Friday, 26 November 2010

Blue Ginger Gallery

Oval Enamelled Silver Earrings

I mentioned in a previous blog that I visited a gallery in Malvern, Worcestershire called Blue Ginger
They stock fantastic art work & crafts in their beautiful barn converted gallery/cafe.
It's a stone throw away from my family and thanks to my lovely sister-in-law for taking me to Blue Ginger, I am now selling my jewellery there! 

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

My Jewellery at Mickerloo Gallery!

I was recently contacted by Mickerloo Arts Gallery in Cheshire to showcase my jewellery. I jumped at the chance to sell my work at their contemporary art gallery, which helps promote new artists and makers  alongside some very well established artists. The necklace above is called Green Forest and is a One-Off piece. It is made of black enamel on silver with Chrysoprase and Chalcedony semi-precious beads.
This necklace is being showcased and sold at Mickerloo Gallery amongst other pieces from my enamelled Eden Collection. Have a look at their website (my info will be uploaded soon) or even better visit them!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Photographing Jewellery

Rose Ring Pendant

As many jeweller's know taking photographs of your work is tough stuff! The worst is dealing with a polished finish as the light bounces around and can pick up surrounding colours. However, I still love taking pictures of my own work and trying my best to create an interesting image.

In 2005 I attended a Photo Shop evening class for 8 weeks to learn how to edit my own images. It has been one of the best moves of my jewellery career! My brother (a graphic designer) got me a Mac and Photo Shop and away I went. Thanks bro x

Things I have learnt on taking pictures of jewellery on a digital camera are: 

1) Try not to use flash.
2) Take pictures outside on a cloudy day for less shadows.
3) Know your camera really well, read the manual and try out different settings.
4) A light box can be useful, especially if you don't have photo shop.
5) Take loads of pictures and edit after.
6) Use a tripod, very important!

Hope you like the photo, please tell me what you think. x

Monday, 18 October 2010

Brighton POD selling my Jewellery

I am now selling some of my jewellery through Brighton POD
This is a shopping portal dedicated to promoting the work of Britain’s most talented independent designers and craftspeople – Brighton POD is the fast, simple and ethical alternative to shopping in our franchise-choked high streets.
I love the easy to use website and I'm lusting after the beautiful handmade furniture.
Check out my jewellery on their website too!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

To blacken the silver or not?

I would really love to know what you think of the oxidised (black finish) silver. I have made many pieces with that finish, some of them work well, but would you buy or wear a piece of silver jewellery that's not silver in colour? Personally I don't wear much silver, as it does not suit my skin tone and the black finish really works on me, but what about on you? Please let me know what you think!

Friday, 16 July 2010

My Home Studio

I have been busy at home decorating, and making some jewellery in my little garden studio.

As you can see it's a simple, clean space to work in, and not much of a visual feast. My partner and I share the space (he's a Musician and Ethnomusicologist) so we have kept it more practical than beautiful.

We built the studio ourselves in 2008 shortly after our daughter was born.
The idea was that I could make jewellery whilst she slept. That did not happen much, both the sleeping and the making 😫

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

How to clean your jewellery

This is question I often get asked and as I worked in a jewellery gallery for six years, I have cleaned my fair share! I was really surprised to hear how much a friend paid to get her wedding band re-matted when she could be doing it herself.

The earrings above are gold plated silver and I still use a silver cloth on gold items. These can easily be purchased from a jewellery shop or in a supermarket. They work magic and get any tarnished jewellery
sparkling. Read the instructions and DO NOT use it on items with pearls, it strips the pearls surface.

There is also a product called silver dip. This is a liquid that can you put your jewellery into and let it clean away, (done in seconds or minutes) especially good for items with detail/inlay and chains. Read instructions and DO NOT put beads, pearls and soft stones into the dip (diamonds, sapphires and rubies are hard so they are fine). The trick with silver dip is to rinse really well and do this with hot soapy water to take off the residue from the silver dip. Then last rinse with warm water and blast dry with a hairdryer.  Silver dip can be found in jewellery shops or online.

As for the matt effect I have been using it on my silver jewellery for years. I like a real textured matt finish which I achieve with Scotch Brite! I buy this from a DIY store and cut it into small pieces. I simply brush it over the piece in the same direction all over. For a softer more satin finish there is a rubber block that contains grit of different amounts (like sand paper) called Garryflex. I buy this online and like the Grey medium grit one. Again I will use this in one direction.

Now when matting jewellery, be it silver, gold or platinum it will always be removing a small trace amount off the piece. Do not matt plated items as the plating will just be removed.  Regular matting of your jewellery such as a wedding band etc will wear thin it over time so this is not recommended. My wedding band is both white and yellow gold with a diamond which I only matt once a year on our anniversary.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Simple and clean design

I have been making this pendant for a few years now. It's a simple design that I always enjoy the look of, but it's a real pain to make! It is all made by hand, no casting or laser cutting used, so it always needs to be precise in it's measurements.  
I thought of this piece today after spending an evening with some fellow jewellery designers and artists. We talked about the importance of maths in design, however few of us actually passed our exam! When it comes to working out my measurements I find making notes and a copper model is the best way.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

My dear friends and wonderful jewellery designers, Katherine Bree and Alison Lush. We are visiting contemporary jewellery shop Tom Foolery in London's Muswell Hill where I worked with Alison for many years!