Objects old, vintage, hand made or upcyled, and old techniques with a modern twist

Archive for May, 2015

Monday Mood Board

Agate cameos 1

I found these unmounted agate cameos at a car boot sale early yesterday morning; they are slightly damaged, but I am looking forward to thinking of a suitable project in which to use them!

Agate cameos 2


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Some flowers collected from the countryside during a walk with the dogs on Saturday…




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These paint sample colour cards caught my eye in the hardware shop…


They certainly come up with some imaginative names for the colours: the ones shown here are ‘Pigtail’, ‘Unicorn Horn’, ‘Spin a Yarn’, ‘Optimistic Outlook’ and ‘Seize the Day’!

Pearl and Bead Bracelet

This project has been a good reminder that sometimes simple designs are the best…


 The small pearls enhance the lovely blue faceted Sodalite beads, rather than distracting from them.


The bracelet only required the few materials shown above, but took around two hours to make. Soldering the jump rings closed before I started (and then cleaning and polishing them), and tying a knot between each pearl as I strung them created a nicer (and more robust!) finish, but took time.


It isn’t visible in the photographs, but the facets on the Sodalite beads mean that they sparkle when they catch the light…


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I’m really loving bright colours right now!



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