Archive for the ‘Custom Work’ Category
There were so many beautiful gemstones at IJL this year, but my eye kept being drawn back to some beautiful grey diamonds. They had unusual salt and pepper speckles and a beautiful sparkle – I hadn’t seen anything quite like them before, and they are ethically sourced. I knew they would make wonderful tiny diamond stud earrings and I’ve finally got around to making them in 18k gold. → Read more
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 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
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 recently had a commission to make a matching engagement ring set for a lovely couple. We designed them using the same gorgeous deep blue London topaz gemstones and hammered texture bands made from recycled, ethically sourced sterling silver, but one of the couple preferred a chunkier ring and the other a more delicate band and smaller gem. → Read more
I was given a necklace that was a favourite of the its owner and had great sentimental value. It was made from plated base metal and had lost its sparkle. I was asked to make one the same in 22k gold plated sterling silver, but with the addition of a hammered texture. → Read more