Recycled paper jewellery pieces

imageI love using recycled items to create my jewellery. Here I used scrap pieces of art work that were going to be  thrown away. I mount the pieces onto recycled mount board or other strong card.

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The next stage is adding glitter, let’s face it you can never have enough glitter, and finish off with glazing the pieces with dimensional glue. Once these are dry I will punch holes into the ones to be necklaces, or add pins to brooches and mount the smaller pieces onto cufflinks or rings.

So for minimum expense and little effort Iwill have a lovely new range of jewellery to sell.

So excited to see the end results.

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Witley Court – beautiful ruins

I love this place, I try to go at least once a year. The house and gardens are being renovated by English Heritage and they have just finished a seven month restoration on the main attraction. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain. It is spectacular when it is erupting a huge spout of cascading water over the figures. IMG_1873Everyone gasps as they look down from the ruins and see a truly beautiful site in front of them. The gardens are starting to take shape and is a great safe place for families to have a picnic.

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There are also walks of varying lengths which are not too strenuous for all. There is the old boat house, a play area  and a most magnificent church. To top it off tucked behind the church is a tearoom which serve delicious homemade cakes which you can eat inside or outside under trees.

The history of  Witley Court is fascinating, destroyed by fire and once overrun with bikers at one point, all the information you need to know is on a free audio guide.

Witley Court has a romance about it that draws you back time after time.

So if you are looking for a day out with the family or a walk with the dog I cannot recommend Witley Court enough.IMG_1875

Hidden faces skull plaques

I finally got to finish the hidden faces skull plaques today. They have been made by using recycled cards, magazines, beads etc. I have hidden faces from famous paintings in them, which gives them a strange appearance.

I really like Frida Kahlo and the festival of Day of the Dead and decided to create these plaques. There is plenty room for improvement but as a staring point I think they are good and I can see where the improvements are needed if I intended to sell them.

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The face of Marilyn Monroe
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Girl with the pearl earring
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Paula Rego and Frida Kahlo

Hidden Faces – collaged wall plaques

I enjoy pottering around and love to make items from recycled bits and bobs. Here I have made a wall plaque using driftwood, recycled jewellery, cards, magazines and papers. I never start with a plan it just seems to evolve, sometimes my creations work, sometimes they don’t. But I always enjoy making things.

I liked the idea of hiding famous paintings within my work and picked portraits of some iconic women. You need to look to find them. I’m not saying these creations are good but they have inspired me to make some more, but I don’t know what I am going to do with them all when I finish.

I need to work on the quality and the finishing off of these plaques, the trouble is I get engrossed and sometime I don’t figure out how things are going to fit together. I am not too happy with the glazing, I used Modge Podge which sealed the plaques well but I wanted to use dimensional glue but because of the curved surface this was not an option.

I also wanted to make a macrame hanging but I don’t know how to macrame, so the finish is not brilliant. This is one of my problems I just go straight in without practising before hand, I just don’t enjoy reading instruction, and sometime I have to learn the hard way when things don’t work as well as I hope.

It’s all about the fun!!

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Did you spot the famous face?
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One of my favourite ladies.