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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, 14 May 2010

Last few tools listed for sale

I've come to the end of my clear out, and listed the last few items I have for sale, for the time being. No doubt I'll open a cupboard door and find something else, or I'll wake in the middle of the night wondering where I last saw object X (which is why the bangle sizer is almost the last to be listed - and found!).

So here we have - above, the bangle sizer that kept me awake last night - I think you could wear this as a piece of jewellery in its own right - it looks very much like the christening bracelet I was given around the time that Noah was a lad. Weird or what, I can still wear it today but granted it's now a tight fit.

There's a plastic jeweller's eye glass. Inexpensive and just the thing for spotting small hallmarks. Handy for everyone from jewellers to car-booters.

Lastly an engraver's vice or universal holding tool. Has 8 pegs which hold your item firmly. Great also for making wire shapes and I guess would make a quick game of Solitaire if you wanted to give the impression of working on a fine piece of work without actually making anything.

Usual way of working for me - click on the picture to be taken to the listing.

There are still a few items from previous postings available. As much as I love to hear from old and new customers, I've met some wonderful people in my journey to relocate my jewellery tools to make room for a prospective lampwork glass studio; I've not got any more of anything that has already sold or not yet been listed. Tools-wise this really is the last.

There might be some sealed containers of chemicals, stopping liquid, safety pickle, that sort of thing. Watch this space.

Another Folksy Friday - Where does the time go?

Gosh is that the time?

Tempus Fugit!

Where does the time go?

The answer is simple ...............................

on the wall
[I love driftwood, used to work with it, and would love this on my wall!]

with a silent tick - seen but not heard

on the shelf
[this one should fly off the shelf]

by the bed
to give a little fun to a Monday morning wake-up call

hanging around - your neck

or out of your sight
but for others to see [in your ears]

keeping time
to the rhythm of life

with an enduring effect
even after time has passed

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Folksy bead and ribbon swap

We recently had a ribbon and bead swap on Folksy. I have lots of ribbons I no longer need but can always use a few beads.

I swapped with Gina at Handcrafted, swapping my ribbons for her beads. These pretty lamp work beads will look lovely mixed with some sea glass and made into a necklace or pair of earrings. I don't usually buy brown beads but these will work well with some amber and brown sea glass. I'll report back on my makes with these.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

More shears?

These shears match the curved blade shears I am also selling.

Click on the pic to be taken to the listing.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Creusen polisher now listed

Click on the picture above to be taken to the listing

It comes with

2 tapered spindles (and 3 mops in total)

a very sturdy purpose designed stand - I'm also including the bolts to screw down if you want

2 polisher guards (unused) and instruction booklet

polishing compounds for jewellery

an excellent quality machine in really good condition and working order.

I'm only selling because I have changed direction as a jeweller and no longer have a use for it.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

A few more tools

The clear out is nearly complete. I am surprised how much space I have created in my little studio. This has not all been in vain, I am hoping to try out lampwork bead making to make beads to work with my sea glass jewellery. If nothing else, a spring clean was long overdue. Now that I can see work surfaces and have room to put things away I will redecorate as well. Not that all this selling and sorting is getting anything made!

So, for those still looking for tools I have now listed ......

Maun wire cutters - these are great for cutting silver or any other soft wire

Anyone in need of a new vice? I want to swap this vice for another vice - pretty tubes of coloured glass!

Time for my trusty Bullfinch gas blow torch to make someone else happy - it comes with lots of different burners, including one for jewellery. I just want to swap one torch for another. If you collect this from me I'll even let you have the small propane cylinder, but I can't post that!

My bench pin and anvil also need a new home, they were fixed where I hope the new gas torch will go!

Tomorrow's piece de resistance! A Creusen polisher, with stand, with mops and polishing compounds and guards. This little lot would cost in excess of £300 new and is going to be on offer for considerably less! If you want one of these this will be your bargain of the week. I just need to weight it all to work out the postage! I suggest you click on one of my other pictures to get to my listings and then select 'other items for sale' to find this one.

A few of my previous listings are still available so do look through previous blog posts to see if there is anything you need or want!