Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bracelets!


I have been working hard on new pieces for the collections and, if you have visited the site lately, you will see all the new earring and necklaces that have been created. I am working on bracelets right now and having a wonderful time.  I have three each for bronze and copper - I would like to have at least six for each category. Hopefully, they will make an appearance on the website in the near future. I am also beginning work on brooches. These will be in a variety of designs and uses - from substantial pieces for wearing with your coat and scarf to stick pins that will, hopefully, have a bit of the playful about them.

I am always so inspired by the beautiful stones with which I work. As I have with Ailleas Designs, I have decided to concentrate on building a working relationship with just one company for the supply of my stones. I am very happy with my supply partner and also with the woman in the States from whom I buy an occasional specimen piece of stone to include in the designs. (I bought the rainbow fluorite focal and pietersite from her.) I think it is very important to know and trust your suppliers, and I have utmost trust in and respect for my supplier. I am looking forwards to a long and hopefully lucrative future with her.

I've included a photo of one of my favourite pairs of earrings. These are relatively new. I love them. I had no idea what I was going to end up with, but I think I have managed to get a sort of cascading, organic feel from these. These earrings are copper made with pure copper wire in both heavy and light
gauges and also with beautiful B-grade tourmaline. Tourmaline is an amazing stone when in the lower grades. You don't get the sparkle and transparency, but you get a myriad colours and inclusions in the stones. To look into my container of the tourmaline used here, it is like looking into a rock pool at low tide - the colours and markings are so earthy and real.

I am awaiting delivery now of two more focal stones. One is banded black agate - a truly beautiful stone - and the other is brecciated jasper, which is becoming more and more rare. I can't wait to get my hands on them and see what happens. The process is nearly as much fun as the outcome.

So, until I write again, thank you for your support and interest in The Selkie's Haunt.

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