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Friday, May 23, 2008

23 May 2008

a quick change of style over the last few weeks with some wire wrapping pendants

first is a boulder opal with a salt cast sterling silver nugget wrapped onto it. Turned sideways, the cast silver looks like a sea horse. This one took about a week to make at night after work. The actual size is around 3.5cm across by 3cm high (including the bail).

and a slice of pink dyed agate, wrapped with sterling silver wire and embellished with sterling barrel beads and crystals. This one took about a week and a half to make, and has the second side with a different random arrangement of the crystals and barrel beads. Finished size of this one is 5cm wide x 4cm high (excluding bail).

and making slow progress still with knitting bamboo yarn.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

6 May 2008

This is the first prototype of a new bracelet/bangle design. It'll need a bit of adapting for the next version to have the crystals showing through the knit more.

It's made using copper tubing, around 12 or 14 gauge copper wire and 24 gauge sterling wire for the metals, and indicolite, ruby and white alabaster swarovski crystals. The knit section is filled with 4mm bicones, and the ends are filled with 6mm bicones.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

4 May 2008

I've been busy with spinning, dyeing, knitting & working on a new bracelet design, so I've missed a few weeks here.

first thing is that I needed some stitch markers for keeping track of the start of rows on circular needles, so I've made up these wine charms to slip onto the needles as markers.

this next pic is black alpaca fibre and random dyed tussah silk tops in blues and purples spun into singles then plied together.

silver grey melanian wool spun and plied, then random dyed with pink, purple and blue Ashford dyes.

this last pic is a new pattern I'm trying with my random dyed bamboo yarn. I had been knitting it into a moebius scarf, but undid it because I didn't like the way it was turning out.

My new knitted bracelet experiment isn't quite finished yet, so a pic of that will have to wait til it is finished.