Welcome to the weird and hopefully wonderful world of my imagination , jewellery inspired by the animal life around me and the mysteries of history.
Click on the links to see more of my work, feel free to contact me if you have any requests or suggestions.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

                                            I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year.........................

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Online Christmas Craft Fair or Chistmas Craft Fest

This week there is a world wide online Chritmas craft fair taking place at
I'm taking part along with lots of other craftspeople and this blog is to show some of the range of diverse  designers  and craftspeople who will be taking part.

Even if you are reading this after this weekend you can still check out these peoples work if you follow the links.

So in no particular order...................................



 The Velveteen Cat


Sci Art Images

Nofkants Curios


 Lorraine Dowdle

Wildflower designs

Mystic Moon

Kims Colourway

Buggalug Bubbles

Waterlily Designs

Karenza Paperie

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

long legged birds...brooch to muser

From my long legged bird brooch...................

comes this multicoloured muser plushie, courtesy of Kathryn Muse from Metro Atlanta USA. This is the wonderful thing about online selling you make contacts with people all around the world that you will never meet but your lives cross for a brief time.

She is a member of Etsy's "Ugly cute" team who inspired by another member has started making plushies to go on sale in her shop based on other members creations.So far she has done a Ninja juice box,a fairy, a day of the dead head,some one eyed monster things,a wriggly octopus,and a turtle. And now one of my birdys.

Here is the link to her shop, please go visit

it works if you copy and paste, sorry havn't worked out how to get a link to work yet!

Saturday, 17 September 2011


I had a "stall" at the creative crafts fair this weekend which provides another link to my shop.
I cannot get the link to work at the moment(my link works if you copy and paste and you can get to the others from there) but there were lots of other sellers there with beaded jewellery, pottery,papercrafts, fabric crafts etc. I didn't sell anything but its all extra publicity.


So I am posting some pictures of my workshop and works in the making to show that my brooches are hand made by me from metal rather than bought in items. I do buy the brooch catches to keep the price down as I prefer a brooch to have a safty catch, and they would take ages to make...

welcome to the entrance of my shed, it is impossible to work outside without our cat Spot joining in...

This is my bench, relatively tidy here, I'm not the tidyest of people when working.

Spot likes to sit in the middle of things,the green box is there to stop him curling up in my polishing area which he will do given half a chance, I suspect jewellers rouge probably ins't good for cats. The crock pot behind is what I use to warm my sulphuric acid, I use it as a double boiler so there is just a small beaker in a large pot of water, then I can use the water as an initial rinse. I do not have running water in my shed yet. So any thing that needs washing either has to be taken in the house or has water poured over it in to a drain outside.....

So this is how I make my work

The first picture is arranging the patterns for what I am making on the brass, this was a special order for someone last year. I dont like to waste too much metal.

Next they need to drawn round....Not a precise science, variations creep in at this point

Then I saw them out by hand

File off any sharp edges

If the brooch is flat then I paint on the resist as it takes a while to dry , If its cold I use a wine warming plate which we used to use when we made wine years ago.

In this batch the customer wanted the chicken to be domed slightly so this is me hammering it on a round doming stake

Then flattening the comb and tail feathers

The finished hammered chicken, at this point I would give it a bit of a sand to even the surface up a bit.

The flat ones are dry now and I have signed the backs,some are signed M. Honeybourne some M.Hollowell, most these days end up with Hollowbourne on them. The numbers are a date system , I have stopped doing this as people thought it was an edition number.

Then the surface design I want unetched is drawn on with permanent marker or a nail varnish pen.Or painted on with resist.Then they are dropped in the etch, I have a wonderful contraption my dad made to slop the etch back and forth.

This fox has been in the etch once then recoated in resist to he can be etched again to give depth. At this point he could have a fur pattern scratched into the resist. This one is plain.

A bit of a gap here, when I got absorbed in what I was doing and forget to take photos, what is missing is , cleaning all the resist and etchant off the etched pieces. Filing the edges again as they can get roughed up in the etch, sanding the surfaces if necessary. Then polishing on a mop (or two). Soldering on the brooch catch. Cleaning flux remains off , a final hand polish, a degease clean and lacquering....
And hese are the finished articles....

Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions etc

Monday, 15 August 2011

cat face inspiration

Lots of spare time on my hands the last week or so,so I've been messing about with a new copy of Corel Photo Paint....

This is the starting point, my entry for the Folksy Maker Faire competition, not sure why it is so fuzzy.
Anyway taking a section of I did this lot of messing about.....

You can see the pictures much better if you click on them.

I love the colours in this, it looks like a silver cat which has been oxidised in coloured rain.

This one reminds my of myriads of fires, lovely warm colours

This just makes me think I wish I had the patience to do scraperboard, but its a bit naff in reality(scraperboard that is)... sorry to anyone reading this that does scraperboard, it just reminds me of those kits you got when young.

This one should sound like "TING", or perhaps just rustle like some christmas tinsel.

I really like this , I have always liked black and white etchings and this reminds me of one.

Ok this one screams "bath soap" at me, is this because I know subconsciously that the pattern a a sponge one? No, I think its the coloured background, sort of old soap colour.It's sort of old lady bathroomy, brass taps faded purple towels. It also reminds me of the view through a bathroom window.
Just smell that lavender..........

Now this one is supposed to be tiles, I blanked out the background as I didn't like the grid effect,close up it is a bit reminiscent of a roman mosaic, but the colours are too metallic.

This one is here because I liked the swirly fur pattern a bit like the swirls on my curly dog brooch. Its a reminder to self to try for this effect in real metal.

This one is also about the fur pattern, the trouble is it would take longer to draw....but the zig zags are nice.

This one made me laugh out loud, jackrabbit cat?

And finally this one was just cute, like those fish eye lense cat photos you see. Asking to be used as the basis for a brooch, or maybe a pendant even? The ears are quite rounded with no sharp bits unlike a lot of the brooches. Watch for more variations on this theme....

This was the final product, inspired by this messing around,it was hell to photograph as it is so reflective,I kept getting shots with my hands and clouds etc in them . If it sells I'll do another with ears more like the sphere effect one above. The ears were smaller in this as it was "designed" in the shed the next day with out the above picture in front of me. I think I prefer the ears above, he does look a bit sad though.
I've also done a jolly pig-dog in this stylee.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


Everywhere you go at the moment there are wild daisys growing down the side of major roads. They are probably there every year but this year I'm doing more driving about and seeing them everywhere.

These I picked down by the river in the centre of Stoke on Trent. They have been in a vase in full sun in my kitchen for a fortnight now and are only just showing signs of age. I picked some roots up in the hopes that they will grow in my garden, They seem to have rooted , so fingers crossed.
So I made these new daisy inspired flower brooches.....

Yes the petals curl the other way on my brooches, this is because I think they look a little sad with their petals folded back.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


I had a robot week last week,"real" work was very quiet and I've got a new torch to play with.I had to buy it because my old one has gone missing in the house somewhere after my husband borrowed it to use as a gas lighter for my big soldering torch.(whilst taking off a radiator). So here is the result............
He's not very big,about a couple of inches tall or maybe 6 cms, made from brass sheet, brass rod,copper wire and a couple of beads.
he'll stand on his own two feet as long as you dont put his arms at a daft angle.....The arms articulate (wonderful long word to use when I could just say move) because they are attached via bolts to the main body. His shoulders are made from electrical connectors.Does the use of an existing part make him steampunk?

This is the front view
and this is the back, you could view him the other way around if you want,

the legs swivel.................................................and the head comes off

The question (or questions)now is of course would anybody want to buy him?
How much for?
Where would be the best place to list him (apart from my own shop of course)Etsy,Folksy,Dawanda or all 3 and see what happens?