Wednesday, 11 January 2012


I think I know myself fairly well.

And I think I am quite realistic about the things I can and can't do. I am practical and can use what is at hand to fix or mend things. I can't sing. No. I definitely can't do that. I hate following instructions and am rubbish at any sort of paperwork. I dread it when BigBean says 'Have you seen the bill for...?' I hate being wrong but I know I am fairly often. I have a good eye for colour. I am fickle. And I am good at making fiddly little things- jewellery, papier mache, modroc owls (don't ask), in fact, crafty nasties in general.

So it has been a huge source of frustration to me that I have never got on well with silver clay. I have tried. I have tried again. And then I gave up.

But my stubborn streak got the better of me and just before Christmas I ordered some more clay and paid attention to the instructions and got busy.

I made a large disc with a tiny cookie cutter.

The teeny discs were made with a straw and I stamped out initials in them with SmallBean's printing kit.
Then I strung them onto a chain but didn't fix them to a link. I left each little disc and gem pairing so they could move freely along the chain. I'm still not sure if I will keep them like that- I might fix them so they don't swing along and then bunch up.

So. I proved to myself that it is possible to read instructions and not hate what you are doing. And I have made myself a new necklace that I haven't taken off since December 19th.


  1. Fantastic! I like the way the jingle together and those little gems :-) My friend has started working with silver clay and can transfer kiddies pictures or anything onto it by making a stamp - that clay is just magic isn't it !

  2. Very pretty! I'm itching to have a go at silver clay and have found a local course so I won't have to read instructions.

  3. Oh, you seem to be a lot like me with the exception of being able to model small things. Your necklace is charming, what a clever girl you are!

  4. Hello ... just blog hopped over here. That necklace is so pretty, I'm not surprised you have been wearing it every day. Well done for finally mastering a skill you found challenging ... crochet seems to be my nemesis.

    I'll be back now I've found you :)

  5. Oh, I just *love* it. You clever old Bean!

  6. I am rubbish at reading instructions and muddle on for ages before finally HAVING to read them to make something certainly seems you did the right thing as the necklace is just loverrrrllllyyyy!

  7. The necklace looks fab! I was thinking of trying some silver clay too, hope it turns out as good as yours! :) x

  8. Oh, geez. I know you're right, I do. Now I'm going to have to do more than glance sideways at instructions. Cos look what you did!