Tuesday, December 29, 2009

* New Creation * Star Flower

This is another of my super duper new creations made on a fabulously creative Friday night..... I know it would probably be better for my social life if I was out with friends meeting people or something, but I was feeling in the zone that night and didn't have a headache (after four solid days of pain I was ready for a nice clear head).
I gave this one to my brothers girlfriend, Manuela, for Christmas (well she chose it from my collection) and the picture is of it hanging around her lovely neck :-)
xx K

Heart of Hearts Pendant * Commissioned Piece *

This piece was created especially for a chap I know through work. I sure hope his beautiful girlfriend likes her Christmas gift!
It turned out fantastically! I used a different method to get the brushed effect and am very happy with the result. The other brushed pieces I've done have a softer finish, but I like the way more light refracts of the deeper etching on this pendant.
xx K

* New Creation * Spike Flower

I know. Spike Flower is another not very interesting name for a piece.... brain tired as explained previously...
This piece is now listing in etsy and made it stores.

Update: Sat. 16th Jan 2010 - This piece is now ~sold~ 
P.S. It's actually a dandilion.... how brain dead am I!?

* New Creation * Swirl Flower

Swirl Flower isn't exactly a very inspired name for this one, but I've been driving all day (well it feels like it anyway) and my brain is not feeling very creative. And yes it is now listed on etsy and made it...
 I found some pretty scrapbooking papers while in Gympie for the holidays... do you like it? I thought I'd try out some different backgrounds to iPhotog my stuff on.
:-) xx K

* New Creation * SOLD!

This is the other new one that was sold before getting listed.
Thanks to the lovely Tanya my neighbour for loving owls and buying it for herself (from hubby of course) for Christmas. xx K

* New Creation * SOLD!

This one of my recent creations which was sold before landing in my etsy and made it stores!!!
I like it, I like it a lot! :-)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Stuff Now on Etsy!

Monday, December 14, 2009

* New Creation * Quadrant

I practiced staging my creations in the iShoot tonight... I still needs lots of practice...

This pair is listed in my made it store also....
Don't ask how I come up with names, they just appear
Time for this little chicken to hit the sack.

* New Creation * Sweet Daisy

Pretty, yummy, daisy dangles now in store....
will be up in the etsy store tomorrow night...

* New Creation * Triangulation

Okay. Another new one for the made it store... well not new really... I posted this one on here a while ago, I have just now refined and put the finishing touches to it... also waiting on new stock of sterling silver chains to hang the stuff from.
I hoping to get the stuff I've posted on made it tonight up on etsy tomorrow night...

* New Creation * Double Trouble

This is one of my newest creations... final touches added today. It is now listed in my madeit store...
There is a link to the right of my blog that will take you straight to my store. I haven't listed it on etsy yet. Big weekend.... must get some sleep :-)
Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bella loves the bookshelf

Yesterday while I was busy adding stuff to my made it store
Bella decided to explore the reading materials on the bookshelf
in the study. I have no idea how she got up there. I saw movement
out of the corner of my eye, looked up and there she was.
Such a little monkey cat.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Creations * Dangley Earrings *

It is so past bed time for me tonight, I feel constantly exhausted at the moment. I don't know if it's the heat keeping from sleeping soundly or the frantic buzzing of new ideas around my brain. Probably a combination of both, but more so the buzzing.... so many ideas.... so few recreational hours in the day....

I think my Bella is wondering why I'm spending so much time in the study tonight, she has been popping in occasionally to check out what I'm doing, and rub against my leg a little. Sometimes she stays for a chat, most times she leaves in disgust!

On Monday night I got busy and created a few bits to go on dangley earrings. Tonight I finished, photographed and listed them in the Etsy store. Epic! So glad that's over.

I managed to make a mess of liver of sulfur in my workshop while finishing the earrings off and have tarnished my rings, stained a few towels and a countless number of tools. Oops.... I still have the stench up my nose and on my hands..... Yucko! Yuck! Yuck!

The tarnish will come off the rings and tools with a bit of elbow grease (that reminds me, I must go find said rings), the towels will wash clean and the smell will be gone by the morning.

Yawn! G'nite all.

xx K

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Busy Busy.....

Now that I've finished adding my latest creations to my Etsy store it's time for a break. I need to go food shopping, then perhaps I'll vege in front of the telly for a while, and think about what to snack on for dinner, since I've only just had lunch.

Ciao for now!

New Creation *Autumn Leaves*

After firing and finishing this piece I decided a patina to highlight the leaves was in order, then a bit of a polish of the leaves to bring them to a high shine. I think it's a nice contrast the matte silver surrounds.

I've decided I really like this one and don't want to sell it. But alas it is not mine and I'm sure there is a person out there who it would be perfect for.


New Creations in my * Etsy Store *

Check out the first ever listings in my etsy store! Yay!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

COMING SOON * Etsy Store

Hi peeps,

Over the next week I will be listing items for sale in my etsy store.

This weekend it is my mission to do a "photoshoot" - perhaps this should be referred to as an "iShoot" as my iphone camera copes better with close up shots than my real camera. I'll then commence "stocking" the store with goodies for purchase :-)

I'll let you know once there is something to look at!

Ciao for now :-P
xx K

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Creation * Pik me! Pik me! *

Check out the li'l fellas all in a row :-)
This one could be worn as a choker on a piece of ribbon
or worn lower on a long chain.

New Creation ** Triangulation **

 I'm thinking about brushing some liver of sulfur in the indentations
to bring out the detail a little more and then giving it a good buff to shine it up.

New Creation ** Squarey Square **

I like the brushed finish on this one.
I used course sandpaper before and after firing to give it the soft lines.
I will give it another going over with sandpaper to smooth
out the rough spots.

New Creation ** Flutterby **

Purdy butterfly. This one has a flower stamped onto it then the
butterfly shape was cut out, and to finish off a wee ball of
fine silver placed at the center of the flower.
I'd like to hang this one on a chain by the wings.

New Creation ** Swirly Star **

I like the roughness to this piece it contrasts nicely with the swirly perfection.
Wear it high on a piece of leather cord.

Messy Workshop and Prometheus in Bake Mode

I made some pendants over the weekend, finished them yesterday so tonight was firing night.

Here's a pic of Promey cooking up a storm and the organised ciaos on my bench.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My first ever commissioned piece * * SOLD * *

This is a piece I finished today in the lovely new kiln.

Custom made for my lovely friend Lou from London for her lovely friend Dani in NSW. And I got paid for it!! Yay yay yay!!!!!

Wa da ya think?


P.S The kiln works a treat. Can't wait to make and bake some more stuff :-P

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Garage work area/bench - finally!!!

Today made it my mission to clean up an area in my garage to set up 'the work area'. It just so happens there has always been the perfect position under a window and between the two build in cupboards, with a power point nice and handy. I've been picturing that spot as my work area for ages now. Now I have it. Yaya!

The shelf that the lamp is attached to is a reject door from my kitchen reno (too big, had to order a new one), I knew I kept it lying around for a reason. I used liquid nails to attach it to the shelf brackets that were already there. Call me little miss dodgy if you must.

Getting the table was the most teadious part. After a trip to bunnings, a scratch around big w, target and finally the warehouse I  found one! I didn't think it would be so hard to find cheap sturdy melamine topped table, believe me it's an epic pain.

Can't wait to get the kiln and put it in it's place on the left side of the bench. I'll be sure to post more pics when my new friend Prometheus is in the house. It will be fabulous!

It looks nice and tidy and a little sparse now, but I don't think it will be too long before I get everything down stairs and stuff all over the place :-)

Time for a cuppa and a bicky :-)

One Small Step for Man.... A Giant Leap for JBK

On Thursday I ordered my jewellery kiln. Early Christmas pressie for meeeeee!!!!!! I'm so excited!

Don't get me wrong, I do love my trusty butane torch but it does have its limitations. Like not being able to fire a flat piece larger than a ten cent piece or hollow forms and other fun stuff. Good for the basics but not for the kind of jewellery I really want to make.

Can't wait to get it and fire the pieces I have been working on. This past week I've created a few simple pendants (including my first commissioned piece! Yay!) and a ring. Once they're fired I'll post some pics.

I've been madly sketching away coming up with ideas for all kinds of stuff. Although that doesn't mean I will make every design I come up with... give it time... and with inspiration coming at a rapid rate it could be dangerous to my hip pocket if I don't start selling very soon. Now the kiln is on it's way I can go a little nuts and get a bunch of pieces made to sell at a market stall.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Back of the Pendants...

See I put my JBK and fine silver mark (.999) on the back.

They look rough but that's what I like so much about metal clay :-)

The Finished Pendants/Charms

I'm very happy how these turned out. They are a great size to use as an ID charm on the kitties collars... If they wore them. They are
indoor only rascals so no need for neckwear... Although I'm sure
disserning wee kitty fashionistas out there would happily wear them.

I've managed to send this post from my iphone! Woot woot to me! I love technology!!!!

A picture of the backs is coming up next.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Paw Print Pendant/Charm - The Beginning

The picture to the left is of the two pendants slash charms I made this evening. One "finger" print from Bella and one from Alvin.

Bella (the tortie) and Alvin (the ginga) are my kitties (see below right pic). Well Alvin is my part time kitty and Bella's playmate for a few days at a time. If they spend too much time together one gets crazy and one gets cranky. Alvin is crazy and Bella is the cranky one. Bless my precious Bella she loves her alone time with Mummy, and having her house all to herself. Dear Alvin just makes himself at home and kicks Bella out of bed.

Getting back to the pendants/charms. These are still wet, and look a bit messy (perhaps it's the not so hot photography). Tomorrow night when they are dry I will file and finish the edges and then fire them with the little torch. Gotta love the butane!

Ciao for now!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What is this Metal Clay stuff anyway?

Metal Clay is a pure silver metal powder combined with non toxic organic binder and water. It feels like clay, looks like clay but when fired, the binder burns away, leaving pure, 99.9% fine silver.

Metal Clay comes in lump form, as a paste (in a syringe), a slip (in a pot) and as "paper". Each type lends itself to different uses and effects, and all can be combined in the one project.

Raw Metal Clay can be rolled, sculpted and shaped easily with fingers and other simple tools.

When it is dry it can be sanded, filed, engraved, drilled and pre-polished.

Once it has been fired it can be treated like any other pure silver. File it, shape it, burnish it and give it a patina. Perhaps you wish to set a stone in it or maybe enamel or glass, go ahead, do it, the possibilities are endless. And this is why I love the stuff.

Metal Clay also comes in gold, bronze and copper variants, each with their own unique finishes and methods of firing.

Thanks for reading.

Metal Clay Pendant

This is a pendant I made a couple of weeks ago.

  • 22mm x 25mm
  • Liver of sulpher patina

I wore it today on the ribbon necklace. I think it looks nice.

I'll be making more of these with different patterns.

Simple but effective.

Thanks for reading.

Silversmithing 101

Ok. These two pieces were made in my silversmithing workshop (an entire exhausting weekend!).

First came the ring. Technically not first, first. First we spent a good 3 hours learning to cut straight lines, zigzag lines and wavy lines in a piece of brass with a jewellers saw. I lost count of the number of blades I broke...

Then came the ring, we spent the evening measuring, shaping and filing. So first real project but not first thing to learn in the class :-)

On day two came the pendant, after more broken saw blades and a few cut fingers...oops! Once the bleeding stopped it was pretty smooth sailing!

Our teachers were fantastic with a combined 90 years experience as jewellers. WOW! Thanks Elmer and Sue! Especially Sue for all the lovely cups of tea and crunchy yummy biscuits.

Thanks for reading.

My First Experience with Metal Clay

This is a bunch of shinny things I made in my first metal clay workshop. The little bits will be used in a charm bracelet, the larger pendant will be mounted with a sterling silver bail, and the rest well... who knows....

The large pendant in the middle has had a liver of sulpher patina applied to give it a tarnished look, the raised part of the design was burnished then polished with a silver cloth to bring out the shinny detail.

All the other bits were scrubbed and burnished to a high shine.

As you can see I haven't worked how to change the orientation of photo's once uploaded yet, sigh...

Thanks for reading!


From the beginning I've been creative in one way or another. My earliest memories are of endless drawing of princess gowns (they couldn’t be called dresses, they were way too fabulous for that) and hand sewing clothes for my treasured Barbie doll (and sometimes myself) out of scraps of fabric I scavenged from my Mum’s sewing room.

In my early years at primary school I loved to paint (I wasn't good at it but loved it none the less). High school gave me art classes and Miss Radunz my favourite teacher. Her tuition nurtured my passion for all things "arty". At first I thought I wanted to get into fashion (you know all those pretty dresses drawn in childhood), I thought I could do it, then I realized perhaps I should get a real job. I wasn’t that good at sewing anyways and found it just took to long to get the end product. So that’s where I left it, at the gates of the school when I graduated in ’89.

Many years later, on a not particularly noteworthy miserably rainy day in a small country town my boredom lead to the discovery of beading and jewellery making. My good friend Tennille and I wanted to go to the beach, but because of the aforementioned rain and misery we headed instead to a dollar shop in the main street of the small town I lived in, to find something to amuse ourselves.

After wandering the isles of cheap stuff, I happened upon a revolving stand of pretty, shinny things. After a small discussion with my friend and the purchase of a selection of pretty, shinny things we headed back to my Mum’s house and commenced creating. My friend discovered she wasn’t that interested in making jewellery or beading, but for me it was a revelation, an epiphany, something I’d never done before but felt I’d being doing for ever.

That was about 7 years ago and since then I’ve settled back in Brisbane, made many, many pretty things, sold and given away many, many of those pretty things. I have accumulated a rather large collection of beads and stuff and am always looking for more to add to the collection, even though I’ve not been creating as much as I would like to the past few years.

In July this year I went to a local bead and gem show with hopes of reviving my flagging creativity and pick up a few pretty beads in the process, naturally!. This is when I first heard of Precious Metal Clay (PMC). I signed up for a 3 hour workshop on that day and fell in love. What an amazing product, so many possibilities, so shinny when all polished up!

A few weeks after discovering PMC I attended a beginners Silversmithing workshop that I’d signed up for months before. This was fabulous too and got me thinking. Thinking about what I want to do with my life and where I would like to be. I think I want to be sitting in my garage workshop creating stuff, making jewellery, getting my hands dirty. I think this is the beginning of something good. Something that’s been in the back of my mind for a very long time.

Thanks for reading.