Magnets!


Heart-shaped polymer clay magnets

These are listed in my Etsy shop. I enjoyed making these – I was faffing about at my desk today and saw a pot of magnets I’ve had sitting there for months, and started playing around with them. I really like how they’ve come out 🙂 Hopefully I will have some more different shapes and colours available in the next few days.

That’s about it from me for today 🙂

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Pictures!

Coo-eee! I’ve mainly got pictures today 🙂


Another bracelet in my shop 🙂


And another! I had fun playing with different bead shapes for this one 🙂


I got some heart and star shaped mini cookie cutters this week! 😀


A shot of Amanda Palmer at her gig on Wednesday night in London – amazing gig, had a fantastic night!

Feeling pretty good at the moment! *touch wood* I’m spending Valentine’s weekend with Mr Y in London, I’m very excited! And I feel rather pleased with myself that I’ve managed to update my blog more regularly (again, touch wood!). If you’re reading this, leave me a comment to say hello! I like to know who’s reading 😀

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Who needs love…

… When there’s Southern Comfort?

I am having a manic Amanda Palmer sesh at the moment – I’m currently listening to her doing a live set on BBC Radio 6 (Hopefully it will be available to listen again online!) which is getting me VERY excited for seeing her on Wednesday at the Electric Ballroom in Camden 😀 You can listen to some of her stuff here! She also does an amazing cover of Creep by Radiohead on the ukelele.

Anyway, fangirl moment over…!


Another bracelet…


…And another 🙂

Been on a bit of a roll with these! I’ve got a huge stack of clay to be getting on with now, and some cookie cutters on the way in the post. Hopefully some new jewellery ideas on the way soon 🙂

I’ve been thinking, it feels weird – I got into craft by way of knitting and sewing, it seems odd to be doing lots of stuff with clay and nothing with yarn or fabric. I guess I have a short attention span when it comes to crafts haha.

Hopefully I can get some more bracelets done tomorrow whilst in a sedative-induced fog – I’m having a wisdom tooth extracted. Eeep. Bit nervous, I don’t like needles. But apparently it’s just like feeling drunk, haha.

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Woo!

I did get my act together! I’ve just listed a new bracelet on Etsy, and I’m very excited. I always get really nervous about listing on Etsy – what if it doesn’t sell? What if no-one likes it? But hey, you don’t know til you try, right?

I also tested the waterproofness (yes, that IS a word) of the varnish, as I was a bit nervous about it. Turns out it is fine! Hurrah! Although in the process of testing it I did manage to spill half the jar all over my desk, cutting mat and beads. Not so hurrah.

Converting everything to and fro between pounds and dollars is a pain, especially as the exchange rate is no longer roughly £1 = $2 🙁 But the Etsy spreadsheet has proved useful in working out fees and material costs etc.

Anyway, I shall make some more beads tonight, and hopefully have another bracelet or two to list in the next couple of days! 😀

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Bracelet!


Polymer clay bead bracelet

You may remember seeing these beads before – that bracelet was ill-fated, as the wire snapped the first time I wore it 🙁 I’m definitely glad I wore it before I put it on Etsy! However, I have been wearing the new improved version since I made it a few days ago and it has held up perfectly 🙂

I really enjoyed making this from start to finish – the beads are nice and simple to make (and I kind of like how they all have bits of my fingerprints in them, it’s like having a bit of me in what I make 🙂 However, I watch far too much CSI and am now paranoid I’ll be framed for some horrible crime or something.) The varnishing stage is a bit faffy, but I love stringing the beads onto the elastic – I always wondered why children are often given wooden beads and thread to play with, but I can totally understand it! It’s so calming and mindless. I often have to take beads off as I’ve put far too many on the thread, haha.

Anyway, hopefully I can get my act together this weekend and get some more bracelets made, to list on Etsy. I downloaded a nifty little spreadsheet from Etsy and had a play with it last night. There’s something I find fun about playing with spreadsheets and seeing the formulae doing their thing (bearing in mind I hate maths. But now I want to fill it up for real 😀

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PS – congratulations America! We had a little party on Tuesday to celebrate Obama’s inauguration. Here’s to the next four years!



Etsy <3

OK, so I’m a bit addicted to Etsy at the moment…


More hangers

I made these last weekend, which brings my current Etsy inventory to a towering two. But you’ve got to start somewhere, hey! I really want to get cracking and make some more of these but the shop where I get the hangers from is out of stock >.<

I’ve seriously been on Etsy SO much recently; posting on the forums, in chat, even in the Virtual Labs (such a cool feature!) and it’s so much fun chatting to people and seeing some of the amazing things people make. I also saw the Gocco How-To video and now I want a Gocco! Although they are seemingly very hard to get hold of in the UK, and very expensive! Plus I just don’t get how the ink doesn’t go everywhere… Anyway, yay, Etsy 😀

I’ve come up with a pattern for crochet string bags and I want to make some for Etsy ASAP, but finding organic cotton yarn (preferably handspun) has proved hard, although I’ve found some on… Etsy 😀 I’m going to buy that next week so I can get cracking over Easter.

Sorry I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit, things have been good and not so good and busy and lethargic and not very productive! But I’ve handed in a couple of quite big pieces of college work so I feel more positive and less stressed out – I stress because I know I have work to do but I avoid it and then I feel guilty for avoiding it and in my guilt I don’t do anything.

…Yeah.

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Quick update…

Not much going on – the hat I was knitting was ripped out because I forgot where I was in my made-up-not-written-down-see-how-it-goes pattern. But this afternoon I made some more hangers…


Hanger set #3!

 so I’ve just put those in my Etsy shop 🙂 Hopefully there’ll be another item or two in there by next weekend.

I hope you’ve all had a good weekend, we made sushi yesterday. We need to invest in a sharper knife though, it got a bit messy!

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