Ahhhhhhh - I just needed to relax this evening, so I did some 'good old' wire wrapping in argentium sterling silver (a new form of sterling which only tarnishes very, very slowly). Its kind of a bit like knitting - you get into a rhythm.
This a stunningly beautiful piece of fossil coral which I bought from Heart of Stone Studio (www.heartofstonestudio.com) - the colours really 'zing' and it has gorgeous flower head patterns.
I LOVE my stones - they have taken over as my #1 shopping passion (which used to be designer shoes and boots - mmmmmmm).
I've been experimenting with Faux Bone - a type of non-toxic PVC. Its great stuff - you can saw it, drill it, hammer it, texture it, heat and bend it (just don't burn it - that releases yucky fumes) and put resin in it. To get the 'bone' effect you rub brown shoes polish on it - then rub it off and sand it when its reached the desired 'age'.
This is a brooch I've made with etched copper frame, craft wire in pink, crystal quartz heishi and metal silevr coloured beads (Fair Trade from Ethipia). And brass micro-screws (I also LOVE micro-screws - must be the engineer in me.....)!
The gorgeous stone is a porcelain jasper from Heart of Stone Studio in the US.
I'm the cephalopod loving redhead behind Ginga Squid studio. In previous lives I've been an engineer, accountant, scuba instructor and most recently - a mum to 2 gorgeous little kiddies (well they are most of the time)!
I love creating things - it keeps me sane. I particularly love sourcing interesting, unusual and rare natural gemstones and fossils (its my equivalent of a shoe addiction).
I also love colour - bring it on!
I like to use beads in my work that I can buy Fair Trade from developing countries, so helping the craftspeople directly.
My website is http://www.GingaSquid.com