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…and thank goodness. Drilling with the new diamond core bits takes a fraction of the time it was taking before. Have done these in an hour or so – 41 pieces. Eternal Tools rock.
Have been seaglassing furiously. I bought the wrong size of diamond tipped drill bit and broke two lovely piece of blue glass with them. They are a bit big, which is good for thick pieces that won’t otherwise take the jumprings, but it takes ages and sometimes breaks them so this week’s stall proceeds (which were really good!) go towards more drillbits. One of them just went black and refused to work for some reason!
The Carreg Bica silver handmade charms are quite exciting. A lot of work, so I’ll have to price them accordingly, but I think they’re such unique items so perfectly placed (with the market overlooking the beach and Bica) that they are worth the effort. It’s so lush to see them come up to a satin shine under the sandpaper. Attempts to cut corners by using drill attachments to polish them up didn’t work; old-school it is.
Pottery pieces are a delight to work with – so pretty and so easy to drill I use an old worn-out bit. So that means I can make a bit of stuff a bit faster! Which I just have to do at the moment. A few more filled glass bottles as well, and I will have a fair amount of stuff. I bought lots of charms etc. last week and am delighted with all of the bits that turned up. People on eBay (and Kernowcraft) are so prompt and professional, Amazon and co take note!
I shared a stall at the Llangrannog market last week with ‘Ocean Pictures’ and made more than I have so far! All to be ploughed back in – more pretty silver charms, leather cords and coloured pieces to come. People are (very nicely) free with their advice and I also have new, better price tags in mind with more information on the origin of the seaglass.
I also need to sort out my ‘choose your own’ boards, so people can select the elements they want then I’ll make it up for them then and there. All good fun!
Last Wednesday was the first Llangrannog Local Producers Market, held on the Ship carpark and organised by a small committee of awesome getting-things-done type women. I spent ages creating new frames for displaying necklaces and earrings and keyrings, and a day making new stock for the market. Some of my faovurite pieces (like the only piece of pink I’ve ever seen and maybe ever will see) sold really quickly. Blue and green pieces are the most popular, and dolphin charms are a winner, especially when the dolphins have recently visited!
The weather was hot and sunny and it was a really successful day, with such excellent organisation. I wish I had a lot more time to spend on the stall and particularly on the stock, but polishing those damn silver charms takes forever! I made a respectable amount of money and have high hopes for tomorrow, which is bang in the middle of the Whit week. I think my stuff will have most appeal for kids with pocket money to spend, and adults with presents to buy!
Hoping to keep the stall going all summer, because it was a rewarding experience, although it is a big commitment at a time when I feel rather over-committed. Great to see lots of other locals doing their thing, from Louise with her pictures and postcards to The Plwmp Tart’s gorgeous cooking. There were a couple of veg stalls, an organic beauty products stall I had to be very strict with myself about, a cheese stall (ditto) and plenty more.
A photo from yesterday, May Day or Beltane. If I can get the light and lens right on Hipstamatic, I think this section of rocks on Cilborth will make a good backdrop for photographing new seaglass stock…once I’ve finished making it all!
Sometimes I find a special piece that really calls out to ‘be’ something in particular…I have had a piece that looks like a whale’s tail for a while now, and have a special design in mind for it…sketched below. Time to buy some more PMC3!
I do miss the sea. I see it every day, but I am missing it. I never get to go in it any more; there always seems to be something more pressing, more pressurising. And sure, it’s cold as well — I don’t want to get in, but I know that I do as well, and will feel so much better when I do. I’ll surf badly, rusty and out of sync with the ocean, and feel ashamed. But three days where I can do no more than glance in fading light, and I am antsy without it. Running brings me close only, not into. It looks so soft and light and playful, though I know it is cold and, this winter, killer. Anyway I must get back in; everything tells me so. And close, and sit, and watch. Before all the tourists come back, before the peace and scoured-cleanness is gone. The signposts are on my desktop because, I thought, I liked the blue, but they are reminding me of the choices I have already made and still abide by, when I remember to honour them. That all paths lead to the coast for me, to Lochtyn and surrounding beaches and beaches further afield; salt water anywhere. Also that my path is soon to change again, that I will not be stuck wishing for change forever — that the path is sometimes a long, long tiring one, like the walk to Cwmtudu, but beautiful. I feel like I would like to wander some, and be a little more rootless and a little more free.
Made some more seaglass stuff for my Etsy shop.
If you want some Xmas goodies use XMASFUN at the checkout for 15% off! Loved making these — I have to admit, sea pottery is a lot easier to drill than seaglass but there we are. I have sold quite a few pieces, mostly to locals but one piece is heading to America tomorrow!