I am currently working on an entire new range of jewellery…
It’s bangle time!
Here’s the first one!
Sometimes when slicing into clay you get a real surprise at the effects and this was one of them. The centre “bead” is now known as my “queue lucquoise”.
Thanks goes to Julie Picarello who demonstrated the initial technique at Clay Corbières Créatives I in March 2010.
At last I feel like I have given it my own twist!
Welcome to a new range of designs incorporating watch parts from the late Neville Fletcher of Doncaster, UK. Neville’s daughter has decided to bestow his entire watch part collection on me – I am truly honoured and hope that I can honestly do these wonderful little works of art some justice.
I have been working with a new range of colours. I love mixing my own palette from a range of base Premo colours. This time around my starter colours were Alizarin Crimson, ecru, gold, pearl, green and some copper metal leaf.
The inclusion of my first watch part comes from Neville Fletcher.
Look out for a new series of designs “Renaissance Occitania”
Anyone interested in learning the techniques of Mokume Gane can visit Corbières Créatives and book a workshop.
This weekend I took part in La Fête des Plantes et l’Artisanat d’Art at Fontfroide. I had a great weekend meeting up not only with some talented artists like Céline Cassiède from Terre à l’horizon but also making some great new contacts and positive sales.
My new Occitania range was a huge success. This range is based upon the Mokume Gane technique in polymer clay coupled with some secret textures. Pendants & earrings are then mounted on sterling silver or gold filled wire. The prices are slightly higher than my Lily range but that didn’t put off buyers.
My stand was also a plus point for me – I opted to set-up in the form of a U rather than just a straight table. This meant that clients entered into the boutique-stand rather than just walking past a table front. A definite point to remember for any future exhibitions where space allows for it.
Since the months are flying by I have decided to write a seasonal newsletter rather than an individual monthly one.
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For once some Bijoux amongst the Banter!
Following on from my previous posting here are the finished designs. I have already sold “Saffron Ray” pictured in the right hand column of “Hot off the bench”.
The cuff and ring make a stunning combination but are also for sale separately.
The “Saffron Twist” is equally delicious, delicate & light.
Now I am in the process of trying to get my head around the Luc Sur Orbieu, blason and work out how to make a wine stopper with this emblem and the croix d’oc on!
Thank you for your continued support and comments.
Has anyone noticed that I have been away? The spammers did and it took me over an hour to wade through the 360 messages upon my return. Haven’t they got anything better to do? And then there was all the new posts which I subscribe to which needed reading. Thank goodness my Google Reader had stored them all for easy reading.
Our daughter has at long last met her great grandmother and great great uncle. We spent Easter in England with our family. A good time was had but it does feel really good to be back home. Manon Lily had her first taste of Yorkshire puddings with beef & onion gravy. My Mum had bought in some baby food jars and had chosen the Hipp organic range, I was most impressed with the quality of the food and Manon truly devoured the entire range! Seeing her munch on quite large pieces has now given me the confidence to start feeding her what we eat! Ribs and wings for dinner tonight are proving slightly tricky though!
I have spent the day with my apron on designing and I am on a high….. my mojo returned of it’s own accord and I am thrilled. I have been working with purples and greens. Having watched “A cook’s tour of Spain” on Channel 4 last night I was amazed at the colours of fresh saffron and as a consequence decided to let these vivid colours influence my latest range and at long last I have got my head back around my “puddle” design which I made using the Japanese Mokume Gane technique. Having managed to do a flying visit to my UK based jewellery wholesaler I have some stunning new forms to work with. At last I have some stunning silver ring bases and cuffs all I need now is enough time to design.
The oven has just pinged so I have been to have a peep at the new “beads”. They have all cured perfectly and the colours of my “saffron inspiration” are as vivid as I’d hoped for.
Now it’s over to Andy for buffing, varnishing & drilling! Before I get to put the final twist on the design. Watch this space for the finished pieces!
Since the oven is off and out of bounds for a couple of weeks as building working has begun in earnest in the soon to be new-look Lunes Bijoux studio, I thought I would share one of my previous creations with you.
The necklace is made from polymer clay and is really light to wear. I was asked to produce something striking in reds, oranges & yellows and was really given carte blanche to produce exactly what I felt like. I love it when my clients just let me be so creative! I was dying to experiment with lots of contrasting patterns & tones and since I knew the person I was creating for I knew she would be able to carry off such a bold design.
Using rolled canes, mokume gane & skinner blends I came up with this striking piece. The great thing about it is that it is totally unique and Yo knows that when she wears it she will never bump into an exact same copy! It’s one of my guarantees that I will not produce exactly the same twice and having hand mixed the colours I don’t think I could re-produce it again if I tried!