The Round-Tower of my Heart.

The Round Tower of my Heart a pin / brooch  handmade by  Cobwebs
The Round Tower of my Heart
a pin / brooch
handmade by
Cobwebs

This tiny piece of (almost) nothingness was based upon the last few lines of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Although I’d read the poem before,  (way back in my teens),  I’d forgotten about it until I opened a book to read one evening and found the ending of the poem at the very start of the book.   On the opening page, were these last eight lines of the poem:

I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.

And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!!

Those lines have stayed with me ever since – and I’ve never forgotten them.

It was because of the last four lines of the poem that I decided to make The Round Tower of my Heart pin/brooch.

The Round Tower of my Heart pin.
The Round Tower of my Heart pin.

It’s really quite tiny to look at with the naked eye – at less than an inch at it’s very widest point,  and although 2″ tall it looks smaller because of the design.  (measurements in the photograph are in centimetres).

I purposely made it with a nod to the more whimsy, but in very dark silvery grey/black, as I wanted it to feel like it was, although a little foreboding and from the depths of somewhere that was dark,  actually a quiet, gentle, beautiful place (hence the whimsical beauty of the piece) – but that it was also a place which kept that within its walls a closely guarded secret, and away from the prying eyes of others.  Down in the dungeon; in the Round Tower of my Heart

Thank you so much for visiting, and having a read.  I hope the pin brooch is something which holds something for you.

Have a wonderful rest of your day.

Cobs siggy sml

Tiny White Angel Feathers – make a most beautiful handmade wand.

The photograph above doesn’t show   the daintiness:  the apparent delicacy or the true beauty of this little handmade wand.  To see how intricate this really is you need to see it with the human eye,  however,  I’ve managed to capture a little of the details by taking a ‘closer up’ photograph which helps to show a little more of the adornments. and the fineness,  both in the appearance and the work which went into making this incredible little work of heart.

Close up of the Angel Feathers Wand
Close up of the Angel Feathers Wand

The wooden part of the wand is made from gifted pine wood, which was crafted by hand, by a wood worker,  into a short, beautiful, almost straight length, just right for what I had in my minds eye.  Pine was chosen for this wand because it offers the properties of protection, healing, rejuvenation, strength, life, purification and … a wonderful added bonus .. it attracts money!  (and I don’t think I know anyone who couldn’t do with a little more of that!)

The handle of the wand was crafted   Made entirely of individual, handmade white Angel Feathers.  Each one is completely different from any other.  [No mould was used in the making of the feathers].  As each feather was made it was transferred to the wand and slowly but surely the handle was born.  Gold dust was then applied, with a very fine paint brush, to the tips of all the feathers, in order to give them their own glowing light.

At the head of the handle  is a large white pearl, and further pearls can be found dotted throughout the handle, tucked between, or peeping out from beneath various feathers.  There are then more pearls which are hung from tiny silver loops hidden within the folds of the feathers, and further tear-drop pearls which hang from little gold chains.

Pearls were chosen for this incredibly special wand both because of their association with the moon, and also because of their symbolism of purity, innocence, faith and honesty.

There are also Opals hung from the handle – a beautiful gemstone, chosen because it’s a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity.  A protective stone;  a stone for love;  and associated with peace, and consciousness.

In various places on the wand handle there are literally hundreds of the tiniest golden glass beads – which give the appearance of something bubbling forth from beneath the feathers – and the ‘something’ I envisioned that this represented,  was love.

The whole wand symbolises love, happiness, warmth, and joy – and in keeping with the traditions of wand making, the wand was blessed and charged,  before being passed to its destiny owner.

Thank you so much for coming to read.  I really loved making this wonderful little wand and am proud to be known as its maker.  I so hope you like it too.

Have a beautiful day ~

Cobs siggy sml

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Even a Fairy has to have Shoes!

 The Cobweborium Emporium welcomes you into the Realm of the Fae, where magic can be marvelled and wonderment rules.

 

Here is where Once upon a Time comes back to life . . .

Bodwink's Faery Boots handmade by Cobwebs
Bodwink’s Faery Boots
handmade
by
Cobwebs

Many years ago  I was taught to sculpt in heavy, grey Stoneware Clay and I remember one day,  my teacher coming to my work bench and seeing at what I was sculpting he smiled warmly at me and said … it’s all in the details for you, isn’t it..   He’d noticed, over time, something that I hadn’t realised before,  –  I loved to make tiny little extra additions to all my sculpts.   It was a lightbulb moment for me!  Before this I just thought I was just doing finishing touches to any sculpts I produced,  because they seemed to bring my sculpted things to life.

I began to look for a medium which would allow me to sculpt little things.   Although Stoneware is amazing – it’s a little too gritty to make the smooth surfaces I wanted in my small things.  I found a particular mix of polymers was the perfect thing and these tiny Fairy Shoes came out of my fingers about 9 years ago.

Bodwink's Fairy Boots

I christen all of my handmade shoes with the name of the Faery, Fairy, Elf or any other inhabitant of the Faery Realm who wears the shoes or boots which I make.   These,  are Bodwinks Boots.

They measure less than one and a half inches long,  and they have a finish to them which makes them look like they’ve been spray painted in pearlescent paint.  Very twinkly, with a depth which suggests they’re ‘other worldly’.

Bodwink's Faery Boots made  by  Cobwebs
Bodwink’s Faery Boots
made
by
Cobwebs

While you’re here … and I’ve got your attention ..   I’m figuring that you perhaps like Fairy or magical type things since you’re reading this blog post, and if so I would love to share with you something which I’ve held dear to my heart for years.  There is a company called Duirwaigh (it means ‘door way’) who produced a mini film called: A Knock at the Door

This was Duirwaigh’s first inspirational mini-film. It contains beautiful works of art from a range of fantasy artists, combined with some beautiful, inspiring text that leads the viewer of the film back to the magical place inside themselves.

From their website: A Knock at the Door takes us to the beginning and end of every journey; a place of wonder and innocence, but above all a place of remembering – to the most magical secret place of all – the place of believing.”

Sit back, relax and watch the movie.  Your inner child will thank you for doing it.  

 

Have a truly beautiful rest of your day.  ~  Cobs siggy sml

I ~ ‘Shell’ ~ keep you in my Heart.

I ~ 'Shell' ~ keep you in my Heart  made by Cobwebs
I ~ ‘Shell’ ~ keep you in my Heart
made by Cobwebs

This brooch pin was completely inspired by that little piece of shell you see ‘stitched’ into the heart, with polymer  ‘thread’.

It was such a beautiful little thing,  which I’d found on a beach some years ago.  I brought it home with me and popped it in my desk draw for safe keeping, and promptly forgot about it.  Never gave it another thought until I found it  years later when I tipped the contents of the draw out to have a darn good clean of all the general flotsam and jetsam which cluttered the draw.  It was full of things which I didn’t have a place for, so everything and anything which I didn’t have a home for all went into that one bottom draw of my desk.

When I came across this little bit of shell the memories came flooding back of that holiday years earlier.  It totally warmed my heart and made me smile.

So I decided that I had to use the shell in a way which gave it the importance it deserved. …  …  and this pretty brooch pin was the thing which was born from the memories, love and warmth the shell brought back to me.

Made from polymer (apart from the shell), and then dusted in three colours of Mica powder to bring about the rich warmth which represented the warm smiles the shell had brought to my heart.  The little roses and leaves are made from polymer too.

Have a great start to your coming week!

Cobs siggy sml

The Angels Feather Bookmark

designed  and made by Cobwebs
designed
and
made by Cobwebs

One of my friends told me that she was saving the place in the book she was reading by using  … <wait for it …> …..  a piece of  . . . .  loo roll.    Ok, so this told me more than I needed to know about her – which we had a good ol’ giggle about  –  so I resigned to make her something which she’d want to use instead of the loo roll . . . .   and this – Angel Feather Bookmark  – is what happened.

Inside my creative heart and mind, a story developed as I played with the clay and I began to think …. “wouldn’t it be lovely if an Angels feather was the thing to keep her place in the book she’s reading..” …. my fingers obviously heard my heart and mind because this is what popped out of the clay.

I shaped it, baked it and … she loved it.

All made from Polymer, with the addition of a silk tassel.

Have a blessed rest of your day!

Cobs siggy sml

 

Angel Wings ~ in Silver and in Gold

 post 3 – in ‘Polymer Clay’

When I’m making something,  I usallyhave a certain person in mind,  because I find it easier to make the thing if I’m aiming it to appeal to a certain person.   It might not be destined to go to that person,  but if I have someone in mind who I think would like what I’m making, then it seems [to me] easier to pull the project together.  In this instance I had my mother in mind.

I wanted to make some angel wings – and my magical fingers came up with two pairs –  Golden Wings, and Silver Wings.  (It has to be magic in my fingers because I’m not talented at all – so it’s obviously just all in my fingers!)

These two pairs of Angel Wings  were both difficult to photograph.  I’ll freely admit that I’m not the best photographer in the world so photo’s can always be a bit hit and miss when I’m in charge of the camera – but these wings were a REAL challenge to take a picture of.

 

made by Cobwebs  at  The Cobweborium Emporium
made by Cobwebs
at
The Cobweborium Emporium

The colour of the Golden Wings  can’t really be seen in the photograph so I’ll try to explain the colour to you;   They’re a sort of  golden sand colour but with the tiniest of dark flecks in the clay  –  almost as if I’d added freshly ground pepper.  (I hadn’t – it was just the way the mixture of colours which I’d used, turned out.)  They’re a much warmer colour than they look, and they make you want to touch them.    They’re so tactile.  Even the metal post which supports the wings has that feeling about it which makes you want to touch it.

Inserted into the clay (before it went into the oven to be cooked) are three metal golden feathers –  which add a little depth and different texture to the wings.

The Silver Wings . . . were more difficult to make as keeping the clay smooth was a nightmare.  Polymer Clay artists will tell you that any piece you make is covered in your fingerprints –  which is fine, you can get rid of those afterwards  – but I wanted to keep the clay as smooth as possible in order to get the flowing curves that I wanted the wings to have.

handmade by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium
handmade by
Cobwebs
at
The Cobweborium Emporium

The funny thing is that the photograph looks like there are bumps and angles all over the place, – yet when you look at the wings with your naked eye there are no bumps or angles to be seen,  they curve gently and gracefully both out at the bottom and they curve around at the top.  There are no lumps and no holes, yet the flash on the camera has reflected the high shine of the silver wings in such a way that they don’t look smooth at all!

There are 4 metal golden feathers and one silver feather imbedded into the clay of these wings.  I had to be careful about those feathers because they had to be curved in such a way that they matched the curve of the wings perfectly.  I used some jewellery tools to make them bend, as jewellery tools are more ‘gentle’ and give you more control so you can use them to bend things without spoiling them.

Well, that’s me done and dusted for today.  What have you been making lately? 

Have a fabulous Tuesday – whatever you’re doing!

Cobs siggy sml

The Enchanted Unicorn – a gem set focal pendant

 post 2 – in ‘Polymer Clay’

A few years ago I bought pair of vintage earrings from a car boot sale…. 

 

Vintage Unicorn Earrings which inspired the Enchanted Unicorn Focal Pendant.
Vintage Unicorn Earrings which inspired the Enchanted Unicorn Focal Pendant.

 

I can’t remember how much I paid for them but I have this feeling that it was something like £2.00 or £2.50.  I wasn’t buying them to wear,  I bought them because they’d charmed me and I’d fallen in love with them.  I ‘needed’ to own them so that I could look at them – and for a while they sat on my dressing table where I could see them,  and pick them up too,  because they’re so amazingly  tactile and they feel so lovely in the hand!

A few weeks after I’d bought them I looked at them and had an idea that maybe I could make something a little inspired by  them,  perhaps a pendant,  either on a beaded necklace or hung on a coloured rope type necklace.  So I took them to my work desk and, using them as inspiration,  I made a unicorn using polymer clay.

 

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The Enchanted Unicorn
– A Gem set Focal Pendant. (handmade by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium)

 

All made from white polymer clay.  The head, neck and ears were pretty easy to form, – a long(ish) sausage, thicker at one end and tapering off at the other–  but I decided to make the neck a lot shorter than the necks of the unicorn earrings, and also the face a little plumper.  I wanted to give my Unicorn a shorter nose too, as I wanted him/her to look a little more ‘comely’,  sort of a bit more friendly and maybe a tad more magical.

Once the head and neck were formed it was at this point that I had to decide where to put the ‘hole’ for the necklace part.  I knew I wanted a hidden hole, so had to work out where the hole would have to be in order for the pendant to hang properly and where I could hide the hole with ‘hair’.   I’ll admit at this point that pushing a knitting needle through the head of this incredible magical beast felt  SO  cruel.  Ugh,  … I felt like the RSPCA would be knocking on the door any minute and I’d be arrested for cruelty towards a *mythical* creature.

Hole made, …  Next came the Unicorn horn.  I chose a long, (rectangle shape)  freshwater Biwa pearl for this,  which I wrapped with a short wire twist, added a little liquid clay to it so it would anchor firmly and then slowly and carefully pushed the horn into the Unicorns head.

Next …  the eyes.

a part of a Unicorn,  handmade by Cobwebs at  The Cobweborium Emporium
a part of a Unicorn,
handmade by Cobwebs at
The Cobweborium Emporium

I know when you look at the bigger photograph of the Unicorn, the eye kind of looks like it could be complicated.  Don’t be fooled, it’s way easier than it looks.

The eye itself is a round, polished gemstone which is set into an eye socket  (a sort of ‘crater’)  which I made by pushing a sculptor’s ball tool into the clay to make that eye socket.  If your a crafter you might well have a ball tool which you use to press into the centre of a punched out flower in order to give it that realistic look.  Providing that you’ll never use that tool on any food item, then you can use the tool on polymer clay.  But if you’re possibly going to use any item for food making then you MUSN’T use it on polymer clay.

After the socket was formed,  I rolled a small, thin sausage of clay and wound it in a circle around the eye,  cutting it at just the right point (I find an angle cut works better than a straight cut & it’s easier to ‘hide’ the join or seam) and then closed the seam between the two ends by carefully blending the ends of the clay together.  I added a tiny bit of liquid clay into the socket and then took my bead and inserted a little ‘thread’ of wire through it, twisted it around the back and then gave it a little kink so that it would work as an anchor to hold the gem bead in the socket.  I then carefully pushed the bead gem into the socket, making sure that the wire went through that tiny bit of liquid clay, so that the liquid would wrap itself around the clay and ‘set’ when the clay went into the oven.

Now it was time to add the mane.

Unicorn mane

As I made the curls of hair, I applied each one very carefully so that they built up in layers, hiding the hole I’d cruelly made through his/her head for the necklace .  I also wanted to add a twist.  I wanted it to be more magical than just a mane, so added real gemstone beads, tucking and nestling them into the curls of hair, anchoring each one with a twist of wire threaded through the small holes drilled in the gemstones.

Once I’d built up the mane I gave him/her flared nostrils  and then finally I gave the face and neck some texture.  I thought about brushing ‘hair’ into the tiny sculpture but dismissed that idea straight away.  I knew that it wouldn’t look like the magical creature I saw in my minds eye, so instead I used one of my small ball tools and gently prodded little dips into his body which turned out to be the perfect texture and suited him/her down to the ground.  (or to the end of his/her neck at any rate!)

The final thing I did was to add a little Pearl-Ex powders, in various places and various colours, so that the P.Ex picked up on the colours of the gem stones and gave a little ‘glow’ around them and accentuated the deep blue of the eye.

He then went into the oven and,  a little while later,  a unicorn was born.

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The Enchanted Unicorn
– A Gem set Focal Pendant.
(handmade by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium)

An extra bit ….

If I were to make the unicorn again, I’d make the mane of thicker pieces of clay rather than those small curls.  Although I love the individual smaller curls, I worry about them catching on something and being broken.

—->  * mythical * creature <—–  ~ …  …  ‘mythical’?  – bah humbug!        From where I’m sat typing this I can clearly see my Unicorn in my garden.  He’s a fabulous chap and doesn’t mind me trimming his tail to make paint brushes. <innocent face>

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Angel Wings Brooch.

post 1 – in ‘Polymer Clay’

Angel Wings Brooch copy

Made from Polymer Clay, each of those tiny little feathers you see, were individually made and attached to a heart shaped base which I built up in the middle in order to give it that plush, plumped up, heart shape which make the Angel Wings.

Before curing the clay I attached a brooch back to the under-side of the wings, so that the wearer could pin the wings to a coat or top.  But … I did wonder if I could make these wings into a pendant, so I threaded a couple of links on a chain onto the ‘spike’ of the brooch back and VOILA!  … it worked as a pendant too.

Size-wise, the brooch measures (approx) 5cm in length (top to bottom), which is just under 2″.

I liked this little brooch so much that I made a handful of them and gave them as little gifts to members of my family, and close friends.

The golden sheen you see to the feathers is Mica powder, which I gently brushed on before curing the clay.

Thanks for visiting and reading!

Cobs siggy sml

Welcome to The Cobweborium Emporium, where crafting and handmade items are the main event.

. . .  ‘inthe beginning’  was the start of the journey  . . .

links hands in front of herself; 
looks down at her shoes
Feels the start of a hot blush coming to her cheeks. 
Takes a deep breath in and says loud and proud  . . .

 

“Hello my name is Cobwebs,  and I’m a Crafter.”

 

There, that’s my confession out of the way,    –  now we can all sit down and eat cakes.  YUM!

I’ve been a arty farty crafty all my life.  From painting on a large scale, (spring flowers in a grassy meadow – on a school reception wall), right down to very small scale ATC’s which are miniature works of art measuring just  2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (or 64 mm × 89 mm in metric measurements).

Amongst many things I love to craft, make and work with,  are:

  • hand crafted greeting cards.
  • needle felting so relaxing – and amazing too!  But painful if you get a bit cocky and look at the TV while doing it.  (don’t do that – it hurts!);
  • Ranger Melting Pot  known here in the Emporium as  ‘The Cauldron‘.
  • Polymer Clay –  from the tiniest of flowers and Fairy Shoes (yes – fairy sized shoes) all the way up to long 12″ in length wands, a mixture of wood and clay and various ‘adornments’.

But  . . .   there’s more than just the few things I’ve listed above. 

Please take a look around here on the Cobweborium Emporium blog  – and perhaps even click to *Follow Me*,  just by:-  simply clicking the button over to the right, towards the top of the page.  By doing that you’ll get an email to tell you when I’ve added something to the blog which you might like to take a peep at.  (Yes, it’s that simple! You just click to follow me and then enter your email address.  You won’t receive spam or rubbish,  just an email to tell you a couple of lines about the new article I’ve posted on the blog here,  and a link to click if you want to, which will take you straight to the new article!)

I plan to put as much effort in as possible into this ‘ere blog  and hopefully have a little fun with everyone at the same time too  … and I hope to bring you something(s) that you perhaps you might not have seen before as well.     Oh . . .  and you can leave comments too on this blog,  so feel free to introduce yourself and say hello.  I’d love to get to know the folks who are reading. 

  Have a truly blessed rest of your day!  ~   

Cobs siggy sml

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