Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘artisan jewellery’

Happy New Year to you all.

This year I am toasting 15 years of creating with glass.

I am looking forward to spending more time torching, forging, enamelling and jewellery making. I do a lot of this already, but could do better at getting myself  ‘out there’ especially online.

My Etsy shop is being updated this month and will be filled with a selection of my jewellery. My web site is going to be tackled too.

I have made a promise to myself to just ‘post’, so instead of boring you all to tears with a lot of verbal drivel… here are a couple of items to brighten the New Year.

 

                                             All that Glistens 

 

GoldSpike1 earrings 025

 

 

I have also been making more of my signature headpins

 

                                       Spring Birds and Buds

 

 

Bird & Bud Headpins2.2015 028

 

 

Keren xx

Read Full Post »

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 

 

Broadfieldvasdea2014 020

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

I can’t believe how fast the reveal date has come around, it seems like only yesterday that I signed up to participate in Lori Anderson’s 8th Bead Soup Blog Party.

My partner this year is Susanna Lehto and here is quick reminder of the bead soup that she kindly sent to me.

 

Susannabeadblog2014 046

 

 

They have such a lovely earthy rustic feel to them and one of the focal beads was really quite unusual, such pretty artisan beads.

The first thing I did was to create some lampwork beads and findings to complement the whole soup in contrasting tonal colours.

I wasn’t sure at this stage how I was going to use the beads and buttons, and what exactly I was going to create.  I then added some beads from my own collection too, including some silk, leather and my own hand-forged copper accents.

I played around with a few ideas over the next couple of weeks, and finally came up with these designs based around the cool Baltic pine forests of the Northern Hemisphere.

When scrolling down through the images you may click on them to enlarge the detail if you would like to.

 

I have called my little collection     The Baltic bird forest   or   Baltian lintu metsä   (Finnish)

 

 

Bird Forest Necklace

 

 

BSB14Neckfocal 014

 

 

I love the focal bead in this necklace it is so unusual, I can see mountain tops carved into the glaze of the bead, with birds, leaves of the forest and copper curls to emulate the many layers of bark peeling off the trees. Can you spot the two birdies?

 

 

BSB14NeckClasp 017

 

 

 

I made my own clasp for this necklace from hand forged  copper wire.

 

 

BSB14NeckMain 015

 

 

 My aim was to create a necklace that was full of intrigue, using different colours, textures and components, including the beads that Susanna had given me to work with.

BSB14NeckClasp 016

 

 

Bird Forest Bracelet

 

 

BSB14Braceletopen 019

 

 

This is the first time I have used a button as a clasp. I created a silk tassel flower as the centre piece of the bracelet that also doubles up as a clasp.  I used the ceramic disc that Susanna gave me, and placed it between the button and the tassel flower. The ceramic beads had quite large holes, this enabled me to use some pretty silver grey leather cord. I then added some copper bark curls, little birdies and leaves to link it to the collection. Again,  lots of pretty little accents running in the same theme as the necklace.

 

 

BSB14Braceletclasp 018

 

 

 

Bird Forest Earrings

 

 

BSB14Earrings 020

 

 

The earrings are hand forged copper bark curls, with my own lampwork birdies perched upon them. They are nesting on grey silk, the same silk that is in the necklace, all finished off with Sterling silver ear wires.  I am really pleased with how all the pieces came together, especially these little earrings.

 

If you hadn’t gathered by now, I am a total bird freak and love to feature them in my designs. I have really enjoyed participating in this years Bead Soup Blog party – can you tell?  So, for all the wonderful beads that I recieved,  I say kiitos to Susanna Lehto.

 

Now, I am off to see what Susanna has created and the all other participants who have signed up for the party.

 

Thank you so much Lori Anderson for organising this wonderful event  – long may it continue.

 

Love & light to all.

 

Keren

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: