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Time to Train Challenge!

So, as I am just starting out with the blogging, don't panic, this will be the last blog for today ;)  but some of you would have already have seen, if you do follow me on my facebook pages, but for those of you that haven't or don't, here is how it goes

so, Monday 19th May, I left my house at 7.50 to head to the train station, I arrived with just enough time to grab myself a large black coffee and a quick bacon bap (gotta love the pumpkin shops!) and ran onto the 8.30 train to head to Birmingham new street.

Now, this is my favorite part of the journey, I like to find a double seat to myself, be totally antisocial and put my little travel suitcase (really, yes! one day in the studio and I need a case!!!) on the aisle seat and settle, it takes 10 minutes to get to Parkway station which is just perfect for me to eat my bacon bap, have a slurp of coffee and a quick browse on facebook!  The next stop from parkway is about 30/35 mins away so i know that if I'm still happily sat on my own when we pull away, then the challenge can begin!!! 

So, here is what i started with...the question was...what stone should i use?!
























Now, due to the lovely signal on the train I dont always get the comments until it's too late, but, nine times out of ten, the opinion matches mine :D so for this challenge it was quite split, the square and the watermelon quartz, the solar quartz did get a mention but it didn't really stand a chance!! I chose the square, which is a jasper and a beautiful muddy green/brown colour (that does not sound appealing but trust me it is stunning) and settled down with my silver plated wire.


30 mins later and we pull into Cheltenham Spa, this is where I had gotten to...


Now, I know I now have about 40 minutes to finish this off....the pressure is on....will I be able to do it?!




















Truthfully, No, I didn't do it, but i was very close, I'm now at a point where I am not quite sure how to finish it off and to be honest, the break to change over onto the train to get me to Reddich gave me a chance to look at it and decide how I should finish it.. 



















So, I sat down on the little train, and I just couldn't help it, I had to finish it, so, out came the tool kit, out came the pendant, and.....here is the end result, I am really happy with how it turned out, when I started it, it had a large bail so I was very aware that I needed the whole pendant to be balanced and not overwhelmed by the bail, I think I achieved that...I hope you like it, and the insight into my day of travelling :) :)




















I hope you liked my little adventure and that it didn't bore you too much, but please let me know what you think about the finished project, my next journey is Friday 13th (eek!) and I will be doing a challenge on my way up to JM towers, so any suggestions, colours of wire, stones etc...comments on this piece, please comment and share.

Spellbinding xx

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