Sunday, 3 November 2013

Christmas is coming

Well this week has been great and I can now announce that the Old Town Lock Up will be open every Saturday morning as from the 9th November 2013.

We are also now planning our Christmas grotto for everyone's enjoyment with the aid of lights, baubles and tinsel we will turn the Lock Up into a grotto.

Only one major make this week and that is a new ring, I wanted a tartan texture on the two square bowls and the amber cabochon to be offset. 

This week I am planning a new silver pendant for sale this Christmas. Designed from my idea of the sea it will incorporate drop caste silver, and a half pearl on a background of a fishing net fashioned out of silver. Watch this space for the completed design.

I also have a couple of new glass dishes this week and a couple more about to undergo their slump in the kiln. There are also new pendants and one much loved pendant which has now found a new home.
This pendant was made using dichroic glass and it has sterling silver findings.

I have started a new hobby,very new but I am taking tiny baby steps on the path to creating cards. I am learning from the incredible Barbara Grey, her tutorials, DVD and blog.
here is a Christmas card I made today after doing one of her lessons

I have learnt so much and hopefully will learn enough to tackle a golden wedding anniversary card in the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks Barbara for your brilliant lessons.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Thursday and we are open for a new week

Well it's Thursday morning and we are open for a new week. Have a couple of bits of new jewellery this week. A new bracelet and a couple of pendants

The pendants are made from dichroic glass, several layers giving lots of reflected and refracted colours. The bracelet are handmade lampwork beads mixed with Swarovski crystals with handmade sterling silver findings.

Our handmade cards brilliant, we have 4 designers at the moment, soon to be 5 each one offering a different take on cards.

Here's a shot of the inside of the shop

Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Old Town Lock Up

I have owned this little building for 18 months and have used it as my glass workshop whilst I have been working full time.

This month I have opened it as a gift shop, we stock gifts made by local artisans.

This was built around 1730 and was in use as the town jail from 1750 Tp 1880 when it reverted to a beer cellar, since then it has been a store for beer, furniture and even a garage.

The previous owner did a lot of work on the inside and I have been able to open it as a shop.

All the gifts are locally made by craftsmen, we have potters, wood turners, textile experts producing designer handbags and handmade quilts, photographers and card makers as well as myself making silver jewellery and glass pendants and beads.

My latest is a ring I designed last week, it includes a piece of drop cast silver. I also have one of these on sale in the Lock Up.