Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Where does the time go?

Catching up with some issues left dangling after last month's blog:

Alice Elspeth Borland arrived safe and sound and is now queen of the castle. She is adored by all - especially her big sisters - and is growing and thriving and we are totally besotted. While visiting a couple of weeks ago, I told her I was Nana, and I would never say no. I'm quite sure she smiled. 

Returning to the problem of solder and copper/bronze, I tried the methods suggested to me to make the solder turn to a more copper colour and it didn't work. Or, if it did, not to my satisfaction. So, I will do what I can, remembering that solder seams will be visible. It is such a pain, though. I want invisible seams. I have made a lovely multi-link bracelet, but I can see the solder. Would that bother anyone else? Or would the veins of silver colour be seen as an accent? I'm so frustrated!

Now, on to what is going on and what is going to go on. I've not been able to complete any more jewellery (at least not that I have liked enough) to add to my current offerings. However, I have set aside several days this week for creating more bangles and rings. I am also going to work on some pendants. As I said before, I have some stunning cabochons that I want to include in some pieces, so they will be first in line to be used. I have four straight days of events this week and I need more copper and bronze. So I will be doing all that I can to create some more before the events. (Nothing like leaving things until the last minute - but I'm really good at that.)

Regarding cabochons, my biggest conundrum is what to do with this particular turquoise cabochon. This is a natural turquoise, with some green/yellow bits and it is gorgeous. So, do I do combine it with silver or copper? I just can't decide. I also have a lovely round amethyst cabochon. I think - seriously think - I am going to create a copper ring with that stone. But then amethyst goes so beautifully with silver. I suppose there are more troublesome things that could be bothering me! But, I seriously can't decide what to do with these particular cabs. I also have an opal mosaic, a rainbow fluorite, and some jade. So many beautiful stones to use. It's just getting the settings to work. I think most of these cabs will be part of rings. But the turquoise may be part of a pendant. Natural turquoise is a fairly soft material and a ring would easily chip. The fluorite is the same. So a couple of pendants and some rings and then I will use some smaller cabs in rings. Then I can check them off my list as I complete them.

I hate to even mention it, but we have to start thinking about (in a hushed voice) Christmas! It won't be that much longer until people will start buying for friends and relations. One of my best clients always buys in last August. So, another reason to have more stock made.

It's going to be a busy month. My elder granddaughter's birthday is at the end of August, so we will be making the trip down to where she lives to spend time with her and Alice and her stepsister and mum and dad. We are so looking forward to it.

So, that's all from me this month. Look for some additions to the website in the weeks to come. As always, I thank you for your interest in The Selkie's Haunt. Don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter for a chance to take advantage of subscriber discounts and the chance to win a piece of bespoke jewellery! The link is here on the website. Or you can connect straight from here!