Cast Away

Cast Away

The eighth design from the Spring/Summer 2007-8 Collection.

Imagine being marooned on a desert island and creating this necklace with bits & pieces you found at the edge of the water.

Inspired by the lustre of the coral discs that draw attention to the earthy beauty of the natural stones, this is what I imagined as I made this necklace.

A standout design.

Strung on tiger tail, & finished with a gold-plated lobster clasp & split ring.

Necklace Length: 47 centimetres.

With 6 centimetre extender chain.

Price:  SOLD

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Mad for Millinery

The Melbourne Cup is only days away, & Australian milliners are working well in to the night to finish orders for the big day.

I definitely don’t claim to be a milliner – although it is on my ‘to-do’ list, learn millinery.  I think of myself more as a ‘hat finisher’.  I purchase the base & finish it with an assortment of feathers, flowers, sinamay & ribbon. 

Shabby Chic is one of the hats I’ve finished for the Spring Racing Carnival.  It is a small brim, black straw base with 2 divine flowers as the feature at the front.

 

At the side I’ve threaded wire through gold/black ribbon to create a sculptural interest, & added a couple of glossy feathers.

As with my jewellery designs, each hat I finish is a one-of-a-kind design, as I don’t purchase enough materials to do it twice.

If you are interested in the Shabby Chic hat, it is available for purchase.  Please click on the link to my eCrater Store or alternatively contact me through comments. 

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Recycled Mobile Phone Jewellery

“What the?”, I hear you say!

Each time I log in to the internet I scroll through the Sydney Morning Herald.  It’s my few minutes to catch up on the news of the day.

This article caught my eye this evening.

The jeweller is taking the gold, silver & copper from unused mobile phones, & re-using the materials to make jewellery. 

Brilliant idea really.  Not only are you reducing the amount of toxic land fill & energy used to mine the raw materials, but you have a beautiful bauble at the end of the process.  And the recycled ‘bits’ from the phones have other useful applications as well.

So…. how many old phones are lurking in the back of your cupboard.  I know I definitely have 2 phones not being used in mine.  Why not find your nearest  MobileMuster drop off point, & do one more positive thing to help our environment. 

I know I’m going to.

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Tropical Rose

Tropical Rose

The seventh design from the Spring/Summer 2007-8 Collection.

Sassy & subtle.

The perfect adornment for a casual gathering with friends, or a day at the beach.

Featuring a large teardrop shell pendant, with a hand carved black shell rose.  A small coral heart dangle adds a little something special.

Strung on leather cord, and finished with pearl dangles.

Necklace Length: 57 centimetres.

Price: SOLD

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Fascinators – 2007

          

Fascinators are a lot like jewellery. 

How, you ask? 

The styles & designs are endless.   While the materials – sinamay, crin, feathers & flowers – remain the same, the way in which they can be put together is limitless. 

Your own personal style will dictate the type of fascinator you choose.  For me, I like the large, really-get-you-noticed styles.  Mind you, I have short hair & can’t actually wear them, but if I had the hair to support a fascinator, I’d go big.   

Luscious Lilac (pictured above) is an example of a very feminine, feathery design.  With a sequined flower nestled among small, soft feathers, this design will suit the young & the young at heart.  

Diamante Dream is an example of the get-you-noticed style that I prefer.  A blue & pink diamante flower sparkles in the centre of a black feather flower, accentuated with stand-out hot pink & black feathers.  For the slightly more adventurous lady, this fascinator is stylish enough to be noticed in the crowd. 

 

If you were to ask me how to choose a fascinator, I’d give very much the same advice as I have done for jewellery….  if you really love it, go with it.  Try it on.  See how it looks.  How does it make you feel? 

And most of all – have fun!

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