New beachcomber necklace:
I came back from a flying visit to IJL this week with a bag filled with new semi-precious gemstones to experiment with, here’s a taste of what will be appearing in the workshop soon:
A little commission for a set of stacking rings went through the workshop last week (they’re a larger sizer of a design that the customer liked on my stand at a show)
On the peg, before polishing:
Ready to go – the set consists of 2x plain and 2x decorated stacking, reticulated silver rings:
I’ve been feeling the need for things to be a little simpler lately. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my new Beachcomber pieces but I also like wearing neat, simple everyday jewellery that can handle a tough week in the workshop and doesn’t need to be taken off when you get in the shower, still half asleep, in the morning.
And, for that matter, it’s nice to have jewellery that you can sleep in.
So a couple of months ago I made myself these:
and I haven’t really taken them out since. Sure, I’ve changed them for more special or dressy occasions but they’ve always gone right back in again after.
They’re silver and lightly reticulated, meaning that they’ve been heated to the point where the silver just begins to turn liquid – then cooled off to preserve the wonderful, slightly rough texture that that leaves behind:
It burnishes up to a lovely, warm glow that looks soft and natural.
I’ve put a small range together:
Simple pendants in silver (with a red gold accent):
Stacks of bangles, also silver with a red gold accent:
and rings (silver and red gold):
You can find the whole range right here
I got the big new beachcomber necklace all finished up yesterday, just in time for the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate this weekend.
I’m really pleased with how well the stones and my silver press forms work together and it’ll be interesting to see what the galleries who visit make of it …
I ventured into the Jewellery Quarter on a Sunday today for the first time in aaages to get these pieces all ready to go off to Assay on Monday. There’s a couple of new pendant designs (and some more studs):
Plus, I got the pieces of that big new necklace sanded:
and almost ready to string together:
I’ve been struggling for a week or so to come up with a larger, eye catching piece for the middle of my stand at the BCTF in a couple of weeks. I’ve thrown a lot of ideas around the workshop but the right one has been eluding me … I knew that I wanted to work at a slightly larger scale (and maybe use some stones) but nothing I tried was working.
Then Marcia Lanyon came to town:
A London based stone dealer Marcia and her team make a trip up to the Quarter a few times a year to sell to students in the university (where I first encountered her) and, more recently, to the general public in Cookson‘s foyer. The nicest thing about her visits is that you get time and space to fully inspect the stock, sorting through the jumble of lovely things that she and her team bring with her.
I was idling through the selection when I came by this:
A kind of fossilised coral. Isn’t it beautiful?
Each piece is different, with faint coral textures and an abstract shape all it’s own. It’s going to be just perfect for a big, new press formed piece!
I planned it all out and made the dies today so tomorrow I’ll set to work on it …