Commission – Engraved Bangle

This lovely little commission went through the workshop over the summer, the engraved detail comes from a drawing the recipient did on her 21st Birthday.

Edward Smith Bangle 2013 A

The engraving stretches around the front face of the bangle and I was really pleased to get such an interesting design to work into a piece. The main body of the bangle is a reversed D section, with the comfortable curve next to the wrist and the larger, flat surface area facing out to take the engraving.

If you’d like something special commissioned  yourself then do get in touch.

Sapphire Earrings: Part Two

Now that the wedding that these were made for has passed (and very happily too) it’s safe to post the pictures!

Here’s the finished result of all that careful making:

I’m very plesed with how they polished up and the bride was delighted too!

Sapphire Earrings: Part one

Today I spent some time working on a something for a family friend, making sapphire earrings to match a piece that she’s going to wear on her wedding day.

It was something of a rush job so instead of making a wax carving to cast or getting them put into CAD/CAM production I opted to go all old fashioned and make them totally by hand:

It was actually really nice to get engrossed in something a little different from my usual work, and to have a bit of a challenge too.

So now they’re ready to polish and, after that, the stones will go in (probably sometime next week):

Crescent Pendant Commission

Occasionally I make things to order. Usually it’s for people I know but sometimes I meet someone at a show or they contact me through my website, we draw something up and, well, I make it.

I find that most people like the overall style of my work but want something with a specific twist that makes it more them – and it’s always interesting to see where they take the work. Sometimes a little unexpected inspiration pushes you in a new direction.

So, last week Mr W informed me that a friends birthday was coming up, he’d had a think about it, and he’d like me to make this:

Crescent Sketch

Now, obviously sketches for clients aren’t usually this informal -but that’s what he gave me.

It’s based on the form of a crescent moon and (happily) makes use of the lovely new disc cutter. The basic body of it was a fairly simple set of silver domes, cut to a crescent shape, but the slice that fits between them was slightly more complicated. It took at lot of fitting and careful tapping on mandrels to get it to the correct size/profile but it was so worh it.

Have a look at the finished piece:

Crescent Pendant - Side View

and some in process images too: