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Regency Rose Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

Regency Rose Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I created this for my bestie’s birthday. We had been laughing about how I’m not a fan of mustard coloured things. She is! 🙂

 

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

And it will be divine with her colouring, too.

 

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Happy birthday, dearest Morgan!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

My dearest friend commissioned me to create a smoky quartz pendant for her mum’s birthday – I was so pleased, as her mum is one of the reasons I began silversmithing – her collection of wonderful statement pieces stayed in my mind from when I was small!

 

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I found her the most amazing faceted cabochon, which inspired my design.

 

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

It is one of my favourite pieces to date, and I was honoured to create it! 🙂

Sterling Silver Bow

Sterling Silver Bow

 

Ages ago, my lovely sister wondered if I could create a silver bow for her to wear.

 

Sterling Silver Bow

 

I stored that request in my (not so great!) memory bank, and created this bow recently as a gift for her birthday.

 

Sterling Silver Bow

 

Happy, happy birthday to my dear, gorgeous, wonderful sister!!

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Alana had me create this seaglass and sterling silver pendant for a friend of hers a little while ago, and she asked me if I would be able to create her a pendant using a piece of seaglass that she had found.

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

It’s a lovely heartshaped piece, beautifully soft from its time in the ocean!

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

I think it looks as good from the reverse as it does from the front. I hope Alana enjoys it!

Captain America Winter Soldier Sterling Silver Pendant

Captain America Winter Soldier Sterling Silver Pendant

I had a request for a Captain America themed pendant for a daughter’s 16th birthday.

Captain America Winter Soldier Sterling Silver Pendant

She loved the new Winter Soldier breastplate – so I recreated it in silver. It went off to California, and I hope it was well received!

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Intials Pendant

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Initials Pendant

My good friend Narelle asked if I could create a pendant for her to give to a good friend of hers.

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Initials Pendant

Narelle sent me some sketches of ideas she had, and we agreed on this design, which incorporates the first initial of the name of each of the members of the family.

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Initials Pendant

I’m pleased with the way this one turned out, I think it’s effective – and I do love peridot! Thanks, Nez!

Sterling Silver ‘Gone Home’ Pendant

I created this pendant for Talitha, who wanted a piece to wear in memory of her father.

Sterling Silver 'Gone Home' Pendant

The symbol is a Scouting one, which means ‘Gone Home’. Talitha will have these words engraved on the pendant when she receives it.

Sterling Silver 'Gone Home' Pendant

I hope this piece brings comfort and fond memories!Sterling Silver 'Gone Home' Pendant

Thanks, Talitha, it was a pleasure to create this for you.

Sterling Silver Ljiljan Pendant

Sterling Silver Ljiljan PendantI created this sterling silver ljiljan pendant for a customer as a gift for her partner.

Sterling Silver Ljiljan PendantThe Lilium bosniacum is a lily native to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the is national symbol of the Bosniak people.

Sterling Silver Ljiljan Pendant

 

This design is also known as a fleur-de-lys, often used in heraldic imagery. Thanks, Caitlin. I hope it was well received!

 

Cherry Creek Jasper and Sterling Silver Pendant

Cherry Creek Jasper and Sterling Silver Pendant

Cherry Creek Jasper and Sterling Silver Pendant

Margaret, a lovely woman I met at my stall at the BrisStyle indie Markets, chose this stone from my gemstone collection, and commissioned me to create a pendant for her daughter’s birthday.

Cherry Creek Jasper and Sterling Silver Pendant

I spent quite a while deciding whether to have the stone pointing up or down – I went with down as you can see! The granulation just adds a little something, I think.

Cherry Creek Jasper and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Thank you so much, Margaret, and I hope that your daughter loves her new pendant!

Sterling Silver Coherent Wave Pendants

Sterling Silver Coherent Wave Pendants

 

While I was creating the lovely Margaret Ingles her coherent wave pendant, she decided that she would love to have one each for her two daughters, too!

Sterling Silver Coherent Wave Pendants

I was happy to create this pair of pendants to match Margaret’s.

Sterling Silver Coherent Wave Pendants

 

Margaret is such a lovely person, it was a joy and a pleasure to work with her! Thanks, Margaret, you’re a treasure!

Sterling Silver, Garnet and Cairngorm Tree of Life Pendant

Sterling Silver, Garnet and Cairngorm Tree of Life Pendant  My best friend asked me to create a tree of life pendant for her lovely sister for her birthday.

Sterling Silver, Garnet and Cairngorm Tree of Life Pendant

To me, the brown of the smoky quartz (also known as cairngorm) represents the earth, and the red of the almandine garnet represents the fruit of the tree.

Sterling Silver, Garnet and Cairngorm Tree of Life Pendant

 

I wanted this tree to have a different, softer feel that the tree of life ring I made. So glad to hear the lovely El likes it!

Sterling Silver Gumleaves Pendant

Sterling Silver Gumleaves Pendant

I received a request to make a pendant with an Australian theme for a wee Irish girl. I designed this little gumleaf pendant for her.

Sterling Silver Gumleaves Pendant

I didn’t want to be too typically Australian, and liked the subtlety of the gumleaves and gumnuts.

Sterling Silver Gumleaves Pendant

The initial idea for the leaf construction came from a good friend and ex-classmate. Thanks, Fiona!

Sterling Silver Sphere Pendant

I made one of these silver sphere pendants for my mother-in-law for Christmas. In the rush, I didn’t have time to photograph it.

Sterling Silver Sphere Pendant

Providentially, it was accidentally lost, and she asked if I could make another one!

Sterling Silver Sphere Pendant

It is hollow inside. I love the soft finish.

Sterling Silver Sphere Pendant

I’m thinking of adding these to the shop – let me know if you’re interested!

Sterling silver and titanium chenier hinge pendant set with blue quartz

The brief for our seventh project for the course I’m doing this year was to create a piece using chenier hinge as a feature rather than a function.  (Chenier is hollow tubing, in case you weren’t sure!)

Titanium, Blue Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

I designed this pendant so that it could be worn both horizontally and vertically.  The six plates rotate around a centre rod. There were a few challenging moments to my usual sadly limited patience during the construction of this piece. Titanium is an interesting but hard metal to work with.. physically hard rather than mentally!  It’s a dull grey colour, and very hard to cut, file and especially drill.  The gorgeous colour is achieved by heating very carefully, so it has to be riveted on rather than soldered.  I added the titanium mainly because I fell in love with the blue quartz bullet stones!!

Titanium, Blue Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant 2

Once in a while, my fellow students and I agree, you make something that has many challenging stages in it, and many learning experiences. By the end of the process you are pretty over it – so you pop the piece away for a while, and when eventually you bring it out once more, it usually is much more pleasing than you remember!  This is one of these pieces! 🙂

Cuttlefish Casting

As part of the goldmithing course I did in 2012 I attended a weekend casting workshop. We did some lost wax casting (more on that later), and also some cuttlefish casting. Yes, really using cuttlefish! Or more correctly, their little (or not so little) cuttlebones.  I hasten to add no actual cuttlefish were harmed in the making of this jewellery – their life expectancy is around one to two years, they die soon after mating, and you can quite often find their cuttlebones washed up on the beach.

Giant Australian Cuttlefish

The procedure for cuttlefish casting is to cut the ends off the cuttlebone and cut it in half.  Grind down the two surfaces until they are flush.  Carve a funnel in one end of the two halves, and carve your design just below that.  Bind the sides together to form a mould, smelt your silver and pour it in!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Cuttlefish Cast Pendant

I cuttlefish-cast the bottoms of these two pieces, then set bezels with bails attached into the cast pieces to create pendants. One is set with malachite, the other with paua shell.

Paua Shell and Sterling Silver Cuttlefish Cast Pendant

I had to hand these pieces in as part of my final presentation, and then they were sold from my online shop.

Pharaoh Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are members of the cephalopod family, like ocotpus, squid and nautilus.  They emit a brown ink to help them evade predators.  This ink, known as sepia, was once prized as a dye. Cuttlefish have green blood, due to haemocyanin, which carries oxygen and contains copper, unlike humans who have iron-containing haemoglobin filled red blood.  Cuttlefish have beaks.  Cuttlefish have chromatophoric cells, which enable them to change the colour of their skin instantaneously.  Aren’t they wonderful!  And coincidentally in keeping with my (unplanned) marine themed year!!! Thanks, little guys!!

Nostalgia – Part Two

 

Banded Agate and Sterling Silver PendantThe second thing I ever made was a pendant, using a banded agate cabochon.  I learned (belately!) one of the very important lessons goldsmithing teaches you, which is not to cut corners; near enough is NOT good enough.  I made the pendant well, and was pleased with the quality and the way it looked, but when I made the bail, I did not take enough time over it and so was never happy with it.  Of course that one element of the piece which was substandard meant that the whole piece was not satisfactory!

Banded Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

I came very close to getting rid of the piece all together, but at the last minute, my husband helped me look at it through fresh eyes, and I realised that all that it needed to be a quality piece was a well-made bail! (Surprise, surprise…) I removed the old one, designed this new spiral one, and now the pendant is in my shop waiting for a new home!

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Initial Pendant

Liam commissioned me to make this green seaglass pendant for his one year anniversary with his lovely girlfriend Gracie.

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Initial Pendant

It’s part of a ‘twelve days of’ series of gifties. What a sweetheart!!

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Initial Pendant 2

Garnet and Sterling Silver Art Deco Pendant

The first time I ever set a teardrop shaped stone was when I made this garnet and silver pendant for my oldest dearest friend.

Teardrop Garnet and Sterling Silver Pendant

My teacher helped with the design, and although one of the stones is not very well set, after four years I’m still pleased with the art deco look of this piece!

Teardrop Garnet and Sterling Silver Pendant