2nd of October LDN!! tix here —> http://www.icontact-archive.com/DYP8HvoHJg6YZJAdizw5uEJkTfuC5FL1?w=1
Wow, your beautiful voice popped up on a random Spotify play list yesterday, and this invite turned up on Tumblr today. Taking that as a sign, two tickets are now mine!
Here’s another idea for DIY jewellery display - on a budget.
I started with a cheap plastic bust I got from Ebay (£14). To give it a more interesting texture I thought I’d paper mache the front. This time I’m leaving it white but in future I might paint it silver or gold. One time wasting thing I did, was start with a layer of newsprint (what was I thinking!?) - save time, start with white paper.
After I did the front I thought the back looked a bit dodgy… then remembered some old magazines I had (bit of a lightbulb moment), cue PVA glue and a lot of childhood-memory-inducing moments of sticky fingered joy.
Fun with Pespex!
So one thing I’ve noticed is that I have to be careful not to press too hard with the heat resistant gloves when handling hot/ soft Perspex, as it marked the surface; it got me thinking.
Came across some wooden stamps at Camden Market in London yesterday. Pretty chuft with the results. Think it’ll be a great way to add texture to designs and pretty much anything could be used. I’m thinking: lace, leaves, wire…
I heated a piece of Perspex with my heat gun (but you could easily do that in an oven at about 160 for 5-10 minutes) until soft. Then I placed it on a glass coaster (i.e. clean, flat, heat friendly surface) and pressed the stamp in until it cooled.
Still experimenting with how it reacts to spot section heating but think this technique has real potential.
Love it when a vague idea comes together;-)
Very excited by my latest purchase. Today I bought a Pendant Drill from S&M Tools in Hatton Garden.
Thanks to Laura of LaParra Jewels for the tip. When looking around at various drills I thought I’d have to spend around £250 - £350 for a basic model, but this one was only £99 + £25 for a heavy duty stand. It come’s with a wall-hook attachment but that wouldn’t work with my set up.
The hand piece (‘drill holdy bit’ for those of you who need the technical term) has a quick release chuck system, so no messing about trying to find the correct collet - pure bliss! Oh and it comes with a 1 year guarantee.
So, I have to seriously recommend S&M Tools. I’ve spent a small fortune there in recent years - because they have a great range of low to mid budget tools at really reasonable prices. The owners are quirky, friendly and a little eccentric, in the nicest possible way.
It’s been an amazing week at the Craft Central Pop-Up Shop. The pleasure of working along side my fellow designers, meeting the public, and seeing what people are drawn to is invaluable. The sales were rather nice too:-)
Also, my time with Thor & Wistle has taught me so much about the business of sales - it’s been easier to relax and enjoy the moment.
Im inspired to do more and plan to check out Camden and Greenwich Markets as possible regular outlets - Starting next week.
A big thanks to the friends and family who made it to our late evening - there’s a picture above of my Mum and Mother in law - first to arrive, last to leave. That’s how it’s done!
Actually wine has played a big part in the general gayety of this week…well we are the Empire of Indulgence, it would be rude not to really;-)