Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Tigers Eye Treasure

Wire on its own can be used to create beautiful jewellery, but with the addition of beads the array of possibilities is endless. Beads have been created for a long time, maybe 100,000 years or more. From shells, to wood, glass, bone, plastic, clay & gemstones both precious & semiprecious. For this latter group there have been  long held beliefs as to their magical properties, which for many remain strongly held beliefs even today. Gemstones will always be held in high regard for use in jewellery, not just for their beauty, but for those other unseen properties. What better jewellery to wear, than something that can enhance & empower you.
So I thought I'd have a closer look at many of these stones.The first one is the Tigers Eye.

Tigers eye is a type of quartz embedded with tightly packed bands of the mineral amphibole. It is rich in browns, golds & sometimes reds. Not surprisingly its name derives from its stripes, so like that of a tiger's.

Many believe that the tigers eye can focus the mind & give clarity of thought. Legend has it that it is a psychic protector & Roman soldiers wore it for protection on their travels. It is believed to boost self esteem and endow someone with courage. You can understand the appeal of this to a Roman soldier!
It can be found in South Africa, Namibia, USA, Canada, India, Burma & Western Australia

This last bracelet has been mixed with copper wire & jasper beads..such warmth all together. I can picture & Roman lady wearing this, having being sent it by her husband to ensure her safe travel until they can finally be together again.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Easy to get online shop - Easysite Solutions

Well, Folksy was my starting point in the on line world but I'm just one teeny shop in a whole mass of others there & of course there's all the fees, restrictions on what you can list etc. So it's no surprise that most of us dream of our own website...where you choose what to list, it can hang out there for as long as it needs to, you can move things around, change the front page etc. Oh, yes, that's what's needed! Only drawback is if you're like me.....of an age where computers didn't arrive in school until after I'd left, terrified of all nerdy type computer language & HOW MUCH to pay someone to do the website for me!! Well, getting a website may seem an insurmountable task.
So that's when a social media site like facebook comes in handy because you start to learn about companies that give you the option of setting up the website at a much cheaper price, but 'holding your hand' to do it. So that's where Easysitesolutions came in for me.

At first it all looked a bit complicated, but working my way gradually through all the know how on the forum or simple emailing when I got stuck, finally lead to success. It took about 1 month to develop www.spiralfountainjewellery.co.uk

Not only has it helped a complete computer un- nerd like me set up a website, there's a growing number of others who have done the same & they're all well worth a visit;

Click on each of the shop names & you will be linked to their shops & can see just what is possible for building your own website with a bit of help & not too much expense!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Lowes Court Gallery...Artist's Dream Maker

Just had the a pleasurable few days creating stock for a place that is very close to my heart 

This was the first place that allowed me to sell my very first necklace.
Lowes Court Gallery only exists because of the vision & enthusiasm for art of one woman...Lyn Purnell.     

About 40 years ago, no.12 Main St, Egremont was shuddering in response to the demolition of nearby buildings. It was awaiting its own death sentence in order to make way for the town centre regeneration. Meanwhile, local artist and teacher, Lyn Purnell, had realised that this old coal merchant’s cottage had far more to offer to the town than simply being reduced to a pile of rubble. With the bulldozers only metres away from no.12, Lyn desperately pleaded with Ennerdale Rural District Council to withhold the destruction of this neglected old building. 

Lynn managed to gather a band of volunteers who not only raised the funds, but also helped with the hard graft of restoring this beautiful old building & converting it into the wonderful gallery that it is now. It is a charity & therefore provides a great  & far more economical landing stage for local artists to show their work. The main display room is named after Lyn & she wrote her own story about Lowes Court in a booklet 'How it all began', which is available at the gallery. 

The building dates from 1740 and its first resident was Mr Lowes, a maker of spinning wheels.
So now this delightful old building has gone from spinning wheels to spinning success!