know where!  Ah!… isn’t this just the situation the mobile (cell) phone was designed for??  There was my handbag – on the chair – I could phone my son to wake him up!!….except that I had put the phone on charge in the next room….aaaaarrrrggghhhhhhhh!!!  There was nothing else I could do but go and wake my poor son up and tell him the story!

Down he came – a little bleary eyed and woosey – and went round the room thumping and banging everything to try and out the little furry creature from its hiding place, but to no avail.  I had to face the inevitable that we now had an unwanted house guest…somewhere in the house!

As I had a meeting to get ready for I had no more time to spend on the mouse chase, so I put a board up against the door of the dining room and the adjoining kitchen to hopefully trap the mouse somewhere within those 2 rooms, and went to get a bath.

I emerged from the bathroom wrapped in a towel to answer a phone call only to spot the little fellow again.  This time I would not let him out of my sight… and lets face it…a fluffy towel is not suitable  apparel for any type of game hunting!…so I hollered for my son to come back down and help me.  This time, with the two of us there, the little mouse got the hint that he was not wanted and moved towards the patio door and then scurried over the step and out into the garden!!

To be honest, it was a bit of a diversion that I could have done without this morning!  I was already on edge as I was a bit apprehensive of this meeting I was going to.  It was my first attendance at the local Women in Business group and after just a couple of weeks ‘in business’ I didn’t really feel like a business woman and thought I would feel like a bit of an outsider amongst ‘real business women’.  But, as it turned out, I had a really good time – I learned a lot and met some really friendly women.

Perhaps something is trying to tell me that the things I perceive as scary are not really that bad when once I stand up and face them!…be it a little mouse or a room full of formidable and successful business women!

AND I have been having a bit of a battle with another kind of mouse over the past few days….the one connected to my computer….as I have been trying to get my website sufficiently well put together to put it on line.  Well, I have decided to stop dithering and just do it!!  So I now have my website up and running.  It still has a way to go…a few more pages and a lot more of my jewellery to be photographed and uploaded… but it is now there for all to see.  It’s a little scary – but I’m getting more used to that feeling now!  So please have a look at it and see what I have done, and feel free to comment…but be gentle with me!  Find me at www.solunarsilverstudio.co.uk and please keep popping back to see how my website develops in the future!

Argentium Rules….UK!!

As previous readers of my blog, and followers of Thing-a-Day 2009, know – I work in fine (pure) silver, mostly making decorative chains, but I also dabble in PMC (precious metal clay).  I have never liked to add sterling silver to my work as sterling silver tarnishes so easily – and fine silver doesn’t!!  So I feel that sterling doesn’t fit in with the style of jewellery I want to promote at Solunar Silver Studio.  Now the only drawback of fine silver is that it is a little weaker than sterling silver.  Generally this doesn’t matter but it is a real problem with making earwires for earrings…especially if you hope to sell them.  I am happy to wear fine silver earwires because I am aware that I might have to reshape them a bit if the grandchildren swing on my earrings!!  …   But you can’t sell earrings with that warning on them!!

For a while now, I have been aware of the existence of a metal called Argentium – which is basically sterling silver with about 1% of germanium mixed in with it.  Now that little bit of germanium has the benefit of making the sterling it is mixed with much more tarnish resistant and it makes it even stronger than standard sterling silver…….I thought – “Bring it on!!” – but what is this????   It isn’t available in the UK!!!!   WHAT!!!!!!!  How cruel life is!!  But that is all in the past as since the beginning of June, it has been available in limited forms from one supplier in the UK – Cookson Gold.  It is currently only supplied in sheet, wire, earposts and a few other odds and ends – but no earwires!!

Ho-hum!  Out comes the jig thing I use on occasion, and in goes an order for a couple of metres of 0.7 Argentium wire to have a play with.

So today I have been having a play – and I am sold!  It makes some very acceptable earwires.  It is surprisingly strong and springy and I do believe I am going to order some more…and at last….. I can start making some earrings to go with the rest of the  Solunar Silver Studio jewellery range I make!  Of course – it will take a bit of time to see how quickly it shows signs of tarnish but so far – so good……Argentium Rules….UK!!

My apologies to condron.us readers – I have been neglecting posting recently!

Good Job!!!

I had a job interview yesterday…

It seemed like as good a time as any to make use of my new chrysocolla stones which I showed you last week – particularly as chrysocolla is supposed to have properties which help the throat chakra and therefore are good for public speaking and are overall good for keeping a calm and serene countenance!!

Using my handmade fine twist pure silver chain I added some of my newly made pure silver coated ceramic beads (which I made last week) to give a bit of a build up to the stunning chrysocolla teardrop focal bead which I used as the pendant.

I made a pair of very simple earrings with the small rectangle chrysocolla beads and a couple of small pure silver coated ceramic beads.  They have a lovely weight to them which served to remind me every time I moved my head that I was wearing these eye-catching stones!!

I love them and was really proud to wear them.

It was a panel type interview – which was a bit daunting – but I felt very positive and happy with the way I performed…

OK – so I didn’t get the job…

…but I did get complimented on my jewellery!!!!

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  R     E     S     U     L     T  ! ! ! ! !

Every cloud has a silver lining so they say – and not getting this job means that I can spend all those extra hours that I would have been working for someone else working on making my jewellery at Solunar Silver Studio!!  So I’m still smiling!

I haven’t mentioned condron.us in my blog lately so there are loads of people who might have missed out on my recent jewellery experiments!!

Hopefully you will enjoy seeing the jewellery that I have just made….let me know!!

Back to the Jewellery Making…..

Just a quick post to give you an update to what I did with that little pmc (precious metal clay) pendant I showed you on the 12th March…not that it was exactly challenging but I had to decide which way round to hang it!….tough one eh??!!

Anyway, I went with the predictable and hung it with the ‘weight’ of the design at the bottom and added a little swarovski 6mm bicone bead as a ‘dangly’.   It made me think of a little bunch of flowers in a pot!  Ok, I know…a bit of a stretch of the imagination  but still….!  I think it is rather cute and the swarovski crystal adds a nice bit of twinkle.  In fact, I think I will make another one of these and make them into earrings to get the full sparkle effect from the crystal bead.

I really am very into these little silver flowers and I am enjoying making different designs with them.  I think they have all been quite successful so far and I have every intention of developing them into saleable items in the near future.  Keep in touch and I will let you know when I go ‘into production’ with this range…

Just as a ‘by the way’ – I noticed that someone had been referred to my blog by http://www.condron.us – not knowing what this was I’ve just had a quick look…and it looks rather good!  If you like looking at blogs and you have a few spare moments while you are sipping that coffee…have a quick look!!

Flower Madness!!

I did say that I would probably only get round to adding post every couple of days – and that is the plan…it’s just that I’m having a bit of a creative ‘splurge’ at the moment and I can’t wait to do a bit of showing off!!  That is what comes from living in a house full of men – I get no feedback!!!  I need feedback!!  I crave feedback!!  I really miss that about not going to college anymore..there was always someone – in fact, loads of people, who were only too pleased to give their ‘two penny worth’, but working alone, surrounded by ‘philistines’ (I do love them dearly and they can’t really help it!!), I never get any praise or constructive criticism!!

Anyway – back to what I have done!  I’ve still got this ‘thing’ going with the little flowers…can’t get enough of them!!  Sorry if you are bored with them already ‘cos I’m not!!  I think there is loads of potential and I plan to make loads of ‘summery’ jewellery with them!!

I bought a bag of old, little metal buttons from a Charity Shop last week…it set me back 59p (I’ve no idea of the exchange rate now but I guess that is around a dollar).  There are 52 buttons and they are mostly round and a lot of them have nice little borders – ropes, braids, greek keys,loops, that sort of thing.  I like to take moulds from them and then selectively isolate the border so that I can use it with pmc (precious metal clay).  Well, 2 of the buttons are square, which immediately drew my attention, and one of them had this neat, lightly hammered sort of border, which was otherwise very plain and simple.  So this is the basis of my new ‘range’ of ideas.

Obviously – a square is a very verasatile shape which is easy to link with other sqares to develop designs for bracelets and necklaces, but is also great for creating a framework for pendant designs which will work as earrings, or hung from a chain.

I made up these earrings as I couldn’t wait to wear them!! – they are jiggling about in my ears as I type!!  The other little pendant is a work in progress as I have fused a ring into the top and bottom corners, which I intend to use to hang it from a chain and also to wire wrap something dangly from the bottom.  I can’t make up my mind which way round to hang it yet so I might wait a couple of days before I make a decision!! – you can’t rush these things you know!!

I have an urge to make a bracelet with the same design as the earrings but I am running out of pmc so I might have to leave it until I can afford to buy some more – I’ll have to work out how much it will take before I take the plunge.  I couldn’t bear it to have it half done and then have to wait until I buy some more pmc so that I can finish it!!

So, that’s it for now – not sure if I’ll post tomorrow…you’ll have to have a quick look won’t you!!!

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