Archive for the ‘On the Workbench’ 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

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

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

Mostly, I have been busy making bees this week. My silver mini bumblebees have enjoyed a flurry of orders for them recently, and I’ve been turning them into earrings, necklaces and bracelets. → Read more

Our computer has completely died, forcing me to step away from the photo editing. Having a little free time this weekend, I started work on another little design to add to my Rain or Shine collection.

I really enjoy wax carving and I’ve not done any for a while, so I settled on making some little raindrops. → Read more

Wax carving safety pin necklace work in progress

Started on a new project this week involving some more wax carving. I really love my new wax carving tools! → Read more

Sterling silver hammered texture wedding rings

And so my tool-buying spree continues. Ooops. Couldn’t resist this lovely Fretz texturing hammer. Hitting things with hammers is fun… → Read more

I have finally finished the lightning bolts that have been skulking grumpily on my workbench for the past two years! → Read more