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    Thats' It!

    Well that is everything packed up and ready to leave the Middle East - my beads, my silver & my tools plus a host of other craft stuff all reduced to a collection of boxes. It and the rest of our possessions will be collected tomorrow to go on a ship bound for the UK. Next month we are off on our next big adventure - departing Dubai and moving on board a sailing boat to head south to the Falklands via Scotland! So thanks to everyone here for being so helpful over the last three years or so. Think I'll definitely have to change my username to something else now! As and when my stash turns up and I can satisfy my creative bug once more I will return to the forum. S
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    Bright Earrings

    Its been a while I think since I posted any makes here. But I have been busy, too busy to photograph much but I hope to rectify that in the coming days as I've done quite a lot of silversmithing. I had a new camera for Christmas and have been getting to grips with that as well. Not yet really sure I have got the right setup for jewellery photos but with a bit of help from some software the presentation has improved I think! Anyway here is a pair of earrings I was inspired to make by a challenge elsewhere on the web - they are supposed to represent a pair of parrots Scarlet Macaws with their colourful red and blue plummage with a flash of yellow on their wings. The dangle can be interchangeable and these were made with silver plated wire but now I've worked out the shape I think I'll go ahead and make some sterling silver ones with some precious stone chips rather than the (cheap) Chinese glass bicones I used here.
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    wire and bead dragonfly

    Its very lovely - a brooch or a pendant?
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    Been at the silver again...

    Thought you might like to see my biggest silver smithing project to date- its statement pendant based on the Hamsa which means five in Arabic (in some countries it's called a Hand of Fatima). A hamsa is supposed to bring blessings & protection to its wearer. The design of the bail with its tube and hinge effect is based on ideas I gleaned from old Omani jewellery but which proved a huge challenge to create. The reverse is not so highly polished but has a satin finish created very easily with a green pan scourer!
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    Rings and things

    They are really lovely, I wish my silver smithing skills could produce work as neat as yours.
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    loads of tiny beads.......ideas please....

    How about a table covering to brighten up a corner or even your dining table? I bought a beautiful Indian one for my mother recently that has gauzy fabric appliqued over the cotton and then a design in beads stitched onto the various sections, its gorgeous and sparkly and so much detail that you can look at it for ages and still see something new.
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    Help - running out of yarn....

    I recently picked up a knitting project originally started 10 years ago or so. I'm now just over half way up the last sleeve but am on the last ball of yarn. Not only is the colour not available any more but from my web search the manufacturer is apparently defunct; I'm using Jaeger Aqua which is a cotton DK in shade 310 which is a lovely pale sage colour. I suppose I could make both sleeves shorter, the pattern has a loose boat neck, so I have a sort of knitted t-shirt but it'll be heartbreaking to have to undo and reknit both of them. Someone suggested I knit the four rows of the neck in say white but even matching the yarn is going to be difficult. Any ideas how I can finish it off?
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    In the Brownies

    Sounds like you are going to have a great time. Do post some pictures of all the fun taking place!
  9. I loved the black heart but the white organica beads really are gorgeous. You seem really inspired at the moment Gaynor. Glad you are enjoying it! S
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    New to Jewellery making, need help.

    Try and find a class in metal clay - I did one and it gave me the confidence to get on with it, although I have to admit I have not done much with metal clay recently as I am happier bashing bits of silver into shape!
  11. Hi All I am looking for a book that will enable me to expand my knitting horizons beyond cable sweaters & baby wear. I have an yearning after colour (intarsia, fair isle etc) but the only comprehensive book I found in a craft shop here in Dubai is of USA origin so wool weights, needle sizes and measurements all need transposing. This makes focusing on the actual techniques difficult, so any suggestions of UK published books you've found helpful would be gratefully received. Thanks S
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    Advanced Knitting Techniques Book?

    Thx Goose. I use another service to get stuff from the UK to here so will take a look but was hoping to get a few recommendations of books other forumites have found useful... anyway l'll check Amazon, trouble is without actually seeing the inside of a book I never know whether or not it gives wool weights, needles, measurements etc in UK sizes. S
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    Portable Storage?

    Hi I'm moving to love somewhere very much smaller but I'd like to take some of my craft stuff with me. Any ideas how to store my card making tools & supplies? Currently I have a small toolbox with inks, pens, cutting tools, ribbons, stamps & stickers and a couple of filing drawers of papers, card & punches. All of it needs to be kept in a single well sealed container as it'll be on a bunk on board my new home, a sailing boat. Most of the containers I have looked at online don't seem not big enough to keep the card & paper flat and/or don't have dividers to help keep everything organised. S
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    Portable Storage?

    Sounds like I need a visit to the UK soon! Thanks for the advice
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    Spikey Earrings

    Whilst on hols in france this summer I spotted in a craft gallery some lovely dangly earrings in copper which inspired me to make something similar for myself. In amongst my craft stash I have some aluminium craft wire which is very light so ideal for such long earrings. It's a bit soft but once hammered into shape it became hard enough to withstand usual wear. Then I drilled a hole through the area I'd flattened at the top before filing the rough edges and polishing the metal shapes using a dremel. Finally I added a contrasting glass bead threaded on sterling silver wire to set the simple shiny shape off. Now all I need is an occasion to wear them!
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    lucite flower earrings

    They are very pretty... must get some of these flowers for myself!
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    Festive torching!!!

    You have been busy and such variety too. Love the cheeky looking gremlins - they'd make a fun pair of party earrings! But I fell in love with the sky beads they are fab. Well done A
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    Starry MoP Necklace

    Thought I'd share this idea with everyone - an easy to make necklace using some mother of pearl buttons I bought from a well known UK department store a few years ago for a knitting project then didn't use.
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    Starry MoP Necklace

    Thanks every one for your kind comments - glad you like it. If you re interested I've put some instructions on how t make one like it on my blog below
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    Organza bags

    If you live in an area where there is a large Indian/Pakistani population then try one of their wedding/gift shops. Here I can buy bundles of 10 or 20 bags for less than a fiver.
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    Bling button bracelets ;-)

    They are gorgeous and I love the design, well done
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    Jewellery display idea!

    What a clever idea! If anyone wants more inspiration I saw some innovative display stands recently at an airport (not in the UK) - plastic semi-spheres in pastel colours with a slit across the top into which was inserted the display board. The latter were trapezoid in shape and about 6 or 8 inches tall, the shorter of the two parallel sides was placed in the slot so that the board leaned back slightly. I'd guess the base had to be weighted in someway to stop it tipping over. They looked really cool en-mass with a selection of earrings & bracelets and I thought I might look for some suitable materials to try and construct some of my own.
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    Hi I have been lurking here a bit but mostly too busy travelling over the summer to post anything. Anyway I thought I'd share a couple of pendants I've made this morning and a necklace I made whilst I was in France last month. You may recognise the blue glass heart it was given away as a freebie in MJ earlier this year - I've finally got round to using it to make a present for my daughter! Enjoy S
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    How/where to sell jewellery?

    Hi What about a local gallery - sometimes they will display a few pieces for you and take some commission on sales. It all depends on the value and uniqueness of what you are making, this works well if its relatively high value and different from other craftspeoples offerings, otherwise an on-line site might suit better. S
  25. Love the addition of the stars - adds a bit of glam to the bracelet. I just use sticky tape on my craft mat to hold things in place. S