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Jewellery Now On Etsy

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I tried to take some decent pictures but this Reflections sterling silver really is shiny, and it played havoc with my camera:)  I will be investing in some sort of decent photographic equipment I hope at some point:)

I am building a website at the moment but in the meantime I am putting items on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SylphSilver





Tooling Up

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There's a lot of equipment that I need to make my life a bit easier for producing jewellery and sculpture.  But until I'm established I'm just going to have to make do with manual tools or use some ingenuity.  A Bobbin sander should look like the picture below:
But as they cost from £130 upwards I decided to build my own from wood, screws, dowels, a hinge and a hasp:)  I worked out that I would need to secure a drill in place with a hinged lid before fixing a sanding drum, as there wouldn't be enough clearance to get the drill and the bit through the hole in the lid.  This meant I would need a separate sanding platform put in place after the attachment was fitted. This is located on top with dowels.  Here's the result of my afternoon's efforts,(no sanding drum yet-waiting on an order from Ebay:)):



Most of my silver jewellery is going to be inspired by the trees and plants venerated by Ancient Britons.  I often walk up local hills take in my surroundings and sketc…

Life, The Universe And Everything...well not quite...or even close

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Ok, here goes....
On Life....
First of all I'd like to extend my deepest sympathy to those involved in the M5 crash on the 4th of November 2011; to the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured and those who were lucky enough to survive.
On the night of the accident I was driving 'up country' from Cornwall with my wife and son and made our usual stop at Cullompton Services to stretch our legs.  What was unusual was having to put some more petrol in my tank.  I have never underfilled before and I have been doing this journey for 15 years. 
It was this unscheduled stop and difficulties with obtaining a coffee that proved a Godsend.  A coachload of students suddenly joining the queue at Macdonalds prevented a quick getaway, and a shopkeeper opening the coffee machine to clean it meant I would be compelled to buy a coffee from the onsite petrol station.  This provided a seemingly innocent dilemma involving a choice of danish pastries offered in a deal. My son is fussy …

Change Of Plan

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This is a quick rough sketch of the garage kit I'll be creating.  It will be around 30cm high and is based on a scene from the graphic novel I'm working on.





I have created the armature and started to bulk it out with foil.  I will show them in my next post.

I have found working directly with flesh coloured polymer so incredibly restricting that i have had to shelve my previous project.  The Puppen Fimo was a nightmare to blend and smooth and the addition of dilutent made the clay mushy.  Also the attempts to keep the polymer free of dust proved distracting.
I will be using Super Sculpey Firm for this build as it is a joy to work with and makes the sculpting process so much more intuitive.

St Ives And Plymouth

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Here are a couple of mobile pictures taken of St Ives where I live and Plymouth's Barbican where I occasionally visit. 
St Ives harbour often gets a visit by a seal which my wife managed to capture...on film I mean:)






The harbour at the Barbican.  There are some great antique shops, cafe's etc here.

Xyla's Quest Chapter 1 Update

Merrdyn poured Hagen some Mead and joined him in a drink next to the hearth.  The beakers were particularly fine, befitting his status as High Druid, carved from the finest horn with silver mounts which glinted in the firelight.  He passed one to his friend whose large hands dwarfed the vessal which he eagerly put it to his lips.
       Hagen used an iron rod to revive the flagging fire, sending up sparks which flitted like fireflies into the roofspace and plumes of smoke that permeated the straw thatch.
The two old friends stared at the flames transfixed by their hypnotic dance.  A loud 'crack' from a candescent log stirred Merrdyn from his trance and prompted him to speak.
        "I fear the dark days foretold in my visions are nearly upon us," said Merrdyn.  Consumed by trepidation his gaze drifted away from Hagen's face and became lost in the middle distance.  Hagen tried to bring him back with words of reassurance.  "We have heeded many bad omens and sur…

Xyla's Way, Story excerpts

Here are a couple of short passages from the first two chapters of the book:

Chapter 1

Merrdyn poured Fryek some Mead and joined him next to the hearth.  The beakers were particularly fine, befitting someone of Merrdyn's status as High Druid, carved from horn with silver mounts which glinted in the firelight. 
       Fryek used an iron rod to revive the flagging fire sending up sparks which flitted like fireflies into the roofspace and plumes of smoke that permeated the straw thatch.
The two old friends stared at the flames transfixed by their hypnotic dance.  A loud 'crack' from a candescent log stirred Merrdyn from his trance and prompted him to speak.
        "I fear the dark days foretold in my visions are nearly upon us," Said Merrdyn.  Consumed by trepidation his gaze drifted away from Fryek's face and became lost in the middle distance. 
Fryek tried to bring him back with words of reassurance.  "We have heeded many bad omens and survived countless th…

Xyla's Look

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I've been fleshing out the story on which some of my sculptures will be based.  So I have to finalise the look of the character.  Here is my shortlist of three:


I'm going to put it to the vote on a couple of forums and base my decision on the consensus there and on my Blogs.

I Have A Plan:)

I will be posting on both this and my Avalon Sculpture Blog from now on.  

I am feeling particularly inspired at the moment so I am going to be producing as much work as I can in various mediums.  


I had a similar impetus in energy the other year but I didn't act on it, but this time I want to make the most of it:)

Test Logo For My Jewellery Range

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Quite happy with the design for the logo/jewellery stamp. Trying to decide on the fill.








Sketchbook Jewellery Designs

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Here are a few jewellery designs which I will be making in silver and copper, and maybe bronze. All based on a natural theme.