Constellation cufflinks

A set of four cufflinks to go with a variety of colours, ‘something unusual’. The customer liked my silver domed pendants, and after a bit of brainstorming, we came up with a set of smaller celestial domes, with copper stars.
Sterling silver, pierced and engraved with constellations and attached by silver rods to cute irregular copper stars. Secure and tactile.

Fossil jewellery

I love the beach at Lyme Regis, on the Jurassic Coast. I haven’t found an ichthyosaur yet, but I’ve got quite adept at finding pyritised ammonites and belemnites, robust enough to make jewellery from.

Ixia Brooch

A thank-you gift, a silver silhouette brooch with double pin back, fabricated from sterling silver sheet and wire. With balsa wood and suede ribbon presentation case.

‘Barbaric’ pendant

Cord made from waxed cotton using a kumihimo loom, silver fittings from wire, sheet and tube, and ‘tooth’ carved from tagua nut.

Copper etched keyrings

While in SwitzerFrance I was part of a CERN Robotics Club mission to send a helium balloon and sensor package (well, android phone) to the edge of space. Buy me a sandwich some time and I’ll regale you with the tale of the truly epic recovery mission, diagrammed below. To commemorate, I etched copper ‘mission badge’ keyrings for the four co-conspirators.

I’ve also included pics of a pendant with the Swiss mountains, CERN logo and date, for a friend who went home early.

Petite wren brooch

A little brooch I made to accompany my friend and jewellery-sensei Robin on her move up to E’burgh. It’s not a robin though, it’s a wren! Made from .9mm sterling silver sheet, it feels very heavy and luxurious, and I was delighted with how well the partial texturing came out.

Ship brooches

This was one off the fiddliest things I’ve ever made.  It took about 20 mins to cut and shape all of the pieces, then approximately THREE HOURS to solder it all together.  I foolishly only have one grade of solder, so the old joints would fall apart as soon as the new would flow.  I very, very nearly gave up but stepped back, took a deep breath and tried again, and I’m so glad I did.  60th birthday present for an awesome aunt.

The second pair took 3 hours to make two – using solder paste instead of chips has made a massive difference. I love the way the open wirework came together.