Nikki’s Dragon

A lovely commission, to create a medallion-style pendant for a dragon lover.

Cast from a wax sculpture made using my new Wolf wax carving tools. It was an absolute delight to have 18 diverse and well-made tools on hand for whatever type of cut or scrape I needed. I’m looking forward to many more sculptures using them.

The final dragon is a little hefty at around 16g of sterling silver, even with the smooth, hollowed underside. Available from my Etsy Shop.

I will also be making bronze versions – let me know via etsy or the contact form if you’d like to be notified when they’re available.

Driftwood Duck

Walking along a beach together, my Grandma handed me a scrap of driftwood she’d picked up. She loves ducks, so I slipped it in my pocket, and carved it a sleek little head to match.

Flashback – spooooons!

Two little spoons made a long time ago, from highland yew wood. The long one is still silky smooth. Alas I didn’t finish the cute dipper spoon because I was ambushed by an unexpected knot.

Flashback – Coconut ‘sea’ set

I love coconut shell – it’s very homogenous (with no grain at all) and takes a beautiful polish, which somewhat makes up for its uneven shape, thin structure and sometimes-annoying curvature.

I was commissioned back in 2006 by a lovely soon-to-be-wed lady to create necklaces for her bridesmades or maids-of-honour or whatever you call friends-of-the-bride :) Material: coconut, theme: the sea, both representative and abstract.

Flashback – really old carvings

These go way back! Last year(s) of high school and first year(s) of undergraduate…

The interlocking apples were a terrible double pun for a teacher who liked macs, the polar bear for one nicknamed ‘bear’. The woman and moon was one of my first sketches noodling with wood – I still haven’t done much in the way of figurative sculpture, except some small partial nudes in soapstone I hope to post soon.

Working on the ball in a cage precipitated the first conversation I had with the guys who became my best friends throughout my undergraduate :) Yes, the ball is free to move inside the cage. It’s actually carved from part of the main stem of a very old virginia creeper, which has a brilliant yellow colour when freshly cut.

The triple hearts were made using the same method as my double hearts, then by splitting one of the hearts in two with a saw!

Flashback – cherry-pit carvings

Wow, I used to make a lot of fiddly things… These little ladybirds are carved from the stones of sweet yellow cherry-sized plums, coloured and varnished, made way back in 2004. The odd green things are me attempting to make turtles, coloured with nail varnish – I think you’ll agree, significantly less successful!

‘Barbaric’ pendant

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