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My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Custom made from Etsy

I thought I'd mention a lovely Etsy shop I found called Dainty Pretty Crafts.

I recently made some sea glass bottle stoppers after requests from people for more masculine type gifts in sea glass. I guess men don't wear dangly sea glass earrings? I found these by chance on an American website and ordered a few to try and they are listed in my on-line shops.

Anyway, having made them I searched through my usual supplier's catalogue for a box to present them in. No joy. Nothing was deep enough for the sea glass. I looked on Etsy and my other sites for ideas and came across this wonderful shop. I contacted Mary, the owner, asking whether pillow boxes would meet my needs and she suggested making some customised boxes for me. She even made them for me in "less feminine" card. So, I'm delighted. I've some pretty boxes in which to package my sea glass bottle stoppers and, they are a useful addition to my display; people like to see what they will be getting, including the packaging.

Do have a look at Mary's shop as she has some really lovely boxes and cards - http://daintyprettycrafts.etsy.com . This busy lady also has a jewellery shop http://daintyprettythings.etsy.com including some pretty tiaras - I wish I'd known about these when I got married a few years ago.

I have a special stand for displaying the bottle stoppers but I am hoping a friend will use a tool she has to cut down a few bottles to make another display, as well. I'm not sure what she's got or how she does it but I'll let you know when I find out!

Meanwhile, if you are interested in the bottle stoppers here are the listings ... (I'm sure there's a way to reduce all the link down to a single word, but perhaps that's on page 2 of the bloggers' manual!)

http://www.folksy.com/items/16603-Genuine-English-sea-beach-glass-wine-bottle-stopper-brown-and-green?shop=yes
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20708162

Ideal for anyone who drinks wine (but obviously not the whole bottle) or likes something a bit different. We have Father's Day coming up and most people have at least one birthday each year. Useful also as gifts for the person who has everything - not everyone has a sea glass bottle stopper! And, of course, they are beautifully gift packaged in my lovely boxes.

4 comments:

  1. Love the stopper!


    For the link thing and making it just one word - now it did take me AGES but it works I promise

    put Link Words

    without the spaces - the only space should be right at the start in the bit that says: a href

    this site is really useful for HTML:
    http://www.w3schools.com/HTML/html_links.asp and this one:
    http://members.ebay.co.uk/ws2/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=mr_plopster

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  2. Oh darn it - it make the link instead of writing it out for you!!!!



    then the link words



    Let's hope this works - if not just follow the links I put in!!

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  3. Never mind Rach, one day I'll work it out. Thanks anyway.

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