We offer a collection of unique, hand-crafted metal, wire & semi-precious gemstones jewellery created individually in our design studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire. We also cut and polish semi precious stones and other rocks (Lapidary). We accept bespoke Lapidary, Jewellery making & Wire Sculpture Tree commissions. Do Visit our website & Online Showroom: www.shaliniaustin.co.uk

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Salmon Pink Pearl Bracelet

This is an absolutely beautiful coil Bracelet using Freshwater Pearls in a delightful shade of Salmon Pink. I really am not able to say too much more, just have a look at the picture :-)
Materials used: Freshwater Dyed Pearls, Tibetan Silver Beads and Memory Wire.
This Bracelet is available for sale and listed on my Misi Shop
And a BIG Thank you to Dave for the photo.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Twitter is great for business

I am really warming to Twitter. The amount of information I am getting from the links and titbits posted by the people I am following is amazing.

And I have noticed a significant increase in visitors to my website and my ebid stores. I think some of my recent sales are thanks to Twitter so all I can say is I am so glad I joined it.

The banter is great as well! :-)

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Busy Day!

Its been a busy day and I am knackered now! Spent the whole day at my desk uploading pictures to MISI, Edirectory and Bid and of course Twittering :-)

I have to thank Dave for taking all the photos, he's got a lot done! of course I couldn't possible keep up with uploading and listing all he photographed today, but now I know they are there and I will upload as and when I can.

So here's what I did:


Update @ 22.11 - Amethyst Earrings SOLD TODAY! That was quick, I only listed them at 3.15 this afternoon!



Update: 18 Feb 2009 - Both these delightful Turquoise items now SOLD on Ebid.

Friday, 13 February 2009

New Bead Knotting tool is here!

Yahoo!, the new bead knotting tool is here. I am so excited! Something else to do with all those pearls :D

Its made by Beadsmith and the youtube videos make it all look so easy! We'll soon find out I guess :-)

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Another Wire and Pearl Necklace!

I am proud of me if I may say so myself.

I was so pleased with my first necklace that I had another go yesterday. There was some of the gold plated wire left and some burgundy and dark green 4 - 6 mm pearls from an earlier bracelet I made. It took a lot less time this time :-) but I still have very sore fingertips. I need to find a safe way of holding the pearl as I am twisting the wire.

I did manage to break the wire once but sorted it. That's what I like about wire, its such an easy material to work with and mistakes can be corrected without compromising on the design or finish.

I think I am ready to move on to the sterling silver wire now :-)

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Wire and Pearl Necklace

For the last two days I have been working on a Wire and Pearl Necklace. I saw a design example on a bead seller’s website who sells jewellery making kits. Of course the kit was all plated wire and glass beads and I do not work with glass or plastic beads. Only real stones, pearls and shell will do for me! Ok so I am a snob.

Anyway.... I was sure I could use my materials and do it. First I had to think hard about the colours. I have thousands of Pearl beads and I think they are all beautiful so it took me a while to pick on the shades I wanted to use for my first attempt. Two strands of green pearls sort of stood out so they were the chosen ones. Then I had to think about wire. I have 26 g sterling silver wire and I could have used that but then thought I should do the test run on cheaper wire. Ages ago I bought some Gold Plated 26 g wire from eBay and it’s never been used, because being a snob I work in Sterling Silver and Gold filled! So the plated wire finally got its chance.

It was fun figuring out how to work with 5 meters of wire without getting all tangled up! The instructions I had downloaded were good but not brilliant. Sometimes people who are experts forget that a novice needs things explained in simple terms! Anyway I worked it out in the end and started twisting the wire and pearl. As the necklace grew in length it started getting Very Complicated! Keeping the finished part of the necklace away from the wire coil was interesting to say the least. And my fingertips hurt!!! They still do! I had chosen tiny pearl beads and they were not smooth so about fifty odd twists later I had to stop. Started afresh next morning and finally got the necklace finished last night. Oh it’s beautiful! I think I am keeping it for me :)

Once the necklace was finished I still had lots of pearls left so now we also have matching earrings and bracelet. I am a happy girl today! Bring on the nice wire and potato pearls! I am itching to make some more.

Now on Display in my MISI Shop

Saturday, 7 February 2009