Arrival in The Faroe Islands and a Cultural Night in Tòrshavn

Day 1 of my trip with The Clipperton Project to the Faroe Islands.

Today I travelled from Edinburgh to Vagar to Tòrshavn.

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I arrived in on June 3rd to Vagar airport, and we travelled from the airport to the island of Stremoy to the town of Tòrshavn, where we’re staying for the next couple of days.

I met 3 of our lovely group at the airport, and the rest shortly after we arrived in our accommodation. There was a group of 13 of us. We were a great mixed group, who I slowly tried to get to know over the following weeks… but at this point I’d sussed out that they were all so lovely! and were studying, and trying to achieve really interesting projects. I couldn’t wait to find out more!

This was the view from our window on the hill of Tòrshavn…

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And a cute wee lenticular cloud to greet us too!!

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We were lucky enough to coincide our first night with the Tòrshavn “Cultural Evening” which was a lovely night, spread across the whole town with different  events, pop up shops, talks, live music, dancing, food, etc. etc.

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We all wandered around, enjoying some pancakes, and free marshmallows. Taking in all the different shops, and art works.

We didn’t quite get round everything, as it was all so spread out, and the little group I was with mostly stayed to enjoy the live music. There are some stunningly talented metal musicians on the Faroe Islands!!

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Our merry crew enjoying some free beer :)

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But we did manage to see some traditional skills from viking-style people, including this woman casting tin into little pendants. I don’t know the technical terms for each of these tools, but she basically heated up the ingots of tin in the metal (I assume iron) crucible in the fire pit, and once molten, poured it in the stone mould. A beautifully simple way of casting metal jewellery, and I’m so glad this was the opening to my trip!

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We also caught this traditional chain dance (will talk more about this later on! stay tuned!) going on in the local music store.

 

Wonderful first day!

Chloe out.

I’m on Patreon!!!

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I’m really excited to tell you that I’m now on Patreon!!
I’m in my second month, I have 20 wonderful patrons, and I’m over halfway towards achieving my first goal!!
I’d really love it, if you like my artwork, and want to keep up with all the happenings in my artsy life and development, if you could support me over on there… even if it’s just $1 a month, every little helps, and your support means so much to me.
Visit my Patreon here, and for a little more info. keep scrolling…
Hi there!
My name is Chloe Henderson… nice to virtually meet you.I’m using Patreon to fund my creative business. I’m from, and currently live, in Edinburgh, Scotland where I create highly patterned artwork, and jewellery based on stories, mythology, and the nerdier things in life.

I’m happiest when I’m in front of my drawing board doodling furiously away, or sat at my bench sawing and hammering pieces of metal. If I could do this all the time I would, but it doesn’t quite pay the bills yet… but hopefully with your support I can get there!

What will you be funding?

Workshop and Studio Practice
I draw every day, and I try to get into the jewellery workshop at least once a week. Your pledges will cover the day to day creative expenses, such as: art supplies, workshop bills, jewellery materials, ordering prints and postal supplies, etc.

Ondine
This will be my first commercial jewellery collection. It will be based on a faerytale I’m writing that brings together traditional undine mythology with our modern world, with added jewelled twists. I’m also aiming to make a film of this tale, and make a tail out of this tale… but you’ll have to get in on the Patreon-only posts to find out more…

   

My stall at Edinburgh Comic Con 2017
Next year, I would love to have enough artwork to get prints and merchandise made up to sell at Edinburgh’s Comic Con. I went to the event this year, and it was fantastic! The whole time I was there looking at all the glorious nerdy things, I couldn’t help but envy the indie artists selling their wares, and I knew I wanted to be them next year! The convention is usually in April, which gives me a whole year to achieve this goal of creating more nerdy artwork, and to save the money needed to book the table, and buy the stock to sell.

Thank you for reading, and thank you even more if you decide to support me :D
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Chloe out.

Happy 18th Birthday Nicole Leadbetter

For my cousin’s 18th Birthday I made her an ocean inspired necklace and earrings set.

She loves all things under the sea, in particular whales and dolphins…. so what to make her? A whale tail necklace with splash drop earrings of course!
And as, she too, is a February birthday, it just had to be an amethyst stone… these ones a beautiful pastel Lavender Amethyst.

A few in process shots…

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…. and the finished piece…

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Happy Birthday Nicole :)
I hope you like them!

Chloe out.

Colouring-In: Titanium Edition

A few Saturdays ago we popped along to the fabulous Process Studios for their 90-minute drop-in Titanium Colouring workshop… and it was awesome fun!!

It was just like painting… with with electricity!! all the fun!

I should have taken some photos of the process… but I was messing about too much to remember! so, enjoy some images of the finished samples and my lovely “Starry Night” cuff.

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Thanks Elaine, Grant, and Sara for letting me drag ya’ll along :)

And thank you Karen Donovan for putting up with us in your wonderful class :)

Chloe out.

First Excerpt from The Story of Ondine

I’ve been so busy these past few weeks writing away. It feels like a giant explosion of words has just melted out from my brain. I’ve not written much of anything but the odd one-liner, blog posts and journal entries for such a long time. I’ve missed it. I really must write more.DSC_0186

I don’t know if it’s any good yet. I’m still in the first draft stages and still need to write a huge chunk of middle bit, but it’s oh such a glorious process.DSCF1080small

If Ondine is as successful as I hope it will be, I’m definitely going to write a story for every single collection I do. Oh joy!!

Anyway….. thought I’d share with you a little sneak peek at part of the story.

She nodded, tears spilling down her cheeks.

“Yes.”

He rummaged around in his pockets and pulled out a strand of white string. She laughed through sparkling watery eyes and held out her hand. He tied the little rope around her finger. She looked down at the string, flexed her fingers, brought them up to her mouth and licked her new ring. He watched in astonishment as the glistening bubbles in her saliva solidified around the knot and the string set in silver.

“Okay, you really have to tell me all your secret now!”

Still a first draft, so it will most likely change! But, what do you think? Would love some advice?!!

Ooo and here are a few more full-scale tail samples. Must write that knitting blog! and maybe a weaving one too!Silver Coned (14) Silver Coned (12) Silver Coned (9) Silver Coned (8) Copper Clawed (1)Copper Clawed (10) Copper Clawed (6) Copper Clawed (4) Copper Clawed (3)And the first pretty page in my sketchbook (will upload some more images of the other pages soon).DSC_0060I’ve also been working on some knot-work for the main elements of the jewellery collection… all will be revealed soon.DSC_0046 DSC_0047 DSC_0059

Stay tuned…..

Chloe out.

How to turn your unused tins into cute upcycled jewellery… and save the tin!!

I love blogging, and I’m always looking for ways to expand my internet-based ramblings…. so……. tutorials! I’m going to have a go at sharing some of my arts and craftyness with ya’ll! This way, I can share the bits and pieces I create when I’m distracting myself from my own project work…. ie. the times when I just need to cover myself in glitter because otherwise I’d drown inside my own work!!

Can’t wait to conjure up lots of these wee posts!!

Anyway…

How to turn your unused tins into cute upcycled jewellery… and save the tin!!

If, like me, you always keep those beautiful little tins that you get candy and odds and ends in, you’ll probably also have a pile of empty ones collecting dust somewhere!

This is the tutorial for you!!

This tutorial uses a small pink flowery tin and transforms it into a pair of earrings, but you can use any tin you want and you can turn it into any form of jewellery you want! This tutorial goes over the basic steps, but the fun bit is using your own creativity to come up with endless tin jewellery possibilities!

These make perfect gifts as they are present and packaging all in one!!

Beginner level but does require the use of a jeweller’s saw (the scissor alternative won’t save the tin but can be ued) and drill, so not recommended for young children, and with older children there should be full adult supervision when using any sharp/dangerous tools.

STUFF YOU’LL NEED

– A tin!

– Beads (small seed beads work best, but your imagination should know no bounds!)

– Chain, ribbon, findings, etc.

– Wrapping material (an organza bag, tissue paper, ribbon, gift tags, fabric, etc.)

– A jeweller’s saw and 4/0 blade(s!) or scissors (i’ll take about this in more detail later)

– Files and sandpaper

– A drill and 1mm drill bit (for beginners I would recommend the hand archimedian drill)

– Needles and threads

WHAT TO DO

1. Select your tin! This is my tin :) It used to contain yummy French rose candies! and is approx. 8.5X6cm

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2. Cut a template out of cardboard. I’m using two 3cm heart shapes that will become the earrings.

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3. Draw around your templates straight onto the tin using a non-permanent marker. Select areas of the design you like the best, but remember that you’ll be saving the tin so think about the design placement of the cut-out segments.

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4. If you are not using the jeweller’s saw, ignore these next few steps and carefully cut out your design using sharp scissors. Unfortunately, doing it this way makes t very hard/impossible to save the tin, but does make it easier to do with older children or those less experienced with jewellery techniques.

If you are using the saw, you’ll need to drill a hole in one area of your shape to thread the blade through. I would suggest using a corner as this makes it easier to clean up.

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5. Thread your blade through the drilled holes. I would suggest using a size 4/0 blade or higher.

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6. Carefully saw-out your shapes. Be careful not to press down on tin when cutting as you don’t want to bend the metal.

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7. Scissor fans you can join us again for the next steps!

Wipe away the marker lines with a littler water (or acetone/nail polish remover if the water won’t budge it, but be cautious not to damage the tin design).

File the edges of your cut out pieces and the cut out segments within the tin lid. You can use sandpaper here as well to smooth the edges further.

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8. Drill 1mm holes all around the edges of your cut out shapes and the cut out holes in the tin lid.

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9. Sand down the drilled edges on the backs of the shapes and the tin lid, until smooth.

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10. This is where you can get creative with threads and beads!

For my tin lid, I stitched over the cut out shapes to create a pink thready web! This way, nothing will fall out of my tin and it gives the piece a kitsch patchwork feel that I quite like!

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I beaded around the edges as well for a little extra bling!

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11. Again this is a creative stitching and beading session!

My cut-out shapes were made into earrings. I stitched around the edges of the hearts in the same direction to give them a visibly stitched feel.

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Then strung them from a dangle of seed beads and a silver ear hook.

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Ta-dah!!!

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a message below and I’ll get back to you asap!

Looking forward to making more of these in the future :)

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Chloe out.