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;-)
It’s 11pm Saturday night, I sit here typing this from the comfort of my sofa while Chase and Status bring the house down at Glastonbury 2013. Gawd bless the BBC tv coverage for allowing me to feel like I’m there…whilst surrounded by lifes little luxuries, sipping cocktails and blogging. Turn the lights down low and get your head banging!!
So, leaving the saddo-stay-at-home behind for a moment, and getting back to a/the point….. In preparation for next week’s pop up shop I’ve been playing around with some display ideas. This ‘ring display book’ idea is a variation of something I saw on pinterest (will try to find the link and update this at a later date).
The Pin I saw showed an old book with the pages rolled, but the book I had was so knackered that I thought I should cover it completely. I picked up several tome like volumes from a car boot sale in a couple of months ago, and lugged them home (about 50p each) with a view to using them for photographic props.
I think the pictures (above) pretty much tell the story, but in brief; I used slightly watered down PVA glue, ripped up some old magazines…stuck bits on. I would like to tidy up the edges with some complimentary coloured tape, but I don’t have any to hand so that will to wait for another day.
One other edition to the original design was the perspex holder which was quickly made with a rectangular off-cut I had. I bunged the perspex in the oven (Jamie Oliver style), about 170 C, for 10-15minutes, until malleable. Then, wearing heat resistant gloves, I just bent it around the book and held it while the perspex cooled.
I found the decoupage (that’s fancy for ‘glued bits of paper’) holds the book open to the right angle if it is placed that way while you’re gluing, then allowed to dry in that position
I reckon the perspex holder (whilst not especially necessary in the short term) will add to the lifecycle of the display by protecting it from knocks. As well as being a stable platform, it also add’s (to my mind) an aesthetically pleasing element to the design that makes all the difference.
And on a Chase and Status/ Glasto update - I’m getting sick of ” Glas-ton-bury Make Some Nooooiiisse!!”