Friday, 6 December 2013

New Items on Etsy

Got some new items listed on Etsy. My favourite things to do is arrange then rearrange my listings to see what sort of colour-columns I can make. It's a bit sad, but that doesn't stop me from looking at my Telly Tubby-esque row of hand warmers at the top and feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Click on the link and you might get it. More likely you'll think I'm in need of a new hobby

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Giveaway is up and running!!!

You have no idea how long it took for me to work out how to do this without breaking some sort of Facebook law... but here it is!!! I feel like a technological genius!!!! I can do anything now -  I might live life on the edge and get my head round twitter next...

Ok so if this link works, it will direct you to my Facebook give-away page, all you have to do is like it to enter, no pesky contact details to give or anything like that....I think.....and then you have a chance to win a snuggley pair of hand warmers!!!! DO IT!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Give away soon.....

So basically, since leaving uni I have been spiralling downwards into the bleak ibis that is my own crochet habit. It's getting to the point where it is overtaking any other procrastination form and I have more hand warmers than I have siblings to give them too. So I'm giving a pair away. I don't know when, or how, or what you have to do to enter, but it will be on Facebook and this is the prize so far. Hopefully I will get my head round what to do in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Gallery Order and Facebook Page

So over the past month or so I have made a bazillion pairs of handwarmers, brooches, earrings and the odd owl or few... these are a few of my favourite pairs

I also have a facebook page!!! I have been putting it off for so long.  I also have a twitter account that I set up on a whim and never use.... 

Feel free to like and share and comment and things, it will destract me fro the fact that I am still unemployed and no longer have a gallery to supply, better look for ones up north! 

In the mean time I am crocheting over some ear defenders. I have no idea how it is going to turn out. more on that next post

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

New Earrings

Coming soon to Etsy and CDS Gallery and Silversmithing Studio, Leicestershire. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Work in progress for gallery order

I am cooking on gas!! Got 10 crochet flower brooches well on their way to finishing for the lovely Claire Sherriff at CDS Gallery and Silversmithing Studio. Can't wait to have my stock mingling amongst the amazing work she has curated. Next post will be about the ridiculous amount of hand-warmers I've been making. I think my current score is 20-something. Right now they are buttonless so will show all once they've been sewn on.

Feel free to like the facebook page and look at her websites for more info:

This is going to be a good week - I have owls to crochet, buttons to shop for and a ring to make at York School of Jewellery..... and enamelling kilns to oggle over......

Friday, 26 July 2013

Giving Knobs to the Knobless.....

Now that I am back home from uni, for good, and a little bit jobless I have found the time to give this lovely writing desk the crochet drawer knobs it deserves. I tell myself that it was a valuable use of my time, because having full use of the desk's top drawer will aid the inevitable tidying process that comes with reintroducing 3 years worth of rubbish to a bedroom. Said rubbish, however, after 3 weeks, is still in boxes downstairs, and the drawer is still empty. Never mind. 

Since doing those I have been making some flower versions, but have no door knobs left to cover ....*sniff*..... ohum :-(..... 

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Degree Show

Blimey what a month! Degree show on the 14th and then New Designers in London the week after. Just got back to Leicester last night to be faced with the house I have to sort out before moving back to Yorkshire for good! overwhelmed does not cover it, but at least I get to spend some time with the family soon. Here are some images of my final collection and set up, more will be up soon....

Sold some ceramic pieces too! (fist pump the air). They also got nominated to be added to the Christopherson Collection at DMU

Thursday, 6 June 2013

New Designers Promotional Packs

Instead of enjoying the sunshine I am glued indoors to the laser cutter - but it's OK because I'm indulging in one of my favourite things......PACKAGING!!! 

 It even has a free paper thing inside!! I haven't decided if it is a gift tag or a just something pretty to hang  on a notice board. Think I might make some with hand coloured watercolour paper as well.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

I AM DONE!!!!!

After rousing from my post-uni coma I thought it was about time I put up another blog post. The bad news is that I have finished Uni. For good. I am no longer a student. I cannot put taxes off any longer. The good news however, is that I got selected to go to New Designers in London!!! I now have that and the degree show to look forward to, so at least I can finish uni with a bang. In the meantime I'm going to crochet all day and do frivolous things like let my nails grow back and paint them.

I'm not sure If it is wise for me to upload final pieces on here before New Designers, so for the time being I will sneak you all a cheeky close up. Enjoy...

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Shadows and Things....

So I've acquired an OHP and it's taking up space in my bedroom. I have been meaning to give it back to uni for about 4 months now but haven't plucked up the courage to battle with it down the stairs. I've gone into stale mate with my water jet cut pieces and thought that projection might make me see them from a renewed perspective.  It's making me think about how to light my degree show space too. Just wish I had the time to digest all the things I have to get done for it....

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Look What I Got In The Post!!!!

Why can’t all letters be like this? I received this lovely letter from fellow student Abigail Udale, whose uni work is reviving the good old fashioned letter in the face of the digital age. Although I’m sure she’s destined for a fulfilling career in something wonderful like textile design, I secretly think she should work for the government to bring joy to whoever has to open up a council tax bill.

If you want to see more beautiful letters you can visit her blog at

Or if you’d like one of your very own you can confidentially submit your address here:

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Etching Samples

I am thinking about surface effects that I can put onto a water jet cut bowl, which I wrote about in my last blog post. I am unsure if any of these are possible without scratching in the construction process, but what's a project without a bit of problem solving...

Accidental samples are always my favourite. Nickel shouldn't be this vibrant when heated. The only thing that could have caused it is that I didn't rinse off the ammonia properly, which was used to neutralise and clean it, having been etched with ferric chloride. 

This is my double check sample. I think I'm right about the ammonia, but the nickel needs to be left to air before being rinsed.

One thing I love about ferric chloride is the streaks it leaves on the etched surface, which is brought out more when polished.

Blue steel!!!

I would love a piece that has a simple high polish but maintaining it during the riveting process would be really difficult. One thing I could try is polish the nickel sheet before it goes onto the water jet cutter, sandwiching it between 2 pieces of MDF to reduce chance of scratching and burrs, and then wrap it all in masking tape when bending the metal. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Water Jet Bowl

When I say it's a bowl, what I'm really saying is that it can hold air and not a lot else. I like the idea of one solitary orange balancing in the middle of the piece like a citrus crystal ball. There are a few things that I would have liked to have changed, but I'm really pleased I managed to get it to this state without it snapping or warping. 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Paper burn outs that survived the kiln

They live!! These ceramic samples need further refinement and experimentation with glazes but I feel a sense of achievement that they haven't disintegrated in the kiln. My next batch will have pigment mixed into the slip in which I will dip my laser cut shapes. I don't know if such pieces will have a place in my degree show, especially as I only decided to look into ceramics in my last term of uni, but when my tutor justifies it as a "visual enquiry" its difficult to give up on something that sounds so posh. 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Valentines Cards

It's that time of year again at uni where my fellow students and I are starting to raise funds in the run up to Valentines day, but this time it's not a random exhibition, but a big scary degree show. My laser cut heart pendants were popular last year so will be stocking up on those, but I fancied having a go at cards too. I might go as far as buying some sickly pink card to laser cut onto next.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Laser Cutting in Polypropylene

I've been back on the laser cutter, playing with card and plastics, while waiting for my ceramic pieces to be fired.This is definitely my favourite model so far, I think it looks like a space ship that would leave Captain Kirk quaking at the knees. However I need to redesign the construction tabs and other things so that there's no need for glue. My next step is to find some contrasting materials to be suspended in the or intertwined within the piece, and work out better colours. It turns out that Polypropylene cannot be sprayed or dyed, so I've been faffing around with different plastic suppliers to find a colourful alternative.  I also want to play around with arranging multiples and stacking. I prepared a file ready for it to cut in mild steel on the water jet cutter, to see what it looks like on a larger scale. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Laser Cut Burnouts

I doubt that these will survive the firing process, but I love how the weight of the clay slip distorts the shapes even further than paper alone. the slip is so lovely to work with I just want to swim in it...or eat it. 

Monday, 14 January 2013

Water Jet Cutting Part 2

I did it!!!! I expected my ham-fisted score lines to snap but it survived!!!! I need some opinions on finishes. I could let it rust and have it lacquered, or spray it in a bold colour. I'm thinking red for some reason, anything but white as it nearly looks like a snowflake already. What I have decided on is that it needs to be matt, and that it will become a table lamp.......somehow.....

Sunday, 13 January 2013

On the Water Jet Cutter!!!!!

So hopefully I will be able to turn this piece of mild steel....

Into this.
God knows how I'll manage the folding part but it will be fun trying. Hopefully if everything goes according to plan I will have the other section cut out and then it'll be finished by the end of the week. Then I can work out scale and finishes, or even better I can can add extra attachments to make a light fitting!! So Exciting!!!!!!!

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