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Making Lemonade – Or Not Wasting Beautiful Stones

A while ago I ordered some specially drilled semi-precious cabochons for a particular project, unfortunately they all arrived with damage around the large drilled holes.  The supplier kindly sent replacements but it kept bothering me that the original very beautiful, but damaged, stones were sitting sadly in their box. Here’s one of the labradorites.

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I thought I could rivet on a large bail to hide the damage whilst still showing off the beautiful flash (the thickness of the stone made it a bit awkward too).

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I cut 2 silver discs, rolled them to make ovals and added a spiral texture and oxidized them.

I riveted the discs together so the stone is able to swing and a silk or chain can be threaded through the top.

Not perfect but not bad for a stone that was too good for the bin and too damaged to use.

Let me know your ideas for a stone like this ?

GIVEAWAY No5 ! Handmade Silver Ear Wires Week -Up Down Round & Round

 

Up Down Round and Round Ear Wires – Another style you can wear just as they are or add pretty little dangles, and they are interchangeable !

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To win a pair just…

1 – Add a comment – Labradorite or Lapis Lazuli  ?

2 – Share !!!

3 – Like this post

Do all of that and you’ll be in the draw to win a pair – ends midnight Friday 29.7.16

http://www.lavidalerie.com/EarWires/Up-Down.html – Just £2.75 a pair !

I hope you enjoyed our giveaway week and maybe share my love for handmade – Lets stop buying the boring mass produced ear wires and start making the ear wires your jewellery really deserves !

PS- We also run a Handmade Findings Masterclass Workshop 🙂

GiveAway No 4 – Ear Wires Week

Small Drop Heart Studs – Wear them as they are or add pretty little dangles !
Handmade sterling silver ear wires / earrings.  My passion for handmade.

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To win a pair just…

1 – Add a comment – CZ’s – Yes – Love the sparkle or No – I want diamonds  ?

2 – Share !!!

3 – Like this post

Do all of that and you’ll be in the draw to win a pair – ends midnight Thursday 28.7.16

http://www.lavidalerie.com/CharmsandFindings/Small-Drop-Heart-Studs.html- Just £5 a pair !

Remember to check back Friday for our last giveaway

GIVEAWAY No3 ! Ear Wires Week – Slim Leaves

Slim Leaves – Simply beautiful just as they are, or add some dangles – I really love these ear wires – so elegant !

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To win a pair just…

1 – Add a comment – Which is your favourite semi precious stone – Amethyst, Citrine, Peridot, Iolite, Garnet  ?

2 – Share !!!

3 – Like this post

Do all of that and you’ll be in the draw to win a pair – ends midnight Wednesday 27.7.16

http://www.lavidalerie.com/EarWires/Slim-leaf.html – Just £5.5 a pair !

Remember to check back Thursday for our 4th giveaway

GiveAway No 2 – Wild Garden Straights

GIVEAWAY No2 ! Ear Wires Week –
Beautiful Wild Garden Straights Interchangeable Ear Wires
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These ear wires are pretty enough to wear on their own but you can add and change the dangles when you want.
To win a pair just…
1 – Add a comment – Pearls or Turquoise ?
2 – Share !!!
3 – Like this post
Do all of that and you’ll be in the draw to win a pair – ends midnight tonight 26.7.16
Remember to check back Wednesday for 3rd giveaway

GIVEAWAY – Week of Ear Wires & a Passion for Handmade

Anyone who knows me knows I have a passion for handmade and that includes ear wires.  I believe that every pair of earrings that you design deserves a special pair of ear wires that suit the design – That’s how we ended up with over 50 ear wire designs on our website 🙂

This week I’ll be giving away a pair off handmade ear wires each day – you can enter via this blog or my FB page (here) or both.

I started late so today there will be 2 giveaways so make sure you visit later today so you don’t miss is.

The 1st giveaway is for a pair of my Long & Elegants – Gorgeous handmade silver ear wires almost beautiful enough to wear on their own but here they are with a pair of fabulous beads by Lush Lampwork (not included I’m afraid)

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To win a pair just…
1 – Leave a commend with what stone etc you would hang from these
2 – Share this post
Do all of that and you’ll be in the draw to win a pair – ends midnight tonight 26.7.16
http://www.lavidalerie.com/C…/Long%20Handmade%20Earwires.htm – Just £3 a pair !
Remember to check back later today for the 2nd giveaway

A Day Off and A Picnic on the Aubrac – Day 30

After a strange summer we are having wonderful weather, chilly in the morning and hot in the afternoon.  Yesterday we had a day off to reminded ourselves why we came to live here in the Aveyron.  We took Choo Choo up to the Aubrac, a beautifully unspoilt high plateau where the cows graze during the summer and skiers visit the ski stations during the winter.

Here are just a few of the photos Tim took to give you a taste of the beautiful area we live in.  We started off with a picnic at a deserted lake (clicking on the photo should take you into a larger version).

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Followed by a (for me) very long walk behind the Royal Aubrac, a large building originally built as a sanatorium for patients to benefit from the pure clean air.  We met cows on the way and here’s Choo Choo hairing (well he is a ball of hair) back to us after deciding the cows were rather larger than he thought.

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First or last crocus

First or last crocus

Tim found this beautiful crocus, the Aubrac is famous for it’s rare orchids but you also see wild daffodils and narcissus in the spring – I don’t know if this is the last crocus of this year or the first of next (if that makes sense).

Dry stone walls - these are all over the Aubrac and around us - it never ceases to amaze us how much work must have been put in to make these.

Dry stone walls – these are all over the Aubrac and around us – it never ceases to amaze us how much work must have been put in to make these.

I was keeping an eye out for etching subjects and Tim took some photos of trees including this one….

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…that I have edited in the hope that it will be suitable for etching

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This is the image so far - I will need to make it completely black and white before printing it onto PNP paper for transferring onto metal.

This is the image so far – I will need to make it completely black and white before printing it onto PNP paper for transferring onto metal.

Join me tomorrow and see if it made a good subject for etching.