Saturday, 6 November 2010

Danger in Hatfield

I've been making my own jewellery for a very long time, starting with simple earrings in my teens, and on through bracelets and necklaces. I've dabbled in bead weaving and up until the last year or two I've used cheap findings, glass and plastic beads and been always slightly disappointed with the results.

And then I met Emma Silverpebble, and she's not only become a treasured friend, she's also introduced me to a whole new world. I've talked about the art clay, and the silver chain before, but recently she took me to a gem show in Hatfield and introduced me to semi precious stones and now I fear I'm lost forever.


The sparkle from these babies is like nothing else. Even in dim winter light they glow and flash. By firelight they are stunning.

These tiny mulberry pendants are made from 2.5 mm rhodolite faceted rondelles (I originally thought they were rhodonite but now I think I misheard), 30 per drop, stitched with the narrowest bead needles I could find. Paired with freshwater pearls, I've hardly taken these off since I finished them.


I'm thinking I need to find an outlet for these - I am quite addicted to making them, and everyone I've shown them too in real life seems to like them as much as I do. What do you think (she asked, trembling slightly).


Just wait till I show you the labradorite ...

There's another gem show coming up at the end of the month. Heaven help me.

37 comments:

  1. they look fabulous! I had no idea there was such a thing as a gem show, have fun.

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  2. ooh yes do sell them, they are stunning and we all love a bit of glitter :-) Where is this gem show? My little boy loves all things gem like (and so do I :-)).

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  3. Doh, just read it is in Hatfield! Can you tell I am sleep deprived lol.

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  4. Amazing - an online emporium is beckoning - it's easy, just do it, Val!

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  5. Oh those are stunning! You clever, clever Missus DC. I anticipate the labradorite w bated breath.

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  6. They certainly look amazing. So pretty. I am fortunate enough to have won a necklace from Emma made especially for me and I love it. Good Luck for the future, I can see you doing great things.

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  7. Labradorite.Is.My.Favorite.Stone.

    I feel faint...

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  8. Oh, beautiful, beautiful! Love them. Yes. Do it!

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  9. They're gorgeous! You should absolutely make some to sell!!

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  10. Fabulous, Val! Like the most stunning, glittery berries! Can't wait to see some more!

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  11. Lovely! I enjoy jewelry that looks like tiny edible glowing fruit! Magical- like something from a fairytale :)

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  12. They are beautiful...and I say go for it if only just to fund your gem habit! I have much admiration for those that make they're own jewelry - its such a fiddly business, you need the patience of saint and the fingers of a fairy!

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  13. That metal clay stuff is on my wish list.

    Those mulberry pendants look goegeous, but I'm the wrong person to ask. I see loads of jewellery that I think is beautiful, but when it comes down to it I never wear it. Same goes with dresses, skirts and make up - I'm pretty much a failure at being a girl...

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  14. Cooo - very festive looking baubles. Imagine those with a black velvet LBD!

    Like the USP of using your bead work skills combined with the silver and pearls.

    I'm sure you'll get orders and I'm sure you'll be popping back to the gem fair.

    Celia
    x

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  15. o wow they are a-maz-ing - i think they would definitely sell, what a gorgeous present!

    xxx

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  16. These are tactile and absolutely exquisite. I wanted them as soon as I saw them. You KNOW how much I adore these.

    What about etsy?

    I meant what I said - please can I order a necklace with two on?

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  17. I could buy from you, I really would. They are stunning

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  18. Follow your heart. If this makes you happy, then do it without expectaion and enjoy the process.

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  19. Oh, just get on with it, woman. No more trembling.

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  20. They are like ripe juicy raspberries. Welcome to the world of buying lots of gems and beads.

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  21. Wow! They are fab! I used to go to the gem show at Hatfield too, though I've not been for a few years. I used to be very into crystals and their healing properties. I have a lot of rose quartz, but labradorite is one of my favourites too.

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  22. You've been hiding your light under a bushel again Val - these are exquisite! Makes me want to go out and get my ears pierced - if you start selling them then I will have to!

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  23. Ooooh, they're BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the way they sparkle in the light. I love raspberries so I'm thinking red ones would be perfect too!

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  24. These are lovely, I especially like the purple ones. My colour.
    x

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  25. I'm enjoying reading your posts - hope you enjoyed the gem show :)

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  26. Oh those earrings are fabulous! I can just imagine them sparkling in the firelight. You might just convince me to get my ears pierced...!

    K x

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  27. Oh now I see maybe I could go with Julie!

    And you should definitely open a shop. No need to tremble :)

    K x

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  28. Deliciously GORGEOUS jewelry you've made Dotty! I know the feeling... once I started tinkering with jewelry making and using precious stones, gems and pearls, I was hooked--and haven't given up since... LOL! Can't wait to see what you've done with labradorite...*swoon*... Those rhodolite earrings are such fun! Happy Days :o) ((HUGS))

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  29. Oh my......loving the depth and richness of colour, I'm making up a beading box for my teenage daughter for Christmas, I shall have to show her your blog.
    florrie x

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  30. They're beautiful! I think they look a little like raspberries... raspberries are good :)

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  31. They look amazing. I'm sure you wouldn't find it too hard to find an outlet for them.

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  32. Ooh yes Val, you really really must sell them. Having just read Ali's post, how about approaching your local National Trust property/shop?

    Your earings and pendant are stunning - like delicate little blackberries :o)

    xxx

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  33. I normally lurk on your blog but coming out of hiding to say please do sell them. I have been to a few gem fairs and my ex used to make earrings for me with what I brought home. Now my 11 year old is getting into it. Yours are just the sort of thing I'd buy. They look lovely.

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