Archive for the ‘Jewellery’ Category

Tiny grey diamonds and purple garnet loose gemstones

Yesterday I went to the International Jewellery London show at Olympia. I try to go every year – it’s really fun to wander around looking at all the amazing tools and machinery, and of course all the amazing sparkly gemstones! → Read more

Sterling silver flying elephant umbrella necklace

I was asked by a client to make a necklace for his girlfriend’s 21st birthday. Sure, I said, no problem, I said, expecting them to ask for maybe an initial necklace or a diamond solitaire. Can I have a silver elephant hanging from an umbrella, they said. I love it when I get to do something challenging and fun, so I said let’s do this! → Read more

My new Electric Dreams collection is coming along nicely, just need to photograph and list everything on the website now.  I’ve had some of my cloud and star earrings gold plated to match the mini neon necklaces, and I think they look rather lovely.

The stars are plated in 22k yellow gold: → Read more

Sterling silver and rose gold beaded stacking rings

I’ve previously resisted making stacking rings from beaded wire, as you can buy them everywhere and I prefer to try and keep my designs original!  I finally gave in after people kept emailing me and asking if I could make them one to add to their ring order though, and I can see why everyone makes them – they are actually really nice and go with so many other rings.

As well as making some plain ones (I think they look like hailstones so I’ve included them in my weather collection) I added a little twist to these. One has a little setting with a sparkly London blue topaz, and the thinner one I’ve plated in gorgeous rose gold. → Read more

Sterling silver and rose gold neon art love necklace

My recent necklace based on the wonderful Gods Own Junkyard enter sign also gave me the idea for some more neon art inspired jewellery in sterling silver.

Wax carving tools back out on the bench, I started off carving little slices from the block to make some little wood planks. Have I mentioned how messy wax carving is? The little shavings and dust get absolutely everywhere. My Loki cat attempted to sit on my lap in the middle of carving and instantly covered himself in a layer of wax dust, so I had to brush it all out of his fur. He is now banned from the room when I’m working from home! → Read more

Silver circus light neon sign enter

My epic wax carving project is finished! Inspired by the neon art of God’s Own Junkyard, I wanted to make a jewellery version of their iconic Enter sign.

Starting with a block of wax, I cut a slice off with my tiny sawblades (oh how I wish I had a little bandsaw!) and carved out the centre to leave a frame around the edge. Then I divided the frame up into planks and added wood texture with a pointy wax carving tool. → Read more

Rather excitingly, I now have my first bricks and mortar stockist for my jewellery. A lovely art gallery in Cambridge, The Art Hound Gallery, asked me to supply some of my weather pieces and biscuit jewellery.

Go visit, they have lots of very cool things for your walls, they are lovely people AND they have a rescue greyhound!  I have been trying to persuade the boy to let me get a dog for so long now, and a greyhound is the dog I want most, but I have been told they are not so good with cats. Sad face.

Anyway, I digress.  Lovely art, lovely people, dogs welcome – go visit the gallery!

Sterling silver circus lights initial pendant

My wax carving project is still in progress, but has wound up inspiring a whole new collection of shiny things and a lot more wax carving! I carved these circus style font initials, then cast into recycled sterling silver, and set with sparkly gemstones for the lights.

This is how they started: → Read more

I have a slightly epic wax carving project in my head. I don’t find wax carving easy, but I do find it strangely therapeutic – I think it’s a type of mindfulness just sitting quietly filing bits of wax. Anyway, I’ve not done a personal project for ages, so this is where it starts… → Read more

I loved the rose gold plating on my little lightning bolts so much, I decided to give my silver party ring biscuit necklaces the same treatment. So pretty! → Read more