Beachcomber #2

New beachcomber necklace:

Becca Williams Beachcomber Necklace 2 72dpi

New ellipses …

Silver Castings - necklace and jump rings

I collected some new castings in the week and finally got them onto my bench today. I made the original copper models of these, looking at pictures I took of the shapes of little fishing boats moored out in a harbour.

There’s a very definite stripe that runs through the centre, on a curve, which I think I’ll put a bright, burnished edge onto once it’s all cleaned up and joined together.

Until then, here’s an idea of what it will be like when it all comes together:

All set for Open Studios:

I set the workshop up today for the Centrepiece Open Studios:

It was nice to have a bit of a spring clean, blow the dust off the lamps and lay out my wares in the workshop again. I had a few visitors this afternoon (we trialed an evening opening this year which I think worked quite well) and hopefully there’ll be some more tomorrow. Drop by if you’re in Birmingham to see me – and the 30 other Centrepiece members and guests who’ll be opening their workshops:

Centrepiece Jewellery Quarter Open Studios Map

Centrepiece Open Studios map – Click to enlarge

 

The Centrepiece Christmas Decoration

This year Centrepiece decided to celebrate our Christmas exhibition by getting everyone to make a Christmas decoration in their own special style. I’m really excited to see what so many talented makers have come up with – it’s going to be a really diverse bunch!

I spent today making mine, inspired by the holly tree in my garden which we always take clippings from at Christmas. This one is silver and pearl and really in keeping with my Flotsam range, here’s how it took shape:

Worcestershire Arts Trail

I packed up my studio last Thursday and headed on down to the edge of Herefordshire for the first Worcestershire Arts Trail:

I set up at Blue Ginger Gallery and spent the weekend demonstrating my working processes to the Trail’s visitors. I was nice to be out on location, being away from the workshop gave me a little extra freedom and the shock of being somewhere different brought out some new ideas:

Which will be moving towards finished things soon …

I stayed out in the fresh air for the first 3 days of the Trail before being driven inside by some truly British Bank Holiday rain on Monday. Which just goes to show that you can’t plan everything. Still, the sun came out in the end (thankfully, just in time to pack up) and I bid farewell to Blue Ginger – and their adorable kune kune’s:

Lockets and hinges [oh, my]

 

Master of Hinges - work by Bronwen Tyler Jones

When I was at art college, doing my foundation degree, I had a thing for hinges.

This odd little crush is reasserting itself somewhat now that there’s no one else around in the studio to tell me to get over it and make some proper jewellery. And so, after recieving a book on the subject for Christmas (an out of print book I might add – somehow scavenged from the ‘net in mysterious circumstances by Mr W) I  have set out to learn to make them properly.

It’s complex, but I’m enjoying the challenge of actually crafting a lot of small elements and fitting them into a whole …

 

Et Voila - hinge!

… there’s an extra set of knuckles in here that I didn’t remember to photograph. Bacially, the outer tube holds the rotating hinge sections in and prevents them opening full. It’s fiddly, but very neat once it’s all done.

Handmade Market – Kenilworth

I spent Saturday having a lovely time at the Handmade Market in the gorgeous castle town of Kenilworth.

It’s a brand new venture set up by Amy (of Amos Denton Designs) and Julia (of Bodkin and Bead) who recognised (and quite rightly too) that there’s not a whole lot going in in the Warwickshire craft world. Some new markets have sprung up in the Midlands in the last few years and it’s really encourging to see that they’re being well recieved.

This weekends market was the first and I was pleasantly suprised about how many people made the short walk out of the Town Centre to St Johns Church to visit. The market featured a small but really well balanced selection of makers including:

Amos Denton Designs

and me ... obviously

The markets will now be held monthly so do pop along on the 12th of March to have a look at who’s exhibiting then.