Today I made a leap in my jewellery making from wire wrapping to silversmithing.
It has been a dream of mine for the past few years to learn how to solder, and this September (2021) I held the blow torch in my hand for the first time.
These are two silver rings that I made during a “ring in a day” session in November. I love both these concepts, one is very feminine, with a flower, very different from my own style, but somthing I will wear with love. The second ring is geometical, something much more in tune with my logical brain.
I am sharing them today as I feel these two ring are a start to a brand new adventure for me.
Just a quick shout out to everyone – from the 17th to the 18th April 2021 my Etsy shop is part of a virtual market organised by The Pop Up Emporium a British platform who promotes markets for British artists.
Over 90 jewelry pieces are available to travel to forever homes globally. And if you live in the UK and shop during the time of the market anything over £25 at checkout gets free domestic delivery. Click here cupon included in the link.
As part of the market I am also doing a live craft demonstration from 1 pm UK time, and will be live on myInstagramfor at least 3 hours :) Takes about that long to create a wire wrapped pendant.
If you wish to find out about the art of wire wrapping, do read this blog entry to find out what wire wrapping means to me.
An absolutely stunning amethyst stone, wire wrapped in tarnish resistant silver plated copper wire. The size of the stone allowed for a much more complicated design, that reminds me of rococco style pieces.
This is a chunky pendant that looks beautifully on a long chain, and for your convenience a silver plated chain will be included. It would look amazing with a beautiful dress, and even with a V-neck t-shirt.
If you would like to own this one of a kind wearable art piece, click here.
And if you just want to brows and window shop, still click here.
Last month I was showing of a triangular brecciated-jasper pendant, this month I listed my second piece with a distinctly different and yet similar stone. This brecciated-jasper stone has high levels of hematite veins all over, so the best silver filled setting was a very simple wire weave.
If you would like to own it, click here – to visit my Etsy listing, and of course if jasper is not your thing, have a look around I have a large collection of wearable art pieces available.
A unique set of earrings in fimo, hand created from start to finish. The patterning on the body of the earring was created through the layering of fimo cylinders side by side then rolled together by hand to create an intricate pattern in purple and red.
If you wish to own this, you can purchase it via Etsy by clicking here.
At the start of December 2020 I took part in the Folksy Christmas market with my Folksy shop. During the two days of the virtual market, I did some live demonstrations on my Instagram feed. Of course I saved these videos as a way of showcasing my process of creating a pendant and you can hear me speak about some of my pendants that were available on the day, or continue to be available on my Folksy Shop.
At the time I was live for about 8 hours in total.
I completed the two pendants below during the live event.
An intricately weaved tarnish resistant silver plated copper pendant with accents of purple and hematite. With a raw amethyst central stone.
An absolutely unique design, available in my FOLKSY shop. It is a one of it’s kind in the world; so if you are looking to stand out from the crowd, this is a perfect gift either to yourself or a loved one.
Etsy as a shopping platform has been promoting the idea of free shipping to the US. I had a think of this concept and decided to join in as well. As we are talking a very strange 2020 – I thought I offer my shoppers that privilege.
Christmas shopping will be starting in earnest soon; so thought I offer my shoppers that little bit extra help.
What does this mean you say?
Basically my higher priced items come with free US shipping the rest of the items need to make the $35 dollar mark before they qualify for the free shipping. -THIS OFFER HAS ENDED
However if you do buy multiple items and if fits within the weight limit then shipping costs will be lower as you only pay for the main shipping cost which is £12.68 and any purther item postage will only be £2 extra, rather than the full price of shipping once again. So bundling in multiple items saves on shipping costs.
What about the UK?
My price ranges have been optimized across all items and tried to keep prices fair across the board. UK CUSTOMERS GET FREE SHIPPING – in the run up for Chritsmas.
Do get in touch and we can have a chat about things.
The obsidian shard was wrapped with tarnish resistant silver plated copper wire. It is a junky piece of jewellery; though would no doubt compliment someone’s evening attire or even day time style really well.
Shop will be taking a break from the 15th December, until January 2018, when it will reopen. Hopefully I will have some new pieces added to the collection.
A short holiday, is always a wonderful time to recharge.
Continue to shop local, continue to support local artists, if not through buying then through promoting your local shops though blogs; liking the artist pages. Let’s support creativity; imagination and diversity.
The stone itself was the inspiration for this piece; the webbing and detail allows for the stone to be center stage. It is bold and delicate at the same time.
The design was a fluent inspirational work; often when I pick up a stone it is impossible to know what the end piece will look like. it may mean that it will start off as a simple design and it evolves along the way. Sometimes I create something then just to cut it all up and start again. Often something that starts off as simple; requires additional twists and turns for the final piece to emerge.
Wire wrapping makes each piece individual; I do not use templates to create the pieces; they evolve organically through the process of wrapping. Each piece takes a number of hours to complete; whilst each wrap is done by hand..
Lapis lazuli has always been a precious commodity. In the time of Leonardo DaVinci; Michelangelo and decades previous the color blue was obtained by crushing the stone and turning it into a vibrant color. If you were able to have blue in your painting back in those days it meant you were rich. Or as one musician said at one point “rich beyond your wildest dreams”.
The elegance of this pendant reminds me of those days long gone; when elegance was the word of the day; you can buy it on Folksy.
This delicate pendant was conceived from the desire of incorporating precious metals into my wire wrapping.
The silver wire is .99 pure. in total there are 6 g of silver wire incorporated in the design. The stone itself is also a semi precious stone – jade. A beautiful stone which plays in hues of light green and blue green veins.
The delicate features of the webbing would make it a perfect compliment to an evening attire; would go perfectly with that delicate “black number” that all women have in their wardrobe. Of course as the design is avant garde; boho chic – it can compliment your smart casual style too.
If you wish to own this delicate pendant – visit my Etsy shop – click here
This intricate pendant is made from tarnish resistant silver plated copper wire.
The stone is a labradorite gem stone playing in hues of green blue and grey.
The labradorite gem stone is 2.5 cm; whilst the full pendant is 7 cm in height.
The elegant pendant would work perfectly as part of an evening attire; though given its classical look – can also match any elegant office look.
Any of my pieces can be worn both as part of a relaxed day time as well as a more formal ensemble.
(A pendant of this dimension and intricacy take several hours to complete; the stone is recycled from another chain go labradorites; and may have minor imperfections; the design evolved organically as I tried to encapsulate the stone; therefore this pendant is unique and will not be able to be reproduced in the same manner; as the stone will be different and the wrapping will also differ. If you wish to own it; you can be sure that it will be one of a kind)
If you wish to own this one of a kind pendant visit my Etsy shop – click here
**A NOTE: Wire wrapping is a genre of jewelry which requires pliable wire to be shaped into each piece. As a piece progresses, the wire hardens and it will retain it’s shape, however if you try to bend it or it gets squished, it will bend. Do not place your wire wrapped jewelry in a purse or pocket. :)
**Note: though all silver plated pieces are made from tarnish resistant wire; it may age; as most metals do. Mild soap and water shouldn’t damage the finish, however I do recommend removing your jewelry before showering or bathing; using household cleaners, chemicals, or essential oils; doing manual jobs like gardening or washing dishes; and applying lotions. Do not use jewelry cleaners on this jewelry. Sometimes the plating can wear off with excessive use – therefore I recommend not wearing the pieces every day. Rotating your beautiful jewelry pieces creates a new look for you; and changes your mood for that day.
This pendant has at it’s center a pink 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) Agate Geode gemstone with a crystal cavity. It is wrapped in copper wire which tarnishes over time. When held up to the light the pendant has almost a see through quality.
Full size: 2.5 inch (5.7cm). Shape: semi spherical. Depth: 0.4 inch (0.7 cm)
This beautiful pendant is available in my Etsy shop. Click here
Item comes in a pink organza bag for storage. International postage available.
Agates are grounding stones, bringing about an emotional physical and intellectual balance. They aid in centering and stabilizing physical energy. Agate has the power to harmonize yin and yang, the positive and the negative forces that hold the universe in place. A soothing and calming stone, agate works slowly but brings great strength. Its multiple layers can bring hidden information to light.