This is the Fairy I made for the Stamford Artisans Guild charity exhibition. I think I will make another one soon...
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Saturday, 20 July 2013
Let me begin by introducing fellow Stamford Artisans Guild member DL Designs of Rutland. Diz makes the most amazing jewellery, charms and lanyards in different types of cords and threads and I admire her work a lot. So about two years ago I bought a handmade hemp macramé cording knot necklace from DL Designs. And then I promptly put it in safe keeping because I wanted to make something special with it. And I have been hoarding it all this time.
I also had a beautiful Labradorite Cabochon cut and polished in house in our Lapidary workshop. This beautiful stone has a magnificent Labradorescence and I have had it on my board for almost 6 months! Because of the angle its been cut at it needed a special wrap on it for the colours to be seen in full glory. I have wrapped it a couple of times and then taken the wire off because the Labradorescence was hidden.
So last Saturday I finally sat down to use these two lovely treasures and make something. The only thought was it should be funky and a bit weird because I was in that sort of mood.
And that's how the Creature from the Deep was born! It looks like a fairly innocuous and boring grey stone until you wear it and then it flashes all kinds of blue-green-gold colours and glows!
Yes I know it is a bit odd... but then so is the habit of hoarding things for ever and ever!
But what is pleasing is that in hiding away a whole stash of lovely beads and components I am not alone! Here is a whole list of other jewellery artisans like me...