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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.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Blue Box Studio on Facebook

Well, we did it. Finally! At last we are on Facebook with a page highlighting what's going on at Blue Box Studio. To find me you can become a 'fan', the more the merrier, by clicking on the "Become a fan" button in the right hand column; or you can use the address ~ http://www.facebook.com/blueboxstudiouk ~ or by clicking here.

Thanks to all my friends, old and new who have helped me get this up and running; I needed a bit of help (oh, alright, a lot of help!) to get some things to work as I expected.

You can read my blog through my fan page, see what's newly listed in my shops, check out my Etsy shop - it has it's own tab and lots more.

As I get to grips with this there will no doubt be more tweaks to hopefully bring everything together in one place.

Let me know what you think. If you already have your own website or shop you can leave your links to these on my Discussions tab, where there is a 'Link Love' thread; share it around, you never know what you might discover on your travels.

Meanwhile, when you are in forums and the like, keep an eye out for my avatar above, which is sea glass on sea weed and the one I use for all my forum activities. Just come on over and say 'hi'!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

It's a light tent? I thought it was an igloo!

It's always warm in the conservatory, sometimes a little more heat is required by some

I wondered why there were ginger hairs in my light tent yesterday!  I'd been blaming the wrong culprit.

Thank heavens for sticky rollers!

Once upon a time on The Strawberry Line

A walk along part of the Cheddar Valley Railway.

For those not local, that is the same Cheddar as in Cheddar cheese - although that is made everywhere now. Our walk started in Yatton. The joke in the picture above, of Yatton railway station is that if you alight here for Clevedon you'll have a long walk; taxis are non-existent, even when you pre-book them(!), buses stop running about 4pm and don't coicide with train times and the walk is about 4 miles along country lanes with no street lights or pavements most of the way. Yatton station's saving grace is the car park alongside which is the start of the Strawberry Line walk, so named as, for many years, Strawberries grown around Cheddar were sent far and wide from this branch line.

Slightly battered, vandalism is everywhere these days, the walk is well signposted with interesting facts

and sign posts. The entrance is marked with modern ironwork depicting scenes from the history of the railway and it's new life as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Children from the local schools have added art along the way, this seat was made by the local junior school to commemorate Roman remains found nearby.

The path, which follows the line of the old track, runs along side the local ancient drainage system, called rhynes (pronounced reenes)

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

A long stretch - it's a cat's life

Is it because or no wonder that he has arthritis in his hips and a bad back?

Or has no one told him he's a cat and meant to sleep curled up in a ball?

Sterling silver jewellery materials - now listed

For those of you who work in silver I now have on offer ...

3 sterling silver brooches

4 sterling silver cuff link fittings

4 sterling silver cuff link 'bullets' and chains

9 sterling silver stick pins and protectors

and an assortment of sterling silver cuff link arms and bodies.

[It was starting to sound like 'The 12 days of Christmas'!]

All now surplus to requirements and needing a new home.

Monday, 5 April 2010

More jewellery tools for sale

Are you looking for some tools for jewellery? I have just listed some mandrels and hammers on Ebay - I no longer have a use for them since changing direction as a jeweller and feel they ought to have more of a life than languishing at the bottom of a drawer in my studio. Click on the pictures to be taken to the listings.

First up ... wooden bangle mandrels - oval and round

oval mandrel

round mandrel

round mandrel

and a metal ring mandrel, also known as a triblet

then there are some hammers, all shapes and sizes ...

small cross pein hammer

planishing hammer with round and square faces

ball pein or jobbing hammer

4oz cross pein hammer