I’d always discounted making videos of my work in progress, as I suspected it was all terribly complicated! However, it turns out you can do timelapse photography videos using just a smartphone and an app. Technology is marvellous, isn’t it?
I thought I’d have a play with it to show the process of cutting, filing and engraving one of my skate numbers. I need to play around with the settings more – two hours of work ended up as a surprisingly short video – but it was really fun to do.
I did another one of a roller derby skate in progress, but I think the piercing one with the number works better.
…with exciting new tools! After a brief hiatus doing battle with tax returns (creative people are generally bad at maths!) I’ve been easing myself back into the workshop with some new wax carving tools.
I’ve been really enjoying wax carving with these tools – so much better than my ancient, rusty dental picks I’ve been using for the last few years. You just get into a rhythm of working the tiny carvers through the wax with Netflix on in the background. It’s actually very relaxing! I get through a lot of shows on Netflixin the workshop – after the darkness of binge watching Breaking Bad and Making a Murderer, I’m currently having some light relief with Gossip Girl (don’t judge!) and Better Call Saul. → Read more
My lovely little silver custard cream charms have been very popular in 2015, which made me very happy as they are one of my favourite designs!
Rather disappointingly, another jewellery company launched a very similar silver custard cream a few months after I did. As every single piece of jewellery I make is designed and hand carved by me, cast in the UK and finished in my London studio, I am unfortunately unable to compete on price with items that are mass produced overseas. It is therefore cheering that so many of my customers appreciate quality jewellery that is ethically handmade. Thanks for supporting British design and manufacture you wonderful people! → Read more
Well, that was a busy year! Usually Christmas sneaks up and surprises me, pouncing from out of nowhere with its little tinselly paws, but this year I was ready for it. Or so I thought…
Having smugly made small batches of my most popular designs, I left myself time to prepare for Christmas, but the volume of orders I got this year was much higher than I’d expected. Which is obviously brilliant! My lovely customers were very organised and a lot of them got their orders in super-early, which was greatly appreciated! → Read more
My second obsession, after shiny things of course, is makeup. Since I was a teenager I’ve loved being able to transform my face into something completely different by essentially just doing a bit of colouring in.
As a birthday present from my mum this year, I got these lovely sparkly balls of gorgeousness, the Guerlain Christmas Edition Meteorites. Guerlain bring out a limited edition Meteorites every year, but the 2015 are particularly lovely. → Read more
I started making the prototypes for some winged roller derby helmets a while ago now, inspired by my winged skate wheels, and I finally found the time to finish them this month.
I made a necklace sized one, the same as my other roller derby helmet charms, but also made a teeny-tiny one. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it cast really well and is just so cute! → Read more