A resolution of a kind

9 01 2014

I’m not really a fan of making ‘new year’s resolutions’; I prefer to take action when the whim takes me and try to do things as I feel they’re right, not according to an arbitrary calendar date.

That said, I have found a new thought coinciding with the new year, so it may as well be assigned ‘resolution’ status.

Plan for 2014: no woven paper-silver.

old weaving

old weaving

Ooooh, you read that right.

It will take personal fortitude and discipline to stop myself from incorporating it in what (well, almost all that) I make.





A new plan

27 12 2013

I think I may have a new plan, to relight my jewellery-making love-fire.

Simple making. Simple skill exploration.

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I’ve bought a few little stones recently (above: pretty pink tourmaline, seraphinite, peruvian opal), and have many I’ve collected over the years (sapphires, onyx, opals). The new plan is to make these into ‘traditional’ jewellery items, without the woven paper-silver I’ve used to date. Simple pretty things. Perhaps without any conceptual development (*gasp*).





Making presents

24 12 2013

I love making presents.

What could be better than having an idea for a gift especially for someone you love, and being the single person in the whole wide world to make it come into existence.

These are for my most favourite 10-year-old in the universe. I should probably wait until after Christmas day to share these photographs, but I’m pretty darn sure that the recipient doesn’t read my blog. Plus, I’m a bit excited about them.

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

This is her first Christmas having pierced ears, so I hope she likes these. Naturally she can’t wear them to school, but I envisage her wearing them to friends’ parties and such.

I thought about making her hook earrings, instead of studs; but she’s very active and hooks are more easily misplaced than studs.

They’re made with purple banded agate beads, fine silver and some sterling silver components.

And then I totally outdid myself in spectacularity (it’s a word now) by making my card into a little stand for them. I know.

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

Merry Christmas beautiful young lady.





I want to make bowls

1 11 2013

Epiphany: I really want to make bowls.

drawing

drawing

That is all for now …
it needs to marinade / steep / percolate / *your favourite food-related analogy*.

ps. yes, still





And more cufflinks

25 10 2013

I’ve experimented with some prototype cufflinks for Lord Coconut, made using wedding invitation papers.

Given my cufflinks are simply paper woven with silver (protected under a layer of 1mm clear perspex), it’s relatively easy to incorporate papers of (nearly) any kind.

It interesting though that the pattern on the paper be so clear, yet it can either disappear or be accentuated by the weaving.

"Paris by Night"; image not to be reproduced without permission

“Paris in Silver”; image not to be reproduced without permission

The pattern for the cufflinks above center on the heart-shape shown on the paper just below the actual cufflink.

And those below on the bowl-and-fountain (erm, best description I could think of at the time!) icon.

"Florentine in Silver"; image not to be reproduced without permission

“Florentine in Silver”; image not to be reproduced without permission

I wonder if they’ll appeal?

On a similar topic – the idea of weaving sentimental papers into cufflinks really appeals to me – though I’m sure if I am ever asked to do that for a client that I’ll be pretty darn nervous! Like I did with my Nana’s trifle recipe brooch, I’d likely do a very high quality scan first as a means of saving the document (in a way) … anyway, that’s for the future.





Fixed cufflinks

16 09 2013

A little while back I made a group of cufflinks for Lord Coconut, but I wasn’t happy with the bezel finish.

I’ve reset them (after a recent breakthrough) and am much happier now!

sterling silver, tiffany blue, mother of pearl, navy; image not to be reproduced without permission

sterling silver, tiffany blue, mother of pearl, navy; image not to be reproduced without permission

Yes, they do look better.