That would probably be a bit cheeky.

Just had my last delivery of jewellery components in a while and spent yesterday afternoon logging every individual strand into my spreadsheet, so I have all the information handy later. Very useful but at the time my eyes were crossing!

Working on getting another batch of earrings up in the store – finally going to be listing the earrings I have in my icon. 10mm green pearls.

Green pearl earrings laid on playing cards on black marble

I kind of want to put these on their own tagged #BloodyBigPeals and just leave them stand on their own! Not quite sure that would stick on Etsy, but still.

Now I just need to make myself get things up and listed before I dive into all the things I catalogued yesterday – there’s a set of coin pearls that are calling my name, and a bag of lapis lazuli cabochons, and, and…

Vintage Fair Weekend

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair was in town this weekend so I went for a nosy around – they have an interesting mix of genuine vintage items and modern vintage style, and this time they had the vocal group Timeless in full 40s get-up.

I promised myself I’d be ruthless about what I bought – nothing just “because it’s so pretty”. But a stall that I think was called Vintage Lady had a biscuit tin full of necklaces and I pulled out two Mureno strands. Well. I pulled out one, dithered, bought it, did another lap of the room, then came back for the second.

A hand holding two multi-coloured strands of beads

I had to. The multi-coloured one is *huge* – 87 beads in total, plus the tiny spacers. The colour mix is uneven so I’ve separated out the blue to put with some copper for a bracelet and we’ll see about the rest. The turquoise-looking is a really unusual shape and I’m looking forward to playing with those as individual bits.

Catch Of The Day

I’ve had this set of labradorite cabochons sitting around for ages – they were too beautiful not to bring home, but I wasn’t sure what to do with them. Decided to sit down with Netflix and a reel of wire and get netting.

A few episodes of Doctor Who later…

Started out with a traditional teardrop shape, a sea greenish one with peacock flashes – 3cm long, nice and compact.

Ocean green Labradorite drop wrapped in wire

This next one I ended up finishing during the episode “Midnight” – the creepy train. And it’s definitely got a little spooky going on – looks like the forest at night, or a midnight storm. 4cm this time, and I thought I’d see how the drop looked upside down – I like the result.

Stormy blue Labradorite drop wrapped in wire

Then… I got a bit ambitious. None of the stones in this selection were particularly small, but I fished out…. this:

Big Labradorite wrapped in wire

5cm from the top of the stone to the point, 3.5cm across the broadest part, weighing in at 27grams once I wrapped it.

Here’s a comparison with the midnight stone:

Labradoriate Size Comparison

I’m thinking this might be a “hang it on the wall” decoration piece rather than a necklace – it’s a little on the hefty side!

I’m waiting for a set of black window druzy that will be getting all wrapped up the second it arrives.

Introductions

A pair of green and silver earrings in a white box on a black marble background

Hi, and welcome to the blog. My name’s Jack, I’m a British jewellery maker just setting up shop online. This blog is going to be a mixture of finished pieces I’m putting up on Etsy, works in progress, and any shiny things that catch my eye.

When I was getting started I was looking for a shop name and complained that I couldn’t just say “Oi, I’ve got shiny things!” A friend said “why not?”, and Oi, Shiny! was born.

The earrings above are chrome diopside rounds on sterling silver chain. A couple of months ago I didn’t know what chrome diopside was – now I have a couple of different sizes of beads and I want to hang it on everything. I think it’s the Slytherin green!

When I’m not making jewellery or shopping for new stones I’m knitting, watching horror films, or working on learning British Sign Language.