30 Aug 2013

New Ashgate Gallery Autumn show

The New Ashgate Gallery Autumn exhibition opening reception is this evening from 6-8pm. I am participating with a set of oxidised versions of my gold ball collection. This will include several new pieces, such as these two pins - both about 70mm long with a stopper at the end. Elegant and minimal, they would make a chic addition to an outfit! The circles are about 11mm wide and the pins are silver.

These bold statement earrings haven't been shown for a while and this is the first oxidised pair I've made:
Another pair of earrings, available in this mid length or in a longer version, are new to my collection as well:
To see the full collection, visit the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

New Ashgate
Waggon Yard

9 Aug 2013

cleaning some neglected silver plated items

I have a pair of silver plated salt and pepper shakers which I really like for sentimental reasons and the amusing family stories attached to them. I have had them now for several years, having found their way to me via various family members. I really do like them, but sadly neglected them at the back of a cupboard. Hopefully by doing this post about cleaning them, I can pretend I didn't actually neglect them but was embarking on a carefully planned project to demonstrate how to get rid of bad tarnish on silver plated items.

Of course you can use a polishing cloth - although a bit slow with such bad tarnish. You can also use silver cream polish. However, if you don't have that handy and you have some silver plated items either sat in storage for ages or simply rediscovered at the back of a box somewhere, then toothpaste will do the job. Toothpaste is a mild abrasive, so will quickly and easily remove the worst of the tarnish with a bit of scrubbing with an old toothbrush.

So, to demonstrate:

1. Here is my as-part-of-this-project neglected salt and pepper shakers.
2. Put a dab of toothpaste on the object and have an old toothbrush (never again to be used on teeth, I say!) handy.

3. Scrub away on said object, adding toothpaste if necessary. You can already see after a couple of seconds it makes a difference:
4. Compare with other objects not yet clean. Feel smug.
5. Proceed in same manner with all remaining objects.
6. After drying, use a silver cloth to give the objects a vigorous final rub down. Take picture and sit back in awe. The whole process took about 10 minutes.
***disclaimer -- this is what I was told was useful to remove bad tarnish. Works for me, might not work for everything.

5 Aug 2013

500th post!

Blogger informs me that this is my 500th post!

On Saturday I received the New Ashgate Gallery programme for their autumn shows and to my delight my gold vermeil mini pendant is featured (see below).  You can see the whole programme on the front page of the New Ashgate website. Today I am working to finish the last piece in the collection I am sending for this autumn craft collection. It's a new piece and hopefully I will have photos by the end of the week. The opening reception for the show is Friday August 30th from 6-8pm.

Machi de Waard at New Ashgate gallery