Monday, 13 February 2012

Happiness is...

 ...lots of things, but making jewellery is definitely one of them.  I have been experimenting with some chunkier designs and am gradually starting to use my 'stash' to make into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  The one above was made using labradorite, lapis lazuli, fluorite, shell, turquoise, blue/green jasper and a wooden flower as the centre bead.  Due to the labradorite and fluorite, it does sparkle in the right light and it certainly adds interest to a t-shirt and cardigan combination!
...buying new gemstones and designing new jewellery.  Above are some purple dyed agate circles which are going to become pendants, with only a few other gemstones (amethyst mainly) around them and the beading wire plaited.  They have the most beautiful patterns on them and it seems a shame to detract from the patterns,  so I shall only add details to the plain coloured ones.  I'm really looking forward to getting started.
I am pleased to say that the snow here has finally melted and the temperatures have finally gone up into the positives by day.  The poor garden is looking very bedraggled and sorry for itself, but hopefully, if we don't get any more snow, things will soon start to improve.


  1. Hi Ellie

    My, using Labradorite? Comes from my neck of the woods...gorgeous jewellery!

  2. Dear Julie
    Thank you for your comment. Yes, I do use labradorite because I love the 'schiller' or 'labradorescence' of blues, greens and golds which it has. I have just bought some small black labradorite stones too, which have more silver and gold sparkle through them. Whenever it is shown on jewellery maker (where I buy my gemstones) they always say 'named because it comes from the Labrador region of Canada', but I must admit that I wasn't really sure where that region was! Nice to know that it is from your area.
    Best wishes