Commissions, Reservations, And Calling Dibs

Commissions
Essentially my policy on commissions is – ask me. Get in touch and we can have a chat about what you’re looking for and what I’m able to provide.

If you spot something you like the look of but fancy in another gemstone, just let me know and we can talk about options and pricing. Once we’ve agreed I’ll whip something up and you get first refusal – if you love it, you buy it, if it isn’t what you were looking for then it goes up in the store with no obligation to you.

For example, after I posted these pearl earrings with amber a customer contacted me and asked if I could make something similar in red.
Amber and pearl earrings in an orange box

I shared a photo of the various “red” stones from my stash that would work with that particular designs, plus a few others.
Various red gemstones and beads on silver headpinsStrands of gemstone chips

She choose the one she liked best, and voila!
A pair of pearl and green chrome diopside earrings

Reservations & Calling Dibs
I post a lot of works in progress and just-finished pieces on Instagram and Twitter. If you like something that hasn’t been officially listed yet, just let me know and I’m happy to put it aside for you.

If you’re interested in a piece but need a week or two before you’re able to purchase it then again, I’m happy to hold the piece for you for up to 14 days. If during that time something happens and you change your mind or are unable to purchase, please just let me know and I can release it for general sale.

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Is this thing on?

You know what it’s like with blogs, they’re like diaries. Did anyone else do that thing – you start on January the 1st with great intentions, write pages about everything you’re going to do with the year, then fast forward to February 19th: “Dentist appointment 9.45”? Oops.

Anyway – had some pretty huge shop updates since I last posted, and broke 100 items in stock for the first time! It’s been brilliant getting to play with so many different stones.

This is my latest obsession:
Stack of 6 copper spiral pendants with different beads in the middle
Moss agate spiral pendant in black box

Copper spirals built around a focal stone. They’re really adaptable – my first set was all 10mm fancy jasper rounds. The ones above are a mix – 8mm rounds, firepolish beads, double rondelles.

I have a feeling I’m going to be making these until I run out of either wire, or places to keep them!

Jewellery With A Function

You know when you’re making something and you catch yourself just playing with it over and over? That’s where I was with these. Get the beads in the exact right place when you’re wrapping them and you can just sit and spin them forever.

Silver wire wave fidget pendant in red mookaite on wood background
Silver wave fidget pendant necklace in red mookaite

On the one hand, they’re just pretty. I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up making them in every colour of wire I can get my hands on, with every type and shade of 4mm round stones that I own.

On the other, they’re incredibly satisfying to sit and fidget or fiddle with, and as soon as I tweeted about them people mentioned stimming. I’ll be up front – I’m not autistic, my information comes second hand from friends. And I did hesitate about writing all this in case it wasn’t my place, I really don’t want to tread on toes. But I do know what it’s like using assistive devices – and I’ve got Opinions.

If you’ve met me in real life you know I use a cane. I actually use many canes. There’s the folding one for putting in my gym locker, the dark red one that goes with my good suit, the light brown that goes with everything (it’s the straightlegged jeans of canes). I’ve had a blue one that people said brought out my eyes, and a green one that sadly bit the dust at a Billy Talent gig.

Point being, I’m a big believer that assistive tech and devices should match *people*. You wouldn’t expect everyone to wear the same pair of shoes because “they’re fine, they do the job”. Some people are going to want heavy duty boots, some people like delicate sandals, low heels, high heels, buckles, laces. Or all of the above depending on outfit and mood. I happen to feel the same about other things in life.

So, the end result was 6 different pendants, all strung on adjustable leather cord. There’s red mookaite, light amethyst, aquamarine, green fancy jasper, turquoise, and purple garnet.

I’m really happy with how they turned out, and I hope you like them too.

Silver wire wave pendant with turquoise in a green box

Pick N Mix

Last update was all the tiny pieces, this week is a mix, little and large. And shockingly, no labradorite this time!

Frosted icy clear quartz drop gemstone cabochon wire wrapped silver plated wire pendant
This one might be my favourite of the week – icy clear quartz drop in silver wire.

Irregular beach stone cabochon wire wrapped gold wire pendant
This one’s a little unusual – beach stone wrapped in gold wire. Picked it up during the heat wave earlier this year.

Southampton’s Pride event is tomorrow, so I’m hoping to get some very colourful inspiration there.

Now excuse me, I need to go wrap some labradorite before I get withdrawal symptoms.

Tiny Shiny

OK, not that tiny, but after the size of those last cabochons these ones certainly feel pretty damn dainty.

We won’t talk about how many times I got distracted photographing the labradorite. I’d move it a little, “Oo, new colour!” Go to pick it up and move onto the next stone “Oo, new colour!” Put it down, move onto the next one, and then… yeah. I may have a bit of a labradorite problem.

But can you blame me?
Labradorite kite silver wire wrapped pendant
Labradorite wrapped with silver-plated copper wire, up on Etsy here.

It isn’t all labradorite though, I swear. Three each of labradorite, black spinel, and amethyst.

Purple amethyst drop silver wire wrapped pendant
This one is my favourite of the amethyst – I’m doing a little experimenting with size/shape of bails, style of the spirals, all of that, so they’re all a little different. This one on Etsy here.

Living up to the shiny

Last post I showed off some tiny pendants – they’re going to be up soon, unfortunately I caught the cold from hell and I’ve been sat on the sofa looking pitiful and watching Netflix.

And wire-netting.

Might have got a bit carried away with that last bit. I have a lot of cabochons, they looked all sad and lonely sitting in a bag, and… well.

Lapis lazuli oval wrapped in rose gold coloured wire

This one was an experiment in extending the wire netting. Usually I leave it as a frame to show off the stone but this one put me in mind of a Faberge egg. See here on Oi, Shiny!

Labradorite oval wrapped in rose gold coloured wire

This has to be one of my favourites – this stone doesn’t have a single bad angle. The more I work with labradorite the more pictures I want to take because every one is a different set of colours. More pictures here on Etsy.

Labradorite oval wrapped in rose gold coloured wire

Here’s the back of that same stone – different angle, different glow, now with Secret Spirals.

And one last one, just for something different…

Lapis lazuli oval in silver plated wire

In case you need something to match your favourite jeans. See here on Etsy.

Now, three guesses what I’m off to do next…

Reservations

Most of what I make is one-offs and even if I repeat a design the nature of handmade jewellery and gemstones mean that each one is going to look different.

Combine that with preview pictures of just-finished pieces and I’ve had a few people asking if they can call dibs on items or if it’s possible to have pieces held until payday.

The answer is: Yes!

If you see something you want on Twitter, here, or on Etsy, but need a wait a week or two to buy – get in touch with me. I’m happy to set things aside for a little while. If things aren’t priced up yet, I’m happy to work out and let you know.

And here’s my latest set of just-finished pieces – all pendants this time.
Black spinel, labradorite, and amethyst wire-wrapped pendants
Top row: Black spinel
Middle row: Labradorite
Bottom row: Amethyst

These will all be up on Oi, Shiny! later this week.