Jewellery Gallery One-off pieces and commissions

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Chrysanthemum Brooch with Aquamarine

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Daisy Necklace

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Hedgerow Rings

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Hedgerow Oval Earrings

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Bird and Pearl Necklace

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Dahlia Brooch

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Dahlia Rings

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Dahlia drop Earrings

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Flower Bomb Rings

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Flower Bomb Necklace

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Flower Bomb Ring

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Swallow Brooch

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Summer Hedgerow Necklace

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Enamel Nugget Ring

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Silver Enamel Earrings

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Lapis Necklace

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Hedgerow Chain Necklace

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Herm Island Necklace

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Enamel Hedgerow Earrings

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Winter Hedgerow Brooch

Winter Hedgerow Earrings

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Silver Cuffs

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Echinacea Necklace

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Red Enamel Necklace

Whiteknights Brooch

Silver Cuffs

Tanzanite Ring

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Berries Necklace

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Hedgerow Brooch

Buddleia Cluster Necklace

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Silver Cuffs

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Chrysanthamum Brooch (chased)

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Red Enamel Necklace

Whiteknights Brooch

Hedgerow Necklace

 

Tanzanite Ring

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Rakia Brooch

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Willow Earrings with Emeralds

Buddleia Cluster Necklace

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Dogwood Brooch

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Petal Necklace

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Silver Dahlia Brooch (oxidised)

Techniques

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The Enamelling Process

Contemporary enamel jewellery. 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 the 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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Chasing and Repousse

These cuffs are made by the traditional technique of chasing and repouss√© that involves setting the silver in molten tar. Steel chasing tools are used with a hammer to work the silver first from the back.  Then when the required depth is achieved the piece is taken out of the pitch, cleaned up and set back in the pitch.  It is then supported and can be worked from the front without losing the depth. It is a time consuming, but very rewarding way to work the silver.

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Some Other Techniques...

The Flower Bomb Collection is made by cutting flowers out of silver by hand; these are individually soldered on to the form, finishing with a gold bobble to the centre. The construction is challenging, but satisfying to achieve. 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.