The swallows have arrived!

A sure sign of Summer is the arrival of swallows in Ashgrove.  I was speaking to my mother earlier in the week and she told me they had made the long flight from Africa and have returned to Cobh for the Summer!

I had just finished making some bird rings and I thought that it was a good omen.

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No pictures of the swallows I’m afraid as they are SO fast.  But last time I was home my sister and I met a beautiful Swan down in Cuskinny.  So here is a few pictures of Cobh with the lovely Swan that me met.

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It is the first Brighton Artists Open Houses for me this year.  Eeeek! That starts tomorrow for the month of May. Check it out! http://aoh.org.uk/artist/pauline-morley/

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.  It is a Bank Holiday here in the UK. So one extra day. Yay!

Thanks for reading.

 

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Stacking Rings

I have been a little lax on my blog posts recently. I had a very busy Christmas season and I am only just now recovering! I have been posting pics on my Instagram (@fancypantsjewellery) with stacking combinations of my jewellery, mostly rings.  But with a few necklaces and earrings thrown in for good measure.  I will have to start doing more earrings and necklaces and I think adding bangles to the mix.  But that will take time.  For now I will begin by properly introducing some rings here.

I started used eco sterling silver for my rings back in June 2015. EcoSilver is an eco-friendly alternative which is produced from 100% recycled scrap silverEcoSilver is an eco-friendly alternative which is produced from 100% recycled scrap silverEcosilver is an eco-friendly alternative to newly mined sterling silver. It is produced from 100% recycled scrap silver. It is both an ethical and ecological choice.

This stack has a total of four rings. Two made entirely in eco silver, the other in a combination of eco silver and recycled 18 ct gold.  So again a completely ethical and ecological choice.

There are two medium pebbles – one gold and silver and the other silver which I then oxidised and brushed back to show the shiny silver underneath.  The other two are small pebble rings, again one a combination of gold and silver and the other made entirely in sterling (eco) silver.

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I wear them on their own, all together, or in numerous different combinations (which you will see in later blog posts). I sometimes add “spacer” rings between them to make them sit better on my finger.  Depending on how I want it to look.

I love jewellery, ALL jewellery, but rings are my favourite. I guess that’s why I make so many of them!

Find them here!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/217705035/alternative-engagement-ring-recycled

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/238561904/gold-and-silver-ring-handmade-engagement

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/217694215/sterling-silver-ring-unique-handmade

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/217692185/sterling-silver-ring-silver-pebble-ring

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Every Cloud has a silver lining (or in this case a solid sterling silver core)

New silver casting pieces  Popcorn earrings

These little silver and golden clouds were a complete experiment.  The original design came from a ring that I thought I ruined.  So I decided to try and put it back together.  And the result was a pleasant surprise!

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Little clouds floating.  Ethereal, silver and gold plated clouds.

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So far I have made earrings

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/242287940/sterling-silver-earrings-stud-earrings

and tie pins.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250028013/sterling-silver-tie-pin-handmade-cloud

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I plan on making necklaces and cuff links and whatever else works with these designs.

This was the original ring.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/238455781/sterling-silver-ring-silver-ring-lava

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And this is the second ring I made with this technique.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/252712745/sterling-silver-statement-ring-chunky

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I wear the earrings most days.  And the lovely big chunky rings sit nicely on my fingers with a wonderful weight.  I love chunky rings.  They have always been my favourite.

I am looking forward to conducting more experiments and seeing how they turn out!

Thanks for reading.

Commissions

Making a bespoke piece of jewellery is a honour. Here are a few pieces that I have had the pleasure to make.

My lovely friend Dan is modelling the first ring (the chocolate cake behind him was for a birthday if I remember correctly). This ring was made as a gift to a Gemini man who loves Tribal tattoos.  I worked with his beautiful wife (a good friend and very talented make up artist) and finally settled on this design.

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Next up is another mans ring, but not a thumb ring this time.  It is a chunky silver wedding ring (replacing a previous ring lost in the sea!) Oops! This is one that I made for my brother, so an extra special honour for me.  He very kindly sent me a pic of it as I neglected to take a picture of it when I made it.  It went all the way to Australia.  (my nephew is an amazing artist you can see his picture in the background)  And the ring fits!!!  Phew!  He has been wearing it whilst out training as a volunteer lifeguard and so far it is still there.  Job well done.

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The next commission is an extra special AMAZING piece that I had the pleasure to design and make.  It was also commission for a man.  Hmmm maybe there is a pattern forming here…Silver Dragon, silver pendant silver dragon pendant with peridot

I call this Minas Dragon.  It is a strong dragon with a beautiful peridot set for the eye.  I didn’t know how it would turn out, but I think you will agree, it is pretty special.  It was intended to be interchangeable as a pendant or a key ring.  This took me many hours of carving and redoing and making sure the scales were “just right”.  I am very proud of this one.

Not the end of my commissions, but the end of this post at least.  A pair of cufflinks that my husband asked me to make for him.  He loves them so much he wears them regularly to work and gets LOADS of compliments.  So now I stock them in my etsy shop!!!  I present to you da da dahhhhhhhhh  paper clip cufflinks.  I made these in silver but they can also be made in gold.

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I think I should follow this up with the commissions that I have made for the ladies.  I have quite a few to choose from that I can share with you.  Bangles made as bridesmaid gifts, a necklace with a princess cut stone, a backdrop necklace, matching sister rings, dangle textured oxidised earrings and a triquetra pendant for an 18th birthday.

Thank you for reading.  Let me know what you think!