Sunday 21 December 2014

Billy and the ivy roses

Today is the winter solstice when the hours of darkness are the longest they will be in the year. Tomorrow the days start getting lighter again. It is also the first day of winter. I thought today I would bring some you some silver interest.My siversmithing class finished last week and I managed to get all 3 of my projects finished. I will share 2 of them in the new year as they are non festive but one project I finally completed were my ivy rose earrings.

Last year we did some lost wax casting and I made a few different designs including some holly leaves. If you remember I made a Daisy chain for both my daughter and Daisy last Christmas...this is the post here  Time ran away with and I didn't have a chance to make them into earrings. At last I was able to do so and I made them up.

 These were the wax leaves I created, I cut them , added some texture and also added some veins.
The process of lost wax casting is very interesting here is a link. We sent our pieces off to be cast in silver at Hatton Garden in London.
They were then sent off to the casters (with the other ones I made) and this is what came back. Gorgeous silver...mmmmmm
These are in their unfinished state, they all had pouring sprues on the back which needed to be cut off and filed neatly and polished.
So after some filing, finishing and polishing of my ivy leaves I attached them to some rose earring fittings. I have already given the other pair to my daughter but they are very similar to mine.

Now I had to laugh as I took these photos. I used my light box as it is so hard to photograph jewellery, especially at this time of the year.....just look at my helper.

 I'm not sure you can call it being helpful can you...??! Come on Billy out the way.
That's better, here they are.
My Ivy roses, they are lovely to wear and have had a lot of comments.

So my card today has to feature some festive greenery on it doesn't it and a cute creature or 2 like my darling Billy.

I have used a sweet Wild Rose Craft stamp and some festive papers. I have used my Promarkers to colour.The sentiment is LOTV and the corner die is Memory box. I added some gems for extra bling. I still love making cute as well as grungy cards...LOL...I really am an oddity I think in the crafting world.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.

The artistic stamper anything goes
Deep Ocean Christmas is all around
Simon says stamp Wednesday winter photo inspiration I was inspired by all the photos...the whole woodland scnene
Creative Inspirations Christmas/New Year
Country View nostalgic Christmas. I adore the TH nostalgic stamps I used here, they really are just as I picture Christmas
Loves rubberstamps Holiday blitz anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday anything goes
Magnolia-liscious anything goes
That craft place anything goes
Totally Gorjuss love at Christmas
Cheery Lynn anything goes
I love Promarkers anything goes
Passion for Promarkers bingo my line is the middle; die cut, free (stamped image) glitter
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas whatever is still urgently needed for Christmas

I would like to enter my earrings into the following challenges;

Allsorts last minute gifts
All Crafts Challenge anything but cards

Just 4 more sleeps...................

Back tomorrow,

Jane x


  1. Lovely Christmas card, Jane, I love the bold pop of green. And such a fine model Billy is, lol. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  2. Oh Jane your earrings are exquisite and what a family heirloom. Love them. Billy seems quite the little elf at this time of year. Your card is so pretty, love the stamped image, perfect with the CL holly flourish. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  3. That is such a cute little image on today's the little buns!
    Your earrings are gorgeous, so pretty and detailed, great work!
    As for that cat!!!! Sooooo funny. :) Cats have to be the nosiest animals ever and why do they have to sit on everything, you wouldn't believe the things that I have set down only to have a cat sit on them, some of them not in the least bit comfortable i.e. a garden fork!!!
    V x

  4. Such beautiful silver pieces! And you card is so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Merry Christmas!!

  5. Wow, Jane.. the ivy rose earrings are spectacular! Bravo! I bet you DO get lots of compliments when you wear them. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Very nice. I like cat, but your earings are very beautiful

  7. Beautiful earrings and festive card Jane and your cat is gorgeous! Thank you for joining in the last challenge of the year at Allsorts. Happy Christmas x

  8. wow Jane - those earrings are amazing - I really love them - no wonder you had comments and Billy clearly loved them too - lol! Love your card too! Have a great christmas - hugs Rachel xx

  9. Gorgeous earrings and I love your card Jane!
    Thank You!!

  10. Blogger is on one of his missions again this morning Jane and I am not seeing photos again, but did see the thumbnail on the challenge post so now they are pretty pink ivy leaves and as someone who loves ivy know they would appeal.

    Thanks for joining in at Allsorts this week and wishing you and yours a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

    B x

  11. Hi Jane! Your earrings are so beautiful! Really Special! Hi Billy - what it is that you cats like boxes? Good that you help. Lovely card again! I wish you and your family wonderful Christmas time! x Teje

  12. Maybe Billy was trying to tell you that he wants a pretty something on his collar too? I love seeing the process in your jewelry making and your pottery painting day looks like so much fun. Hardly any days left till Christmas! I can just see you all a twitter in anticipation :D I hope you have a spectacular day!

  13. Such a lovely pair of ear rings, very special Jane! And how helpful is Billy??
    Not long now......hope your Christmas countdown is on track!
    Helen xox

  14. Wonderful card and earrings . Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers challenge good luck Ginny x

  15. cute kitty, gorgeous card, I adore the sweet image. I am so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! Merry Christmas

    sparkle & shine *~*

  16. Beautiful earrings and card! It's fun to see Billy helping you out, Jane. Hoping to take a silversmithing class one day.
    Happy counting down to Christmas.......
    Anne D.T. xx

  17. Jane Very festive card. The image makes for a cute Christmas scene. The holly flourish frames it in nicely. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

  18. Hello dear Jane,

    You have created a beautiful set of earrings, and Billy the inspector seems to approve too :) What a lovely post, and those Ivy roses will look stunning on you!

    Happy Holidays!


  19. So adorable. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  20. such gorgeous projects! and i love your little helper, mine likes to sleep in the light tent! thank you for playing with us in the anything goes challenge at That craft place!
    Rachel, TCP DT

  21. Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations.
    Happy New Year!
    CraftyNatalie {DT}

  22. This is so cute! Thanks for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

  23. Fabulous Christmas card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Happy New Year!
    Helen x

  24. Another beautiful card Jane and your earrings are wonderful. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas challenge at PFP. Good luck and Happy New Year! Hugs, Denise x

  25. Great card! The coloring is wonderful and the Frostyville corner looks great! I love your fur baby, too! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog!



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