Handmade Jewellery

Taking care of wood jewellery

March 30th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Jewellery Care | Wood - (0 Comments)

– in particular the rings made of wood that I sell in the shop. Some are made of precious/rare wood like Amboina Burl or Makasar.

Some rings are varnished to give them extra protection and make then shiny, especially if they have been coloured like this blue ring, (which is not finished just yet, needs another couple of layers),

Handmade Wood Ring in Blue
Handmade Wood Ring

others have been waxed. If the ring has lost its shine or the varnish looks scratched, you can renew it. Get some sanding paper, (not too rough), and go over the ring a couple of times, but only gently. You don’t want to take off all the remaining varnish and be sure not to take off the colour. (Unless that is what you wanted to do). Make sure the ring is dry and clean and then add another thin layer of varnish, or a couple of layers if necessary.

You can also reapply wax to a ring, that’s a little easier, just make sure the ring is clean and dry and apply the wax until the ring shines again.

The ring on the left can be found in the shop already, the blue one will follow as soon as the varnish has dried.  www.glasstwig.com

Handmade Wood ring

Handmade Wood Ring

Caring for Jewellery

March 29th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Jewellery Care - (0 Comments)

I have just added this catergory, silver clay still stuck on my hands, keyboard is covered with the stuff. Here you will find tips and info on caring for your handmade jewellery, especially the unique, one of a kind pieces, not just the usual tips for caring for silver jewellery or gemstones jewellery, but caring for the material I use.  Material like soapstone, fake “sea glass”, wood and cold enamel.  Of course silver and all other materials will be covered as well.  Let me know if there is anything in particular you are interested in.

Please check back soon, I will make entries, as soon as I get things cleaned, the entries should “grow” over the next couple of days/weeks.

Working on a soapstone ring

March 29th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News | Soapstone - (0 Comments)
Soapstone Ring

Soapstone Ring

So,  after all that sanding on the soapstone (and my fingers), I have some time to add a “still working on it” picture.   Its a black/brown soapstone and you can see the final shape, (sort of),  unless somethings goes very wrong and I will have to go for plan B.  The colour hasn’t yet come out, that will happen once it has been polished.  It has a really nice colour mix.

The silver rings are also being worked on and should be ready for the cold enamel any day soon.

The soapstone cross is finished and has been added to the shop.  www.glasstwig.com

Exporting and Hallmarking Silver

March 29th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News | Silver - (0 Comments)

Just a quick note on some of the issues I have with the export of silver (fine silver and sterling silver). – This is not legel advice by any means. But – a “why certain items are not available to… ” advice.

To export my silver jewellery I have to meet some legal requirements. At the moment I am only selling within the EU but even here things are not simple and straight forward, so I’m concentrating on the regulations for the UK.

Most of the sterling silver findings I buy have already been hallmarked and can go anywhere they like,  – at last something straight forward, – however, the fine silver items I make need to be hallmarked if they are over 7,6 g. So a fine silver ring with a weight of 7,7 g needs a hallmark before I can sell it to the UK. This hallmarking takes time, I have to post the item to the UK and wait for the item to be returned with the hallmark.  Items below 7,6 g can be but don’t have to be hallmarked.

So you may find some items in the shop that can only be sold to certain countries, no worries, it means the hallmarked item is still being worked on.  – If you see something you like, but cannot select your country from the list to post to, please email me.

Hello and Welcome…

March 29th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Hello Everybody,

Made it. A new blog site from someone who makes handmade, unique, one of kind jewellery. No two items will look the same.  Hmm, well that must be ‘cos most items are only made onces.

My eshop is up and running, if you would like to have a look at what is available at the moment you can go to:  www.glasstwig.com.  I work with many different materials, silver, gemstones, wood, glass, and there are lots more coming.

The good news it that some time next week, new Silver Rings with Cold Enamel should be ready and will be added to the shop and the Polymer Clay and Silver Earrings are almost ready to go.

Make sure you check back as I will be updating you on what is going on, and what has been happening so far.  And of course there will be lots of photos.  All silver is either Sterling Silver (925) or Fine Silver (999). As its the middle of the night and (after “some” problems) I have just managed to install and configure this blogsite, I shall be taking a break (just a short one).


Oh Dear…..

March 25th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Puuuuhhh…. Well.. my original blog database decided to leave me…. I did manage to make a backup of some of the posts but I had to reinstall and will now have to start from zero….

I will be reconfiguring the site and uploading the old posts as quickly as possible… please stick with me and come back soon …

If you would like a look at by handmade jewelley webshop please go to

Thanks a mill – Nicole