Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A necklace a day

It's been a while since I set up shop. My Etsy shelves have been closed to visitors for some months and are slightly cobwebby and forlorn. My commission book has been busy and I've just delivered a new collection to the Cambridge Botanic Garden shop, which has been wonderful, but I do miss making a quick sketch of a plant or bird whilst walking in the wood with Minnie the pebbledog, coming home and translating it into a wearable necklace. I miss grabbing a small handful of shells, gems, and pieces of handmade silver and making them into something new. 




There are designs I've wanted to make for some time and there have been requests for me to list some of the commissioned pieces I've been sharing over on Twitter and Instagram, so I've hatched a plan. 



During June I will be making a new necklace a day. I'm already a little late in starting and I may not manage to make 30 new pieces but I hope to replenish the silverpebble shelves regularly this month. I plan meadow necklaces like the one above, tiny antique keys that used to open writing slopes, poppies to coincide with the self-seeded numbers emerging up in my garden, perhaps a yellowhammer and a swallow or two. 



I'm starting with an old favourite, Seaham seaglass. I doubt I will ever cease to be thrilled by the thought that these tiny pebbles of jewel-coloured glass have been in the North sea for around 100 years, flung into the sea from the Candlish bottle works on the cliff, that closed in 1921. I admit to hoarding this stuff. To me it's bona fide treasure and when I team it with tiny antique pearls and facetted fluorite I do have an urge to don a tricorn hat, befriend a parrot and shiver a timber.

A small collection of Seaham seaglass necklaces is in my Etsy shop.


Edited to add: no two necklaces I make are the same but if by any chance a necklace you might like has been sold, then drop me a line on emma@minniedog.co.uk and I may be able to make something similar.

Note:The seaglass and freshwater pearl garland has now sold.

18 comments:

Gina said...

Very pretty Emma. I'm not surprised that seaglass and pearl necklace was snapped up in a flash!

Marigold Jam said...

Beautiful work. The sea glass is lovely especially when mixed with the pearls but I also love the little bottle pendant too.

Rachel said...

Yes, I saw your tweet about a necklace sold before you'd blogged it - congratulations! And good luck for an orgy of making this month..

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Clareio said...

I am SO in love with the knitting needles necklace in the first photo!

Clare said...

The sea glass and pearl necklace is stunning, no wonder it sold so quickly.
Clare x

Sue said...

I just love the sea glass and pearls together. You are a clever pebble.

Frances said...

Emma, you've set yourself quite a challenge to keep up with the demand for your beautiful designs.

I love every single one of the jewelry items that you show us in this post.

Now, I am definitely determined that I will be the owner of one of your designs.

I still love the nest with the enameled blue eggs, now also love the scissors, the acorn, the enamed spools of thread...and those sea glass, pearly necklaces are exqusite.

Oh, the birds are lovely! And so on and so on.

xo

saffa said...

Beautiful necklaces here emma, especially the sewing ones! And your sea glass necklaces are wonderful :) I love the history in them. I'm so chuffed to see your etsy shop open again, I love your jewellery and am saving up my penny's to get something, safxxx

Jodie said...

I wrote a big long comment and lost it.... At its essence it said you are awesome and I am glad I blog know you.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Emma, they're all so beautiful. I LOVE the seaglass necklaces, and, of course the thread and yarn ones too Soooo pretty!

Silver Moss Jewellery said...

These necklaces are all so beautiful and inspiring - thanks so much for sharing, I feel more inspired just after seeing the photos and hearing about your necklace a day project, and that you're doing it even if you've missed that start :)

CJ said...

They're all so beautiful. I love the sea glass too, I don't know what it is about it, but it's so emotive. The glass in the bottle is divine. I love the sycamore keys and the feather too, your work really is gorgeous. Good luck with making a necklace a day, you'll be busy I think! CJ xx

Louise said...

What a great plan! Love the beautiful glass.

jewelleryviia said...

Hello You have such a very nice collection it is very nice

Cate said...

Ah, we love popping down to Seham for a rummage on the beach, my FiL has made two lamps entirely from glass found there! Goid luck with your necklace a day project, x

jewelleryviia said...

Hello

your have a such a very nice collection i like your collection it was amazing

Joyce said...

Awesome necklace. Very attractive.

Thanks for sharing it.

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