The Copperstone Collection ‘Portugal’

So here we are, the first of my Collections.

Inspired by this new and slightly befuddling country we have chosen to call home for now.

Portugal Midnight

The lack of light pollution out her in the sticks means that the night sky is stunningly and breathtakingly beautiful.  Never black, always midnight blue with the milky way seen clearly snaking it’s way across the heavens.

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Portugal Mountain

We are lucky to live nestled in the foothills of a beautiful mountain range, with deep, dark and spiky pine forests knocking on our very door.  Cold, clear and bubbling streams and rivers making their swift way down the sharp rocky slopes to suddenly pool out into hidden swimming spots under the more gentle dappled shade of deciduous trees.  Despite their sometimes unforgiving nature the mountains are tranquil, magical places with endless tracks to explore and quite literally, lose yourself.

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Portugal Coast

The coastline here is rough and unforgiving, lacking the cute little coves of the Algarve, here the coastline stretches for miles and miles at a time.  Backed by endless cliffs and dunes there is a wildness to the beaches in Central Portugal.  There is a very good reason why world record surfing occurs here, the Atlantic ocean beats down onto the shores and only the brave or foolish risk stepping into the waves which have reached over 100ft in height.

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The Collections

Ha!  That sounds posh.  The Copperstone Collections.  It’s meant too but it’s also a bit of fun poked at those fashion moguls who release their ‘collections’ and the world stampedes to be first in the queue.

Now I am not expecting any stampedes of course, who am I to presume as much.

But these sets of beads I intend to produce as and when the flows of creativity allow are inspired by a theme and are not meant for replication.  Truly OOAK (one of a kind for those not in the know, I had to look it up so not in the know either.)

Bear with and I will show you my first two collections in my next posts……

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all About Sets Baby!

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This set of bracelet and earrings is inspired by my childhood love of French marbles.

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With their pretty soft marbled hues.  Like raspberry ripple ice cream.

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Now available to buy in my Etsy shop -

Click here for the Etsy link to this set

Now sold!

A Twist of Lime

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I made these two Twist of Lime pendant thongs, based on my original Splash of Lime Trinity Wrap.

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Both reversible so that annoying twist of pendant doesn’t really matter anymore.

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One with dangles……………………..

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And one without………………………..

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Depending on whether you like to let it dangle.

Or not.

Click here for the Etsy Link to the spiral pendant

And

Click here for the Etsy link to the dangle pendant

Now Sold!

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Copper & Stone

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I love how these beads turned out if I say so myself.

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I used a graphite roller to make the different shapes but then finished them off in the flame to lose some of their regularity and eveness.

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The swirls are made by sticking a thin rod of clear glass into the bead whilst it is hot and then twisting.  Quite an ingenious trick but so simple.

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Available in my Etsy shop, just click here: Copper & Stone Bracelet – Etsy

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Wrap It Up!

This is the first of my wraps that I have to show you.

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I have made quite a collection of them and, so far, they have been really popular.

This one is slightly different in that I used sari silk instead of faux suede.  It gives a lovely boho look to the piece, with its naturally fraying edges and softness on the wrist.

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As with all my pieces the beads are glass and handmade by myself.  As are the copper findings and clasp.

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Available to buy in my Etsy shop – just click here:  Copperstone at Etsy 

Now Sold!  But take a look in my shop for more wraps.