Here are some little Sweet Horse Chestnut studs I have been working on today. They are my first orders from Etsy and this is them just after having their earring posts soldered on, and they are so white because they have just come out of the acid pickle (which cleans the silver after soldering). They will now journey to the polisher..then back to the bench for a bit of surface frosting and burnishing, and then to the gold platers'.......and THEN...out to their lovely owners' to be. I have just ordered some pretty little boxes too, to help them on their trips around the world! :)
Speaking of trips around the world...I have been thinking about this painting all day...its called Cloud Cookoo Land (how appropriate!), and its by Barbara Balmer . She is currently showing works at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh, and they are so magical and escapist. I like them very much. They reminded me in a way of the paintings by Monica Cook that Shari posted about the other day. Barbara Balmer has painted all these exotic gardens and locations from around the world, (I love the one from Padua) and I like the feeling she conveys of dusty heat...just lovely.
Happy Monday to you all! xx