So how are you all? Hope you're well and happy.
Well, the big news it that I'm now the mother of an 18 year old! Tom's birthday on 20th February was wonderful. We took him to the pub at lunchtime to buy his first legal round of drinks and then in the evening we had a big family party. It was great fun.
Here he is cutting his cake.
Also in this picture are Sarah, who is my partner in crime when selling jewellery, my fabulous hubby and my lovely, lovely Mum.
On the jewellery front, I've been hard at work finishing my project for my jewellery course. Here it is:
The basket is brass with copper foil woven in and out of it, the handle and rim are copper and the bail (more of that in a minute) is brass and copper. The necklet is silk.
This is the reverse - a piece of shiny brass.
The bail was the bit that caused me most headaches. I wanted to try making one of these woven bails, but, boy, are they fiddly!
Here are my attempts to get it looking neat...
The first attempt I made (somewhat foolishly) in Sterling Silver, I then switched to copper and then the final one is brass and copper.
To make them you form a skeleton of wire and then wrap hair thin wire round, in and out, round, in and out, to form the weaving. I'm glad I persevered and hope to make some more, I do think they're attractive.
It's been a busy couple of weeks with sales in offices, a great party last night and trying to build up stock. But I've loved every minute.
Right, that's it for now. Short and sweet just to keep you up to date. Will hopefully be back soon with more things to show you.
Take care, all, and have a great weekend.
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