This Weeks News…

Finally! The news I’ve been waiting for…planning permission for my garage conversion was granted on Wednesday and I now have a start date of May 27th, just ten days away – yippee! Which means of course that I will be spending part of the weekend sorting out this mess although, having had a false start it’s not as bad as it was.

I’m quite conscious that under those empty boxes are a lot more full of perfectly usable household items and clothing which have ‘somehow’ accumulated but which I just don’t need. I don’t have the time or resource to deal with this myself at the moment but hate the thought of it going to waste so I’m using an local ‘Eco Clearance’ company who aim to recycle and redistribute as much as they can to the most appropriate area which will leave me with a clear conscience at the same time. Then we get get down to the business of turning it into something a bit more like this…

I’ve still got lots of decisions to make about things like flooring, wall tiles and paint but I think I need to get a feel for the space before I can do that properly. Needless to say excitement is mounting.

I’ve been building  a log list of things to I need for the new work space when it’s finished but I haven’t been able to resist buying a couple of new toys already, the first being this Silhouette Cameo Die Cutter. It’s widely used for sign making and paper crafts but thanks to some very inspirational people in the field I’ve discovered it can also be used to create beautiful jewellery.

Caroline Dewison of Blueberri Beads has designed some beautiful etched pieces using vinyl cut on the Cameo  which achieves a much crisper edge than many other methods.

And Wanaree Tanner, doyenne of the metal clay world has developed a process for using it with sheets of dry metal clay to produce gorgeous cut out work. Check out their work and you’ll see why I just had to have one of these.

Photo by Wanaree Tanner

I’ve also treated myself to this little bench polisher. I’ve always done a lot of my finishing by hand but when I was preparing for the Big Bead show I started getting pains in my hands from the sheer volume of repetitive work and I’ve noticed that I can’t do as much now without my hands beginning to twinge. Obviously it would be a disaster if I couldn’t work because of this so it seemed that this would be a sensible investment.

I haven’t tried either of these gadgets out yet but the Cameo will be trialed on some display cards I need to make for a consignment of components I’ll be sending off to a Bricks and Mortar bead shop in the next few weeks (more of that in a future post) – cheaper to practice on card than clay methinks!. As for the polisher, I’m sure it won’t be too long before that gets a spin…I just need to find it a temporary home.

Something else I’ve been doing this week is making a bit more jewellery and I’m really enjoying it since I’ve been so consumed with the component side of things it’s great to have a bit of a change. My jewellery shop has also been a little neglected of late so I’ve been trying to make some new stock and use my own components more…not always easy when you have a huge stash of other peoples gorgeous goodies.

I will also be concentrating on jewellery whilst the building work is being done as it’s going to be difficult to do much component making. This means there will be no major THEA too updates until after the studio is complete but the shop is well stocked so there is still plenty to choose from. Likewise I won’t be able to make custom orders but am happy to take them for completion in the latter half of June.

Another little bit of excitement for me will be the publication of my first project piece in the June edition of ‘Making Jewellery’ which hits the shops on May 30th. I can’t show you what it is yet but of course I’ll post some pictures when it’s published…It’s a bumper issue with 100 project so worth a look.

Well that ‘s my news for the week..things are about to get a little hectic as you can see but while the building work is going on I will be writing regular posts to show you how it’s progressing so watch this space.

Have a fantastic weekend.


7 thoughts on “This Weeks News…

  1. Brilliant post as ever Lesley, can't wait to be the first to visit you're new studio (hint hint). I adore your leaf bracelet. Seriously need to make something for me! with my leaf….may even have a go today! I'm on holiday don't you know! Claire xx

  2. I am so happy that construction will be starting for you soon! The polisher looks AWESOME and just makes me want to hit the bench with some metal just to use that cool tool! Your jewelry is always so creatively beautiful…truly one-of-a-kind!

  3. I am so glad you are finally getting your work started on that space! I know you are excited! You have good news all around you. I am especially intrigued with your new toy! WOW!

  4. Completely missed this Lesley! Thanks for including my cuffs in your blog! 🙂

    Can't wait to see your new workshop and I'm looking forward to the progress reports!

    Loving all the new toys too, I bet you're bursting to get in and play! Hope it all runs smoothly for you 🙂 x

  5. I picked up a Cameo last November and it has been sitting in my living room, never having found the time to figure it out. I intend to use it for my Monarch Impression Collection by cutting out my own monarch butterfly stencil (the first run of this collection, I did ALL of the stencil cutting by HAND! Crazy!). SO EXCITED! Just the other night, I created my stencil in the Silhouette software and today I will set it up to give the stencils a cut to make sure that I did it right! So excited! And I will be heading over to Caroline Dewison's site to check out her work. And of course I will be bookmarking things here to come back and check up on your studio progress!!

    Here is a little blog post that I did on my Monarch jewellery:

    Best of luck with the reno!
    Peterborough, Ontario

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