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North Somerset, United Kingdom
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.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

A mirror on the world ... a different view

I'll shortly be featuring some talented artists that I've recently discovered; just waiting for some info and pictures from them. In the meantime, here are some more of my latest makes.

For some time I've been buying pocket mirrors from various Etsy shops, to use a promo items and small thank you gifts for customers. As much as I would have liked to make these myself, I couldn't afford the machine to do this. I recently found out that, through an organisation I belong to, I could borrow a badge making machine and make my own. Having made basic enquiries I found out the make and model of the machine on loan and undaunted by the fact that they came in boxes of 200 sets, ordered my parts.

I wanted to try making my own pocket mirrors using some photos of beaches I've discovered in my travels as well as use some of my own silk fabrics, hand dyed using shibori techniques. I wasn't sure if this would work but, after a little trial and error and a couple of yards of interfacing, I find that it does.

Having thought that the process would take me far longer than it has, I've borrowed the machine for a couple of weeks but in reality, with a lot of enthusiasm, I've made all the mirrors in just a couple of days. I was quite disappointed to come to the end of the components, I was just getting into my stride. Perhaps if they sell well I can make some more. Next time I'd like to try batik dyed silks and perhaps some silk devore; I think velvet may be too thick.

So, here's a picture of some of the little mirrors I have made. They will shortly be available in my Etsy and Folksy shops. If you can't see the one you would like for sale, email me and I'll let you know what is available and how you can get it.

Now, lets face it (oops, a pun!), most people can use a mirror at some time or another: girls, to tweak your make-up, keep an eye on the guy at the table behind you or just to convince yourself you really are stunning and one of a kind. Boys, have you not found a use for a mirror? Perhaps I have married the only 2 men on the planet (in succession I hasten to add - I'm not a bigamist, nor a sucker for punishment) who needed mirrors to make that all important 'cappuccino check' after coffee - or was that an attempt at a Clark Gable moustache in froth and cocoa? These are small enough to be discretely held in your hand. Handy also for finding that lost screw or contact lens on the floor, getting a view of what's around the corner (or back of the cupboard in my case) or, if the mood takes you, checking your make-up. And at this price, you can afford one for each of your girlfriends!

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