Gallery updated (again)

I’m still very excited about having sent my Etsy store live – and it’s been a bit of a mad scramble making sure everything else is up to date as well.

So I’m very happy to say that the Gallery pages have been completely updated for April 2012 (thus far, anyway – I have a few more ideas cooking!).

You can find the lovely little toadstool pendants…

Mini toadstool pendant with gold eye loop and jump-ring against ivy - number 2

the inlaid heart pendants…

Heart-shaped pendant in dusk-rose pink with darker pink design embedded and silver leaf-bail against ivy

and my beloved autumnal designs with a brand new look!

Small round autumnal silhouette series pendant - ivory branches and leaves inlaid into green base with silver bail, against red-brick and ivy

Large round autumnal silhouette series pendant with ivory fox inlaid into copper-coloured base and gold leaf-bail, on red-brick and ivy

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Gallery – autumnal silhouettes

Autumn has just begun here in Melbourne. Along with spring, it’s my favourite season of the year.

I love early autumn especially, with its cool crispness to the air, calm sunny days and – best of all, for me – an end to the summer heat.

Of course, here in Melbourne we have a lot of native evergreen trees, so we don’t get quite the same spectacular range of colours as in Europe and North America. But there are a few deciduous transplants here and there, so there are patches around the city where the foliage turns lovely shades of yellow, orange and red.

Those colours inspired the ‘autumnal creatures’ set:

Silhouette tiles, autumnal creatures set, clockwise from top: ivory owl on gold, ivory leaf on green, ivory fox on copper red, ivory squirrel on bronze

This is a set of magnets measuring about 4cm square – you can see the full description and photo range in the March 2012 gallery.

I loved the colours so much (and made so much of the custom colour-blend for the backgrounds) that I couldn’t resist making another set, ‘autumnal cats’:

Silhouette tiles, autumnal cats set, clockwise from top left: prowling cat against gold, playing cat against green, sitting cat against maple red, stretching cat against coppery bronze

I particularly love the marbling effect in the ivory clay. I created it by mixing translucent clay through the ivory base in swirls, before rolling the clay flat so I could trace and cut out the shapes.

These will be for sale once the Etsy store goes live, as well as the same designs in brooches and pendants – I may even go nuts and try the silhouettes on different coloured backgrounds!

Speaking of going crazy, I now want to develop colour schemes and creature sets for winter, spring and summer as well!

Gallery under construction

I’m in the process of creating a series of Gallery pages, which you can access through the ‘Gallery’ link above this post, right next to ‘About McLaren Crafts’.

The ‘Gallery’ page will eventually house a series of small thumbnail links to other gallery pages. These pages are broken down by a date of creation and ordered newest to oldest. Right now, I’m constructing them in the reverse order.

2009 or earlier showcases my oldest creations, and this will be the longest gallery page by far – but well worth checking out! There are some wonderful designs in there that I’m already thinking of repeating.

The next page to be built will be ‘Made in 2010’ – which will, sadly, be pretty short – followed by ‘Made in 2011’.

Then the real fun begins! Starting with ‘March 2012’, I will begin establishing monthly gallery pages, and will add my creations as I go.

Gallery posts will start linking to these pages, rather than embedding the photos directly in each post and artificially doubling the size of the website.

So don’t forget to keep coming back and checking on the gallery pages – there’s heaps more to come!