We offer a collection of unique, hand-crafted metal, wire & semi-precious gemstones jewellery created individually in our design studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire. We also cut and polish semi precious stones and other rocks (Lapidary). We accept bespoke Lapidary, Jewellery making & Wire Sculpture Tree commissions. Do Visit our website & Online Showroom: www.shaliniaustin.co.uk

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Stamford Arts Centre Tourist Office Shop

A small selection of my jewellery is available at the Stamford Arts Centre Tourist Information Centre Shop.
Yesterday I re-stocked my shelf there and delivered a new range of reasonably priced one off pieces which would make lovely Christmas gifts.


Of course you can also visit my on-line showroom at any time and buy online, or come and see me at one of my local art and craft events in the coming months.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Facebook! AAAARGH!

All those very useful Interest Lists I made are completely useless at the moment!

I added all the pages I follow into various interest lists so updates didn't get lost in the main news feed which I prefer to keep for friends' updates. Suddenly those lists are no longer updating unless I check show in news feed as well for the pages. So I am missing things that are important to me.

And I guess other people like me who made lists and added my page Jewellery By Shalini to one of their lists are no longer seeing my page updates. No wonder my reach stats are down since last week! I guess Facebook wants me to spend lots of money and advertise my updates to be seen :-(

NOT IMPRESSED!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Do something for "CANCER AWARENESS MONTH"

Something that does not involve your handbag, the colour of your Bra, Knickers or other frivolous aspects of your facebook life! Something that is not hush hush to keep men wondering for days.

Because Cancer is NOT a game and Cancer is most certainly not a secret!

So get over yourselves people and instead of having a giggle about cancer do something that actually raises awareness! You know like making a simple facebook status update about why cancer matters. Use your imagination and write something about why it matters to you and why you want to raise awareness. And if you can't think of anything original to say just share this fantastic post by Playful Genie:

Breast Cancer : Facebook Slactivisim or Awareness?.


As far as I am concerned every month is cancer awareness month, every day is cancer awareness day. Because people who get this deadly disease don't have the time to wait for an awareness month to come around for support, they need it now! And each one of us can do it by thinking for ourselves and doing something about it that keeps NO ONE guessing.

Some time ago I made this wire art bra. It is a tribute to two brave women who are very dear to me. For my aunt Indu (Chachi) who sadly lost her fight and for my lovely friend Callie whose determination & strength in sticking two fingers to breast cancer should be an inspiration to us all!

I hope it raised some awareness about cancer and I will carry on sharing this to raise awareness instead of asking people to guess what I do with my handbag!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

An Afternoon spent with Beautiful Labradorite

Spent the afternoon polishing some of the recently acquired Labradorite. It was great fun and I am quite pleased with the results :-)

One face polished and rest of the rock left natural. There is amazing Labradorescence in both polished and rough sides. 
I also cabbed a couple of slices of Indian Moonstone. They are OK but not the best result. It could be something to do with the quality of rough stock we have at present. Its not brilliant. I will carry on trying for better results and post pics when I am satisfied with the pieces.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Labradorite Heaven!

I am easily pleased :-)

This is going to be so much fun! 

We have taken delivery of LOTS of Rough Labradorite today and I have spent the last half an hour just picking up random pieces and saying oooh!

Over the next few weeks these pieces and the 12 Kg we procured last week will be added to our Rough Rock Shop so keep an eye on the shop or follow Stamford Lapidary on facebook

Friday, 4 October 2013

#DHLchain Crafty Blogger Challenge: Don't Call Me Cute!

Or else...

This fluffy pink tail is really a lethal weapon!



I mentioned last week that I had signed up for another creative challenge and was sent an adorable bunny by Vintage Magpie Bears as my inspiration.
"The aim of this campaign is for you to share your creative craft skills with another craft blogger, by creating an item for them and sending it via a prepaid DHL courier box."
So when Nicky sent me this little chap I thought wire sculpture instead of a piece of jewellery would do this "cute" creature justice. Out came the aluminium wire I have used before for trees and the Wire Sculpture Fairy I made in July. Aluminium wire is not very good for most of my jewellery but the qualities that don't work for jewellery are ideal for sculptures! Its so soft and manageable that I can bend, wind and wrap it in so many different ways.

This Rabbit (Or if you think he looks more like a hare then Hare) was wrapped free hand. I had no template from a previous sculpture because I have never made a rabbit before. I just had a couple of pictures on a screen in front of me to make sure I was creating a bunny and not inventing a whole new species!

Once his body was ready the tail was a bit of a dilemma. I made one with wire but it just didn't look right. Too boring! I have been playing with felt beads recently for brooches and earrings and recently treated myself to a felt bead making kit from Eve Marshall. So this new skill came in handy and he got himself a fluffy felted tail. And it just had to be shocking pink!

He still looked a bit lost. So I gave him his own little piece of rock with enough grass to keep him content. Its a piece of flint collected during our travels and he is perched on it quite comfortably don't you think?

Yesterday a lovely man from parcel.dhl.co.uk came to collect him and he is now off to live with crochet artist Izabela Motyl and inspire her to create something for the next blogger in the Chinese Whispers chain.

I have not given him a name. I will let his new adopted family think of one. Just remember Izabela, every time you look at him this is what he is thinking..


So whatever you name him, DON'T CALL HIM CUTE!

This has been a lot of fun and I would like to thank Dan for inviting me to take part in this challenge. And thank you DHL and Hobby Craft for the vouchers which I am looking forward to spending on my next trip to  Peterborough (That's where the nearest HobbyCraft Store is).

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Memories Necklace: Thank you Spriha

My "Memories" Charity Exhibition piece has gone to London. I would like to thank Spriha for her very generous donation to Dementia Support South Lincs.

Hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I did making it Spriha, and making beautiful memories of your own :-)