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Spiralling out of Control…

A very slow start to the day (I got eaten by the duvet monster this morning) made me think I’d get nothing done, but Beardy wanted to reacquaint himself with his cavernous garage and have some “man time” in there, so I snuck out to the shed when nobody was looking. My mum had made a heavy silver pendant with a panda on a swirly background a little while ago, but the two got separated while in transit to the Assay Office. Both parts were hallmarked, so we decided to keep them separate and rework them to make two pieces.

I needed to think of something nice to cover the flat part in the middle of the background piece, and toyed with the idea of a cluster of rubover set stones, but didn’t think that it would suit the rustic shape I had to work with. So I reached for the copper and made spirals – inspired by the Celtic Triskele, a symbol I have always loved. They echo the embossed spirals on the background and tie the whole piece together very nicely.

Triskele Pendant

Past, present and future – or maiden, mother and crone? Up to you to interpret it as you will.


Welsh Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Six Nations – Oh Yes!

As an adopted Welsh (with some Welsh blood), I’ve been watching the Six Nations avidly, and was biting my nails last Saturday in the hope that Wales would win not only the Six Nations but the Grand Slam as well – on top of the Triple Crown.  For the uninitiated, the Six Nations is an annual rugby tournament between Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy.  It is a BIG thing here. The Triple Crown is awarded if one of the UK home nations beats the other three – and the Grand Slam is if a team beats each of the other five.  Wales have now won three Grand Slams since I moved here 🙂 So with this in mind, I made these…  Just £12 each, and with the option to have “Grand Slam 2012” or anything you like engraved on the reverse, click the picture to go to our shop.


All you need is love. La la la la la.

Not done any blogging for ages, what with Beardy being unwell, and all.  I’ve kind of got out of the habit.  He’s a lot better now, although there’s still a way to go before anything is back to normal.  Whatever that is!  Not sure we’d recognise it though…

With Valentine’s day now being rammed down our throats by every shop in the land, I thought I’d make my contribution.

I had enormous fun making this heart! I blasted some silver with the blow torch on a firebrick and when it was all melty, I teased it into a heart shape and quenched it.  By repeatedly heating it to just under the melting point and cooling, you achieve this fabulous textured effect called reticulation.  I’ve been trying it with copper as well.  When I had a shape I was happy with, I carved away the sharp edges and soldered a loop onto the back for the silk cord.  The engraving (below) was done with my lovely new Dremel kit – my Christmas present from Beardy and my mum.  Cariad is the Welsh word for love, so it seemed like a good place to write it.  My son wants it for his girlfriend’s Valentine’s present. But as they are eight, I politely suggested that he gets stuffed and made him a pretty little copper ring with a heart on it instead.

These are for sale in my Etsy shop, the bangle here and the pendant here.

Stop press: The pendant is now sold, but if you’d like something similar, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can. 🙂


Spiralling out of Control…

A very slow start to the day (I got eaten by the duvet monster this morning) made me think I’d get nothing done, but Beardy wanted to reacquaint himself with his cavernous garage and have some “man time” in there, so I snuck out to the shed when nobody was looking. My mum had made a heavy silver pendant with a panda on a swirly background a little while ago, but the two got separated while in transit to the Assay Office. Both parts were hallmarked, so we decided to keep them separate and rework them to make two pieces.

I needed to think of something nice to cover the flat part in the middle of the background piece, and toyed with the idea of a cluster of rubover set stones, but didn’t think that it would suit the rustic shape I had to work with. So I reached for the copper and made spirals – inspired by the Celtic Triskele, a symbol I have always loved. They echo the embossed spirals on the background and tie the whole piece together very nicely.

Triskele Pendant

Past, present and future – or maiden, mother and crone? Up to you to interpret it as you will.


Blogging Bug

Beardy is now keeping a blog of his own, in the hope that it may help him recover some of his memory’s indexing system. Do pop on over if you have a few moments, it’s a great insight into a man who is terminally baffled!

http://bewilderedbeast.wordpress.com

Meanwhile, on the spiny sharkly front, I’ve bought some of the silver I need to get cracking on Christmas presents 🙂 What do you mean, you don’t want something shiny? Pah!


Beardy is Back in the House

Just to keep you up to date, Beardy was sprung from the hospital on Thursday evening, and is now comfortably back in residence on the sofa.  His arms are quite sore from all the failed IV lines, looking a bit like I’ve been using him for archery target practice!  Hopefully having him back home will trigger more memories as he is in familiar surroundings.  I have used this as an excuse not to tidy up too much in case he didn’t recognise the house 😉

Obviously, not much jewellery has been made recently.  The craft market last weekend was very quiet, but we made a couple of sales and had lots of compliments on our stuff – hopefully things will pick up as our faces become more familiar!


Today’s Beardy update!

Beardy is still in the MCDU unit at A&E, awaiting a bed on the ward. The hospital is at full capacity at the moment, and they also have had a ward closure. They are doing the very best they can under difficult circumstances.

Anyway, he is a lot more himself today, although the holes in his memory persist. He feels as though his head is full of bright images and videos, but that he has lost his indexing system – he has no way of putting people in context. So he KNOWS he knows you, but he can’t necessarily connect faces to names, or names and faces to events – or when or where they happened. He has been assured that his mind will right itself in time, but understandably he is very worried and frightened that it won’t.


So. Could those of our friends that know Jay personally message him on Facebook? Tell him who you are, how you met, and maybe things you’ve done together. When was the last time you saw him? Details like this may help him retrace new paths in his memory or jog old ones. He has his iPhone (our hospital is very civilised about such things) and has been spending a lot of today wombling through all his photos, friends’ profiles and conversations on Facebook – and it’s been invaluable in helping him start to patch his life story together.

 



Thank you all so much for your messages and support, Beardy specifically asked me to thank you, even though he currently has little idea of who you are 😉 But thanks from me too xxx



Scary Stuff

Totally off topic, but we had a really harrowing day yesterday.  Beardy had what we think was a febrile seizure in the morning, and when he came round we realised that he’d lost great chunks of his memory.  Rushed him to A&E at the very fabulous Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, where they think he has viral meningitis.  They are giving him IV antivirals and antibiotics.  Please keep him in your thoughts, and I’ll update as soon as I have more news.


Incy Wincy Spider…

This enormous purple stone has been glinting at me for quite some time now, I made it into a ring once, but didn’t like it so I recycled it into this cute little spider.  I love making bugs (click here for a previous post!) and he seemed just perfect for this time of the year.  We live in a semi-rural area, and have had some enormous spiders wandering in to the house, which is hilarious when the big beardy biker I share my life is turns into a screaming girly when he sees one – he was tidying up some shoes in the hall the other week, and picked up one of our lad’s plastic spiders, only to realise it wasn’t plastic… I think they heard the screams in the next valley!

I made Incy’s head using a small piece of black Murano glass that I had made in a glass making class, silver clay and eight 1mm white CZs for his eyes – that was a fiddly job, with much swearing 😉  The bezel was soldered to the legs, the shank added, and finally his head popped on – so many joins needed some really careful heating on a very makeshift jig made from copper nails bashed into my fire brick.

 

So after a nice warm bath in the pickle, he was polished up and oxidised, repolished and ready for setting the stone.  I’m really very fond of this one, and by sheer coincidence he’s just my size, but if you’d like one, just give me a shout!

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We have Lift Off…

Anyone who knows me will tell you I don’t like Mondays (tell me why) and I especially don’t like mornings.  Combine the two and you have a miserable Mel 😦  Strong winds also scare me silly…

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I was organising manchild for school at half past eight this morning when an ominous flapping caught my eye… the felt started peeling off the shed, so Beardy and me dropped everything, legged it outside and tried to hold down a sheet of flailing roof felt with sharp nails sticking out at all angles! In our pyjamas.  The felt got away from us, injuries were only minor, and dignity was (just about) maintained.

Problem is, windy weather tends to come with wet, so we had to come up with a way of keeping the rain out until we could refelt the roof – cue Beardy and his magnificent bodging skills.  So now I have a ghetto shed.  Courtesy of the Soweto Roofing Company…


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