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

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing all our friends and supporters a very happy Christmas and a fabulous New Year. So much has happened this year, a lot of it GOOD and all I want is more of the same next year!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Christmas Fair at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough

Christmas Fair at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough on Saturday, 14 December « Stamford Artisans Guild:

This is my Final Craft fair of 2013. Hope to see you there! There may be a few special offers on the day...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Arts and Crafts for Christmas in Grantham

Buy Local, Buy Handmade. 
Help support your local craft community and small businesses!
If you are in Grantham area do check this out! Pop Up Shop at the George Shopping Centre until Saturday, 14th December 2013. Fantastic shopping opportunity for Christmas!

I won't be there but many of my artisan friends are including Shedglas Design, Eve Marshall, Pin & Tuck Notice Boards, 1.2.Tree, DL Designs of Rutland and Shelly Anderson

Saturday, 7 December 2013

#smallbizsatuk... These small businesses...

...they are everywhere! On your high street, in local markets, in that little corner shop unit near your house, occasionally working out of a van (electricians, food sellers, decorators...).

And in this age of technology, a lot of them are on the internet. Some because that is their business model and some because they have not yet got to the point where they could afford premises on the high street to open a brick and mortars shop. (That will be me then!) Some of us are working very hard towards having a little shop. In the mean time we are still trading and open for business on-line.

On Small Business Saturday why not take a browse around the interweb and seek out small, individual businesses (like mine) in your area. You know they are there. They have websites and on-line shops you can buy from.

  • You have met them at local markets / craft fairs.
  • You have friends who have told you about their friend - who makes jewellery - restores furniture - makes hand crafted accessories - is a painter and decorator - and so on. Well, give them a call, visit their website and shop from them!
  • They are even your neighbours sometimes, working from home in their spare bedroom! 

It really is very simple! The money you spend in their shop is what pays their bills, their mortgage and what they use to buy things. This is what they do for a living!

Just like anyone else in any profession if you don't get paid you don't eat. Unless you spend your money at the little local shops and on-line businesses we self-employed small business owners don't get paid. It is our livelihood and we rely on our customers to earn a living.

Jewellery By Shalini

Friday, 6 December 2013

Late Night Christmas Shopping at Oakham Castle « Stamford Artisans Guild

Stamford Artisans Guild's final Craft show of 2013 is at the beautiful Oakham Castle. Local artists and makers including various guild members will be exhibiting a range of beautiful handmade Christmas gifts during the Oakham Late Night Shopping Festival on 9th December

I will be there with my handmade jewellery :-) There is still time to place a bespoke order. But only just! 

Late Night Christmas Shopping at Oakham Castle « Stamford Artisans Guild:

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Best Laid Plans...

...sometimes don't quite materialise. Oh well... That's life.

Its my Birthday week-end so Dave & I had planned two days of intense learning to celebrate... how to solder, how to set bezels, how to make cold connections... and create a few new pieces in time for 3 Christmas shows coming up.

Unfortunately an old friend decided to pay a visit on my birthday (yesterday). Well not quite a friend, I don't like it, I don't want it, but it likes to arrive unannounced anyway and linger for a while. And it has no concept of timing! (Grrrrrrr!)

So here I am suffering with an Iritis flare up (right eye pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision in the affected eye due to the medication, more eye pain) Intricate jewellery work is out. Spending too much time at the computer is out. Daytime telly is not really my thing and its not a good idea to watch TV with an aching eye anyway. Its been just over 24 hours and I am bored already! So the next few days I will probably spend time between feeling very sorry for myself and being a total nightmare to live with. There is only one way to stop this happening!


Friday, 1 November 2013

Its Our Birthday!

Jewellery by Shalini is 5 today!

Why 22%? Because its my Birthday soon too! :-) On 22nd November.

Go and have some shopping fun! Buy a unique handmade gift for the special people in your life! Or just treat yourself this Christmas.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Stamford Arts Centre Tourist Office Shop

A small selection of my jewellery is available at the Stamford Arts Centre Tourist Information Centre Shop.
Yesterday I re-stocked my shelf there and delivered a new range of reasonably priced one off pieces which would make lovely Christmas gifts.

Of course you can also visit my on-line showroom at any time and buy online, or come and see me at one of my local art and craft events in the coming months.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Facebook! AAAARGH!

All those very useful Interest Lists I made are completely useless at the moment!

I added all the pages I follow into various interest lists so updates didn't get lost in the main news feed which I prefer to keep for friends' updates. Suddenly those lists are no longer updating unless I check show in news feed as well for the pages. So I am missing things that are important to me.

And I guess other people like me who made lists and added my page Jewellery By Shalini to one of their lists are no longer seeing my page updates. No wonder my reach stats are down since last week! I guess Facebook wants me to spend lots of money and advertise my updates to be seen :-(


Thursday, 24 October 2013


Something that does not involve your handbag, the colour of your Bra, Knickers or other frivolous aspects of your facebook life! Something that is not hush hush to keep men wondering for days.

Because Cancer is NOT a game and Cancer is most certainly not a secret!

So get over yourselves people and instead of having a giggle about cancer do something that actually raises awareness! You know like making a simple facebook status update about why cancer matters. Use your imagination and write something about why it matters to you and why you want to raise awareness. And if you can't think of anything original to say just share this fantastic post by Playful Genie:

Breast Cancer : Facebook Slactivisim or Awareness?.

As far as I am concerned every month is cancer awareness month, every day is cancer awareness day. Because people who get this deadly disease don't have the time to wait for an awareness month to come around for support, they need it now! And each one of us can do it by thinking for ourselves and doing something about it that keeps NO ONE guessing.

Some time ago I made this wire art bra. It is a tribute to two brave women who are very dear to me. For my aunt Indu (Chachi) who sadly lost her fight and for my lovely friend Callie whose determination & strength in sticking two fingers to breast cancer should be an inspiration to us all!

I hope it raised some awareness about cancer and I will carry on sharing this to raise awareness instead of asking people to guess what I do with my handbag!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

An Afternoon spent with Beautiful Labradorite

Spent the afternoon polishing some of the recently acquired Labradorite. It was great fun and I am quite pleased with the results :-)

One face polished and rest of the rock left natural. There is amazing Labradorescence in both polished and rough sides. 
I also cabbed a couple of slices of Indian Moonstone. They are OK but not the best result. It could be something to do with the quality of rough stock we have at present. Its not brilliant. I will carry on trying for better results and post pics when I am satisfied with the pieces.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Labradorite Heaven!

I am easily pleased :-)

This is going to be so much fun! 

We have taken delivery of LOTS of Rough Labradorite today and I have spent the last half an hour just picking up random pieces and saying oooh!

Over the next few weeks these pieces and the 12 Kg we procured last week will be added to our Rough Rock Shop so keep an eye on the shop or follow Stamford Lapidary on facebook

Friday, 4 October 2013

#DHLchain Crafty Blogger Challenge: Don't Call Me Cute!

Or else...

This fluffy pink tail is really a lethal weapon!

I mentioned last week that I had signed up for another creative challenge and was sent an adorable bunny by Vintage Magpie Bears as my inspiration.
"The aim of this campaign is for you to share your creative craft skills with another craft blogger, by creating an item for them and sending it via a prepaid DHL courier box."
So when Nicky sent me this little chap I thought wire sculpture instead of a piece of jewellery would do this "cute" creature justice. Out came the aluminium wire I have used before for trees and the Wire Sculpture Fairy I made in July. Aluminium wire is not very good for most of my jewellery but the qualities that don't work for jewellery are ideal for sculptures! Its so soft and manageable that I can bend, wind and wrap it in so many different ways.

This Rabbit (Or if you think he looks more like a hare then Hare) was wrapped free hand. I had no template from a previous sculpture because I have never made a rabbit before. I just had a couple of pictures on a screen in front of me to make sure I was creating a bunny and not inventing a whole new species!

Once his body was ready the tail was a bit of a dilemma. I made one with wire but it just didn't look right. Too boring! I have been playing with felt beads recently for brooches and earrings and recently treated myself to a felt bead making kit from Eve Marshall. So this new skill came in handy and he got himself a fluffy felted tail. And it just had to be shocking pink!

He still looked a bit lost. So I gave him his own little piece of rock with enough grass to keep him content. Its a piece of flint collected during our travels and he is perched on it quite comfortably don't you think?

Yesterday a lovely man from parcel.dhl.co.uk came to collect him and he is now off to live with crochet artist Izabela Motyl and inspire her to create something for the next blogger in the Chinese Whispers chain.

I have not given him a name. I will let his new adopted family think of one. Just remember Izabela, every time you look at him this is what he is thinking..

So whatever you name him, DON'T CALL HIM CUTE!

This has been a lot of fun and I would like to thank Dan for inviting me to take part in this challenge. And thank you DHL and Hobby Craft for the vouchers which I am looking forward to spending on my next trip to  Peterborough (That's where the nearest HobbyCraft Store is).

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Memories Necklace: Thank you Spriha

My "Memories" Charity Exhibition piece has gone to London. I would like to thank Spriha for her very generous donation to Dementia Support South Lincs.

Hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I did making it Spriha, and making beautiful memories of your own :-)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

#DHLchain Crafty Blogger Challenge: My inspiration

So I signed up for another craft challenge...

This time its a little different because its not just jewellery makers but all crafty people. Back in August I received an email from someone called Dan asking if I wanted to be part of DHL Crafty Blogger Challenge.

This is the challenge:

"The aim of this campaign is for you to share your creative craft skills with another craft blogger, by creating an item for them and sending it via a prepaid DHL courier box."

OK... Another challenge... Yeah of course I want to be part of it!

So they sent me a DHL box with all the instructions and Hobby Craft Vouchers as a thank you for taking part. Now I am not a regular at Hobby craft but I do like to browse and pick up bits from there on and off, especially when working on packaging ideas, so this is VERY welcome. Thank you parcel.dhl.co.uk

Then I had to wait for my item to arrive from Vintage Magpie Bears which would be my inspiration and theme for the item I have to make for the next blogger in the "Chinese Whisper Chain"

My creative piece from Vintage Magpie Bears has now arrived. And it says "Don't Call me Cute..." (That's the theme I have to follow to make my piece!)

Don't call me Cute? Really? How can you not call this cute?

And now I have to make something for supremely talented crochet artist Izabela Motyl.

Thanks Dan! How did you know that I can't sew, knit, crochet? And went on to pair me with people who are so good at these skills?

Anyway... Watch this space people and hopefully I will be able to make something that will do justice to this very CUTE bunny :-)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tidying Up or This?

In my world THIS will win every time!

I started out with very good intentions of tidying up my making table today. It is in a mess. And no I have no intention of taking a photo to show you my mess! It was going very well... Found a few orphan beads and pearls, a cab I thought I had lost, bits of wire...

Actually it was LOTS of bits of wire. I cut it too short, or bend it the wrong way, or it gets kinks I don't need so I put it aside on my board for doing something at a later date.

So I made these earrings.

Tidying up is soooo over-rated!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Patina Challenge You Say? OK...

Those of you who follow my ramblings on the internet (Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc.) should know about my famous torch by now! And if you don't: Dremel Versaflame Torch + Copper = Fun!

So when I came across the Patina Sunset Challenge on Artisan Whimsy I understandably got just a little bit excited :-)

I have been playing with patina on copper by painting all kinds of copper bits with fire. Sometimes satisfied, mostly not, many times I have started again but generally its been a learning exercise that I know will do me good!

I made these bangles. They are OK... Actually they are pretty good for a first attempt but Can do better!

Then I played some more and used the same copper pipes that I used in the bangles above to make some earrings. They turned out all right. I liked the way the colours came out. And I think they should fit in well with all the horseshoes at Oakham Castle at my next show there.

Horseshoe Earrings made with copper tubes, flame painted using my Dremel Versaflame with Sterling silver ear wires. (sold but can be made to order)

I have gone fire painting mad! That's what Mr. A thinks anyway! I have a handful of Copper washers I bought from our local hardware shop Harrison and Dunn in Stamford some time ago. And I have been torching them! I used the first two washers to make a pair of earrings with copper wire and freshwater pearls. And now I have lots of flame painted washers ready for use as components in different pieces of jewellery.  

Fire painted Copper washers, copper wire and freshwater pearls earrings.

These two pairs of earrings are being entered into the Artisan Whimsy Patina Sunset Challenge. If you look at some of the amazing work by very talented and much more experienced artists than me they may not be brilliant but I want to hear the comments from the lovely artisans there. I am still learning, still experimenting and all advise gratefully accepted! 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Patina Sunset Challenge on Artisan Whimsy

I just came across this challenge on Artisan Whimsy.

I have only just started doing a bit of flame painting but perhaps I should enter one of the copper pipe bracelets I recently made. It would be nice to get feedback from experienced jewellery artists on the forum I think...

Saturday, 31 August 2013

4 Craft Markets in September!

Its going to be a busy start to Autumn at Jewellery by Shalini :-) 1 have four events booked this months and really looking forward to them all!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Recycled Bead Necklaces

While going through my hoarded stash of beads, wire and all kinds of jewellery making bits for the Bead Hoarders Blog hop I came across a big bag of beads, mostly wooden but a few glass ones thrown in as well! My friend Carol gave me these beads. I don’t know if they were just beads she had bought or if they have been in a necklace before but she said she was sure I would find some use for them. This was many months ago!

Anyway... I have finally made something with the recycled beads. They have been thoroughly cleaned and washed and I think they look nice on adjustable waxed cotton cord. I also used wire which was left over from previous projects where possible. Some extra components I made, or occasionally when it got bent out of shape or scratched and I just put it aside instead of repairing it. Hoarder that I am I rarely throw things away! :-)

These necklaces are available to buy in my on-line shop.

If you have old beads from a broken necklace, or a necklace you are bored with but still like it can be re-strung or made up into a whole new piece of jewellery or accessory. We can talk about it :-)

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Wire Sculpture Fairy

This is the Fairy I made for the Stamford Artisans Guild charity exhibition. I think I will make another one soon...

More about this here here: A Fairy Tale Ending! - Jewellery By Shalini:

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Reveal

So its time to reveal what I have been hoarding. Well this does not even touch the surface of things I have stashed away but its a start!

Let me begin by introducing fellow Stamford Artisans Guild member DL Designs of Rutland. Diz makes the most amazing jewellery, charms and lanyards in different types of cords and threads and I admire her work a lot. So about two years ago I bought a handmade hemp macramé cording knot necklace from DL Designs. And then I promptly put it in safe keeping because I wanted to make something special with it. And I have been hoarding it all this time.

I also had a beautiful Labradorite Cabochon cut and polished in house in our Lapidary workshop. This beautiful stone has a magnificent Labradorescence and I have had it on my board for almost 6 months! Because of the angle its been cut at it needed a special wrap on it for the colours to be seen in full glory. I have wrapped it a couple of times and then taken the wire off because the Labradorescence was hidden.

So last Saturday I finally sat down to use these two lovely treasures and make something. The only thought was it should be funky and a bit weird because I was in that sort of mood.

And that's how the Creature from the Deep was born! It looks like a fairly innocuous and boring grey stone until you wear it and then it flashes all kinds of blue-green-gold colours and glows!

Yes I know it is a bit odd... but then so is the habit of hoarding things for ever and ever!

But what is pleasing is that in hiding away a whole stash of lovely beads and components I am not alone! Here is a whole list of other jewellery artisans like me...

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Erin Guest, Renlish
Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
Lori Schneider, Bead Addict
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
Heather Powers, Humblebeads
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri
Robyn, Museiddity
Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
Valerie Norton, Hot Art
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
Nan Smith, Wired Nan
Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts
Marie Covert, Creating Interest
D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
Nat, Grubbi Ceramics
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
Shalini Austin,That's ME!
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
Miri Agassi, Beadwork
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry

Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
Lori Lochner, Bloghner
Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
Susan, Mistheword
MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8
Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives
Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
Lennis Carter, windbent
Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa
Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
Kim, Cianci Blue
Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
Karen, Spokalulu
Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Amy Bright, LABweorc
Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy
LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
Patricia, The Color of Dreams
Marde Lowe, Fancimar
Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
Sarah Small, By Salla
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted
Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog