Commission: woven cufflinks

4 12 2013

A friend (who has previously commissioned me for a pendant and earrings) asked me to make some cufflinks for him. He’s a most stylish man, so this pleased me.

He selected a charcoal and a hot pink; he wasn’t sure which one he wanted, so I agreed to make both. Excellent indeed.

I secretly would love to see these two colours together, but he’s more conservative than that.

hot pink and anthracite woven cufflinks; image not to be reproduced without permission

hot pink and anthracite woven cufflinks; image not to be reproduced without permission

After making these, he decided to chose the charcoal ones.

The hot pink ones therefore will be off to Lord Coconut in the next few days. I do hope someone thinks they’ll be a magnificent festive-season gift!

An important note: I sell my woven cufflinks exclusively through Lord Coconut, and as I want to maintain a good relationship there I checked in with the gallery owner if this commission was okay with him before I started making. And as this is a dear friend, of course it’s okay – naturally makers want to make for friends!





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.





More cufflinks

9 09 2013

Another little delivery for Lord Coconut.

stock for early Sep13; image not to be reproduced without permission

stock for early Sep13; image not to be reproduced without permission

The blue colouring won over the sunshine / desert / 70s colouring for the oval pair. Though the orange/brown colours are likely to make an appearance in the near future I feel.

I think I’ve worked a good solution to fix my problem with the bezels on the previous set of round cufflinks. The bezel is just shy of 3mm high, so I’ve inserted an extra panel of 1mm perspex under the weave as well as on top of the weave. It makes the bezel to set very small, and therefore easier to manipulate and finish. So much happier! The ones in the photograph are a restock of the navy colour.