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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Metal Guru.

Hello folks! Hope I find you all well. It's been a  busy week so far with three out of my four grandchildren succumbing to a sicky bug that's had me running around with not much time to make. So if you think your eyesight is a little blurry - no - I left it  a bit too late to take my pictures today and the light was disappearing fast, so it's the pictures, not you!

This week I thought I'd introduce you to a new venture for my friend Helen Backhouse. She's begun to work with metal clay - silver, bronze and copper - and the results are beautiful. She's using the same moulds as she does for her polymer clay work - all individually hand made from natural found objects, not proprietary. The first pair today is copper, in a bark effect. I've given them the special treatment, with my new delivery of Basha Beads - magical colours that look like the beads have tiny flames inside.


The shells are some of my favourite shapes and they cry out for sea treasures - coral sticks and keishi pearls, all copper wrapped.




And finally- the silver. Oxidised heavily and polished back so the relief in these teasel heads really stands out. I've kept these simple with black pearls and Lucy Haslam's oxidised silver twisted sisters connectors. Gothic glamour.


 
 
So those are this week's earrings; all available in my Etsy shop. I'll see you in two weeks, hopefully bug-free! And by then, there will be only two weeks to Christmas - can you believe it?
 
Lindsay x 
 
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24 comments:

  1. Beautiful as always, Lindsay! Love Helen's metal work... exquisite xo

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  2. Gorgeous work Lindsay 😍 hope the lil ones feel better soon ❤️

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  3. Such beautiful work from you both "Metal Guru" indeed 😍🦄💖

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  4. Gorgeous earrings, love Helen's metal pieces x

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  5. Squeeeeee I've fainted over seeing Basha and Blackhouse together! Magic!!! Love them all!

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    1. Loralee: My reaction too: Basha AND Backhouse?! Can we handle the beauty? ;)

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  6. Hopefully your grandchildren will feel better very soon Lindsay! Oh my, these earrings are magic. Helen's metal pieces are beautiful and you complemented them perfect. You and Helen are a very talented team. Basha beads...now why don't I have these in my stash......

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  7. They don't look blurry to me! They look divine. And I'm waiting for a delivery of Basha beads. Even more excited now! Perfect combination with Helen and Lucy's pieces

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    1. You will love them Sue - never been disappointed x

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  8. Oh, I love them all! It's so exciting to see Helen using her exceptional skills with metal now too, all beautiful. And Lucy's work always impresses me...I especially love her Twisted Sister connectors. Your earrings are always a treat, Lindsay. xo

    I hope the little ones feel better FAST!

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  9. Spectacular, all of them! I do hope your grandkiddies get better soon!

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  10. Such beauties! I love the richness of the metals and the way you enhanced them makes each really special. I would love to do pmc especially in bronze and copper but alas I feel that I will never have the right set up for that, so it is good to know that there are fine artisans out there like Helen who make such lovely components! Enjoy the day! Erin

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    1. Erin - we can't do everything can we? And actually, I do nothing myself - just collect!

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  11. Well, needless to say, Helen has had no difficulty transforming the PMC into works of art, and you from there taking them beyond!! The third is my favorite, but love them all. As others have said, B&B! The Beauty of it all! :) Thanks, Lindsay!

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    1. No, a seamless transition. But I'm not letting her stop with the clay Norbel - or I shall be colour deprived!

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