Cathy Newell Price Jewellery
The Dahlia range is made by chasing silver to give the petal pattern, hand pierced, then colour is added by oxidisation, enamel or gold fusing. I also use direct casting, pouring molten silver into hand carved moulds.
The Flower Bomb collection is made by cutting flowers out of silver by hand, these are individually soldered onto the form, finishing with a gold bobble to the centre. The construction is challenging, but satisfying to achieve.
When I get the time I like to use the traditional technique of chasing and repousse. This technique involves setting the silver in molten pitch which as it cools supports the silver. Chasing tools and a lot of hammering create the designs. This is how the silver cuffs are made.
The enamels are ground to a fine powder under water in a pestle and mortar. They are then applied to the silver and fired in a kiln to fuse the enamel to the metal. On most pieces he surface is then "stoned back" so the enamel is flush with the silver and any pits and holes repaired before refiring, each piece may be fired several times to achieve the requiried results. The silver is often oxidised to give it a dark appearance that contrasts well with the vibrancy of the enamel.
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