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My Latest Mischief

 

I just love that I learn something with every piece I make and how these new insights fuel so many new ideas (sometimes it’s like 4th of July fireworks in my head). My latest handmade clasps are a case in point and I am very excited to show you the new limited edition necklaces! Have a look below at descriptions of these gorgeous pieces and some pictures of the making process.

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Making my series of OOAK gemstone necklaces and their decorative puzzle clasps has become a journey into clasp making. I am really enjoying the challenge and technical aspect of these projects and there was one clasp that I wanted to try that just didn’t seem to work with the gems I had. Now every goldsmith knows that the run up to Christmas is not the time to start experimenting with new designs, but then I was never one for convention : ) 

Just look at how fun these keyhole clasps turned out! Beautiful in silver or 9 karat yellow gold – what’s not to like?

Fueled by the excitement of my latest mischief, I dove into my collection of interesting beads and emerged with this limited edition of gemstone necklaces:  a few single strands of larger Jasper beads and two multi-strands with smaller faceted beads on 9 karat yellow gold. I think they work well with both – what do you think?

The wide range of colours of these necklaces reminded me of the coral reefs I saw in my scuba-diving days. The soft matte finish and decorative off-set holes in the surface are a nod to the little polyps that build these beautiful and delicate natural structures.

Here’s hoping you like them as much as I do.

Pop into DesignYard to try one on, or buy direct from my website.  

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Coral and Labradorite bead necklace

Family heirloom inspires exquisite OOAK necklace – 3rd in series

This delicately coloured gemstone necklaces is the third of my OOAK series and it has me just as excited as the first two! Have a look below at descriptions of this gorgeous piece and pictures of the making process.

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Reclaim, recycle, make – How an unassuming agate pendant turned into this stunning OOAK Necklace – 2nd in series

 

I’m delighted to show you the second in my series of one-of-a-kind gemstone necklaces! Have a look below at descriptions of this gorgeous piece and pictures of the making process.

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Patience and perseverance – the story of making this technical OOAK neckpiece – 1st in series

 

It’s been a bit quiet recently as I was busy working on this latest piece – I am so excited to announce the first of a series of one-of-a-kind gemstone necklaces! Have a look below at descriptions of this gorgeous piece and pictures of the making process.

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Finding Beauty in Chaos

 

Somewhere between restocking the gallery and a daydream this happened.

I’m totally in love with the latest addition to the Midnight Snow range. Have a look below for description and photos.

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Sharing Inspiration for Water Lily Pendant

 

Today a throwback to one of my early student projects – piercing on a dome.  Continue reading “Sharing Inspiration for Water Lily Pendant”

Making up a fresh batch of 9k gold & gem necklaces

 

I’m delighted to be back at my bench after a long break! First step: restock the gallery.  Here is a fresh batch Continue reading “Making up a fresh batch of 9k gold & gem necklaces”

Here’s an early bespoke piece back in for a service

 

Here’s a flashback to a piece I made when I first started out. This chunky Amazonite “pocket stone” came from a local rock shop. I loved the colour and felt there was a better destination than a deep dark pocket for this one. Continue reading “Here’s an early bespoke piece back in for a service”

Reclaim, recycle, make – Bespoke cufflinks made from customer’s unloved gold

 

Just for a change this project started with an unloved bangle and turned into these lovely cufflinks with hand engraving.

It’s not so often I get to work on men’s jewellery Continue reading “Reclaim, recycle, make – Bespoke cufflinks made from customer’s unloved gold”

Studio hound (in training)

 

This summer I had to take a break from studio work for medical reasons. I was soon on my way to recovery – which for the first 6 weeks post-op involved mostly walking.

Between that and the spectacular summer weather we are having here, there seemed no better time adopt that dog the kids have been begging for.

Meet Cooper our new hound – we think he’s adorable and he’s good as gold. If he keeps this up he may be allowed put in an appearance in the studio from time to time! Continue reading “Studio hound (in training)”