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.
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.
Thick sterling silver, partial hammered texture and pierced wren.
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.
It can work as a scarf pin or a brooch.
I love the little wiggle in the pin, that helps it lock in place securely.
Another matching pair of brooches