I can’t believe how long it has been since I last put a post on here…I am so sorry – I got a little sidetracked!!
One of the suppliers I use in the UK to get my fine silver sheet, precious metal clay (pmc) and Argentium silver – Cooksongold.com – has just started a forum. That may not sound too exciting – certainly not to many of you in the US as you seem to have so many of them (which we have looked at with envy from afar) but it is pretty much the only one devoted to jewellery (as far as I know) in the UK. It has opened up a whole new world to me!! I have had the chance to talk to people that know what I am talking about – and have experienced the same problems we have as jewellery makers in the UK – and talk about places and businesses that I have heard of and can access!! It all seems so friendly…and yes…I have to admit it…I am just a bit addicted…no….majorly addicted!! I am finding it really hard to drag myself away from the computer in order to make some jewellery…not just talk about it!!
Then on Friday lunchtime I got a commission – a bit of a rush job – to make a pmc (precious metal clay) charm to go on a bracelet – to be ready for Saturday lunchtime! Well, that stressed me a bit I can tell you! But I got it finished, packaged and delivered in time!
This is the front and back of ‘Kerry’s 30th birthday charm’ with a peridot swarovski crystal and a black freshwater pearl.
So then I decided to take the rest of the week-end off…to re evaluate…and sort myself out a timetable!
As I have said many times before – my favourite ‘chill-out zone’ is our local visitor attraction – Norton Priory Museum and Gardens – so this is where I went to unwind.
When I got there it was to discover that they had a special display on. Sir John Myddelton’s Companie of Artisans and Merchants…a historical (Medieval) re-enactment group…were encamped there for the weekend – treating us to a very entertaining display of what life in Middle Age Britain was all about. They were all very knowledgeable and very willing to talk about and demonstrate the ancient skills and trades they had mastered. All their clothing was an accurate reproduction of what people wore back in the 1470s. It was a totally fascinating and entertaining day.
I have photographs here of the 2 women who were preparing the dinner for the whole ‘Companie’ that evening – baking bread rolls and preparing a mutton stew and a baked fish….a selection of ‘oyles, tinctures and ointments’ prepared by the Herbalist and some of the amazing colours of wool produced by the Dyer all made from natural vegetable dyes. There was also a Blacksmith, Furniture Maker, Silk Worker, Higgler and Candle Maker and many others. It really was so interesting!
The weather was pretty lousy but that didn’t really matter – I had a lovely afternoon!
So having had a relaxing weekend, hopefully I will approach next week with a rather more balanced timetable – so that I can make a little bit of jewellery…and have a little bit of interaction on the forum… and have a whole lot of fun!!…now that’s what I call balance!!