Sunday, 22 April 2012

In Response To The Rain ...

... I say, bring on the colour! 

As my UK followers know, much of the southern half of the country is now under a hosepipe ban, due to a reduction in rainfall over the last few years.  Naturally, the moment the ban was implemented, the heavens opened, closed for some intermittent sunshine that just served to make us look like idiots wrapped up in our wet weather gear, then opened again, dispensing rain and hail with vigour.  It's certainly made for some impressive skylines, with stormclouds boiling up out of sunlit skies.  Without the skill to represent these cloud formations in any way with wire, I just found myself reacting to the grey, and bringing out the colour.

This bracelet, made with the zingiest of Czech glass, shiny bronze wire and a stunning bronze clasp by Lesley Watt of THEAtoo is in one of my absolute favourite shades of green (my fave colour, anyway).

And prior to that, I went mad for bright purple.  The polymer clay butterfly beads are made by the talented Di Keeble.  The wire used is (of course) lilac craft wire.

I'm off on my hols soon, so hopefully I will be inspired while away (probably by yet more rain, it's certainly looking likely) and will have some goodies to show when I get back.  Fear not, the rain won't get me down - I love it!  There's nothing quite like walking along a deserted beach, getting absolutely pelted by torrential rain, then going back home to dry out and watch the weather with a hot drink (or alcoholic one, depending on the time!) in hand. :)

And I will definitely be organising my promised giveaway when I return.  My Flickr stats are currently showing 98,000 views exactly, so as soon as I reach 100,000, I'll be sorting out something to give away to readers of my blog/likers of my Facebook page to celebrate.  Yay - giveaways are fun! :)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Please vote in our Spring Blossoms challenge

It's that time again - the bi-monthly challenge for the Wire Goddess Team on Etsy.  We didn't have that many entries this time, but that doesn't mean the standard of the work wasn't as high as ever.  Please take a moment to have a look at how our different wire designers approach the same theme - and please do vote.  Voting is open to anyone, and all votes are welcome!  I can't wait for the winner to be announced so we will have a new challenge to get our teeth into. :)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

On trees, daffodils and being inspired by the seasons (or not)

Recently I have been inspired to produce Spring-themed pieces - both by the latest Wire Goddess challenge, and by the weather here in the UK, which was ridiculously warm at the end of March.  Daffodils abound - on roundabouts, in gardens and in supermarkets.  I love daffodils, and was agreeably surprised to see my first bunch of the year open into these beauties:
Buying bunches of daffodils, with their tightly closed buds, is a bit like being given a wrapped present - you don't know what you're going to get until the wrapping is off.  Naturally, I had to produce something daffodil-esque in the form of a pendant, and this was what I came up with, another tree (I know, it lacks originality, but I'm obsessed with trees!  See pic at the bottom for proof.) with spring green leaves and a carpet (well, a very small rug) of daffodils nodding beneath.
Then, out of the blue, I became Autumn-inspired when I was lucky enough to snag a fabulous toadstool lampwork bead by the multi-talented Claire-Louise Patrick of Ciel Creations, and that led to this whimsical creation:
Don't ever let anyone dismiss stringing as easy - it took me almost as long to achieve a design I was happy with when stringing this necklace as it does to make a wire pendant.  It's very important to me that a piece has the correct balance, and I really faff about with it!  If you want to see real expertise in the art of sublime stringing, check out the work of Nia Clement - it is beautiful, balanced and exquisitely executed, and I am in awe of her talent!

A swift reversal of the unnaturally balmy weather back to our usual cold and wet, kept me feeling autumnal, and the fact that I'd just got myself some ivory craft wire meant mushrooms were still the order of the day:
Who knows what will jump into my head next?  It's unlikely to be Summer, that being my least favourite season, but you never know - I'm as obsessed with water as I am with trees, so it may be tropical seas next.  And here is one of my (many, MANY - ask my incredulous hubby) pictures of trees from last weekend, when it was cold but sunny: