Thursday, 17 March 2011

Leaving This Blog



Hi I thought I'd better tell those of you that follow me here, that I am not going to be updating this blog anymore!!

I am in the process of opening an Etsy shop to sell my jewellery, and will be closing Amadora Designs for good.I thought I'd go under my actual name, which feels right to me at this juncture.I think I had a lack of confidence before, and put jewellery up under a pretty, but impersonal name.

So here are the pertinent links:
NEW BLOG http://samanthabraundjewellery.blogspot.com
ETSY SHOP http://sambraundjewellery.etsy.com

The new blog, will have links to the new Facebook and Twitter pages, and also has a bigger blog post area, so I can have L A R G E photos of my jewellery up.

The photo is of my latest piece, the Ocean Cluster Necklace, theres a link to the blog post HERE about it. Hope you like it :)

Incidentally, I'll also be selling offline too, and will get to enjoy meeting customers face to face which will be wonderful :)

Monday, 14 March 2011

Mokume Gane Minipop Pendants



I have used some of the Mokume Gane sheets to make these fun and funky little pendants. I've been calling them Minipops.
I have absolutely no idea why, LOL...but the name has now stuck. Minipop Pendants, fancy one?

I really need to get some work done, and get off the laptop...



Sunbathing Cats


Jasper

I thought I'd post these pics of my cats because they look so adorable
The sun has been making regular long appearances of late, which means the little ones are doing lots of sunbathing again

They do like to hang around me though, so I have this handy footstool that I place nearby, and they take a platform each. One goes in the wooden circle base, the other gets the leather seat. They swap round when the mood suits

Enjoythe photos


The Footstool


Jinx


Jasper

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Spring Awakening Wire Sculpted Necklace



This necklace has 4 different green gemstones. There are 2 teardrop shaped gemstones, one being Rainbow Fluorite, the other is Peridot. These are paired with 2 faceted rondelles, one is Green Amethyst, the other is Vesuvianite.

The sterling silver wire sculpture is similar to one of the Greek Goddess pendants I made awhile back, Medusa, which is HERE on my Flickr album. It's still in my shop too...

The theme is Spring Awakening, with lush greens and plenty of movement within the piece. I am really proud of it :)

I hope you enjoy the pictures!



Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Me and Tennessee from Country Strong



I watched Country Strong today. I found it to be such a sad bittersweet movie. I loved little Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund's performances particularly, they gave you hope

Anyway, I really loved this song, the melody is gorgeous.Funnily enough it's written by Chris Martin from Coldplay. I'm amazed at how talented this guy is

Monday, 7 March 2011

My First Enamelling Class



I had my first ever enamelling class this weekend with Joy Funnell. It was a fun packed day in her studio, with lots of tea, kitkat and laughter. Her cats are gorgeous too

Anyway, here are some pics of the work done. The first pendant, is a reddy pink enamelled flower with vines and enamelled leaves. This is using Joy's enamelled accents on metal clay method, which was a lot of fun to do

The other 2 pieces shown, were metal clay pieces I'd made before hand. I tried to blend 2 colours together in a gradient in each of the cells. It was strange in a way, because you are literally pushing around little grains of glass around to create the illusion of blending before they fuse in the kiln

By the end of the day, we had some time to tackle Keum Boo (fusing gold foil to silver) which I'd never tried before either. I'll definitely be incorporating this in my work

All in all it was a great day, I'd highly recommend taking a class with Joy :)

Now I just have to wait (impatiently) for my enamels to arrive!!










Friday, 4 March 2011

Mokume Gane - Seafoam



Here is another set of Mokume Gane polymer clay sheets. This time the colour scheme is more muted than the ice cream flavours, and are a combination of creams, greys , blues and greens. The patterns and colours made me think of seafoam

I'll be using some of these MG sheets to combine with Bronze, next week. I'm off on my enamelling course this weekend, and then going to the Desire Contemporary Arts Fair in London - which should be fun!

Wishing everyone a happy fun packed weekend too. Enjoy the pics..





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