Thursday, 28 July 2011

Pixie tea

I've had this little (13mm) silver teapot charm for some time. The style of the pot suggests the 1940s so I think it has seen a fair few decades come and go. I mentioned it to a customer (a fellow blogger) who was interested in a commission for her anniversary. We hatched a plan for a tea-themed necklace.



Having been to ceramics evening classes years ago I knew how to attach a handle to a teacup but this was on an entirely different scale. Then came a spoon. I moulded the bowl of the spoon around a tiny freshwater pearl. My Gran's 1940s teaspoons had a row of dints round the edge so I half inched that idea.



I had a partial pixie tea service. I waited a while but no pixies came round so out came the wire and the necklace took shape. Fingers crossed that it ticks the right boxes.



After a couple of months of full-on jewellery-making I think I've got a dose of making fatigue. I'm in need of a bit of semi-horizontal time now so I'm off for a sit down. I'll be back in a week or two with tales of brooches and holidays.

37 comments:

zephyr said...

This is wonderful Emma!!
And you deserve a nice rest. Enjoy...and i look forward to your tales upon your return.

Annie said...

What a beautiful piece! Enjoy your hols x

Planet Penny said...

Perfect for a pixie teaparty, on a toadstool perhaps?
Have a lovely rest and holiday, Penny (and Higgins of course!) xxx

kristina said...

Oh I love the teacup. Have a very happy (well-deserved) holiday! K x

Locket Pocket said...

Absolutely gorgeous Emma! Sorry for disturbing your horizontal time earlier! Lucy xxx

Pomona said...

It's absolutely lovely - you are so clever! Have a good holiday, too.

Pomona x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

The little cup and spoon are so sweet Emma. Together with the teapot charm they make a beautiful necklace.
Have a lovely holiday. :)
Vivienne x

Handmade in Israel said...

It's delightful! I am sure your customer will be thrilled.

driftwood said...

oh it's truly adorable Emma.
I think you deserve a rest after all your work and open studios! relax and enjoy your hols! xxx

Sue said...

Adorable Emma, you clever old thing!
Enjoy your hols x

The word verification says 'coast', could that be where you are going?

marigold jam said...

I am sure your customer will love it - what's not to love about such a beautiful necklace?! Enjoy your break and come back refreshed and revitalised.

Toffeeapple said...

I don;t know how you manage it but you keep on making exquisite pieces. Love this necklace and Penny's sheep too.

periwinkle said...

Perfect for the pixies and perfect for the necklace - enjoy your break :-)

mandy said...

Wonderful and wee! Enjoy your well deserved break :)

Madelief said...

Hi Lynn,

Your necklace looks lovely! Your customer will definitely be happy with his.

Enjoy your summer holiday!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Jenevieve said...

Gorgeous! They look so tiny and cute, such a pretty necklace! :) x

Calico Kate said...

Oh everso dainty and very lovely. Have a lovely time off.
CKx
PS Thank you for your nice comment about my 'new look'!

by Teresa said...

Dear Emma, I absolutely love your tea collection! I can't get the little bucket you made out of my mind.. how did you form it? I've been thinking about trying to make one myself. With the copper PMC! Love how inspirational your designs are.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Naturally Carol said...

You've earned your rest..with plenty of non-pixie sized cups of tea in between the horizontals!

Tania said...

That teacup is everything I thought it would be and SO MUCH MORE! Fabulous. All of it. Now go get semi-horizontal.

Menopausalmusing said...

Oh Emma, this is all so very, very beautiful. I missed your last post somehow and want to say how lovely your workshop/shed is......
Have a great break.

Cottage Garden said...

Oh they are so tiny and delicate Emma!

Have a wonderful holiday and a good rest. Look forward to hearing of your adventures on your return.

Jeanne
x

Magic Cochin said...

Have a wonderful time with Mr P and the little Miss Ps :-)

Come back refreshed and ready to go (it's nearly ahem C....mas in retail land!)

C
xx

Tara said...

So dainty. Love it. Enjoy some rest and looking forward to hearing the stories.

Pink Milk said...

Oh Emma, it's simply lovely. The recipient will be thrilled to bits I'm sure.

Enjoy your rest.

Hx

PS. I have complete unashamed beach hut bolthole envy ... sigh ... x

potterjotter said...

Oh that it sweet with a capital 'S'. Can't believe the pixies stood you up!

Moogsmum said...

Oh Emma - that is quite the most beautiful little tea service! I even welled up a bit when I saw that tiny cup!!

Hope you have a lovely relaxing break and enjoy your semi-horizontality :o)

xxx

Rachel said...

Enjoy your break! The Tea necklace is charming.

Helen Philipps said...

Adorable pixie set, Emma! I love the tiny tea cup and spoon you made! You have had such a busy time, I hope you have a lovely holiday and a nice rest now.
Helen x

Twiggy said...

Very, very cute. Enjoy your hols !
twiggy x

mrspao said...

What a wonderful set - so lovely!

Have a wonderful break.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Oh your tiny tiny tea things are so very pretty. Hope you have a good time horizontal ;o)

Love
Carolyn

underatopazsky said...

What a lovely combination! I love the idea of showcasing a special old charm rather than it being part of a jumble of others. The necklace is beautiful.

shadygrey said...

Delicate and delightful. I've always had a soft spot for tiny tea sets. Have a lovely rest Emma!

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Emma

I have just discovered your lovely blog and your very special silver jewellery. The tiny tea things, the flower bucket and sewing charms are so appealing.

I look forward to following your future posts.

Anna

Melody said...

I've just found your page, and tried to read along to catch up... So you make these little delights with the silver art clay? I love the little bucket by the way! May I ask how you "cook" it? I have been wanting to try it, but I have a fear of torches, and don't have a kiln hanging around!! Really fun stuff you make! :))))

Nimblefingerssteadyeyebrows said...

As the lucky recipient of this beautiful necklace, it will come as no surprise to anyone to hear that I'm delighted with it! I've blogged about it here Thank you so much, Emma- it's completely gorgeous! Laura x