Looking back on July I realize how industrious I have been with my silversmithing this period. Despite an unusually long-lasting heatwave that has been going on since the middle of May with high temperature and sustaining drought or maybe because of it, I don’t know…

Long lasting high pressure produces imposing thundery squalls This one went on northwards and didn’t give any rain where I live, unfortunately.

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I have forgotten to mention that I have actually tried blacksmithing! It is very different from the delicate silversmithing I am used to. It is hot, heavy, noisy and dirty. In May I had the opportunity to go with my son to his very good friends living in Lima in the north of Sweden.  As many in this region they have a farm that has been in the family for centuries. Keeping old traditions alive goes well along with a modern, tolerant and broad-minded lifestyle. One tradition to keep alive is blacksmithing and they have a forge which my son borrows from time to time. With some assistance from him I managed to make a hook from iron. I am proud!

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The farm with the sheep of an old Swedish breed in the foreground.

 

 

The result of my bold efforts and my son in the forge.

Now to the production this month. Nothing in textile just jewellery. The trip to Lisbon gave me new confidence in filigree, and the understanding that the seemingly impossible is not, it is just a matter of patience and determination.

 

 

Ear pendants in filigree.

 

Ring with turquoise and a pendant with Swedish blue slag, nice together with denim.

 

 

A pendant with granules and a beautiful stone called chrysocolla and a filigree pendant.

 

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A bracelet in viking chain style, the simple tools that are used is shown on the uppermost photo with the almost completed chain on the stick.

 

And finally a pendant with a sodalite and an amber ring in a more modern style. That’s all for now!

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