After a few years as an aspiring artisan, I notice I am getting even more picky choosing what I want to work with. I am happy that I went into this thinking I needed to know where the gemstones originated. I am also always looking for trustworthy sellers of gemstones, that can offer me variations my usual suppliers can not.
Fast forward to my newly bought strand of rose quartz from Madagascar. These are oh so delicate and lovely. While the pink colour is not so saturated, it is natural after all, the quality of these are just stunning.
Rose quartz should always be stored in a dark place, as it can lose it’s colour very fast if exposed to direct sunlight.
I find these difficult to do. Not technically, people are usually asking about something I already do. But timewise. Communication can be challenging, even more so online. The whole process can be time consuming. At this point in life, I am not always sure I have the free time needed to ensure that we are in agreement, so custom orders are not something I do often.
However , when a woman from south of Norway contacted me asking if I could make a larvikite pendant like this for her, I said yes at once. She had already seen the product, knew what to expect, had time to wait for me to finish weaving, and last but not least – was going to use them almost exactly as I had. Gifts for family and friends. We set a date, I got some extra supplies imported – and could start a bit before I had said I could. It was slow at first. I had to start over on the first one (she ordered several) seeing as I was a bit out of practice. I entered a certain flow, and worked on them when I had the time, finishing them all before my own deadline. Yay!
I had sent off some photos of the work in progress. The reaction was good, and she was happy. She had ordered a few more of these, but I had no stones left in stock. I was able to buy a few more from my supplier, and made a video for her to see so she could pick one she wanted. I sent off the pendants I already I had made, and the video of the new stones I had acquired.
I never heard back from her alas. Maybe life got busy, or her plans changed. That means however that I have a few pendants to wrap closing in on christmas. If you would like these specially made for you, I can do that. Check out the video linked and let me know which one you would want wrapped. The cost is 300NOK +shipping.
I will post these eventually on Etsy. This is just an opportunity to order beforehand.
After I learned how to use a torch, my clasps have another finish. I just love the look.
I just love learning new things. Trying out new things, doing stuff I have never done before. It can be small things, like changing the wheels on the car. Or bigger things – like learning how to dive. Summer is always the time of the year for me when I have time to do all that. I have a diving certificate by the way…
It`s my type of vacation. I could of course have packed my bags and travelled to someplace interesting abroad, and I will. Some day. Perhaps next year. But travelling away from home when I finally have the time to work on all the projects on my to do list? That feels like a waste. So I wave farewell to all travellers, or rather check them up on facebook and watch all the pictures – and then I walk outside feeling the grass under my foot, greeting the sun while I plan the day ahead.
The list of things to learn this summer is long. So long in fact that I don`t think I will make it through everything. Then I will probably have to wait until next summer. That is quite alright.
One of the things on my list is wire weaves. There are so many different techniques and ways to do it, my head is swimming. Not all are working as I want them to, and some are outright ugly. But I try.
One of the wire weaves I am destined to do, is the so called viking knit or the viking weave. I will post about why I use “so called” later. I have already made a round of items with the weave, but realized after the dip in the LoS that the wire I had bought was lackered. Ooof. So it did not react to the liver of sulphur at all. Adding the depth that a bath in LoS gives is a must in a weave such as this, so I had to re-order more wire. Fast forward to today, and my new wire is in house. Time to get busy. Thankfully it is raining today. Just a quick stop at the post office and I am ready to delve into the hows and whats of the weave. Have a great day.
A bit late for this greeting perhaps, but this shiny new year is not that old, yet. King Winter decided to come over for a visit to this city of mine, after holding out on us for so long. If you commute now, you can see them – all these sporty types carrying their ski up to where the snow lies deep. Which is 30-45 min from city center. I am not so often out there in the woods during this time of year, but I just love that I have the possibility just a few meters from my door. I could! If I wanted to.
December was rather hectic for me with two shows, preparing and packing for those. I learned so much and had such a great time. I sold much more on my second try, the visitors fit my segment better. But I just had to take some time off from my working table. So I have not even pondered making something new for a rather long time, just using this time for other things. Getting back to work!
The goals for this year is learning some new techniques, mastering a few old ones – and keep testing venues where I can sell my work.
I ordered a “happy new year present” for myself, so I had something to start working on. All from Magpie. They had a store wide sale that I felt i could not miss out on, especially since the norwegian currency is so low now in value. It has not arrived yet – this one has to go through customs as well. In no particular order you see kyanite, moonstone, tourmalin, labradorite, citrine, peridot and apatite. Can`t wait for this to arrive!
My time has not been my own since august. There has been so much to do with my daywork, and I have fallen behind in updating my inventory. I have however finished a necklace for a lovely lady that turned 40 recently. No pics alas. I was very happy with the result, and will probably make something similar again. Without a picture I am ensuring I am not making it exactly the same. Smart!
The stone I used in the necklace was Jasper Kambaba, A fun and special type of stone.
Here it is used in earrings. It is not really a jasper, I am not sure why it is called that. Maybe because of the patterns. It is really a stromatolite with fossiled algea. Found in Madagascar, and as many of the minerals we carry in our ears and neck – millions of years old. Don`t you just love that. Wearing a piece of earths history!