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If At First You Don’t Succeed….Do It 120 Times!!!

I have learnt a lot of different techniques for making jewellery over the past year or so, but the one thing I still enjoy more than anything else is making fine silver chains, using pure silver wire.  It just relaxes me so much and I can go into my own little world and make beautiful bracelets and necklaces.  But as people keep telling me..nice as they are…a chain is just a chain – there is no WOW factor…even if it has a really decorative design…it is still just a silver chain.  I know they are right.

Last Christmas, I sold quite a lot of chains that I had wired semi precious stone beads onto.  Many people think that these stones have healing powers and this made them more attractive to buyers.  I hated wiring those beads on last year.  It is one of those techniques that I just couldn’t get to grips with.   It was great to get commissions – until they said they wanted semi precious stone beads!…that really knocked the shine of it!!

Not long ago I developed a new design for a chain that I knew would make a really great basis for a beaded bracelet and it incorporates my favourite twisted link which is rapidly becomming a feature of my most popular chains.  I knew I would have to face the hated bead wiring to really make the best of this chain.  So this weekend I decided that I would do nothing else until I had made 4 beaded bracelets.

I had to make a batch of ballpins – fine silver wires with a little bead of silver fused onto one end – as it is these that the beads are wired on with.  As I planned to use around 30 beads for each bracelet that meant I needed at least 120 pins….I could put off the beading for a little bit longer!!  But inevitably – I had to face it.

I chose a range of beads that were colour co ordinated…a range of red/pink; a range of turquoise/blue; a range of greens; and a mix of blacks an reds.  Most of the beads were semi precious stones but I added some glass ones as well to add a bit of sparkle and add a variety of shapes and sizes.

The first bracelet was a trial…I was all fingers and thumbs!!  Some of the wires had to be cut off because I had not done them right but I kept on and a little over an hour later I had a beaded bracelet!!  and it looked really good!!  And you know – there is nothing that spurs you on like success!  The second one came a little easier and looked just as beautiful!  I was definitely getting into this, I had developed a technique that worked for me and it was getting easier and easier with each bead I wired.  My fourth bracelet took about 40 minutes to complete the beading…still a rather long time – but it was no longer a challenge – more an exercise.

I was actually rather upset that I had only done enough pins for four bracelets because I wanted to try a freshwater pearl and swarovski crystal one too!  I have had other commitments today and so I still haven’t had a chance to get another one done…but just try and stop me tomorrow!!  I have an idea for a necklace too!!

I have shown a few people these new bracelets and have had nothing but positive reactions…so I am really quite excited!!  Why, oh why did I put it off for so long??  If I had faced my demons back in January, after the Christmas rush, I could have had loads of lovely colourful fine silver and semi precious stone bracelets and necklaces for sale on my website ages ago!!  What a silly woman I am!!

I’d love to hear your comments on what you think of my new beaded collection of bracelets!

Hot Stones!!!

In the last week I have discovered that I am getting old…  On the 6th of April I started a DIY project that I expected to get finished by Easter – OK, it was a bit of an ambitious plan to totally rearrange my son’s bedroom – with old furniture shipped out and new ‘minimalist’ self assembly furniture shipped in;  and turning a large cupboard into a dedicated PMC (precious metal clay) workroom and storage area for me – but I felt sure it was ‘doable’!!  Sixteen days on and the project is still going …my body isn’t!!  Talk about aches and pains!!  I am definitely on the home run now, so it’s not so bad….I have to admit though, there were times of complete panic when I thought I’d bitten off more than I could chew.  I’m sure I will be really pleased when it is all up and running….

So with aches and pains and knotted muscles I had a treat at the hands of my lovely daughter.  She is a Holistic Therapist, and treated me to a ‘Hot Stones’ Massage.  Oh joy!  OH BLISS!!

It is a bit bizarre going into a holistic therapy salon where the ambiance is calm and the background music serene to see they have a slow cooker on the boil and the therapist is clad in a blue rubber glove!  The ‘crock pot’ is warming up large, smooth basalt stones in water ( which is the reason for the elegant rubber glove!!).  When these were at the appropriate temperature they were placed at strategic points on my towel draped, prone body – a bit of a weird feeling but pleasant nevertheless.  Small, warm stones were inserted between my toes – really weird and rather ticklish but still OK and then the massage began with my daughter (the therapist) massaging my knotted arms, legs and back with the warm stones covered in a lovely smelling essential oil mix.  Indescribable!! …but just so good!!…and I have to say that I feel wonderful now!!  OK, I don’t feel 10 years younger…but I feel pretty darn good for the age I am!! …and all my aches and pains have been ‘ironed’ away.  Fantastic!!

So, my workroom nearly finished, I should be able to get back to doing some jewellery work in the very near future – and I have bought some semi precious stones, that I just love, which I am really keen to design  some jewellery around.

This is a chrysocolla stone.  I’ve tried to do it justice but I just can’t get the colours right.  It has a beautiful mix of turquoise and green colours along with deep black/brown markings.  So, for the light blue bits read ‘turquoise’ and the green bits read ‘malachite’ green.  I have bought 2 sizes of rectangle and one size of teardrop – all big enough to use as ‘focal’ stones….and the colours go so beautifully with silver!!

So, all the time I am hard at work rebuilding my house(!!) I am thinking and planning just what I can do with these lovely stones.  I can’t wait!!

Apart from being totally beautiful to look at chrysocolla stones are said to have a variety of healing and metaphysical properties attributed to them, for example:-

Chrysocolla is generally associated with peace and tranquility, as well as intuition, patience and unconditional love.  It is often thought to offer gentle and soothing qualities, it is believed to be a powerful source of life-force energy, as well as a stone for feminine empowerment; helping to build feminine energies and calm emotions.  (www.shimmerlings.com)  Chrysocolla  promotes level headedness and clear thinking. Often used by public speakers to decrease nervousness.  Helps with infections, fever, and cramps.  Chrysocolla can lower blood pressure and detoxify the liver.   Helps with ulcers and arthritis.  (Read more about chrysocolla at http://www.beadage.net/glossary/index.php?term=chrysocolla;  http://www.sobrietystones.com/resources/GemBook/Stones/meanings_gemstones_chrysocolla).

So that is 2 kinds of really ‘HOT’ stones that have entered and enriched my life this week…and hopefully will remain part of my life from now on!!

I know it has been a long time since my last post so I hope my condron.us visitors are still viewing!!

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