Sunday, 24 April 2011

Added To My Folksy Shop






I have just added a few pieces to my Folksy Shop.

These earrings are made of sterling silver and the designs on the surface originate from vintage fabric that I have found or sourced on the internet.

The silver looks white because this is how the material looks before it is shined up, I really like how delicate they look - I somtimes think that shined silver can look cheap.

 They are all available to buy and can be found on Folksy http://www.folksy.com/shops/NatalieHayes


Friday, 15 April 2011

A Girl Can Dream

                                                   http://www.bhldn.com/the-shop_gowns/

Just been shown an amazing website by my friend who is slightly wedding obsessed. On It I saw my ideal dress (I'm not even getting married!) but it's always nice to know my options..........

Monday, 11 April 2011

What A Lovely Weekend

As you all based in the UK know last weekend we had beautiful sunny weather, days like that I can't wait to get into my workshop. I got lots done over the two days and I will post some images of the earrings I made soon. I have a wonderful summer house that I have converted into a really good sized workshop, its great in the summer but I dread going in there when it's really cold and this weekend has been the first time this year that I have gone in there with no heaters on!

 So I thought I would share with you some pictures of my work shop and my lovely garden that it lives in.
As you can see it's pretty tidy but this was taken before I had ever used it and its definitaly not like that now.

Friday, 8 April 2011

In The Beginning..........

Hello people, my name is Natalie Hayes and I am going to give this whole social networking thing ago.
I am a jeweller who graduated about four years ago and so far has failed to pull her finger out and really have a good go, this is mostly because I cannot make up my mind about what to make and I flit from idea to idea.

I thought I would start at the beginning and post some pictures of my degree work, here goes..........

For my final project I created a few objects to help various Fairy Tale characters in their plight, the work was titled :
 'Objects of Immediate Usefulness in the Context of Surprising Circumstances'


This piece is a bread bin necklace, inside there are little silver loaf earrings to help Hansel & Gretel find their way home.

Just incase the loaf earrings failed I also created a map that winds up into a twig, just for that extra little help - our fairy Tale friends don't have it easy!


Here we have a lovely set of silver spoons to assist Goldilocks, the heads to the spoons unscrew and the handles join together to make one long spoon, easy for reaching through windows - thus ensuring no distractions!


And finally I created a pocket mirror for the Wicked Step Mother of Snow White. It seemed to me that she just suffered from low self-esteem and that maybe just a quick little mantra would help avoid that whole bloody incident with apples.