Archive for the ‘New Stuff’ Category
After many, many weeks of hitting things with hammers, my new Ebb and Flow jewellery collection has finally been photographed and uploaded to the website. The collection is inspired by my childhood spent on the beaches of Jersey, exploring the rock pools at low tide with Granddad. We lost countless hours watching the sun glitter off the pools of water and flashes of colour from the tiny fish under the surface. → Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
My mini lightning bolt earrings have been very popular in both sterling silver and 22k gold vermeil finishes, so as an experiment I decided to get a pair plated in rose gold to see how they looked. They’re so pretty! I’d never really thought about rose gold until I had my little rose gold and diamond star pierced at the Liberty Maria Tash studio, but now I want to make all of the things in pink! → Read more
I recently decided to re-carve my little teacup charm from scratch. I carved my original a good few years ago and, being a wax-carving novice at the time, I made the setting edge too chunky. This meant that setting the little smoky quartz gemstone tea has always been a bit of a mission.
This time I used Wolf gold wax, which you can carve fine detail into beautifully without compromising the strength of the wax. → Read more