Friday, 29 March 2013

Paisely Easter Holidays

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I'm back to making jewellery now that the Easter Holidays are here, and I'm on a well earned break from university work. This is the latest piece, a rather substantial  sized necklace containing a large faceted bicoloured Lemon-Smokey Quartz gemstone. The whole design is inspired by Paisely patterns. I took my time over it, and included a couple of sections of coiled wire - a technique I haven't used in forever... it was great to feel I had the time and the sense of calm to mix it up with my wirework methods. I think it turned out very well in the end...

I took a look back and noted that I hadn't fabricated a new piece of jewellery in almost a year! It was strange coming back to the discipline, but I loved every minute of it. So far,  my holidays have involved finishing a repair/commission piece for someone, dealing with sales, and taking pictures of new pieces for the shop. I have been so neglectful of the shop, and yet it does manage to tick along without my intereference lol. Anyway, I will be editing some of the new photos and the result will mean that there will indeed be more items in my shop - at last lol.

I am also in the process of designing a new metal clay/wire sculpted piece with a gorgeous Labradorite gemstone. I am excited about the prospect and am also just a tad nervous about it. Uni wise I have organised to meet up with a couple of tutors in Metal and Glass workshops in April , so I am keeping my hand in there rest for the wicked as they say

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Well thats it for now, hopefully there will be more prettiness and items in the shop soon...

Samantha Braund

Friday, 1 March 2013

One Of My Best Days Ever!!

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I really have had one of the best days today at university, no exaggeration...

First I was "headhunted" by one the Fashion Textiles tutor who loves my work and thinks I would be a good fit there, which in turn annoyed my Fine Art's tutor who also loves my work and wants me to stay put! then I was told by 5 separate people that I look 10 yrs younger than my actual age. They were truly shocked when they found out how old I was, and this made me feel fabulous, then the 3D tutor asked me whether she could refer other students to me for advice on copper foldforming, which was really flattering considering I am just a beginner.... not bad for a Friday afternoon .

I also had such a laughter filled time with the "kids" in my bay, I am going to miss them soo much when the holidays come . I think I really love them, how weird is that.....Anyway these photos are of some experiments I did in Glass Workshop , aren't they great, some are made up of broken shards of glass and other from clustered heaps of molten glass fragments and coloured powders. I'll be working on combining one with copper foldformed pieces this weeken (hmmmm wish me luck....)

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Samantha Braund
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