Thursday, 18 February 2010


Ever since I saw this picture of Justicia brandegeana (aka the Shrimp Plant) I have wanted to make a pair of earrings. And now I have.
Strangely the beading part was the easiest part; the construction using chain and jump rings drove me to distraction.

All I have to do now is make the other one.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

My newest creation

I love leaves. And, though I say it myself, I love these:

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Letting the cat out

I have been asked to sketch out the beading process for one of my designs so that the instructions can be translated into proper drawings. I won't say who for or why just yet because I am surprisingly superstitious. BUT the point is drawing is SO HARD! Not quite lunch time and already I am in desperate need of a stiff drink. If there were anyone else in the room I would be running around screaming and flailing my arms around. But I'm here on my own so that would be silly. Instead I will cease this displacement activity* and shameless hinting and get on with sketching out step 8. Only 5 more to go...

*I have just spent 10 minutes looking at pictures of pencils to go with this post. Dear reader, I found none.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Not Seed Beads

New year, new resolutions. Except that my resolutions tend to be the same ones each year. Ah well, practise is supposed to make perfect.

Any hoo, this year's rehashed resolution is to revive my Etsy shop; with a range of pieces, not just expensive bead woven items. So I've been playing with Czech fire polished beads and made an astounding discovery! I can never get anything quite right. A pair of earrings that need take no more than 10 minutes to make is taking an hour or more because I cannot stop fiddling or critiquing. Enough already!

How did this turn into a swimming pool analogy?

There is no doubt that I am addicted to Facebook and am ready at the drop of anyone's hat to stand up for it in the face (pardon the pun) of criticism. Yes it's perfect for keeping up to date with friends near and far, but using it to promote my work to strangers? That part has always been a step too far.
Making new friends face to face is usually a gentle process, dipping your toes in the shallow end, paddling around in the safety of common ground until one or both of you feels confident enough to chuck off the water wings and swim to the dangers of the deep end where there be dragons, bad days and faux pas.
Virtual friends get chucked in at the deep end where they have no choice but to sink or swim.

Well dear reader I have found (a little late in the day) an alternative: My own Page on Facebook JaneLock Jewellery

You won't be able to discover my addiction to Farmville or Scrabble (oops), nor will you get the chance to comment on that tipsy photo of me taken at Christmas. You will, however be able to drop by, have a look at my Gallery, post a comment, pictures of your own or start a discussion. Best of all become a fan!

But don't ask me to be your Facebook friend, I'm keeping the water wings on for a while yet.