Tool Collection and Workshop Assistant

I’m combining two days of Instagram challenge posts here, because the two topics, Tool Collection and Workshop Assistant, are related. First up is part of my collection of jewellery-making tools, majoring on my pliers and snippers. The more observant amongst you will notice that this is a better quality image than most of my snaps. … Continue reading Tool Collection and Workshop Assistant

My Workspace

Today’s Instagram jeweller challenge picture is My Workspace. I’m just sharing a close up of a couple of bits that I’m working on at the moment. More will be revealed later in the week (she said mysteriously). The ring will become one of my Silver Birch rings, and I’m making it to order for a … Continue reading My Workspace

Sea Glass in a Silver Setting

I've been working on some commission pieces lately, alongside my new designs. One has led me to have another go at something I haven't done for a good while, namely stone setting. Or, in this case, sea glass setting. I haven't set any stones since I was going to evening classes at Leeds College of … Continue reading Sea Glass in a Silver Setting

news from the workshop: hibiscus

  I've been working hard on a commission for the past few days. My customer had seen and liked my poppy earrings, but wanted a pair featuring Hawaiian flowers. You know the ones - you see them on Hawaiian shirts. I have since discovered that they are hibiscus flowers, and that the yellow hibiscus is … Continue reading news from the workshop: hibiscus

news from the workshop: rings on their fingers

You wait a couple of months for an order for a ring, and then three come along at once. As a result of which, I've mostly been making rings for the past few days. The first order was for a pair of hammered silver stacking rings, but in different sizes, so clearly not intended for … Continue reading news from the workshop: rings on their fingers

news from the workshop: I started something…

In fact, I have started several somethings over the past couple of weeks, but so far I have failed to finish any of them. I had some ideas for new earrings, so in a fit on enthusiasm, I set to and sawed out all the shapes I needed. I got as far as filing them, … Continue reading news from the workshop: I started something…

news from the workshop: a new addition

Great excitement at La Petite Maison last week, as I took delivery of this. It's a ring stretcher and reducer, and whilst it may not look that thrilling, it will allow me to make and accurately size closed rings. I do make rings at the moment, but they are all unsoldered, so that they can … Continue reading news from the workshop: a new addition

news from the workshop: silver cat

My latest creation is this sweet little mewing silver cat pendant. I've been mulling over doing a cat for a while now, but it wasn't until I'd finished my silver raven that I actually sat down and came up with a design that I thought would work. The original model was my very own Sophie … Continue reading news from the workshop: silver cat

news from the workshop: copper oak leaf

I've not spent that much time in my workshop for the past week, lured outside by the autumn sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures. I've also been waiting for some new supplies to arrive before I start on a very special one-off order for a customer. I did, however, receive an order for one of my … Continue reading news from the workshop: copper oak leaf

news from the workshop: moonstones

I love moonstones, with their subtle play of milky blue colour, but the supplier I usually go to for my materials does not sell moonstone beads, so I haven't used them in my designs before. I recently decided to try another supplier, and found these gorgeous 6mm round rainbow moonstone beads. I'm so pleased with them. … Continue reading news from the workshop: moonstones