White dragon


Another piece for mhhadfield. Apparently it is a dungeons and dragons character.

I might make more as this was really fun to make.

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New baby


Huge excitement!

A male quail got in with a female recently and we felt disinclined to eat the following eggs. We have no experience or ‘hatchery’ (if that is what it is called) but we bunged the egg on a heat mat and turned it to give it at least a chance if it was fertile. Google says it is very hard to hatch with all the kit so we expected nothing.

A child is born!

Any advice would be welcome. I hope it survives as the girl is beside herself with joy. 😁

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Happy Halloween



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Blue Jay Necklace


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I’m still working with polymer clay but I have been tied up a lot recently with my new job. Theoretically I get a lot of spare time as I work nights and work five nights and have five days off, however in reality my body clock has rebelled and I spend a lot of my free time feeling sick and staying in bed.

Still I thought it was high time I caught up a bit with my blog and so here is a bird necklace I made recently. I really like doing these, so far I’ve made a couple of chaffinches, blue jays and goldfinches, plus a blue tit and a (not too successful) robin. I think I’ll give the robin another try!

I hope you are all keeping well and I’d be delighted to hear from you after my long absence.

Take care.


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Still making flowers, I’m obsessed!


I like the rose on this one. It fades from white to salmon pink – almost coral pink – and I like the matching little flowers.

I’m not so good at making roses. I’ve tried and tried and more often than not I roll them into a ball and throw the clay back into the box. When one works I am ridiculously happy, especially when I’ve worked hard to get two tones into the lclay. I used the skinner blend method and I love the tecnique..

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Yellow rose necklace

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I’m really enjoying making these polymer clay flowers. I’m sill struggling with roses but I am pleased with how this one turned out. Therefore it takes pride of place in this piece.

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Blue flower and Autumn Leaves Necklace – inspiration strikes

I’m very happy with how this necklace came out. I loved the pendant when I made it but could not decide how to hang it. It sat for weeks on my window ledge, glittering in the sunlight and taunting me that it could be a bit special with a little imagination. Eventually I went into my shed (studio, but Hubby thinks I’m being pretentious, so shed it is!) to dig myself out some nice amber coloured beads to give it a go and there I found a necklace I made a while ago, but didn’t like.

I did like the beaded necklace part – very much – but n0t the drop bead to finish it. I pulled it out, hung the pendant there instead and hey presto. It looks like it grew there. And I’m so happy I’ve finally given the beads the spotlight they deserve too. I very much like the autumn leaves effect of the glitter layered behind the flower. One for when the weather cools off I think.

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More earrings

I’m having such a good time making earrings recently. Doing 5 nights working in a row (of ten hour shifts) I’m finding that I can only keep my concentration up for so long during the day and these earrings are perfect little projects. The beaded ones are quick and fun to make whilst the resin ones have so many ‘layers’, each needing to dry or set etc between each stage, I find that I can concentrate for long enough, then have a little snooze before the next step. Anyway, I hope you like them.DSCF2149 DSCF2121 DSCF2130 DSCF2155 DSCF2050 (2) DSCF2089 (2) DSCF2088 (2)

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Thanks for reading


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Black and red

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I am still making lots of resin pieces, this one has worked beautifully. I wasn’t sure how a black background would work out and my initial attempts were not great. Black paint is too patchy and black material boring. However black glitter gives a really deep black effectg and the resin takes away the glitter leaving a subtle glimmer in bright sunlight.

You know me, a subtle glimmer was not enough detail and I love the colours of the glitter fakes against the black.

I hope you like it.


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