There was, he thought, no point in collecting anything else; this was everything else. It was the catalogue of everything that existed in the universe, stripped down to its 118 basic ingredients.

— Itchingham Lofte, element collector (from Itch by Simon Mayo)

Chemistry is essentially the study of elements – the 118 so far discovered or made – and their compounds. This blog concerns my creative endeavours inspired by chemistry and chemists.


periodically.blog features the work of Clare E Wilkes, author, crafter and chemistry enthusiast

To buy Framed by a Smoking Gun

To buy Framed by a Smoking Gun, visit my ebay page. G David – Bookseller in Cambridge and Halesworth Bookshop in Suffolk also have small stocks.

Credit to the wonderful Cambridge Imprint for the paper used for the Periodic Table at the top of this page.