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The Tubing Book: Now in Paperback

July 20, 2012

It’s here! The book on How To Bend Tubing is now available in paperback.

You can get it from CreateSpace and Amazon. The Kindle edition is online.

tubular belle, turquoise, silver, tube, saxophone

Tubular Belle – Turquoise

Now, back to the seaglass…

Update: The Tubing Book

July 15, 2012
Seaglass Stopper (Open)

I’ve had the ebook version of “How To Bend Tubing” out for about a year now (really?) and thought it was about time I produced a print version. This is in hand, and will be announced shortly, but as I haven’t blogged for a while I thought I’d mention it.

The ebook will be going up on Smashwords soon too, so those of you with Nooks and Kobos and Apple devices will be able to download it without selling your soul to Amazon. But don’t let me stop you if that’s your thang…

Seaglass: Back At The Soldering Block

June 7, 2012

I just love the contrast of textures in this photo:

Bezel of silver on charred soldering block

Some things improve with age…

North American Seaglass Festival, September

May 24, 2012

The North American Seaglass Festival 2012 – it’s worthwhile just clicking on the link for some gorgeous eye candy, seaglass style.

Seaglass! Festival! North America... :(

Seaglass: New Project Underway

May 3, 2012

I’ve just started work on a new jewellery project that I’m really excited about. It will use up some of my seaglass, especially the big chunky aqua pieces, and I’ll blog it as it develops. At each stage I’ll put up pictures of the work in progress and maybe a little step-by-step instruction

I don’t expect to finish it until nearer to Christmas but I hope to have updates at least every month. Each post will have “Seaglass” as the first word in the title so you’ll know what it’s about.

In the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the raw materials:

Blue Seaglass


Lilac Seaglass

Lovely, ain’t they?

Sparklies: Masquerade

March 29, 2012

I remember this well from my childhood. Like many other people my generation and older, I was enchanted by this little piece of art. It sparked a fire within me that has never gone out – the spark that led to archaeology, goldsmithing, and lapidary.

Masquerade - the Hare, by Kit Williams

Masquerade - the Hare, by Kit Williams

As a piece of conceptual art, this one’s very special. A gold and jewelled amulet pendant (pictured), buried somewhere in England, and the clues to its whereabouts concealed in a book of beautiful illustrations by the same artist. Whoever deciphered the clues would be able to identify the spot where the buried treasure was hidden, and claim it for themselves.

Masquerade made headlines. More importantly, it touched the lives of millions of people in a way that books, art and jewellery alone have rarely matched.

Page 3 Bunny

Masquerade - Page 3, Jack

I heard about the hare, and the book, on the TV news when it was buried, but there was no chance I was ever going to be able to do something about it. I lived in Scotland, and my family were not going to fork out for a brand new picture book, never mind drive me all over another country after something which might be a hoax.

The hare, of course, is an animal steeped in myths and pagan lore. It’s often named as a familiar animal of witches, and in the flesh hares have a feisty look, much more wild than a rabbit can muster. Eye to eye it’s spirit is more akin to the badger, another of Britain’s mystic creatures.

But hares are beloved elsewhere too, and the moon-struck hare is a symbol of other cultures across the world. As it says on The Goddess And The Green Man website:

The hare is closely associated with the Moon and with the Goddess.  The hare is Her totem animal.  The Spirit of Hare possesses and gives freely of some special and powerful attributes: life and abundance, fertility (creativity), transformation and generosity.

The hare is the commonest witch familiar, teaching divination and clairvoyance under the moon’s influence.  Associated with moon deities, the image of the hare in the moon appears throughout spiritual traditions the world over. In ancient traditions the hare was associated with the deities of the hunt. Killing and eating the hare was taboo although this was later replaced with a ritual hare hunt at the festival of Ostara/Eostre. 

A couple of years ago, on a trip to a Scottish island for the solstice, we watched the sun set over the Atlantic and drove home along moonlit country roads, no other traffic on the tarmac but a couple of hares which danced across our headlights between fresh-harvested fields. Somehow, with the full moon and the solstice and the solitude of a Western Isle, the hares added a magical quality which completed the night.

Masquerade turned out not to be a hoax, after all.

It’s real, it’s beautiful, it’s very Seventies and it’s part of a forthcoming exhibition at the V&A.

Masquerade - the casket

Masquerade - buried treasure

There’s a small child from thirty years ago tugging at my virtual sleeve. And it’s in my own voice she asks: “Can I go? Please?”

Plans for 2012

January 21, 2012

My plans for 2012 involve making more jewellery (duh).

I’ve got some neat ideas for using up a few of my seaglass pieces, which I’m going to document as I make them. Look out for glorious sparklies and subtle lustre.

Failing that, look out for another helpful booklet or two on obscure techniques and unusual jewellery…

Shards of blue seaglass

Blog posts will probably end up being one a month, or every three weeks, so keep checking back.

Off to the beach now to collect some more!


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