Friday 31st January 2020
Hi everyone. Well here we go, my very first Blog Post!
I thought I would start off with a post about an interview I did for the South Wales Argus back in November 2019.
I was invited to do the interview and after much umming and ahhing decided to go for it!
On the day I was so nervous! What would I wear, was my hair going to behave lol. I actually felt quite sick!!
Anyway, I really shouldn't have worried as Liz, the lovely Lady who interviewed me was really great and soon put me at ease.
We had a lovely informal chat about the why's and wherefore's of how Silvalicious Jewellery and Gift Shop came about. What I did, what jewellery I made and lots of other things too. Then the photographer arrived and he took lots of pictures of me (I must add, I HATE having my picture taken!!) Eeeek!
But he made me feel relaxed and it was quite fun! Soon it was all done and I could breathe again!
The article was published in the South Wales Argus on the following Saturday and I was sooooo nervous!
I ordered a few copies with my local Newsagent and on my way to the Shop in the morning, called in to pick them up!
I got to the Shop, opened up and popped the kettle on..............
When I found the article I was really pleased with how it had turned out!
Liz had done an amazing job and I was even happy about the photograph's of me!
I have framed the article and have it hanging in the Shop behind the Counter, after all I have to make the most of my five minutes of fame haven't I ?!?! lol.
If you would like to see the article in its full glory, you can follow the link to the South Wales Argus Website and have a nosey, hope you enjoy
Love & Cwtches
Ohh and here are a few of the photographs from the Day xx
Tuesday 11th February 2020
Hello, hello, hello!
Me again, just popping in to let you know I'm still here working away
behind the scenes!
Last week was a busy week with lots of lovely orders and one such order for a Gemstone Wire Wrapped Ring sparked me into making a few new ones.
I really love making these rings and hadn't made any for a few weeks, so once I got started, I didn't want to stop!
I also decided to make some of the rings with some very pretty beads I had in my stash and oh boy, did they turn out great!
These and the Gemstone Rings are now available to order right here on my little Webby shop. They are made to order, so once you find the one you wish to have made, use the drop down menu to choose your size and then add it to your basket as normal and I will receive your order and make one especially for you!
These are always unique, even if you and a friend chose the same Gemstone or Bead, they would be slightly different due to the wire wrapping technique. I have to be honest, I find this even more appealing, as you know you are wearing a one off piece that is totally unique!
Here's a few I made last week, I hope you love them just as much as I do! And don't forget I have a huge range of beads, so if you fancy a certain colour, then just pop me a message, either here, by email or on our Facebook page and I will send you a few pics of the options you can choose from!
Have a fab week, see you next time!
Love & Cwtches
x Mandy x
Monday 24th February 2020
Hello and welcome to my third Blog Post for Silva-Blog-A-Licious!
Last week was all about Pure Metal Clay makes.
So I thought it would be great to do a post about that today.
Now, for those of you who do not know what Pure Metal Clay (or PMC as we call it) is here's a little info to help.
Precious Metal Clay was developed in the early 1990’s in Japan and consists of microscopic particles of pure silver (or fine gold powder) and a water-soluble binder which burns off during firing. The original formula of PMC clay, which is now called ‘Standard’, has to be fired in a kiln or with a blow torch, at a temperature of 898°C/650F and has a high shrinkage rate of around 30%. Two additional versions were later developed called PMC+ (which can be fired at 810°C/1490F) and PMC3 (which can be fired at temperatures as low as 593°C/1100F). Both of these later versions of PMC have much lower shrinkage rates, allowing much finer detail to be worked into designs. Using precious metal clay properties to create PMC jewellery has fast become a popular trait among jewellery makers, with wide flexibility for designs.
Ok, so thats the boring, factual bit out of the way lol!
I love creating with Pmc, the possibilities are endless. You can create any design you can think of and whether using freehand or molds, the designs are so beautiful and can be as intricate as you want them to be! From start to finish, I love the whole process!
When I first started using pmc, I was so nervous as I had heard it starts to dry as soon as you open the packet and the air hits it! I was like omg! Am I going to be able to get a piece finished intime!?!?
But I was totally fine and soon learnt, if your design doesn't work the first time, just breathe, roll the clay up into a ball and start again!
I love seeing these pieces come together and it always excites me to see the actual finished item!
When I made my first few pieces, I left them to dry overnight and came back to them the next day, did a bit of work on finishing them so they were as perfect as I could get them and then it was time to get the blow torch out!
Ohh now I can't tell you how nervous I was! But oh my goodness! How much fun it was!
To see the pieces start to turn to a tangerine glow and watch as they become red hot is amazing! Once cooled I was expecting them to have turned to silver........ but they still looked like clay! Hmmmm...what had gone wrong!?! Well, in for a penny as they say, so I picked up my wire brush and started rubbing at them and OH MY GOODNESS!!! I was amazed! They were turning to Silver infront of my eyes! Totally amazing!
The whole process takes around 2 to 3 days to complete, depending on the size and thickness of the pieces. The thicker they are, the longer they take to completely dry out!
And so, that is where my love of Pure Metal Clay Jewellery started and each and every piece I create still gives me as much excitement as that very first piece all those months ago!
I hope you've enjoyed reading all about my PMC Journey and here are some pics of last weeks makes and the different stages of their development!
Why not pop over to my Facebook Page to see a video of the Firing process which I uploaded last week too.
Thanks for reading, well done, it was a long one!!
See you all again soon
Love & cwtches