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I went for a run yesterday (after a 45 minute cardio session with Julia, I must be mad!), all the way up to Pen Dinas Lochtyn, where I was in 1999 for the last solar eclipse. We were lucky to have sun, although it was hazy, and my iPhone lens did some quite funky stuff which I don’t understand but which allowed me to see the moon quite clearly. Spring solstice, solar eclipse, new moon and 5.5m spring tides – awesome day. I was hoping for some surf, but things weren’t quite that perfect!
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!
Entered my first piece of sea pottery jewellery into Pontgarreg Produce Show and came second! Quite pleased with that, as first was a very pretty bracelet of wirework that I wouldn’t have had a clue how to make.
This piece isn’t going to be sold — it’s for a Christmas Present. Definitely going to make loads more though, partly because drilling pottery is a lot easier than seaglass!
I’ve started to sell my seaglass jewellery creations, because I can’t keep them all, and can’t afford the silver clay, diamond-tipped drill bits and so on unless I make a bit of money out of it! I love seaglass and sea pottery…hope you will like too.
(It’s okay to take photos of your food once in a while, right?! Oh well, I don’t care!