My need to connect with nature seems to grow in proportion to the dire warnings we hear about the fate of our planet.
Vintage clothes, thrifting, upcycling, yep, I’m still doing those and I’ve seen some amazing things that other people are doing too.
I’ve discovered bags that I can keep reusing to buy my veggies in, and I’m doing my level best to avoid palm oil.
Best of all though, I’m having a great time learning how to get the most out of nature in new ways.
I’m using nature more and more in the jewellery I’m making, both by using plants and also natural crystals.
It’s wonderful to be able to walk the dog and pick up acorns, leaves and flower heads and then immortalise them in silver or bronze.
These pieces of jewellery were all made from precious metal clay. First I made a cast of the thing I wanted to reproduce, then after moulding it, I fired it in the kiln.
The wonderful thing about fine silver though, is that it can be fired with a butane torch, the kind you would use to make a creme brulee (I can’t find a way to add accents, apologies!) would do it. This burns away the organic clay particles, leaving pure silver. This means that it is possible to give this one a go, even without special equipment. To finish, polish and burnish and it really does appear like magic, beautiful 99.9% pure silver!
The same can’t be said of bronze clay, as this requires a two part firing, for the second, the pieces are buried in activated charcoal and the temperatures and length of time mean that a kiln is needed.
I like to use bronze clay to make tiny dioramas from nature, like this little forget me not plant:
My jewellery making has lead me to really think about plants in a new way, the more I find out about them and the natural properties they have, the more I love them!
I love that I can make things that have only the ingredients that I’ve put there.
I made a batch of lip balm earlier this week and it’s lovely, very moisturising and it smells wonderful
I’m becoming fascinated in herbalism too, so watch this space!!
It’s been a while since I swung by, so a big hello before I sign off and sending out wishes for a wonderful weekend to all.