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  1. On Monday I thought I'll get back on my blog in earnest and start with 'Today I'll be making', but here we are on Thursday and I'm just posting the makes today !!  I'll definitely get more organised and post regularly to keep you up to date with what's going on in my studio :)

    Below is a pic of what was on my bench on Monday - cast sterling silver cockle shells just back from my casting service - 12 tiny and 12 medium all ready to be sanded, soldered and polished. The tiny ones will be attached to delicate bracelets and drop earrings and the medium ones to chunky bracelets and possibly necklaces.

    20170515 cast silver shells

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  2. A wonderful customer asked for a custom order of seven sterling silver with sea glass charm bangles  - to four she wanted to add a sterling silver stafish charm and to the other three an anchor charm and these are the finished bangles. I posted them off and the very next day I received this fantastic message:

    I ordered 7 bangles for my daughter's wedding. They will be presents for her bridesmaids. I contacted the jeweller Maureen and she liaised with me to make these bangles slightly customised. I went for 7 silver bangles all with sea glass and some had an anchor charm and some had a starfish charm. They arrived very promptly all presented in lovely white drawstring bags. My daughter & I were really thrilled. Thoroughly recommend this lovely jeweller. THANK YOU XXXX

    seven sterling silver and sea glass bangles 4x4

  3. Just had a wonderful day - drilling sea glass!  I've made approx. 42 sea glass charms and this stunning emerald green sea glass and silver cluster necklace, available on an 18, 20, 22 or 24 inch chain.  Hoping to make some more tomorrow with different colours of sea glass, browns, blues, whites etc.

    alexia emerald green sea glass cluster necklace (2)

     

    alexia emerald green sea glass cluster necklace (6)

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  4. I'd like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year and thank you for all the likes, comments and wonderful support of last year

     Just been for my first beach walk of the year - freezing cold, windy and raining, but still wonderful!

    20170101 Warkworth Beach (2)

     

     

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    20170101 Warkworth Beach (3)

     

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  5. The celebration of wedding anniversaries dates back to Roman times when husbands gave their wives a silver wreath for 25 years of marriage, and a gold wreath for 50. Twentieth century commercialism then led to the addition of more gifts to represent names for other years. By the 1930's there was a material representing the year as a gift suggestion for the first year and milestone years such as 10th, 20th, 25th and 50th. Over the years more materials were added and the gift list updated and modernised by various American and British greeting card companies.

     

    Year Traditional Modern
    1st Paper Clock
    2nd Cotton China
    3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
    4th Linen Fruit/Flowers
    5th Wood Silverware
    6th Iron Sugar
    7th Copper/Wool Desk Set
    8th Bronze/Pottery Bronze/Pottery
    9th Pottery Linen/Lace
    10th Aluminium/Tin Leather
    11th Steel Jewellery
    12th Silk/Linen Pearls
    13th Lace Textiles/Fur
    14th Ivory Gold Jewellery
    15th Crystal Watches
    20th China Platinum
    25th Silver Silver
    30th Pearl/Ivory Diamond
    35th Coral Jade
    40th Ruby Ruby
    45th Sapphire Sapphire
    50th Gold Gold
    55th Emerald Emerald
    60th Diamond Diamond
    65th Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire
    70th Platinum Platinum
    80th Oak Oak

     

     

  6. Ancient Bling: Exquisite Jewelry Found in Tomb of Chinese Woman

    Around 1,500 years ago, at a time when China was divided, a woman named Farong was laid to rest wearing fantastic jewelry, which included a necklace of 5,000 beads and "exquisite" earrings, archaeologists report.  Read full story here

  7. Marine life, Country diary - The Guardian:

    pointed yellow cone

    We have beachcombed this tideline on scores of summer days but have only gone home with painted top shells (Calliostoma zyzyphinum) on a handful of occasions.

    Of all the shells washed ashore here, this is the most desirable: a pointed yellow cone decorated with purple streaks. Stand it on its tip and it resembles a 1in tall replica of an old-fashioned spinning top.  Read rest of article here