Enamel earrings

Here’s some result from my efforts at enamelling; a few pairs of earrings. At a showday I had recently it was these earrings that received the most attention of all my jewellery but interestingly, every person that ordered them wanted them in silver…I’m not too sure what to think of that?

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White enamel earrings

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Enamel motifs

A while back I wanted to try out using enamel to encorperate colour in my jewellery but didnt take the idea much further. Well now I am finally doing it and really enjoying the result. I think it has a very effective soft, lace-like look that works well with the wallpaper motifs I use. Here’s a test piece…

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Heather Smith Jones

I cant think of a better way to start a morning of creativity than by finding something inspiring, and today is my lucky day! I am delighted to share with you my new find, the work of Heather Smith Jones….

Pinhole patterns

Heather Smith Jones is a paper artist. She uses loads of wonderful techniques but it was her pinhole project that caught my eye immediately! It has such a fresh and delicate lace-like appeal to it and embodies the kind of spirit I hope to capture in my jewellery. It seemed to remind me of my ‘White Lace’ range…

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I think the pinhole technique also reminds me of the intricate and time consuming process of lace weaving and how a dense amount of small, insignificant elements (holes or knots) can create something beautiful.

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Inspiration

What a beautiful set up! I just love this image! It’s simplicity really enhances the focus. I found it on decorati.com – check out the site on my ‘Inspirational Links’ its great

This painted and carved wooden frame mirror is also form decorati.com The atmosphere in this picture really inspires me…the old world, worn, warm feeling you get, a sense of extravagance and beauty with a simplistic air.

I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from a large variety of things in life, not always tangible, often its just a feeling that a certain atmosphere ignites in me, and I’m growing more aware of what kind of settings source my creativity. Recently i have been consciously making an effort to recognize and contemplate my response to my surroundings in terms of how it affects my creativity, and actually am trying to ‘create’ space for myself that is filled with inspirational things. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much enjoyment I am getting from doing this and it has opened my eyes to a lot of different things that seed ideas 8)