Jewellery Gallery

Daisy Necklace

Hedgerow Rings

Hedgerow Oval Earrings

Bird and Pearl Necklace

Dahlia Brooch

Dahlia Rings

Dahlia drop Earrings

Chrysanthemum Brooch

Flower Bomb Rings

Flower Bomb Necklace

Flower Bomb Ring

Bee Necklace

Rosa reversible Ring

Enamel Hedgerow Earrings

Enamel Flower Earrings

Hydrangea Earrings

Enamel Nugget Ring

Summer Hedgerow Necklace

Silver Enamel Earrings

Hedgerow Chain Necklace

Herm Island Necklace

Lapis Necklace

Winter Hedgerow Brooch

Winter Hedgerow Earrings

Silver Cuffs

Echinacea Necklace

Berries Necklace

Red Enamel Necklace

Hedgerow Brooch

Blue Enamel Necklace

Enamel Nuggets

Bird Necklaces with Gems and Pearls

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.

Chasing and Repousse

These cuffs are made by the traditional technique of chasing and repoussé 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.

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.