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Motivation Monday - a strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink

Five podcasts to inspire creativity

I'm sure I've mentioned in a previous blog post that I have become somewhat obsessed with podcasts! 
What is a podcast? A podcast is an audio file, similar to a radio programme, that is available to listen to online via your computer or to download onto your smartphone or tablet device to listen to offline. There are thousands of regular podcasts out there and I got into listening to them through the award winning crime podcast Serial, series 1 (if you were also hooked on that I highly recommend you listen to Undisclosed which looks at the same case in much more depth). I tend to download podcasts onto my phone to listen to when I am commuting. I currently regularly listen to the following (non-creativity!) podcasts - Undisclosed, Science for the People, VibeRide, Quiet: the power of Introverts and Breakdown.
Here are some of my favourite podcasts on creativity and how you can listen to them.
Recommended podcasts for creativity

Happier with Gretchen Rubin Happier is a weekly podcast …

Metal clay tool tip - the baby wipe!

I was asked to write a tool review for working with metal clay for the London Jewellery School blog. One of the great things about metal clay is that you don’t tend to need expensive tools to get started so for this tool review I decided I wanted to choose something people might not have thought to use. UK metal clay artist Joy Funnell was the one that first got me into the idea of using baby wipes for working with metal clay. Baby wipes are inexpensive and easy to get hold of in shops and supermarkets (for environmental reasons, I do recommend you buy biodegradable wipes). You might be surprised at how versatile they are!

Keeping your clay moist When you’re working with clay and have some lump clay out of the packet it is always best to wrap that lump clay up before continuing in order to keep it nice and fresh. However, you don’t always want to be wrapping it up and opening it, wrapping it up and opening it etc. So, put the clay onto a plastic mat and drape a baby wipe on top. This ke…

Motivation Monday - every time you find humour in a difficult situation, you win

Patriotic jewellery - England and Northern Ireland

The premiership season may be over but we are in a championship year so there is no rest from the football this summer! UEFA Euro 2016 is on the way and this got me thinking about patriotic jewellery! Over this two part blog series I’ll be looking at jewellery for men and women to show their national pride. Now, we know that England, Wales and Northern Ireland all made the finals. Unfortunately Scotland did not (a sore point for me!) but I'm not missing Scotland out of the feature! This post features patriotic jewellery for England and Northern Ireland. Look out for a future post featuring Wales and Scotland.

Handmade England outline cufflinks from Hannah Louise Lamb

Paracord bracelet from Cobraband

St George's cross cufflinks from The Cufflink Store

England flag brooch from Butler and Wilson

England flag hamabead earrings from Jlicious
Northern Ireland
Sterling silver I love Northern Ireland necklace from Silversmith 925

Motivation Monday - don't call it a dream, call it a plan

Setting up the new jewellery studio - update!

As I have previously blogged about, I am now sharing a jewellery studio in central London with a fellow jeweller. This week all the flat packed furniture arrived and Penny and I spent some time building a table, drawers, shelving and a chair! Penny had already built two jewellers benches.
There was a lot of cardboard, and many allen keys! But we got there very efficiently! I think we work well together! It's definitely all coming together.

We are now getting the workshop ready for the Made in Clerkenwell open studios next week. I'm getting some stock together to display and sell.

You can get a free ticket by registering here (it'll be £5 on the day).

Men's jewellery inspiration - part 2!

In honour of the rapid approach of father’s day, I have been looking at inspiration for men's jewellery for the London Jewellery School blog. I have previously looked at cufflinks but have turned my attention to other forms of men's jewellery.

Bracelets Men’s bracelets tend to be chunky, made of leather or thick chain

Black cord and bronze bracelet from Principles

Hamsa bracelet from Principles

Play hard bike chain bracelet from Katie’s bike


Titanium necklace from Super Monde

Necklace from Pearlatplay

Chainmaille necklace from Destai Details
Tie pins
Mountain tie clip from Alison Moore

Jewellery studio - the before of the before and after!

I now have the keys for my shared jewellery studio at Craft Central! At the moment, as you can see, it is looking a little empty and bereft as the previous occupant has moved out! But this week Penny and I have the furniture and equipment coming in ready for the Made in Clerkenwell open studios event so there will be lots of building of furniture happening this week. I will be posting the after photos soon!

Motivation Monday - be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop

Cufflink inspiration

With father’s day rapidly approaching in the UK (19th June in case you need to mark it on your calendar!) I've been having a look at some of the trends in men’s jewellery.

Cufflinks are a traditional form of men’s jewellery for those that choose to/have to wear formal shirts. However, they are a great way to show a little personality! Which of these would suit the fathers in your life?

Sterling silver oval cufflinks by Douglas Spell Link:

Personalised cufflinks by Oh So Cherished

Initial cufflinks by Penelope Tom

Hipster beard cufflinks by Iron + Oak
18CT Yellow gold skull cufflinks by Theo Fennell

Tattoo inspired
Silver ASOS swallow tattoo inspired cufflinks

Motivation Monday - make time to create the life you want

Exhibiting at Made in Clerkenwell

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am renting a jewellery studio at Craft Central as of today! I am really excited about it and I'll be sharing my progress on the blog over the coming year.

I am fortunate that I will be in the studio on time for the next open studios event, Made in Clerkenwell. I'd love to see you there. Here is what it is and (most importantly!) how to get free tickets!

Made in Clerkenwell'is a bi-annual celebration of Craft Central resident designer-makers and Network members. Held across two Victorian buildings, this is an opportunity for the public to 'behind the scenes' and explore the studios of our renowned design community.

You'll find jewellery, fashion, interior products, ceramics, accessories and traditional crafts by over 100 UK designer makers. Choose a gift, commission a unique piece, find a bespoke design service or just browse ... this shopping treat is topped off by meeting the maker.'

I will be in my studio talking to v…

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