sábado, 25 de marzo de 2017

BSBP Reveal!!

I had so much to work with that I could have made a ton of pieces, but I decided to mash up a bit my two soups.

First things first. The two focal pieces I had to work with.

As soon as I saw this bead, the one Silke sent me, I knew that it was perfect for the silk ribbon Yvette sent. I just had two put a couple of silver caps and silver beads to finish off the ribbon and the piece was done. Such lovely colours and textures. Don´t you think? 

My jewellery is normally quite simple. I don´t mind colour but I tend to do things small. Most jewellery I wear is simple and petite. 
This piece I wanted to keep for myself. The reason is the meaning of the focal bead. When something inspires you enough to make you accomplish things and is a reminder of the power of a dream, it makes me want to keep it somewhere where I can see it, and in this case I wanedt to wear it. 
Even though this design is quite simple it was a challenge for me. Nothing worked! I had to cut the chain and solder it later because I couldn´t get it through the bead holes and I had to glue the ending pieces because they wouldn`t stay put!

I also made a couple of earrings ad some necklaces with some of the other beads I got and also some from my own stash. I will leave with some of the pictures. 
Unfortunately we have had really bad weather here in Spain, in fact it has been snowing quite a lot so the pictures don´t have very good lighting, but I can assure you that all glass is so pretty and reflect the light beautifully. 

Pearl and garnet earrings. 

Lampwork beads by Yvette and Silke and pearls with red wine leather

Lampwork beads by Silke and Lapislazuli beads with sterling

I hope you like what you see and please feel free to let me know your thoughts. Just remember to be kind even if you need to tell me off for whatever reason, and bearing in mind that English is not my first language I might sound rude when I don´t mean to.

viernes, 24 de marzo de 2017

BSBP - What I sent and what I got

On this last edition of the Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP) hosted by Lori Anderson I got two partners.

My first partner is a very talented lampwork artist from the UK. Her name is Yvette Goodridge.

The focal piece, the long one right in the middle is her special one. It has a great value for her since she decided to make her own lampwork beads. It is a very pretty bead with intricate decorations. 
She also included few more beads made by herself. All pretty! Plus some findings and a very delicate silk ribbon. 
Overall a wonderful, generous and beautiful soup. 

My second partner is Silke Groeber from Germany, who is also a bead maker. I wasn´t planning on having two partners, but since she had problems with hers and we are both in Europe I thought that I could help. And let me tell you something, she has spoiled me big time!

The focal piece is in the middle and it is a gorgeous glass bead with different colours. It is really beautiful. No wonder she has been hoarding it! She also sent some pearls that she really loved. 

I would like to thank both of my partners for their generosity and easy going, because it has been a pleasure to meet them and to work with them. Thanks!

If you are wondering what did I sent I only have a picture of what I sent to Yvette, since the bead soup I prepared for Silke had to be sent straight away and I didn´t get the chance of taking pictures. 

See you around!

viernes, 24 de febrero de 2017

Where to start?...

Every year one of my new resolutions is always to keep up with my blog, but alas, that is one of the many things that I do not accomplish.

It is not that I don´t have anything to tell, because I do.
I have tons of new projects I am working on, or fairs that I have gone to, or that special item that I just bought in a special place for my work.
But even more important than what I have to share is that I do miss my blogland friends.

Let me show you just a little bit of what I have been up to these days.

These pieces, plus earrings in many different colours have been my best selling pieces in fairs and events, and because they can be made to order I have been making them a lot, and I am still not tired of them at all. They look stunning when on. The are simple and still so eye catching! The red, black and blue have been the most popular.

(Sterling silver ring with enamelled triangle)

(Sterling silver and enamel necklace)

(Sterling silver and enamel stud earrings)

I also have been to few craft fairs and events. Out of all of them, I think the Christmas vintage ones have been my favourite. 

(The Salamarket team)

I have been enamelling a lot of stud earrings. So many, that I even thought of writing a tutorial on how to make them strong and tiny and cute. Let me know if you are interested. 

(Spring is coming...Enamel and sterling silver stud earrings)

There was an event that I really, really enjoyed and wanted to write about, and that was a just one day metal clay course I took with Joy Funnell in Hastings (England). It was an anniversary present from my husband. We were in the UK for few weeks and I had the fortune of attending one of her classes. If by any chance you are near Hastings and you can afford it, I highly recommend it. It is not just that she is very talented, she is sweet and nice to be around. 

I will leave you with just few more pictures of some of my experiments.

(Enamel with fragmented millefiore glass)

(Overlaying opaque enamels)

(Mixing opaque and transparent enamels in different firings)

Did I mention that I also had another baby girl? That makes three girls, although I won´t be posting any picture of them.
So juggling everything has not been easy, and I had to choose on how to use my time, so media wasn't a priority.
There you go.  A quick sneak pick on what I have been up to.

See you around!

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