It seems I’ve not written a blog post since my first one, so I have decided to make a concerted effort from now on. The truth is, I have been really VERY busy making jewellery and, despite being a woman, I am not much of a multi-tasker!
Back when I was a student, I learnt some soldering methods, but I have not had the resources or workspace to have a go since. Luckily for me, my little shop happens to be located next to Robin, who is a brilliant jeweller, learning his trade from the age of 16 in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Back in May, he kindly gave me a refresher lesson in metal work, specifically silversmithing. We have also talked over design ideas and he has shown me where to go to get my equipment and materials from in Birmingham. He even helped me to set myself up in the shop so I am able to work on my jewellery in there.
I have come across a lot of beautiful china since I opened my shop; both intact and saleable, and of course damaged! Because of this, I have steadily been building up a collection of lovely oddments that never made it to the shop, due to a hairline crack or similar. I considered making art work from some pieces (and I may still do that), but what I really wanted to do was to make jewellery from them. And now I am able to! Being at the shop whilst I work, means that people are able to see what I am doing and I think that is brilliant, personally I love to see people making what they are selling.
Now that I have grasped this technique of ‘casing’ china in silver, I really don’t want to stop. I love that old becomes new, and that each piece has the possibility of being so different to one I have made before, simply by how I select the china. I knew I was going to use those broken beauties one day…I feel like I am framing tiny pieces of art for people to wear!
I am going to share some of my favourite images with you, please let me know what you think! I will put a selection of jewellery to buy on the website too, although so far I have been mostly working to commissions. Please feel free to contact me if there is something you like the look of – even if it has already sold, as I have many more options, plenty of china and lots of ideas. I also love a challenge.
So which is your favourite?!