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Post  Ashlynn on Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:48 pm

Been a bit of delay getting these on here to show you, pleased with the first two the Viola and Lady's Mantle but the third one a Cranes Bill I don't think works very well, reminds me of scrunched up silver foil.


PMC Leaf Wild Viola Aug 2012 by Ashlynn Jewellery, on Flickr



PMC Leaf Lady's Mantle Aug 2012 by Ashlynn Jewellery, on Flickr

PMC Leaf Crains Bill Aug 2012 by Ashlynn Jewellery, on Flickr
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Post  Mead Moon on Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:56 pm

Those are gorgeous Lynne. Disagree about the Cranesbill, I think it looks lovely and sparkly. The detail of the veining in the Lady's Mantle is wonderful. Mmmm, I wonder if there is any of that in my garden... Alchemilla mollis, right? I think there may be some at the front under the cherry tree.
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Post  Ashlynn on Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:26 pm

Mead Moon wrote:Those are gorgeous Lynne. Disagree about the Cranesbill, I think it looks lovely and sparkly. The detail of the veining in the Lady's Mantle is wonderful. Mmmm, I wonder if there is any of that in my garden... Alchemilla mollis, right? I think there may be some at the front under the cherry tree.

Thanks Elaine - great fun doing them but have manged to break a few whilst learning - bit heavy handed - however nothing wasted as I just reconstituted the clay.

Had to google Alchemilla Mollis just to check and now not sure, here's the plant from which the baby leaf (1.5 cm long) came from which I have always known as Lady's Mantle - it grows in every nook and cranny in my garden - I could very well be wrong with the name, I am no plants woman.


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Post  Odonata on Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:42 pm

Now I'm not an expert but I don't think that's Alchemilla Mollis. The leaves are too rounded and look like they may be lightly hairy are they? What colour flowers does it have?


However the silver version of it's leaf is lovely. I agree with Elaine. Doesn't look at all like scrunched up foil Laughing
All three leaves are really gorgeous. They look nice and thick and heavy. IMHO they'd look even better with a decorative bail instead of a jump ring. Did they take you very long to make? I guess you've put LOADS of coats of silver on those.
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Post  Ashlynn on Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:36 am

Odonata wrote:Now I'm not an expert but I don't think that's Alchemilla Mollis. The leaves are too rounded and look like they may be lightly hairy are they? What colour flowers does it have?


Now you have asked me ................. flowers - flippen heck I cant remember for sure, think they are yellow/greenish, tiny and in a spray formation.
Leaves are not what I would call hairy but they are quite thick.
Was given the first plant eons ago and it has spread everywhere, easy to pull out of the flower beds but not so easy to get out of cracks in the paths or wall, but if it wants to live in cracks in my garden it can - bet its going to turn out to be a weed. Think I will take a few leaves down to our local garden centre and see if they can identify it.
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Post  Ashlynn on Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:53 am

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However the silver version of it's leaf is lovely. I agree with Elaine. Doesn't look at all like scrunched up foil Laughing
All three leaves are really gorgeous. They look nice and thick and heavy. IMHO they'd look even better with a decorative bail instead of a jump ring. Did they take you very long to make? I guess you've put LOADS of coats of silver on those.

Thank you - totally agree with you about the bail - going to have to give that some thought, would rather make my own as against buying in. I think even a hidden bail on the back would be better and that was my first idea but I chickened out. Stupid I know but I just could not risk putting the torch on them and melting them. The nearest the baby torch got to them was to solder the jump ring closed with a heat sink between the join and the leaf - even then I had my heart in my mouth.

They have about 20 very thin coats each put on over about 4/5days - they were left on a shelf in full sun to dry between each coat. I made my own paste/slip which worked out cheaper and 'painted' them on a glass tile (one of my failures) so the over spill could be scrapped off and re-used.
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Post  Mead Moon on Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:20 am

You could make a bail by rolling a thin snake of clay, putting it round a straw for the hole and attaching it to the leaf before sintering. I wouldn't chance a torch near finished leaves either - have had too many accidents with thicker/stronger silver clay pieces!
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Post  Ashlynn on Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:51 am

Yep that would work Elaine but might be a bit too fiddly for my old fingers however I think Art Clay Oil Paste might be another solution together with fine silver wire.

I did try 'sticking' on a half ring of fine silver before firing but it toppled over in the kiln - with the oil paste the fine silver is added after firing and then refired - thats scary in itself - two firings




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Post  lislarch on Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:57 am

Wow Lynne, they're all stunning but the lady's mantle is my favourite.
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Post  SMSDesign on Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:27 pm

Beautiful!! Very Happy I love the size of them too, really dainty.

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Post  Cornish on Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:57 pm

They are really pretty and I like the lady's mantle one.
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Post  Ashlynn on Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:03 pm

Clarity from my local garden centre on the leaf - although they cant idenify the exact species without the flower its part of the Geum family and no connection with Lady's Mantel at all - told you I was no plants women..................better go change its name on my web site.
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Post  Odonata on Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:27 am

LOL. And it might be a geum. I wouldn't have remembered those. Don't think I've ever had any of those in my gardens. Don't they have red flowers though? Green flowers made me think you were right with lady's mantle. Hey ho.
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Post  Ashlynn on Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:53 am

Don't half feel a bit of a twit - good job I am among friends ..............lol

Flowers can be pale yellow (wild variety) through to orange and then the more cultivated species a bright red. So it looks as if mine might be the wild variety and was a gift from the birds - makes it even more special.

Got a fair few seed heads - if anyone wants some just pm me your address.

Oh and thank you all for your lovely comments.
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Post  Batty on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:08 am

Double WOW, WOW on our pow wow
they are divine and the last one honestly does not look like a crumpled up piece of foil, I'd be proud to where that, hope its on your web sight?
As for the bails, I use jump rings as bails occasional, the invisible bail sounds a good idea, but fiddly, hum what to do Question
Cant wait to get my kiln, so i can have a go at precious clay -x-
And don't feel a twit, we all forget things, don't remember things and still find ourselves learning things Wink
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Post  Mead Moon on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:37 am

...and plant names are particularly tricky since the common (English) name can vary considerably from place to place. That's why I try to remember the Latin names instead - avoids confusion.

Here's an interesting fact from Flora Britannica: The often 9-lobed leaves of Lady's Mantle, like cloaks or umbrellas, fold up overnight and catch the dew on their soft hairs. Plant dew was highly valued by early herbalists and this made Alchemilla prized as a simple, prescribed for wounds, infertility and impotence. The alchemists also required the purest dew for turning base metals into gold - hence the name Alchemilla, "little alchemist".

I couldn't find any leaves small enough from the plant in my garden for the silver clay treatment. Sad
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Post  Ashlynn on Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:23 pm

Lovely little snip-it of info there Elaine.

How friendly are you with your neighbours - go raid their garden for tiny leaves, parks with their formal flower beds might have something. I was eyeing up the young plants in the garden centre when I popped in for identification info - didn't pinch a leaf - promise.

I am chuffed to bits the Lady's Mantle/Geum has sold already...............yeh monkey
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Post  Mead Moon on Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:24 pm

Sorry, I wasn't clear - just the Lady's Mantle leaves weren't small enough. I picked a couple of others instead.

Friendly neighbours? Hah! One side ripped out a beautiful tropical garden when they moved in and laid it to grass with a rotary washing line, before building an extension which blocked my view of the sky, and hence most of the light, from my downstairs rooms. The other side is a builder and his garden is home to tiles, corrugated iron sheets, bricks, rubble, odd bits of iron and so on, although he has been making a bit more of an effort lately with digging and planting a vegetable patch.
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Post  lislarch on Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:13 pm

Oh dear, ours are ok, apart from their yappy little dog which barks all the time.
Well done on your sale Lynne!
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Post  Odonata on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:30 pm

Lynn that's so funny about them being a gift from the birds and as such more special. I must remember that.
And Elaine I'd twigged to the alchemilla name sounding like alchemist but i wasn't aware of the plants historical reference. Thanks for posting that. I LOVE finding out little bits of really interesting but quite probably useless information. It always makes my day brighter. Ta.

Lynne I bet you didn't think you'd be sparking off a botanical lesson and a history lesson thread when you posted your pics did you. You gotta LOVE this forum Laughing
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Post  Ashlynn on Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:47 am

Odonata wrote:Lynn that's so funny about them being a gift from the birds and as such more special. I must remember that.
And Elaine I'd twigged to the alchemilla name sounding like alchemist but i wasn't aware of the plants historical reference. Thanks for posting that. I LOVE finding out little bits of really interesting but quite probably useless information. It always makes my day brighter. Ta.

Lynne I bet you didn't think you'd be sparking off a botanical lesson and a history lesson thread when you posted your pics did you. You gotta LOVE this forum Laughing


I think I might have pinched the bird and special bit from our Elaine - I am pretty sure she has used it in one of her Etsy listings - as you say a nice touch.

Sorry your neighbours are pants Elaine, I am lucky not to have any within a quarter of a mile but it can get a bit lonely some times even though a foot path runs along the side of us.

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Post  Tinker on Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:16 am

Oh Lynne they are really beautiful! And I like them all just as much. Not surprised one has sold!
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Post  Mead Moon on Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:12 am

Yup, my "bird gift" was a Viburnum. But it got too big for the space and I chopped it down last week.

Rather wish they wouldn't keep leaving Duckweed in my pond Smile
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