Finishing Touches in Totnes!
Melanie wasn't too productive as she was feeling poorly but contributed to the bonhommie by providing gossip and tucking into the bacon sandwiches and cake-y nibbles. But Naomi was the star of the show showing us how to make this lovely three stranded memory wire bracelet of her own design incorporating herringbone wrapped beads.
Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery by Sara Withers. This curly chain design into which I'm going to incorporate some labradorite discs will form the basis of a necklace. I'll use my recently boosted silversmithing skills to solder together the twirly bits of the links. I still need to plan how the finished piece will look but will show it off in all its glory at a later date. One for the up and coming Etsy shop methinks.
The downside of getting together with my friends is that they are beadaholics and, as the drug dealers of the jewellery world, are keen to show off all their lovely recent purchases with a view to tempting me to splash the cash. Not good for someone who's made a semi-serious pledge to restrain from craft-related impulse purchases but luckily I'm resisting their sparkly temptations and using what I already have in store. However, their devillish temptress tendencies are far outweighed by their encouragement to develop my skills and push the creative boat out!