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Hi, I’m Sue, owner of  YujuUK.com and writer of this blog. I’m basically a jewellery junkie addicted to fashion, fitness and food, with a conflicting passion for craft beer. I love walking in the countryside around the beautiful little town of Hebden Bridge, where I live, and I’ll be blogging about the places I visit, some of my favourite pubs and eateries, and some of my favourite artisan handcrafted jewellery.

Hope you enjoy…………..

Silver Pet Jewellery

I know how much we all love our pets but I’ve been surprised to find how many of my customers like to take their pets absolutely everywhere …. by wearing personalised jewellery bearing a likeness to their beloved pets. Here are just a few of my commissions so far. They can be worn as a necklace, keyring, or with a sturdy stainless steel clip they can even be attached to your canine or feline friend’s collar.

All I need is a couple of pictures of your furry friend and I will design an image for your approval. If you’re not happy with the image there’s no obligation to go ahead with the commission.

Order here

Meet Peanut. This beautiful little dog sadly recently passed away and this necklace was commissioned by a friend for his owner

Meet Peanut. This beautiful little dog sadly recently passed away and this necklace was commissioned by a friend for his owner

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This is Barney, a lovely little malshi who lives in Germany

This is Barney, a lovely little malshi who lives in Germany

 

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Made for a cute and much loved westie

Not sure who’s pet this is but this little guy travelled all the way to it’s owner in Arizona USA!

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And last but not least, a little sterling silver koala bear necklace

And last but not least, a little sterling silver koala bear necklace

So whatever your pet, or favourite animal, I’ll try my best to achieve the closest likeness.

Thanks for dropping by

Click on the photos for more information or

Order here

Semicolon – a pause not an ending

The semicolon is no longer just a symbol of grammar. Thanks to the work of Project Semicolon, a foundation which helps people with their struggles against depression, addiction, mental illness and suicide. It has a powerful new motivational meaning.

“A semicolon is used when an author could have chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life” (  Project Semicolon )

People across the world are asking for tattoos of that odd little punctuation mark as a motivational reminder that their “story isn’t over yet”

I first learned of this from one of my customers who, rather than wear a permanent tattoo, wanted a piece of jewellery that would act as a motivational reminder to her on a daily basis. Word spread, and I was soon being asked to make a small range of jewellery sporting the little semicolon and personal motivational messages.

Pewter Semicolon T-Bar Necklace

Pewter Semicolon T-Bar Necklace

 

Sterling Silver Semicolon Heart Ring

Sterling Silver Semicolon Heart Ring

Rose quartz and Sterling Silver Semicolon Bracelet

Rose quartz and Sterling Silver Semicolon Braceletsages.

Sterling Silver Semicolon Bracelet

Sterling Silver Semicolon Bracelet

Sterling Silver Semicolon Bangle - this can be personalised with your own motivational message

Sterling Silver Semicolon Bangle – this can be personalised with your own motivational message

For further information and pricing on any of the pieces please click on the photos or visit www.yuju.co.uk

Sterling Silver Semicolon Bangle

Sterling Silver Semicolon Bangle

Personalised Silver Bangle – The Process

Personalised silver bangles are a way of giving something meaningful and unique to someone special. A gift that will last a lifetime and can hold names, personal messages, important dates ( such as weddings, anniversaries or birth of a child ), song lyrics and motivational quotes. Whatever wording you choose, your sterling silver bangle won’t rust or wear and can be treasured forever.

The process:

I cut the silver to size and hand stamp each letter individually

I cut the silver to size and hand stamp each letter individually

 

The bangle is dipped into an oxidising solution then rubbed with wire wool to highlight the wording

The bangle is dipped into an oxidising solution then rubbed with wire wool to highlight the wording

 

I smooth all the edges with a polishing burr

I smooth all the edges with a polishing burr

 

Then start to shape the bangle

Then start to shape the bangle

 

I then finish shaping and hardening the bangle with a steel mandrel and rubber hammer

I then finish shaping and hardening the bangle with a steel mandrel and rubber hammer

 

And put it into a barrelling machine with stainless steel media and barrelbrite to give it a smooth finish and high shine

And put it into a barrelling machine with stainless steel media, barrelbrite and a little water to give it a smooth finish and high shine

 

This usually takes about 3-4 hours

This usually takes about 3-4 hours

 

The finished product is all ready to go!

The finished product is all ready to go!

 

Inscriptions can be inside and outside

Inscriptions can be inside and outside

 

 More details on sizing and price are Available here

Copper and Silver Heart Necklace – Perfect for a 7th Anniversary

It’s always difficult picking a perfect gift for a specific anniversary, however the 7th wedding anniversary (copper) is one I have no problem catering for. I just love the combination of silver and copper.

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Other alternatives for a seventh wedding anniversary gift are ….

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Items are available to buy on www.yuju.co.uk or just click the pictures to go directly to the webpage.

Bluebell Paradise

I spent another wonderful Sunday walking around Hebden Waters and Hard Castle Craggs. The bluebells are the best I’ve ever seen. They’re out in full bloom now so if you want to see them in all their glory go NOW, today, tomorrow ….. as soon as possible!

If you miss them, then the rest of the scenery is well worth a visit.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

From the Front Door to Hard Castle Craggs

I can’t believe I’ve lived in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge for almost 2 years and only just discovered the beautiful walks open to all in Hard Castle Craggs. From our front door it’s less than a mile along the Rochdale Canal in the direction of Hebden Bridge turning a sharp right to join the road towards Keigthley and only about 1 1/4 miles before you start the descent into Hard Castle Craggs.

The first photo opportunity was presented by these little posers, newly born on a farm just before you get to Hard Castle Craggs.

There’s a gradual descent until you reach Gibson’s Mill which was open as a museum and available for wedding venues on Fridays. Well worth a visit, and free of charge when we arrived on Easter Monday.

After a short walk past Gibsons Mill we got a sunlit view of The Craggs before turning back on ourselves and enjoying the walk along the riverbank  back to Hebden Bridge.

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After a beautiful but not too strenuous walk we arrived back in Hebden Bridge just in time to see the start of the Easter ‘Duck Race’

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The heavens opened but we managed to dive into Drink? Micropub before we got soaked, and enjoyed a well deserved pint of Vocation Heart and Soul.  A most enjoyable day out 😀

Florida Keys Wildlife

When I arrived in Islamorada, Florida Keys I was expecting sun, sea, relaxation and spectacular views. I hadn’t realised there’d be so much company in the form of wildlife. It gave me a great oppotunity to get to grips with my new Panasonic DMC FS16. So here it is, a day on the beach at Breezy Palms…………….hope you enjoy

Sunrise on Breezy Palms Beach

Not sure what that is on the dock, but I don’t fancy getting too close!

The beach is deserted but the view is breathtaking

A Kingfisher is up early fishing for his breakfast

WOW! I didn’t realise I’d be sharing the beach with the reptile community. Isn’t he a beauty?

And here’s his mate. I thought they’d run away when I got close but they are real posers!

Ibis are pecking in the sand for food

And a Heron strolls past keeping his eye on me

The sun is out and it’s blue skies all the way. Time to take to my sun lounger and get a few rays

Oh dear, someone wants to join me! Think I’ll choose a different sunbed.

Someone else has there eye on me

There’s nothing like a good scratch when you wake up

Looks like he had his eye on my sunbed too!

For more sqirrel antics and pics of this little darling check out my blog http://yuju.co.uk/blog/jewellery/my-little-apprentice/

Decided to have another look at the ocean. The gulls here have an easy time

Just look at all the little bait fish they can eat any time they choose

This Anhinga hasn’t moved off his perch all day…why would he?

This Snowy Egret is also thinking about lunch

To dive or not to dive?

I wonder what the pelican is eyeing up?

Whooa, those tarpon are scary….no snorkeling off the dock for me today!

The Mullet can’t wait to get out of their way. They are even leaping out of the water

The Heron has decided it’s safer to view things from up here

And a little Woodpecker carrys on regardless

Well that’s it for now……………….apart from the most beautiful sunset at my favourite bar The Lorelei

I’m sure there will be a lot more creatures about between sunset and sunrise but I’m not prepared to stay up and find out. Apart from it being a bit scary I need to rest ……after all, I am on holiday. Hope you enjoyed . Sue X


My Little Apprentice

Hi folks, I’m curently on holiday in Islamorada, Florida Keys and loving every minute of it. I took some supplies along in case the sunshine and beautiful views put me in the creative mood. How do you like my workstation?

And my inquisitive little friend?

WOW! He’s not shy. I think he wants to help.

I’ll give him a couple of nuts to keep him occupied.

Maybe he prefers the healthy option?

Ahh…this is more like it!!

I’ll just sit and watch for a while…

Hmmm, maybe I could have a go at making something pretty for me?

Maybe not, you can’t improve on perfection

Isn’t he gorgeous?