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Summer is now upon us and the schools are due to break up in the next couple of weeks.

I look forward to this part of the year. I get to spend more time with the boys, enjoy our family summer holiday and can take full advantage of the long days and light evenings.

We have a wish list of family things to do this summer. All beginning with the letter F = fun! Ranging from: sleepovers, classic car shows, go-kart racing and popping into a few exhibitions that are currently running in London and other parts of the UK.

Talking of exhibitions, one that stands out for me this year is being held at the Broadfield House Glass Museum.

A lampwork necklace of mine has been selected and is featured in the exhibition called A String of Beads .

It runs from May 10th – Sept 14th 2014 inclusive.

For those of you that can’t make it, here is my necklace that is currently on display at the museum.

I created the focal and accent beads (lamp work) and then designed the necklace using semi-precious stones and my own Sterling Silver hand-forged clasp and findings.

 

                   Watercolour Tulips  –  Keren Panthaki 

 

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Where does the time go? I can’t quite believe that we are into the first third of this month already. I usually find the beginning of the year a bit slow, but the last few weeks have just flown by and my feet have hardly touched the ground.

Along with my family commitments, I have been busy making jewellery, mainly earrings, and trying to sort out my online presence. The latter is proving to be rather time consuming…..

The earrings on the other hand are going quite well, especially as I find them pretty enjoyable to make. A lot more fun than reading through ‘terms and conditions’ for the umpteenth time. Though, not wanting to drown in jewellery, beads and hand-made elements this year, the web presence is a vital part of my business and I am on track to getting it sorted out.

As you can see I have been playing with enamels – my new love

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And mastering those elusive lampwork pretty pinks

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And finally, wrapping it up with my hand-made copper elements and enamel beads

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That felt so good…now, back to the web editing…..yawn….

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It’s been a busy few months for me on the home front, but I have finally got around to finishing my necklace for the’ Inspiration to Creation’ post.

Setting a mini challenge for myself was a lot of fun, if not a little time consuming. I can’t tell you how many pieces I have sitting in a box needing ‘just one more component’ to finish it off!  So I’ve had my silversmithing torch out and decided to create some copper component parts;  not just for this piece but also for some more necklaces that I am making as part of a new collection.

All that hammering and soldering has paid off and I now have a few more pieces that are complete, so it really was time well spent!

In the final stages of making this necklace, I didn’t use the solid ribbons that I originally chose as they were too flat and drained the colour from the beads. Instead,  I paired the beads with some soft printed silk, which I thinks works better and gives the necklace a lovely romantic feel.

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InspirationtocreationnecklaceSo until next time….. enjoy

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