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So, it’s weekend time, but that doesn’t mean any rest for me! Nope, I have too many things on the go, and have to keep going regardless.. I was slowed down a little by some flu last week, and my mom visiting last weekend – but for the latter I didn’t mind taking a break – I only see my mom 3 or 4 times a year, so love it when I do! 🙂

But – as I mentioned – I have lots of work that needs finishing! First up – Artisan Gallery in Florida Road, Durban, is opening a new exhibition just in time for the soccer world cup – called “Local is Lekker”.. So – I scratched my brains to think of all the things I love about SA, and since making jewellery showing the entire Drakensberg range could be tricky, I decided instead to go for 2 themes: Awesome Indigenous Pretty things, and, well, yummy stuff! Here are some pics of my work in progress, far from finished, but I have a few evenings! (And people wonder why my work isn’t too complex – there’s no time for it to be! 😉 )

So – on top of piercing like a maniac to finish for the exhibition, it also looks like I might be stocking an awesome concept shop in Cape Town – a pop-up shop called The Fringe Arts – which moves locations.. Fingers crossed – they’re announcing the new location this week, and I’m working hard just in case I need to send stock in a hurry! 🙂 Check them out at: http://www.facebook.com/thefringearts

So, on top of that, I still have to make up new stock for shops, the next I heart Market (5 June!), and of course new stock for my Etsy shop – although I’m thinking of re-naming it my Treksy shop – as all I seem to keep selling is Star Trek Earrings! 😉

So, anyhow, that’s my news for now – will keep you all updated on exhibition details etc – and please don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop in the meantime – http://www.etsy.com/shop/starbrightgirl – I really would appreciate the support! Have a great week everyone – for the Northern Hemispherians, I hope summer feels like it’s on it’s way – I am in full anticipation of winter down here, and can’t wait to start layering up properly! Cheers! 🙂

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So – I have a few minutes to spare (major deadline for tomorrow, so 6:45am – the only time I have free today!) – and I thought I’d put up a variety of pics…

silver metal clay studsFirst up – the studs I made from Precious Metal Clay (Silver). Now – I must say, this medium would probably take a while to perfect, but I’m not sure I’ll work in it again.. Whilst I do like the high shine of the .999 silver fronts (molded, torch-fired, sanded & polished), I found the clay too messy to work with. Stuck to my fingers, then dried fast, and I had a hard time trying to add patterning (the other hearts I did were a complete fail, and will be heading off for refining!) I think I’m going to stick to working with wax, and traditional casting in the future, but it was a fun – although expensive! – experience..

sterling silver heart ringNext is a little sterling silver heart ring I made up. I’ve been wanting to do some extremely simple, but fun pieces, and this came out nicely, and really seemed to catch people’s attention at the market last week.. It’s a simple sand-blasted shank, with a flat heart on the top, polished to a mirror finish.. The contrast makes the simplicity work, I think – and I’ll be doing more with stars soon, I think.

black flowerhk broochlts earringsOk – so here we have a few new(ish) Perspex pieces.. The black flower is an order I made up for someone (the flowers I use for earrings, normally), but it looks awesome on the black rubber neckpiece.. The Hello Kitty brooch – well, everytime I’ve made them up, they sell out, so must do some more!!! Then the little twin star earrings, they’re just super-cute (as much as I love HK, I think I loved Little Twin Stars and My Melody more, as a kid..) I love the fact that they’re non-matching, but still make up a set! 🙂

our studioAnd then finally – this is me and my hubby in our studio (spare room!) last night at 8pm.. Yup, Saturday night, and we were both at home working! He’s a freelance illustrator in his spare time, and is doing some pencil renditions of all the new stadiums in SA built for the Soccer World Cup next year.. It’s cool that we can work in close proximity (even if he’s anti-social with his headphones on! – mind you, I was sawing for hours, so don’t really blame him! 😉 ) And so I’ll leave you for the week – hope you have an awesome one 🙂 We’re off to the the Drakensberg with the in-laws next weekend, and I am really looking forward to some well-earned relaxation time for both of us! Megs xx

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So, why is it that within a week, a bench can turn from a neat and ordered work area, into a crazy mess??

Point in case:

Messy Jewellery Bench

I’d love to say it’s a sign I’m working hard – but truthfully, it becomes a dumping ground during the week! Luckily I have quite a few orders this week, so will have to clear off so I can actually do some work! In the meantime though – anyone got tips on how to keep it clean??!

Onto happier news though, I’m going to be trying out the Port Elizabeth market – will be sending stock to a brand new shop called Silver Spoon Boutique, opening next weekend (see flier for opening below) – so I’m going to send a nice variety of stock down there, and fingers crossed, PE people will like my work! And good luck to Stephanie – hope the opening goes great! (One of these days I’d actually like to visit PE – gotta say, I’ve only ever driven through.. Once… 😦  )

silverspoon

In other news – my experiments in Precious Metal Clay should be starting in a few weeks – have some awesome ideas on how to merge PMC work, with traditional jewellery work (and excellent finishes) – so will keep you informed of my progress 🙂

Have a wonderful week all! (On a side note, I am making it my mission to blog at least once a week, and it will usually be on a weekend – so keep checking to see my news! 😀 )

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