Saturday, 29 August 2009

Etching Artwork

Just found this design sheet for photo-etching artwork while attempting to have a tidy up in the studio.....

Many hours were spent drawing out the multiple images which were then translated into copper & brass etched pieces to use on panels, pictures & greetings cards.

I enjoy the drawing process & it's always really exciting to receive the first etched batch.

Think they would make lovely fabric designs?

These are some more sections from garden stick etching artwork....

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Christening Plaque

Just finished a commission for a Christening this weekend......

I've made pieces before for weddings & new babies but this is the first one in this style. I need to have a couple made up in the studio so visitors get an idea of what's possible for a really personal gift.

New pencil cases - back to school!

Summer holidays are nearly over....I remember the blow of going back to school be softened by the puchase of a new pencil case! I've just got some new stock into the shop which I think both adults & children will enjoy. Notebooks & purses to match prices £6 - £8 bargains!!

I've also got these really cute little wooden birdie pegs. They look sweet just pegged out in a line but also in the little bird house they are supplied in.

Continuing with the bird theme these metal pieces make brilliant gifts, the jewellery tree looks lovely just as a decoration but is great for displaying your earring collection, the picture frame & hooks would make a super gift for a wedding....all very reasonably priced £10 or under!

More cakes.....

Yesterday was fab at Sue's...everybody had made a real effort & there were some very imaginative creations especially the artist themed ones!

I was very lucky and allowed to take one of the printed galleon muffins home for Tim, he of course was delighted & we get to keep the printed pieces.

Hopefully this will become a regular event, although not too often as the cakes are very easy to eat!!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Fairy Cakes

Today I'm off to an ArtTea party at Sue Brown's house! Last night I spent quite a while making my edible offerings....

Although there is a lot of sugar involved in the icing the cakes are made with wholemeal flour so they are GOOD FOR YOU!

I've never really worked with icing before & it's quite tricky but I'm fairly pleased with my efforts!

Inspired by the cup cake theme... I've done a couple of card designs too:

Saturday, 22 August 2009

New cards

Yesterday I made this special wedding acceptance card for a customer. The bride had made a brilliant invite which she had illustrated herself. My customer wanted me to produce a metal couple using the same design.

This is the result....

As this was quite a complicated piece I would not be able to reproduce something this involved
which started me to thinking about simple metal work shapes I could easily cut out by hand & also use up some of my scrap off cuts of copper & brass....

With my current owl & of course cat obsession these fit in quite well!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Rings, Rings, Rings!

Finally after talking about making them for months.....I've produced some rings! The patterns link to my turtle brooch which is slightly aboriginal inspired. I'm making them in both the bright & oxidised silver finishes, the later of which really shows the patterns up well. I've made a selection of sizes & band widths but they can be commissioned for a perfect (hopefully!?) fit.

I'm putting a display out in the studio today alongside earrings & necklaces to match....bracelets & cufflinks to follow soon.

Elephant garden stick

Yesterday I made this elephant garden stick for a commission. I've used the same design as on the E for Elephant alphabet card then cut the piece out in copper, soldered on a wire for the ear & stamped some patterns. The flower underneath has been etched in brass.

The colour has worked well & I think he looks a happy chap!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Favourite things

Thought you might like to some some of my current 'favourite things'...

Bob Dawe's vases

Lg bird candleholder - Ebay purchase
Sml bird vase - bought in Iceland from the maker (must look up her name!!)

My Bronwen Tyler Jones collection!

Leaf progress...

Some more sneaky previews of the pieces I've made for the Autumn Leaves exhibition. Noticed this morning that the huge beech tree at the top of the garden has started dropping a few orange leaves - No way!! Tooooo early... not ready for autumn yet!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Baileys visit

On Sunday we finally managed a visit to Baileys!

Wow what an amazing place.... for those of you who have never been it's well worth a visit. Situated on the outskirts of Ross on Wye in amazing converted farm buildings they stock all sorts of useful & desirable stuff!

The picture illustrates our purchases...the cork floats I'm going to frame, the little cute dustpan & brush is ideal for keeping my bench clean & the mother of pearl button as inspired me to once again sort through my gran's old button tins... more on that later this week!

Take a look at the site:

I think regular visits will be a must from now on after all it's only down the M50 from Worcester!

Greedy Birds!

Visitors to my Fold studio will know that I also have regular feathered friends who visit daily! Goldfinches, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, long tailed tits, green finches, chaffinches, robins, dunnocks, blackbirds & collared doves all love to munch on the sunflower seed & peanuts I put out. This is turning out to be an expensive hobby....I buy the seed in bulk online from street end feeds who are pretty reasonable & it's British seed. So I thought I'd be a bit cheeky & put out a donation box to help with the costs!

I bought an inexpensive box (which was a rather bright blue colour originally) - painted it white, stamped on the lettering & attached one of my copper & brass decorative birdies. I think it's rather cute & I might make another one just to have at home (without the donation bit obviously!).

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Leaf inspiration

Next month the deisgner makers from the Fold are having an exhibition in the eco cafe on the theme of Autumn Leaves. This is part of the h.Art event which runs from 12th - 20th September.

More info can be found at

I've just started working on some wall pieces....
Several years ago I collected some fabulous coloured leaves from Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. I colour photocopied the leaves - it was so long ago it was before computer scanners were readily available! I've managed to find these images & I'm using them as a starting point.

The colours of heated copper & brass really lend themselves to this theme.

I've been busy saw piercing out the shapes of various leaves; oak, beech, maple etc.

Watch this space for a sneeky preview of some of the panels....

Friday, 14 August 2009

Scrabble cards

I've been hunting around the house for my old Scrabble game! In the end I had to give up & borrowed one from Sarah as mine may have gone to Oxfam when we last moved house!

Anyway I've made a range of greetings cards from photographs of the pieces....

There's obviously endless possiblities although the number of certain letters can cause difficulties i.e. couldn't do baby boy as only 2 x b in a set...

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

CREATE Craft Show

This Friday I'm off with Penny Williams down to Dorset to exhibit at 'Create'.

Although this is the first occasion we have shown at this event this is the 3rd time it has been held at Walford Mill in Wimborne.

All of the makers have been carefully selected so it should be a good quality craft show.

There will be several makers demonstrating throughout the weekend.

There is a private view on Friday 7th August - I have a few me if you'd like one???

The Mill includes a craft shop, on site makers, gallery & bistro. for more information.

Tim will be holding the fort at the studio on Friday & Saturday should you be planning a visit to Bransford.