Sterling silver and garnet cabochon.
Early in my silversmithing career, experimenting with piercing and carving silver and shaping it to set a cabochon. I was dissatisfied with the results, so I straightened it out again, soldered posts to the bag and set it into a block of purpleheart wood
Piercing the design
Profiling the metal
The metal and the cabochon
This kind of shaped metal looks great against a flat surface…
…but less great when set against a profiled surface
Set into a purpleheart plaque
Silver seahorse with hidden bail and mini-belcher chain.
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.
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.
Commissioned pair of cufflinks with the prompt ‘dandy’, sterling silver.
Sterling silver domed butterfly-cutout discs, set asymmetrically on a half-length string of moonstones, with delicate silver chain completing the necklace.
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.
Cord made from waxed cotton using a kumihimo loom, silver fittings from wire, sheet and tube, and ‘tooth’ carved from tagua nut.
The slight curve of the back ensures it sits well
Very pleased with the form.
Carved design wraps around both sides
I’m very proud of the catch.
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.
This metal disc-cutter was worth every penny – I used to cut discs with a saw, and it’d take absolutely ages.
Drawing on the design with waterproof pen (permanent marker).
After etching with ferric chloride, and cleaning up a little with sandpaper/polishing cloth.
The backs have the CERN logo etched onto it.
Drilled and with split ring, magically they become keyrings!
I also made a pendant for a friend who headed back to Aus early.
Swiss mountains, made by doing several layers of etch.