Yesterday I saw my first mistletoe complete with white berries, there is always a lot of mistletoe in the trees but the berries made me feel suddenly Christmassy (I know it was still October but I’ve been making orders for Christmas charms and findings for a while now). It prompted me to do a GiveAway draw for a pair of my Christmas Holly Earrings – you can wear them as the are or add beads – either way they’ll look fab !
Holly Hooks – £9 Handmade in Sterling Silver – They arrive in a cute aluminium tin
Just follow my blog or add a comment to be in the draw – Draw ends Sunday 2nd midnight.
In yesterdays blog I showed you a photo Tim had taken for me of trees up on the Aubrad – I spent some time making the image black & white (grayscale doesn’t work) and printing it onto PNP paper then transferring the image onto copper sheet for etching – here’s how the images turned out-
Copper & Silver Charm – 17mm x 30mm – £10
I used liver of sulphur to oxidize the pieces and bring out their detail.
Aubrac Trees Etched Pendant 3cm x 3cm on leather – £20
Well that’s the end of my October Make & Show month – please do follow my blog as I will keep posting my makes along with the back story of how some of them were made.
I you like my jewellery have a look at my website for items for sale, handmade findings & ear wires and more information about our jewellery making holidays in France – come and learn how to make your own jewellery !
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).
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.
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.
I was keeping an eye out for etching subjects and Tim took some photos of trees including this one….
…that I have edited in the hope that it will be suitable for etching
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.
Yesterday started off so well and then got better ! It started with Choo Choo’s walk when I found 12 walnuts fallen from our neighbours walnut tree – perfect for the dormice (more later). Then I had an idea for a pendant which came out so much better than I could have hoped and setting the peridot in the day before’s ring went well – if only all days were like this 😉
The Aubrac is a plateau high above us, it’s very wild and unspoilt and the home of many rare orchids. The land is used for grazing in the summer when the cattle are taken up during the Transhumance in May (a very popular festival) and this is my idea of the grass there in the Autumn. Made with the help of my rolling mill, each pendant will be different, there a little loops soldered to the back for the chain and I’ve oxidized it to bring out the detail of the design and texture. I’ll be making a ring soon following a similar design (due the the making process each pendant and ring will be different). This pendant is for sale on my website just click one of the photos. I will be running workshops next year making this pendant and ring please contact me if you would like to be on the mailing list for them.
Size Q and a half – £25
This is the ring I was making on Thursday – a hammered band with silver balls and tube soldered on and today I tube set a rose cut 3mm peridot (rather than having a flat table this cut is domed and faceted). It’s oxidized and can be worn on it’s own or with stacker rings – I may be adding to this range soon.
Dormice & Walnuts
If you have seen my FB page you’ll know that we have 3 dormice, orphaned and saved from the cats. I’ve been feeding them up with acorns, hazelnuts from our own trees and blackberries and today walnuts but they are not quite heavy enough to survive hibernation so it looks like they will be staying with us until the spring – they look like mini squirrels, grey with white bellies and fluffy tails – so cute !
All 3 fast asleep together
Yesterday I did get some glass drilling done but didn’t have time to make the pieces into earrings – I will get some made today and show you tomorrow – Please drop by and see me again then.
October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates. Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html
A couple of days ago I wanted to visit the Aubrac before I missed the snow, not realising that I’d wake up this morning to 4 inches of the stuff 😉 It’s been very mild this year with only 1 real fall of snow and I’d forgotten how beautiful it is.
Our visit to the Aubrac was short but as always wonderful, the Aubrac is a plateau above us, the transhumance brings the cows up to pasture in the summer along with the walkers and the winter brings the skiers.
Road winding through the Aubrac snow. The road as usual was wonderfully clear with deep snow either side.
Trees just waiting to become designs for etching
The Aubrac can be a bleak and beautiful place
The village of Aubrac, a safe place for medieval pilgrims to stop on their route to Santiago de Compostella on the Chemin de Saint Jacques.
Chez Germaine in Aubrac village – perfect place to stop and warm up with a coffee and an enormous piece of fruit pie.