Semi-precious cabochon stonesRead More
I have had a number of lovely commissions recently and I particularly enjoyed making 3 little silver birds with gold heart “wings” for 3 sisters. They were commissioned by one of the sisters: one for her and one each for the other two - what a sweet present!
I started off by finding a piece of silver that had room for cutting out the little bird shapes. I cut out all my own shapes either with a saw or a disc cutter and, as I enjoy using circles, I end up with lots of bits of silver with ‘empty’ circles so I try and use up these odd-shaped bits of silver left behind!
I then found 3 tiny pieces of 18ct gold that I could hammer into tiny flat triangles. With my trusty magnifying glass hung round my neck, I then shaped these teeny bits of gold into hearts. Goodness knows why I make things so tiny – it would be far more sensible to make big chunky jewellery - but somehow, more often than not, I create little things.
It always feels really special to make personalised pieces and in this instance, I stamped the name of one of the three sisters on the back of each bird, one had 2 letters, one had 3 letters and one had 4 letters.
Now they have flown away and I hope they made the sisters smile!
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any similar ideas of your own or would like a personalised piece of jewellery.
Sunshine songs....Read More
GIFTS & PRESENTS
BIRTHDAY? MOTHER'S DAY? ANNIVERSARY? CHRISTENING PRESENT? CHRISTMAS? (ouch...)
I like to think about giving people "presents" rather than "gifts" - it's a word thing! - but whatever you call them, and I know not everyone possesses this gene, I have always really enjoyed finding presents for people.
Of course I think all my jewellery and vintage items would make really lovely presents! But here is an idea for a pretty special gift - perhaps for those who struggle even to see the point of them! It is a little hallmarked, silver-topped antique, faceted glass pot - which would be enough of a sweet thing all on its own:
But, hey! What's that inside?
How about making it even more gorgeous by wrapping up and popping in a little piece of jewellery as a further surprise?
Here is how it might be as the lucky person opens their dream gift! - see below:
The little jar would be perfect for keeping your earrings in by your bed at night - or you ear plugs during the day, in my case (oops...sorry...tmi!). Little glass jar available to buy under Antiques and Vintage. And I am always up for a chat about any possible presents or commissions.
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Last year, when our young Dutch friend Maud was staying, she asked if she could make a ring with me for herself. We spent a happy morning in the workshop and she made a ring saying SMILE inside, with the 'i' upside down by mistake which definitely made us both smile.
She cycles to and from work in Utrecht each day and last week, on hopping off her bike, suddenly realised that her ring had gone! As she has been over again for the weekend, we spent a bit of time in the workshop making another ring for her.
Some debate over what it might say inside: she chose to put "Try try again" - suitably encouraging as a general daily message!
For the outside of the ring she wanted a plain hammered effect which she enjoyed producing!
I was recently asked to design and make a pendant for a big birthday. The one stipulation was that it should say the word "LOVED" 3 times. See the pics for what I came up with.
Starting with sterling silver rectangular wire and my trusty letter stamps, I added three tiny slivers of 18ct gold as highlights round the circle. I love silver and gold together - and if you wear either silver or gold most days, you can wear this with either. A 24" sterling silver belcher chain was just the right length and weight for the pendant. Birthday girl very pleased! (Tap on the photos below to see more pics).