Thursday, 10 February 2011

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The time for pinecones and acorns has long gone and I've been itching to make something new and Spring-like in silver. I really like the fractal-ish shape of pinecones, and house leeks succulents, or sempervivums are like a green, squat version of a pinecone. Sempervivums are great to grow in a pot - they seem to thrive on neglect and continue to have tiny rosette babies even though I never feed or water them.


































I haven't fired my miniature silver clay versions yet (larger is 12mm in diameter), so they still look white but once they're fired and polished I'll team them with some peridot to make necklaces. That's once youngest has got over her 'flu-ish fever (seriously, how many viruses can two children possibly catch?) She's still wearing fairy wings though - a sign things aren't too bad.

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23 comments:

dottycookie said...

You rotten tease - fire them already!!!

Oh poor tiny pebble! I have much the same thing this week - a headache that won't go and the feeling that I have a head cold that is going to break but just won't get on with it. I am SICK of this winter and all its bugs. Perhaps we both caught it from your stripy PJs - how are they?

crafts@home said...

This is going to look wonderful....
Sue Xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Can't wait to see it when it's fired, it's so pretty and it's going to look great with the green stone!
Fairy wings are always a good sign! :)
Vivienne x

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful - I love the little natural forms you make for your jewellery. I hope your little one gets better soon - it seems to be the way with young children to keep catching things one after the other but it really will stop soon!
Helen x

Locket Pocket said...

How I wish my little Lockets still wore fairy wings! Pah, the girls are nearly as tall as me now and there are no tutus or wings to be seen these days!

I'll have to content myself with enjoying your little Pebbles instead.

Hope you get rid of the lurgy soon.

Locket xx

Rachel said...

Love the sempervivens and I hope you'll post a picture when it's fired and finished!

French Knots said...

I've been feeling a bit under par - I must need some fairy wings too!
Love the new design, isn't nature endlessly inspiring.xx

Magic Cochin said...

Good to hear little pebble has her fairy wings on - she must be on the mend!

House Leeks are amazing! Love all the stories that surround them too - used to deflect lightning!

BTW the leaves used to be crushed and applied to the forehead during feverish illnesses. I wonder if that's why you feel drawn to them?


Celia
xx

Lynn said...

I want a pair of fairy wings! And I can't wait to see the finished latest creation.

Hope all are on the mend soon; I am finding that our version is not one of those get-over-it-in-a-few-days things, and it's driving me batty!

driftwood said...

oh poor pebble. hope she's better soon. x

The Coffee Lady said...

I tell you, I need some wings right now. Flap.

kristina said...

Oooh I can't wait to see the necklaces. I love those rosette babies too. And hope the littlest pebble is feeling better very soon--I'm sure the fairy wings will help--magic!

K x

Trash said...

Poor old destructoBoy has had a sore ear for a whole week now and the antibiotics have been useless. Perhaps I should try fairy wings.

sylviesgarden said...

ooooh, I love Sempervivems! Can't wait to see them finished.
x

Tara said...

I love succulents and I think their lovely leaves will look beautiful translated into jewellery. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Naturally Carol said...

So interesting..I don't know what silver clay is..but I hope you'll show us more of the process!

Thimbleanna said...

Awww, your poor little Pebble! I hope she's better soon -- with fairy wings, it certainly can't last long, can it? Can't wait to see your final silver goodness!

Tania said...

I'm subscribing to a new theory that fairy wings are all part of the cure. So excited to hear that there is something botanical that would thrive under my non-green thumb.

Catherine said...

Really looking forward to seeing the finished object teamed up with the peridot!

Jenevieve said...

Looking forard to seeing them fired, I love your nature inspired jewellery! :) x

jus said...

Oh, is that what they're called? You learn sonething new everyday... I've just been calling them the spikey little cactus flower things... Alan Titchmarsh, eat your heart out!
Get well soon Fairy Wings, x

mrspao said...

I'm coveting already!!

Moogsmum said...

This has been a horrible winter for the lurgy - I hope your little girlies are soon on the mend.

Those sempervivums are going to be so beautiful. I love seeing what inspires you :o)

xxx