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More work in progress

October 13th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Those fine silver rings are nearly ready, they are sitting here waiting to be taken to the kiln. Another extra long firing to make sure they can do their job as rings.

Metal Clay Cross

Metal Clay Cross

So I have started working on the next thing… crosses seem to be ‘my’ in thing right now.. one fine silver cross is being worked on.. it’s big and will be a pendant filled with resin when it’s finished.  Please excuse the mess – I tend to concentrate on the piece, not the surroundings, that is something I have to deal with when the work is done. 🙂

 

I have also found some wonderful polymer clay, really nice and soft and can be shaped very easily,  – very quickly conditioned – I use the pasta machine – the colours are great.  So, the idea being, start with something simple – but big – here we go…

 

Polymer Clay Heart

Polymer Clay Heart

 

This is a biiiiig heart, it will not be overlooked.  Another pendant is ready to go  – it just needs the right setting.

This type of polymer clay also cures harder then the stuff I have been working with so far, but not too hard – it won’t break. Looks like the right material for rings and bracelets.

Changes on online selling plattforms

July 19th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

I have been thinking about it for a while and have decided that it is time to make some changes.

Finding a selling plattform for the english market has not been easy, being in germany I am not allowed to sell on some makets.

So anyway, the news is that there is now an etsy shop.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Glasstwig

Why I didn’t do that in the first place?  I have no idea.

The artfire shop and the zibbet shop will remain sort of active, at least for a while.  However the number of articles in these shop has gone done quite a bit and I will be concentrating on the etsy shop for now, making sure it is stocked with lots of beautiful handmade jewellery.

So my main online shops, apart from www.glasstwig.com  will be DaWanda and etsy.  If you would like to me to move a piece of jewellery from one shop to another, because you prefer to buy through another plattform, no problem, just email me and I will move things as quickly as possible. We will see how it goes.

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

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

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.