Archive for category Pendants
I have been working on some new sculptural jewellery. One piece in particular which will be used as the model for a lot more of the same style, but a series of works.
I have been preparing her over the passed week to send of to have a mold made so that I can make replica pieces and will be making a variety of them with different stones etc.
Inspired by the carvings I have seen in my travels as well as those I have seen in photographs of buildings from family and friends, I am slowly building up a collection of images that will help me with my designs.
This particular piece is one of a series of pieces that I am working on. My hope is to have a number of dancing ladies on offer and to use as a base for future pieces.
Although not a big commission, it was an absolute pleasure to help out a student of mine to provide a nice pendant for her friend’s wedding.
She called me a matter of weeks ago trying to think of something she could have made up to match the earrings her friend already had on hand. I met with Leonie personally to see what she would like and to also have her show me the earrings. It happened that the earrings were bought from Myer, so we went and had a look.
I came up with the suggestion of using another pair of the earrings to make a matching pendant and Leonie was very happy. This is the result. Technically not challenging but a satisfied customer and well and truly under the expected budget!
A sister of one of my clients came to me on the day of the studio sale on the 4th of December with a single earring that she had. The other half of this pair had been stolen when her house had been robbed and she did not know what to do with the other half.
My suggestion was to make a pendant bail and incorporate one of my flower features as a hanger. A suggestion that was met with quite a bit of enthusiasm.
A suggestion of a coloured gem in the centre of the flower feature came about and we started discussing colours and size of the said particular gem.
It was decided that we would go for a dark Amethyst which would match a ring that she had recently bought to replace another piece that had been stolen. There were 3 princess cut deep purple Amethyst in the centre of this ring. Beautiful colour.
My mission then became finding a stone that would match these beautiful gems in colour, or at least in depth of colour! Luckily, a short trip to a gem supplier in the city saw me with a large deep purple 6mm gem that was virtually identical to those that sat in the ring.
So, I set about creating this sweet little pendant which utilised the existing earring (which had 3 white stones channel set into one side), and setting the Amethyst in the centre of the flower, and this is the result:
Heat treating the silver meant that I was able to bring up the fine silver on the petals of the flower, which are recessed. This then means that this surface is protected from any scratches and wearing. This is only a surface finish and any scratch on this layer would mean that it would scratch off! But in a protected area like this it will be perfectly protected!
The main thing is that I have a happy client leave the studio and one that is happy to wear the piece I have created for them!! I am always happy to create something that will be appreciated!
In preparation for the Christmas Studio Sale on the 3rd and 4th of December I have created a range of Christmas Charms for the festive season!
I am feeling the Christmas vibe this year, which is usually not the case for any of you who know me!
I, for some reason, am really excited about Christmas this year and am looking forward to seeing everyone at the studio sale.
Snow Man Charm
Christmas Tree Charm
Snow Flake Charm (solid)
Snow Flake Charm (detailed)
Bells & Holly Charm
Small Angel Charm
Large Angel Charm
All these charms are made from Sterling Silver.
I have been working on a range of Sterling Silver Charms in preparation for my studio sale on the 3rd and 4th of December. These are some of the results that I will be sending down to Retrospect Galleries tomorrow morning:
Angel Charm (small)
Angel Charm (large)
Bird in Flight
Ferry Wren Charm
Blue Bird Charm (right facing)
Blue Bird Charm (left facing)
All these Charms are made from Sterling Silver and finished in a matte finish. They are approximately 1-2cm with the odd exception and are designed to be pendants, although I will also be making these into various other pieces as I always do! I like looking at them as components rather than the whole piece, although they are their own piece and can stand alone.
A good friend of mine commissioned me to make another good friend of ours a piece for her 40th birthday.
The brief was that it had to be made to a specific budget and that it had to function not only as a brooch but a pendant as well.
The original design I came up with worked at the time but when I made the piece up in the wax, I lost all enthusiasm for it. Not only did I feel that it did not work too well but I also thought that it would end up being far over the budget.
So I left my meeting with my client giving myself a bit of a kick in the pants, telling myself that I can do better than that.
A fact that I reinforced with a text message that read along the lines of “scrap that idea, I think I have a new one that will work much better than the original one – and it will suit Kate far better! See you Monday with a prototype!”
The thing was, there would be no prototype! Once I get an idea and I am really inspired by, it just takes off, and there is no stopping the creative process. Essentially, I sat down on the day of meeting with my client to see what I could create and pretty much had the piece finished within the day, with only a few things to add to complete the piece and a final polish the only step to complete.
Needless to say that this idea went down a treat and I knew we were on the right path! I went with my gut feeling and by this stage I should know that when the gut tells me to do something, I should just do it! It always helps that you have a bit of information about your client and the person the piece is being made for of course!
The design I decided upon was in the theme of Art Nouveau. We needed to have pearls somewhere in the picture and the addition of Paua Shell gives that pearl look, as well as throws a little bit of colour into the mix.
The budget was limited and required me to think out of the box. Once again I needed to get the size without the expense. I decided to go with an old trick of mine and not tell my client what the piece was made from until they saw it in person.
The material is revealed when you look at the back of the piece.
You may have guessed it already, but hopefully not. I used EPNS – Electro Plated Nickel Silver – in other words, a fork and spoon! The materials did not cost much at all and can be polished up to give you that expensive silver look without the expense. It is a tough material also which will mean the piece will have longevity and will withstand the odd knock!
Alex and I will be giving Kate the chain that will be going with this piece which has a Parrot Clasp that will hook onto the jump ring at the top of the piece (on the back), which allows the piece to worn as a pendant. The chain is also long enough that the pendant will hang in the right spot so the brooch pin does not sit against the chest.
I have not heard how the hand over of the piece has gone as yet but as we are going to the races tomorrow as part of the birthday celebrations, I will be able to get it straight from the horses mouth – so to speak!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE FABULOUS!