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Glass Fusing

April 14th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Glass | News - (0 Comments)

At last – – they made it.  The parcel with the new, bright wonderful glass has arrived. It’s all Bullseye Glass.

Bullseye Glass

Bullseye Glass

The first pieces are already in the kiln.  These are of course just test pieces to see if they turn into cabochons that can actually be used and look the way I want them to.  I have even written down the firing schedule for a change, just to make sure I get the exact same program again if I need it.  Not that that was easy, too much information from all sides, will have to dry and see if it works for what I want it.  If everything turns out the way it is supposed to, I will be making for bright summer cabochons to add to some of my metal clay jewellery and maybe just some glass jewellery.  Here is some of the glass that will be going into the kiln.  I’ll post a short update about how the test went and what pieces will be worked on.  If things don’t turn out the way they should, it will be a post on what not to do or how to avoid things.

Waiting for supplies

April 12th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Oh dear, was going to finish some silver and glass rings this week.  But for some reason the delivery people have been driving around with my parcel for the past 5 days.  Hhhmm, maybe they want to test the stuff first.  So, have been working with the glass I have.  I like these colours, they are nice and bright, but there are even nicer ones (I think) coming.  As soon as they get here I will turn some into glass cabochons and then add them to some silver rings and pendants.  The parcel has to get here at some stage, right?

Here are some of the pieces I still have.  A lot of them are doing turns in a tumbler right now.

Glass Pieces for Jewellery

Glass Pieces for Jewellery

Facebook Page

April 6th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

OK, I admit, I’m a little slow, or maybe just busy, yeah – busy.  But, even I have finally managed to setup a facebook business page.  I’ve added a couple of photos and will keep adding status updates.  The long stuff I will keep for the blog.  If you would like to have a look here is the link.  Thank you.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasstwig-Handmade-Jewellery-by-Nicole/206058966087064?sk=wall

Selling handmade items through

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Zibbet

Zibbet

Zibbet.com.  I have just added some of my handmade jewellery items to this site.  There is also a link on the right to my Zibbet shop.  I really    like this site, it is very clear/organized and straight forward and orders can be placed through PayPal.  If you want to have a look please go to www.zibbet.com/GlasstwigJewellery

I’m still adding items, if you prefer to order through this site and cannot find your item, please have a look later, the list will be expanding slowly.  Thanks.

Some of my handmade jewellery

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

can also be bought through www.artfire.com.   A plattform for selling handmade items.  I have not included all of my jewellery on artfire, some items are only available in my webshop, however I will be adding more bit by bit.  All payments can be made with PayPal. Occasionally some items may be on sale in the webshop or on artfire. Keep a look out for the deals.

If you are looking for a german plattform for handmade stuff (from me and from others) you can try www.vondir.de or www.dawanda.de

Again not all my items are on these plattforms. If you would like to see all handmade jewellery made by myself you will need to go to www.glasstwig.com.

Caring for coral jewellery

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Jewellery Care | News - (0 Comments)
Coral Bracelet

Coral Bracelet

As I have a number of coral pieces in the shop, I thought a little note on how to care for handmade coral jewellery might be helpful.

Gemstones need to be treated with care if they are to keep their shine and look their best.  There are plenty of everyday things that can harm some of the stones. Perfumes, oils, creams, are all bad for the stones and make them look less attractive.

There are different types of coral stones, such as pressed coral, but they all need to be treated with great care as they are fragile, can be scratched very easily and can even fall apart.  Beads may have been dyed or treated in some other way, this will not always help and dyed colours may fade over time.

It is best to apply oils and creams to the skin first, once these have dried you can then put on your jewellery to ensure that the two have as little contact as possible.  Any chemicals should be avoided.

To avoid the beads getting scratched when not wearing your jewellery, you should store them away from other jewellery or anything that could be dangerous to them.  The box that you place them in should also be suitable for the stones.  Something nice and soft that will not harm the beads or change their colour.

If you do need to clean the beads, you can do so with a soft damp cloth, quickly wipe the beads, the corals should not be in contact with water for too long as water will harm the beads. Leaving them in water for a long time to clean them is not a good idea, it will remove more then just the dirt. This is something you need to keep in mind when wearing a ring or even a bracelet, – doing the dishes with the ring is not advisable.

Direct sunlight and very high temperatures should also be avoided, the sunlight can cause the colour to fade, leaving a nice shiny bead looking rather pale and “worn”.

Ideally stones should be cleaned after they have been worn, going over them with a damp cloth and letting them dry completely should be enough.  If you do need to clean stones thoroughly, you could give them to a professional or you need to get detailed information about the type of stone, to find the best way of cleaning it without being damaged. Ultrasonic cleaners can be harmful to many stones and should be avoided unless tried and tested (by someone else).

Had my head

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Silver and Blue Sandstone Earrings

Silver and Blue Sandstone Earrings

 

stuck in paperwork. The stuff is coming out of my ears. And of course, everything for the “offices” has to be finished by the end of the month. They like to forget the some of us have to work, at least every now and again.  But I have managed to get something finished. So here are some of the new additions.

Coral Necklace

Coral Necklace

More Wood Rings

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News | Wood - (0 Comments)

Just a tiny little preview of some “raw” wood rings, they will be next. They just don’t know it yet.

It’s another light and bright one, the other is precious wood.  The bright one must also the the “fattest” ring in the shop, well, at least so far, I’m sure he will be a little slimmer when he’s done. He may even get some colour.

Handmade Wood Rings

Handmade Wood Rings

Latest Additions (take two)

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Handmade Wood Ring in Blue

Handmade Wood Ring

This is the new addition in the rings section. It took a while,- varnish can take very long to dry,- but the blue ring is finally ready to be added.

There is also a new item in the “glass” section.  A very nice pinky entry, lots of shades of pink. Both can be found in the shop.

Pink Glass Necklace

Pink Glass Necklace

 

I’m working on some fine silver and resin pieces, hope to have them done really soon.

(Deutsch) Neue “Sale” Kategorie

April 1st, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.