Friday, 22 January 2010

Recyling, Repurposing and Sunshining!

I've been waiting a couple of days to show you this... the light has just been awful here, so dull, but I couldn't wait any longer. Look at this!

Can you guess what it is? It's a cabochon of Fordite, a remarkable and rare material. It is solidified car paint from the Ford plant at Dagenham. Can you believe it? When the paint shops were closed there was a huge build up of paint on the walls and floors and it was found that this compacted material could be cut, shaped and polished like a stone. The colours and patterns are just fabulous.

I have set the cabochon in Sterling Silver.

So, that's the repurposing, here's the recycling:

These lovely lampwork beads by Tania Grey, of Tan, Of Course, were made into another set, but I wasn't happy with it, so that was taken apart and I've made this new one. The lovely Swarovski pearls compliment the lampwork beautifully.

I've added a few new spectacle chains to the website today too, here are two of them.

And last, but certainly not least, my love and thanks go to Maz Simpson of Amari gems (do pop over and have a look at her blog: here - she makes the most amazing jewellery) who has given me the Sunshine Award. This has really brightened my day, which outside was cold, wet and misty with low lying cloud.

The rules for accepting the Sunshine award

~ Put the logo on your blog or within your post

~ Pass the award onto 12 bloggers ~

~ Link the nominees within your post ~

~ Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

~ Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

My nomiated award winners are:
(please do go and visit their blogs, they're all really interesting)

Beady Pool
Behind the Scenes at Jewelry Tales
Chameleon Designs
ChatElaine Jewellery
Cristina's Jewelry
Eve's Gems
Fired with Imagination
Kiamyka - Now and Then
Little Castle Designs
Lush Blogs
Made by AnnaK
The Makings of Beads by Clare Scott

OK, that's it for now.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Much love,



eve said...

Thanks lesley for my sunshine award, i'm sooo loving that ring, it's gorgeous, the colours are amazing. x

ChatElaine said...

Wow Lesley thank you for my sunshine award. Its always lovely to hear people do read my blog.And your fordite ring is stunning I have heard of it before from one of the magazines but have never seen or used it. Gorgeous, love the Tan recycling!!! ♥ Elaine

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

Thank you for the Sunshine award! It's been crazy busy for me lately so this is the first chance I've had to stop by and say thanks.

Coburg Crafts said...

You're all very welcome. I love your blogs!

Beads by Clare Scott said...

Thankyou for my award Lesley... I`m really bad at this kind of thing, so please bear with me!

The Fordite is exceptional I love it.

Big hugs....

Clare xx