Posts Tagged ‘book charm’

I’m home from holiday: a wonderful week in North Cornwall with a big group of friends in addition to our family…

Constantine Bay August 2013

…and after all the unpacking and sorting, finally managed to get down to my most important summer job: to open my own Etsy shop, Under A Topaz Sky, here.  All the jewellery I made during my 6 month course in Sheffield has been listed and is up for sale. 

I was quite surprised at how effective it all looked properly photographed and displayed together!

         Fire pendant          Moss pendant         Almost perfect earrings

Eregion pendantleaf pendantvolcano pendant

paisley brooch Spirals brooch beaded leaf brooch

turquoise book charm indigo book charm bubbles book charm

Unfortunately the Etsy widget doesn’t seem to work on WordPress blogs, at least not without a lot of going round the houses but I’ve added a link in my sidebar and will look into it further when the beginning of term and all the extra work that generates isn’t looming quite so awfully.

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This piece of gilding metal was stuck with round stickers and then run through the rolling mill to impress the pattern into it. They turned out oval, but I love the effect; like a scattering of bubbles.

Bubbles book charm 1

Halved, drilled, corners smoothed round and polished into book boards.

Bubbles book charm 2

A tiny book…

Bubbles book charm 3

…with hand dyed silk pages…

Bubble book charm 8

…and coptic stitch binding in hand-dyed orange silk thread.

Bubbles book charm 4

Then the closure.

Bubbles book charm 5

A pop of bright blue from a coco shell disc bead held in place with a striped seed bead and finished with a gold coloured jump ring as a bale.

Bubbles book charm 6

And in comparison with a penny (same size as a cent).

Bubbles book charm 7

I also started the grid book charm with pages of a very loose hand dyed cheesecloth cotton in purple and green.

Grid book charm mk 1 a

Unfortunately the very loose nature of the fabric made it really difficult to get the tension of the binding right, the fabric pulled into holes in places and the stitching inside was really untidy.

Grid book charm mk 1 b

So despite the beauty of the fabric, back to the drawing board for this one. Indigo dyed cotton I think, for mark 2.

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Only two weeks of my course left which has sent me into a frenzy of starting and stockpiling pieces of impressed and reticulated metal so I have something to work on through the summer! So nothing finished but loads to inspire.

The bubbles and grid book charms in gilding metal have both been drilled, polished and sealed and are awaiting their pages.

Bubbles book charm

Grid book charm

Another pierced and impressed piece of gilding metal is ready for the sea glass centre.

Chenille sea glass pendant 1

A blue fragment from Seaham – the perfect shape.

Chenille sea glass pendant 2


These are tiny offcut circles from another piece which I couldn’t resist reticulating. They need polishing in the barreller but they remind me of cornflakes!


I love to include text in my work and I experimented with leaving spaces in a piece of reticulated metal which could be engraved. 

Reticulation with spaces 1

A section of the larger piece cut for a pendant. This needs annealing again to get rid of the pink oxide in the folds of the reticulation.

Reticulation with spaces 2

Another piece reticulated into holes to cover a failed attempt to impress the brass with some embroidered fabric.

Reticulation 2

And more successful impressing:

Impressed brass 1

The same diamond grid fabric as above but over a failed impression and with less pressure from the rollers.

Impressed brass 2

Layering impressions of lace and a lacy fabric.

Impressed brass 3

I’m going to have to plan my remaining two sessions very carefully to get the maximum out of them.

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