Puffins! Puffins!! Puffins!!!

Day 5 on the Faroe Islands with The Clipperton Project.

Today we saw LOTS of puffins!!

We walked along a rather steep and gravely up and down path along the cliffs of Mykines, stopping to catch our breath and take photographs of the stunning views from every angle.

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This bridge was amazing! Standing look over the perilous edge, down at the crashing blue waters and colonies of nesting seagulls was quite magnificent. Then facing the bridge, to go through, you could see the unique architecture of the metal rods making a beautiful crisscrossing pattern, and hitting the floorboards with crossed shadows. A simple means to cross the sea below, yet quite beautiful in it’s harshness against the landscape.

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This is the top! I made it!!!

It looks cold, but it was stunningly warm… to the extent that I took off most of my layers to enjoy the warmth!! and the foggy clouds that shrouded my walkway to the top just added to the mystery of the little isle.

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Returning back down from the edge where the lighthouse signalled, I started to see black and white zooming birds with flashes of colour leading their ways….. I took a lot longer to get back than I did to get there as I kept stopping to watch these adorable little guys flying overhead! I also sat among their little burrowed nests for about an hour just watching them dive in and out and go about their mating season.

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We were so close!… something that stirred a sense of excitement in me, yet upon reflection is not a good thing. I’m all for appreciating nature in the natural world… but when you have ramblers, including myself, walking over a path just footsteps away from puffin nests, you gotta ask yourself if it’s okay. No, is the simple answer. We were disturbing these little guys during mating season, and there was nothing to stop us doing so. I don’t think natural spaces should be fenced off and shut peered at through a closed door… but if we can’t find a way to protect the natural spaces we have left (from idiots, as well as well-meaning people like myself and our group, who aren’t out to harm the puffins intentionally, merely appreciate them in their natural setting, but at the same time are unwillingly causing the animals an amount of distress and disturbance), then we will no longer have any true natural spaces to enjoy.

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I walked away thinking about that.

It was hard to focus on environmental issues with such distracting beauty surrounding me…

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A wee puffin to see me off as I walked back up the steepest steps of the trail.

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I wasn’t quite ready to head back down to the yellow house yet, so I walked along a bit of ridge, intending to sit and doodle in my sketchbook for a while, but as I peered down over the cliff… look who distracted me!!

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Today was pretty awesome… I went from never having seen a puffin to seeing thousands! and it was just brilliant!!

A little relaxing in the yellow house after an exciting puffin filled day! (photo pinched from Tracey M Benson).Tracey M Benson

 

Stay tuned for more…
Chloe out.

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Silver Birthday Roses

I was commissioned to make a full set of silver roses based upon a junk-jewellery rose earring the client bought, loved, and lost part of on holiday. My instructions were to stick to the basic shape of the earring, but add my own flair, add a texture to the silver and make them much much bigger!

This is the original earring:

Inspiration

After a few copper samples…

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… and a leafy moustache…

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… I got to work on the silver set…

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… and this is how it turned out all polished up and pretty:

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Hopefully, when she’s feeling better I’ll got some cute modelled shots too :)

What do you think?

This commission was a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve never make a structured piece with so many layers before, and I’m pretty proud of how they turned out… I might have to add this sculptural layering way of making into my current project somewhere!

If you’re interested in setting up a commission, please pop on over to my Commissions Page for more details.

Chloe out.

Avallon Faery

A wee while ago I posted about my summer holiday in France and I posted images of some of my travelling artyness, including this little gal.

This little Faery was painted on a leaf found by the side of our big blue campervan, Dughall. That day we had visited the rather magical town of Avallon and I was inspired to paint this tiny beauty in the natural surroundings of Camping Au Bois Joli.
My dreams were filled with wings and sparkling bells that night. I hope these dreams find there way into our mind when she lives in your home, as she is now listed on Etsy!

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Avallon Faery is handpainted using acrylics onto a found, pressed leaf. Artwork is displayed inside a high-quality, dark brown wooden box frame that has been hand painted with green leafy vine detailing, complete with strut and hooks for hanging. The faery leaf is mounted on acid-free black card and black spiderweb lace.

She is £40 and available on Etsy now :)

Chloe out.

Oval Dome Image necklaces in the etsy store!

I’m always looking for new ways to add images into jewellery, so over the past few weeks I’ve made up these little beauties!

Every Oval Dome Image is printed onto acid free art card and sealed inside a brass bezel oval cup and domed glass. The little image pendant is then strung onto a fine brass chain with a cute star charm to finish it off magically!

And I listed all these necklaces into the Etsy store for my shop launch and they’re now all available for purchase at £15 each. Click on the images below to take you to the listing :)

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What do you think?

Which one is your favourite?

 

Chloe out.

Faery Wings Photoshoot Moodboard

As mentioned in my little update post i’m sharing my moodboard for my Faery Wings photoshoot that will (*fingers crossed* i get my pieces finished in time) hopefully take place this weekend (weather permitting of course!).

I have a location: the wooded area around Newbattle Abbey. These wonderful woods are a short walk away from my home, and therefore an area i have explored well… i know all the best bits! There is something so magical and faery-like about the woods; the trees and moss and birds twittering in the trees, dew drops on weird and wonderful lichens, strange mushrooms and the earthen floor littered with leaves that crackle as tiny animals scitter through them. Perfect.

Now… i just need a look!

Magical. Earthy faery girl mixed with airy light silver jewellery… the dark colours of my hair and the greens and browns of the woods will contrast so wonderfully with my shining silver pieces… and hopefully the weather will be lovely and sunny so the silver shines even brighter.

 

I’m having a little Pinterest session and will post some of the best images here:

 

This. This image says it all. I will be wearing white, i will use a multitude of unusual poses, keep the image soft and mysterious, i want to use trees as props; raise myself off the ground as the wings would. Magic.

I’ve bought a white lace top/bodysuit thing for this shoot (and i also have a netted tutu and white lace stockings, ivory ballet shows, white lace gloves, a white glittery shrug and white ribbon… so i’ll experiment with outfit combinations). This image captures an intimate delicacy that i hope to achieve.

The gaze in the eyes of this woman is captivating… must remember to use the correct range of facial expressions! I also like the twigged crown in her hair… using twigs and foliage in my hair might add an interesting earth faery element to my photos.

I like the idea of using glitter. Maybe it will just be sprinkled in my hair and makeup… but this shot is stunning. Hrmm… i’ll take some with me and see what happens!

Good faery makeup is a must. I plan to keep it quite natural… but add a little sparkle here and there!

Hair styling is also vital, especially as my headpiece relies on it to stay in! Messy faery hair is essential… and a braided element around the front/side is crucial to the wear-ability of my headpiece. I also need to assure my ears remain relatively clear of hair for when wearing the ear cuffs.

 

(Visit my pinterest page for more images, as well as the credits for all of these glorious shots (or click on the images))

 

See you on the other side…

Chloe out.

Mossycoat: The making of.

Mossycoat is now finished…!

 

It feels very odd to have a final piece made already, but at the same time it feels wonderful!

So, in light of my euphoria, i thought i would sure with you how Mossycoat came into creation…..

 

 

Here is the initial doodley sketch i was working with. A few bits and pieces of the design have changed since this drawing, but it still has all the essential elements of what i have create.

Mossycoat is a neckpiece; the pendant is a brass disc sewn in with a silk organza pouch containing real moss and gold thread, and the neckpiece is made of green gemstone beads, primarily moss agate, and little segments of brass that have been etched into with my mossy drawings and then all stitched up using golden thread.

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First step was to make the brass disc, and step one was to cut out the larger circle shape.

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I filed up the edges before cutting out the inner ring because a more solid shape is easier to file without warping the metal.

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After filing, the inner ring was cut out.

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And then the inner ring was filed too.

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I marked out little dots along the edges of both outer and inner circle.

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And punched them.

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The drilled them out. These holes will later be the basis for the organza stitches.

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But first i needed to sand down the circle with a rough grade of sandpaper. I wanted the scratches to appear like strands of finely spun gold. I also lacquered the metal, and then rubbed it back a little with finer sandpaper. Where the lacquer has been rubbed back the metal will tarnish faster and the ideas of Mossycoat coming from “dirty” meager beginnings will be more apparent when set against the image of finely spun gold.

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Next step was to stitch in the silk organza with the golden thread. I have used this material because it is one of the fine dresses Mossycoat wears in her happily ever after life. I have heat-altered the front swatch of material because i wanted to represent the turmoils and hardships Mossycoat had to face before her happily ever after.

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I stitched the silk in as a larger shape so the material wouldn’t tear as i was working, and then i cut it back into the circle shape.

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The backing material has not been heat-altered as i didn’t want the material to scratch/irritate the skin when worn.

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It was at this stage that the pouch was stuffed with golden stitched real moss. I wanted this pouch to appear as though i have captured and preserved a piece of the real Mossycoat. The coat is caught between two pieces of the dress and is protected by sealing it with golden thread.

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Like with the inner circle i used a larger piece of material and cut it back.

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Next step was to stitch in the golden layer of beads on the outer circle, these beads represent the “gold sprigs” on the white dress that Mossycoat wears. They also act as a barrier of protection, as this way the back piece of material will not fray and will stay in place.

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Next stage is to etch my drawing segments for the neckpiece. First step is to prepare a piece of brass with stop-out fluid.

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Once the stop-out fluid dried, i etched a variety of shapes taken from my Mossycoat drawings into the surface.

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I have drawn out a lot more than i will need. This way i will be able to play around with different patterns and figure out what looks best when positioned together (it also means that i will be able to make up some pieces for my shop… so stay tuned for that!)

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I used the nitric acid method to etch. I love using this method because it leaves a rough, grainy texture to the etchings which i think is beautiful, especially when your run your fingers over the shapes and it looks more like one of my drawings this way too.

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Next the messy bit, rubbing away the flakey stop-out fluid after etching. Messy but satisfying.

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All pretty and clean!

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Next step… spending ages cutting out all the little shapes!

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And filing and polishing them up until they looked perfect!

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Now all is left is the long, long, long, long, long, long, long task of beading it all together. I do love beading using my strange stitching method, it’s a wonderfully relaxing way to spend an evening… well a multitude of evenings (man this technique takes a long time)!

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But in the end, worth it, wouldn’t you agree?

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Here is a little sneak peek at the finished piece!

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I will soon show off the full thing soon, i just want to take some really good photos of it first…

… see you on the other side.

Chloe out.

Mossycoat Drawings

As i’ve just moved onto the making stage of my Mossycoat piece, i thought i’d take a few moments to share with you some of the sketchbook drawings i’ve done so far.

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What do you think?

 

Well i’m away back off to my making! Will share the results with you soon, so stay tuned!

See you on the other side…

Chloe out.