Monday, 11 November 2013

My new adventure with Whitby Jet

Until a few months ago I hadn't even heard of Whitby Jet ... Now I'm in love with it !!!

A little bit about what is whitby Jet !!

 Whitby Jet  is the fossilized wood of the Monkey Puzzle tree over 180 million  years old .It's  a mineraloid and not a mineral  because it has an organic origin .  Whitby Jet  is found only in the English town of  Whitby  .. thus it's name. 

It's know  to be used to make jewellery and objects for  thousands of years The oldest piece found ,a model of a damsel fly lava has been dated back to 10.000BC 

 ... Later there have been many pieces found from the Roman period , jet became very popular during the reign of queen Victoria It was used as mourning jewellery because of its colour .It also became very popular in america  in the 1920's they would wear long multiple strands of  beads .... now it is used for beautiful elegant jewellery set in silver ,gold or even copper ..
I am really enjoying  my new adventure learning to create with Whitby Jet ... My mum who lives in the U.K bought me lots of little pieces of whitby jet and brought them over when she came on holiday  . As a restless artist I love to learn new techniques and use all kinds of materials so this was a new challenge for me ....
 I slowly found how to shape ,file and polish these new stones I must say it does take a good few hours to polish but the shine is amazing considering how they look before .... well see for yourself  here are my first two pendants and as I said I'm still learning ♥

Many believe jet can protect you from the evil eye and that it absorbs negative energy .. I must say working with it did give me a fuzzy feeling but maybe that was from the dust  You have to wear a mask when cutting and filing don't want 180 million year old dust in your lungs .. :)

 Thankyou for reading my blog I would love to hear anything you have to say so do please comment below or come find me on facebook ... lots of crazy love to all HELEN ♥

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Featured Artist ...3

Todays Featured Artist is  Szarka 

I'm sure most of you have already met her in cyber land ...  Now where should I start ... I first met Szarka when I found her amazing web site MAGPIE GEMSTONES . Not only does she and her family  have amazing gemstones and years of experience there was something else that surprised me so much  ,It  was as if I had just walked into a local corner shop and not an online store  ,you know that warm safe feeling you get when the shop owner /assistant smiles at you  ,talks to you  and actually helps you without just thinking of how to make a sale .Well that is what Szarka is all about she is an amazingly talented  artist /person ..who shares her talents and knowledge with everyone you can see many of her FREE jewellery tutorials  .

 Szarka also makes amazing Jewellery  Szarka's Artisan couture jewelry  ..

Here is one of here Amazing pieces of work !!!

other links to Szarka and magpie gemstones 
There are also two amazing groups curated by Szarka and magpie gemstones 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Bold copper statement rings

At last I've found the time to have some fun with again with copper ...... one of my favourite metals

I've been designing some over the top big and bold rings and boy are they been snatched up fast ....
The hardest part of making them for me is actually using my fine jewellers saw ...I keep braking the blade lol
I love to hammer them it gives them such lovely textures , some have stones added to them , then of course patina ♥ totally brings out the warmth and beauty on any design  .. .Take a look and tell me what you think ..


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Featured artists .. 2

Today's  featured artist is ........ 

 Ruta Budrikiene  from Jewelry & Gifts Ideas

 Ruta is an amazing jewellery designer from  Kaunas Lithuania  , her designs are all one of kind with an exceptional talent in  beedseeding,beadweaving and soutache techniques ..... necklaces, cuff bracelets using beads and leather even beautiful beaded belts  her talent has no end ..You can see all of Ruta's gorgeous designs here in her etsy shop RutaJewelry

This is one of Ruta's latest designs

Monday, 16 September 2013

Featured artists .. 1

Today I would like to introduce you to my first blog featured artist .

The one and only amazingly talented Vicki Diane from  Vicki Diane Designs .

 If you are one for Bold ,funky and hot hot hot  jewellery you will love what she has for you check out her Vicki Diane ETSY SHOP  !!!
 Vicki Diane is a multi talented artist as you can read here in her etsy shop about .

 I became friends with Vicki through her etsy Meet the artists exposed treasury link ,an amazing non stop rotating treasury where she promotes etsy artists, a treasury that has over 58000 views , yes I know WOW 58000 !!
 Vicki loves promoting others on facebook,twitter,pinterest  she is everywhere  ♥

This is one of Vicki's latest gorgeous designs

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Spiral beaded violet bracelet

Beautiful russian spiral stitch beaded bracelet finished with not one but two real 4mm faceted garnets ....
these tiny beads take many hours of work and love to become this adorable bracelet for you to wear and look amazing !!!
Click the link here to see or buy this item spiral beaded violet bracelet
measures approx 19 cm ~~ about 7 1/2 inches

Click the link here to see or buy this item spiral beaded violet bracelet
size 11 higher metallic violet seed beads
size8 galvanized sweet blush beads
finished with a two garnet fastner
beaded with 6 lb durable beading fireline
Quality Seed Beads manufactured By TOHO Co., Ltd.

swarovski gold pearl right angle weave bracelet

Swarovski pearl bracelet 

A gorgeous handmade gold tone swarovski pearl bracelet all beaded together using strong fireline beading thread .This looks absolutely amazing on  the shine these beads have are out of this world .

Click this link to see or  buy from my etsy shop swarovski pearl bracelet

Click this link to see or buy from my etsy shop swarovski pearl bracelet
measures approx 21 cm with the fastner
beads used 
8mm gold pearl Crystal glass swarovski elements 
3mm bronze bugle toho beads
11/0 galvanized gold round miyuki seed beads

strong 6lb fireline is used for this bracelet
Welcome and thankyou for coming to my blog ,,I am separating my blogs at the moment cooking and jewellery so the old links may not be working please click here  Cooking with Helen to see  all the recipes hopefully I will get it all fixed soon .... Thankyou   ~~Helen~~