Jewellery Designing

A New Workshop – A Spring Update

It’s been too long since I’ve last posted on my blog! Christmas is always a manic time of year for a maker and alongside the seasonal rush, I’ve been kept busy organising my new workshop space.

I spent the hectic Christmas working from my kitchen, while my new workshop and office was being built. As you can imagine, I’m delighted that it’s now finished and I can spend more time making lots of jewellery!

Here’s some photos of my new workshop and some works in progress on the bench.

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Lots of works in progress: a messy bench =a happy jeweller!
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I love my new pegboard, but how long will it stay this organised?!
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Soldering – one of my favourite jobs
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I love the light in my new workshop
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A personalised interlinking rings pendant
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I’m so pleased with my new logo stamp! All my gift boxes are made from eco-friendly materials

I’m really enjoying designing and making in my new workshop, look out for some new designs coming soon!

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Christmas is Coming! My Upcoming Festive Craft Fairs.

I’m very excited to share with you the festive craft fair events I’ll be attending this year. It’s a super busy time for most makers, so I’ve started planning early!

I’m looking forward to showcasing some great new pieces of jewellery along with my usual favourite designs.  I really enjoy meeting my customers face to face, so I’d love it if you’re able to visit any of my Christmas Fairs!

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 Here’s a list of my upcoming Christmas craft fairs:

13th November – 20th November: Kentish Made, Aysgarth, High Street, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0AU opening times to be confirmed

Saturday 25th November: Dandelion Time Festive Gift Fair, Branden Farm, Staplehurst Road, Marden, Kent, TN12 9BT  10am-2pm

Saturday 2nd December: Poppinghole Farm Christmas Fair, Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5BN  10 – 4pm

Saturday 9th December: Kitsch and Stitch Christmas Fair, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent  10am – 3pm

Saturday 16th December: Meadows School Barnados Christmas Fair 20-22 London Rd, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells TN4 0RJ 11am-2pm

Sunday 17th December: I Heart Whitstable, The Umbrella Centre, Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ  11am-4pm

Don’t forget that you can browse my jewellery designs from my Folksy shop

Do come and say hello, I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Jewellery Designing

Woodland Inspired Fern Jewellery

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I’m pleased to share with you my latest makes! Inspired by peaceful woodland walks along paths shaded with ferns, I’ve created a beautiful eco silver pendant and earrings. These pieces are made using Precious Metal Clay; the clay is imprinted with a real fern leaf from my garden, fired in a kiln and then oxidised for a beautiful rustic finish. The finished pieces are 99.9% pure silver.

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Precious Metal Clay is a fabulous eco-friendly material which uses silver recycled from industrial processes. I love using it in some of my designs as it easily takes impressions from my nature finds!

Handmade silver clay rectangle pendant leaf pattern

And here’s the matching earrings…

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I love them so much I decided to make a pendant using copper clay too. Matching earrings will be following soon, so watch this space!

With autumn fast approaching, the lovely warm tones of this copper jewellery complement the season perfectly!

This handmade fern leaf pattern jewellery is available to order from my Folksy shop.  Let me know what you think? I’d love to hear from you!

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My Jewellery Takes a Trip to Wales

I’m very pleased to have been involved in a photo shoot with the talented Yeshen Venema as part of an exciting promotion with Folksy.  Along with lots of other lovely products all handmade by Folksy sellers, my jewellery took a trip to Wales. It was to be part of a shoot in the beautiful, rustic surroundings of the Welsh House and styled by Hilary Lowe.

I’d love to share the finished images with you, they are really beautiful!

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Floral copper bar pendant
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Eco Silver Teardrop Pendant with Leaf Pattern
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Rainbow Fluorite and Oxidised Sterling Silver Necklace
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The front view of the same necklace
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Red Aluminium Folk Heart Pendant with Garnet Bead
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Oxidised Copper Folk Art Bird Stud Earrings

I’m really pleased with them and can’t wait to use them in my Folksy shop, where all items are available to order.

So a big thank you again to Yeshen and to Folksy!

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A Trip to Greenwich Market

 

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Last Friday, we had a rare day off and took a trip to Greenwich Market.  We hadn’t visited for a while and wanted to see what the recent renovations were like.

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We walked through the leafy park and then set off to explore the new, updated market.

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I’ve had some of my jewellery for sale in the shop Things British for a while now and wanted to visit in person to restock.

Things British is a lovely little shop, just off of the main market and only sells gifts designed and made in Great Britain.

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My shelf at Things British, all nicely restocked!

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Sterling, Eco silver and copper goodies, all handmade by me!

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Luckily there was time to have a proper browse of the market and walk past the Cutty Sark towards the river.

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IMG_9920 It was a lovely day; my husband and I rarely have time to go out together unaccompanied. We’re looking forward to visiting again soon, next time we may even bring The Little Chick!

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Made in Ashford – Supporting Local Businesses

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For the last five months I have been showcasing my handmade jewellery in the Independent shop, Made in Ashford, in Ashford Kent. The shop started life as a pop -up shop and since January has become a permanent fixture. The shop is a great place to support local creative businesses.

The lovely folk at Love Ashford ( the town’s regeneration team) wanted to interview me about my time at the shop and you can read about it here:

https://www.loveashford.com/read/the-little-red-hen-talks-made-in-ashford

If you’re a Kent based designer/maker and are interested in being involved with Made in Ashford, please get in touch by e-mailing madeinashford@outlook.com

Craft Fairs

My Craft Fair Survival Kit

I’m due to have a stall at a lovely, local craft fair this Saturday. It’s called Kitsch and Stitch and is a great mixture of vintage and handmade goods. I’ve been a regular stall holder at this event, it’s really well organised and has a pop up cafe, serving delicious lunches and cakes, with proceeds going to Hospice in the Weald.

To any craft fair, I always take with me a small kit of essential items: my survival kit!

  • Dressmaking pins and drawing pins – so useful for pinning up anything including wonky bunting or stray necklaces.
  • Sellotape- no survival kit is complete without it!
  • Calculator
  • Pens, pencils and notebook. I like to keep a record of everything sold and although I could use my mobile phone, I still like to have a paper copy!
  • Silver polishing cloth, for last-minute polishing to give my jewellery an added sparkle on the day.
  • Business cards, definitely an essential item as I want people to find out more about The Little Red Hen Jewellery once they’re at home.
  • Spare labels –  there’s always something that has missed the labelling process at home.
  • Flask of coffee –  most fairs are really kind and provide a cup or two of tea and coffee for the stall holders, but I always seem to need more!
  • Baby wipes – for when I inevitably spill my coffee….

 

What’s in your craft fair survival kit? Please tell me in the comments, I’d love to know! x