We’ve had a couple of grey, wet days, which has been a bit of a shock after all the sunshine. On the plus side, it’s been good for the garden, and it has encouraged me to get back into the workshop and make some jewellery.
I have some new designs ready to add to my Etsy shop, once the proper photographs are done (this is quite a lengthy process), but here’s a sneak preview of my favourite. It’s a water lily, complete with lily pad, inspired by the water lilies that grow in an old stone drinking trough down in our nearest village of Vals-le-Chastel.
It was made by hand from silver sheet, and it was quite a fiddly job! I oxidised the surface so that it turned a pale slate grey, then rubbed it back to allow the silver to show through. I like this finish, which has an antique feel, and gives a slightly more sophisticated look than a uniform polished finish. It is particularly suited to more complicated three dimensional designs like this one, as it emphasises depth.
Here’s a close up.
The necklace will be for sale in my Esty shop very soon, so keep an eye out if you fancy treating yourself (or a friend). It won’t be today though – the sun has come out again, and we’re heading off for tea and cakes at a special easter Salon de Thé in nearby Champagnac le Vieux this afternoon. Hurrah!