Let's get on!
Today was about remembering I bought a new Dremel a while back and that I should try it out, which is professional speak for 'drill holes in everything!!' I scored a massive gallon sized jar of shells at a local junk shop not long ago, so I've started fishing out some of them to drill up for pendants. Actually it had more than just super-cool shells in it, there were also some amazing seed pods, volcanic glass chunks, bits of driftwood, fossils, coral fragments and something that I'm pretty sure is a lion's tooth! I'll photograph it one day- can't show you the fossils and the big shells cause they're already in the fish tank in the lounge.
Anyway- back to drilling holes in everything. Here's this afternoon's effort- not bad considering I sat at my desk for the sum total of an hour. (Better than nothing!) The big gold ring is some hammered 10g bronze wire which is excellent for stress release as it's tough as nails. When it's raw like this it has a beautiful warm tone that I think looks nicer than gold; when it's oxidised it goes that delicious melty brown like chocolate.Everything here is pretty big- the long orange shell is about 3-4 inches in length. I'm lookin' to make some serious statement pieces with these!
Here's a close up - the big cowrie has been tied with an amethyst chunk and some kind of natural twine- it's either jute or hemp, I bought it from the local thrift in the form of fringing, I think it's 70s macrame supply. One of the good things about living in an old arty/hippy town is that the thrift has a ton of cast-off artist things, there's always something 70s and earthy to snap up. (As a result I have a steadily-growing studio pottery collection now.)
This buckle was made somewhere between Medieval and Tudor times, I'm pretty sure it's bronze. I bought it from Alchemyshop where I also scored this little deer antler:
Okay that's it for today's reportage. Thank you (as always and ever!) for the comments on the last post, it's nice to know the people I missed also missed me.