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Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

Cinnabar Pendant

I came across this beautiful antique Chinese cinnabar cabochon and knew I had to make it into a pendant for my best friend for her birthday.

Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

I even added some detail to the back of the pendant, to match the front.

Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

This domed pendant was a one-off creation for my dear mother-in-law, who is so good to me.

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant.

I wanted it to be an everyday piece that has interest, simplicity and clean lines.

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

I think it got there!

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

I created this opal pendant for a lovely client to give to her mother-in-law.

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

The stones were found by my client’s husband’s grandfather in the 50s.

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

What a fabulous family heirloom!

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

The lovely Rusty of Vance Custom Guitars had me create a bespoke guitar pick pendant for one of his artists.

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

The spec was for the pendant to be the same size as an actual guitar pick, and for it to have some “pillow depth” i.e. not to be flat but to have a bit of curve to both sides. The pick has the Vance “V” logo, and the artist’s initials on the reverse. There are actually three layers of metal in this piece. It was fun to build, and both Rusty and Samantha were very complimentary about it!

 

 

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

This little bee pendant flew off to a new home recently ~ a custom piece from one person named Deborah to another.

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Deborah is Hebrew for bee apparently. I love that we learn something new every day!

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Not many people with children have escaped hearing about Pokemon and Minecraft, and my dear friend Sarah is no exception!

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

She let me know that Santa wanted to commission me to make her two boys a pendant each.

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Love you all, and good on you Santa for supporting indie businesses! xxxx

Ghost Pendants

Ghost Pendants

My smaller son asked if I could make three ghosts for he and his friends.

It’s handy when your mum can whip you and your besties up something special to wear!

 

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Green Seaglass Pendant

A client asked me to turn this gorgeous piece of sea glass into a pendant for his partner.

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sea glass is always so beautiful, and how lovely to be able to wear a piece you found yourselves!

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sterling Silver Emoji Bear Pendant

Emoji Bear Pendant

My son asked me to make him a pendant to give his girlfriend for a special occasion. He wanted the emoji bear symbol:

I think it turned out ok!

Sterling Silver Emoji Bear Pendant

I love those cutie pies!

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Cuff Bangle

This cuff bracelet was a one-off remodelling job I did for a lovely client using an old cuff which was precious to her but unfortunately broken. It’s a good reminder to be careful when putting on your cuff bangles not to squeeze or stretch them and over-stress the metal!

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

The existing stones were (probably) turquoise, and the addition of chrysocolla adds interest and texture to the piece.

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

It was great working with Juliet, and we discovered quite a few uncanny coincidences that made the experience even more special! Thanks!

Peugeot Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Cuff Links

Peugeot Lion Rampant Cuff Links

I created these custom sterling silver Peugeot cufflinks for a client for her husband.

Peugeot Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Cuff Links

I sawed the lion rampant by hand with my jeweller’s saw – I cherish my tools!

Peugeot Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Cuff Links

Sterling Silver Condamine Bell

Condamine Bell

The Condamine Campdraft Assocation commissioned me to create a custom Condamine bell pendant for their Ladies Draft winner. These bells were traditionally made out of old worn-out sawblades and were worn by cattle. You can read a little more more about them here.

Sterling Silver Condamine Bell

Yes, it even has a clapper!

Sterling Silver Condamine Bell

Threepenny Cuff Links

Threepenny Cuff Links

A client came to me with two old bracelets made from old threepenny bits. They ranged in date from 1897 to 1940. The bracelets had seen better days, and my client asked if I could take two of the 1917 coins off and create cuff links as a gift for her husband.

Threepenny Cuff Links

It was slightly daunting to be working with 100 year old coins, but the cuff links turned out ok!

Threepenny Cuff Links

Rhodochrosite and Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant

Rhodochrosite Teardrop Pendant

A lovely client from Paris got in touch and asked me to find the perfect stone to make her mother a pendant.

Rhodochrosite and Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant

This amazing and unusual piece of rhodochrosite fit the bill!

Rhodochrosite and Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant

I love knowing that my pieces are scattered around the world – it’s a great feeling!

Sterling Silver Harper Pendant

Harper Pendant

This pendant was a custom piece I created for a client to give to his wife.

Sterling Silver Harper Pendant

They are Dungeons and Dragons fans, and this is the symbol of the Harpers.

Sterling Silver Harper Pendant

Their daughter’s name is Harper, so it’s a lovely and meaningful gift!

Sterling Silver Friendship Pendant

Sterling Silver Friendship Pendant

I created this pendant for a lovely client as a going away present for her friend. The symbol has significance to them both. DSCF7860

I love making special keepsakes for nice people!

Sterling Silver Hand Drawn Bird Cufflinks

Hand Drawn Sterling Silver Bird Cufflinks

We have a little person, and we fell in love with this bird in a painting he made.

Hand Drawn Bird

For a surprise, I created a pair of cufflinks with the bird on them.

Sterling Silver Hand Drawn Bird Cufflinks

Everyone was very pleased! I feel lucky to be able to draw inspiration from such a masterpiece!Sterling Silver Hand Drawn Bird Cufflinks

 

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Some of the gorgeous ladies from Alderley Post Office commissioned me to create this pendant for their lovely boss Maria for a significant birthday.

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

I happen to know that Maria loves orange, so this carnelian gemstone was just the thing! Happy birthday again, Maria!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

This custom piece I made is a depiction of a character named Haro from the Japanese animation series ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’.

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

There is a romantic story behind this pendant – a guy commissioned me to make it for his girlfriend because they randomly first met one another due to of a shared love of this character; then randomly met again because of these animations and fell in love with each other. So sweet!

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

One of the lovely mums from school had inherited this gorgeous piece of smoky quartz, and asked if I would be able to make it into a pendant for her to give to her mum. The stone even came to me in a cute little vintage box!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

I created the setting so that the stone would be protected, but the maximum amount of light would come through – I always aim to make the stone the star of the show!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Thanks, Emma, and I’m so glad your mum loves her new pendant!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

Opal and Sterling Silver Gum Leaf Pendant

A friend from circus training needed a gift for a girl about to have her bat mitzvah in the US. He wanted something that was age appropriate, timeless, and Australian without being tacky.

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

I designed this pendant for him, the gum leaf and the opal both being very Australian!

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

I love boulder opal, so many fabulous colours.

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

Benson wanted to give his wife a special gift for their wedding anniversary. Sensible man, he went for custom made jewellery!

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

We put a spin on this cuff bangle and included his wife’s initials.

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

I hope it was a hit on the day!

ADF Major's Cufflinks

Australian Army Major’s Cufflinks

ADF Major's Cufflinks

I had a request from a client to turn her husband’s Australian Army major’s crowns into a set of cuff links as a surprise for him.

ADF Major's Cufflinks

After a quick refresher to make sure that the melting point of the metal would not be too low to take the soldering, I removed the existing toggles, soldered cuff link backs on the crowns, et voila! (OK, I confess I had to change the direction of the links after a little misunderstanding, but hey – cuff links achieved!)

Sterling Silver Bangle

Sterling Silver Bangle

It was my lovely mother-in-law’s birthday, and I wanted to make her something nice!

Sterling Silver BangleThis bangle is simple, and was fun to make, and great for every day wear.

Sterling Silver Bangle

Perhaps I’ll make myself one!

Sterling Silver Textured Overlay Spiral Bass Clef Pendant

Flashback – Silver Textured Overlay Pendant

Round Textured Overlay Pendant Designs

At the Goldsmith’s School I studied at, the second piece that all students created was a pendant. We were asked to come up with a couple of designs, bearing in mind that we would have to cut the pieces out of sheet metal with a jeweller’s saw. Good to see I’ve had the spiral theme going for a long time!

Sterling Silver Textured Overlay Spiral Bass Clef Pendant

After cutting out the circle for the base layer of the pendant, I stippled it by hammering with a stippling tool (a steel rod with a design carved into one end) all over the metal. Then I cut out the top layer, and soldered it and a a simple cup hook bail on (with some assistance from the teachers!)

Sterling Silver Textured Overlay Spiral Bass Clef Pendant

I was always very taken with how, out of a room full of people given the same basic brief, so many very different pieces come to life. I’m still pretty fond of this piece, although I don’t wear it very often – perhaps I should get it out!

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

Not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but waaaay back when I was doing a casting workshop as part of my silversmithing training, my husband requested a skull.

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

I carved this one out of wax, and after the casting process, it lived on my bench for a couple of years. Finally, I cleaned it up, and thought about what piece to create with it for the minimalist man who has everything!

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

A money clip was the answer. This is the only piece I have ever made my husband, and it was a long time coming – but I think he found it worth the wait. This is a one-of-a-kind piece – not only because I made it for a loved one, but because I don’t have the specialist equipment required to do casting. The perfect gift for a metal-loving guitar player!

Sterling Silver Ring

Flashback – Plain Sterling Silver Ring

Sterling Silver Ring

When I started attending the Goldsmith’s School in Brisbane back in 2005, the first piece that everyone made was a plain half round ring. This is known in the trade as a ‘wedder’ (as it is a basic wedding ring.) The ‘half round’ refers to the profile of the ring.

Sterling Silver Ring

It is possible to use a rolling mill and roll wire to be half round, which is the easy way to make one of these rings; we started with a thicker, flat piece of metal, shaped it into a ring, then filed and emeried until it was half round – it’s a good way to learn those basic techniques, and also to get an understanding of the complexities of silversmithing.

Sterling Silver Ring

I made this ring to give to my son at the time – I don’t think it would even fit onto his pinkie finger these days!

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

One of my lovely customers, Trish, chose this lovely piece of flower jasper to be made into a ring for her daughter’s birthday.

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

The colour and shape of the stone is wonderful!

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope Cassie loves it, it was a joy to create for her!

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

I created this pair of zoisite rings at the request of one of my lovely customers ~ one each for her and her sister.

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

They live far away from each other, and I know that feeling. What a nice way to show the ever-present bond between them. 

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

 

Thanks, Ash!

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

One of my dear besties prefers a thinner smaller ring to my usual style, so as I was wondering what to make her for her birthday, I suddenly thought of this lovely opal that I bought a while ago. I loved it, but hadn’t found the right design for it.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Suddenly it was clear! I created a fine setting for it, and mailed it off to my bestie.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope she continues to love it and enjoy wearing it! Happy birthday dearest Soph!

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

Sterling Silver Aboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

I recently created this custom made sterling silver cuff, which depicts an Aboriginal symbol representing travelling (with the circles representing a resting place/watering hole).

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

 

My client was pleased with the rustic branch or sand drawing-like nature I gave the symbol, and he has given it to his friend to remind her of her connection to her home while she goes ‘walkabout’. I really enjoy making meaningful pieces for people!

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

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 and Opal Pendant

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

 

Jeff contacted me to see if I could create a pendant using an opal that he got in the opal fields.

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

The pendant was to be a birthday gift for his wife.

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

I was glad to be able to help, and I think the end result is great! Thanks, Jeff!

Pale Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant and Aventurine and Sterling Silver Earring Set

Pale Green Drusy Agate Pendant and Aventurine Earring Set

Pale Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I created this pendant and earrings set in collaboration with a beautiful customer. We worked together to match the stones and come up with the design idea.

 

Aventurine and Sterling Silver Earrings

 

The shape of the pieces mirror the pattern in the drusy. The pieces are for a gift for Sonia’s daughter, a Taurean – the stones are both birthstones for the sign of Taurus, so very fitting!

 

Pale Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant and Aventurine and Sterling Silver Earring Set

 

Thanks so much, Sonia, it was such a pleasure and an honour to collaborate with you.

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Granulation Pendant

I’m always pleased to create custom pieces for people using gemstones from my ever-growing collection, and this was no exception!

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

What made this chrysocolla pendant special is that it’s for a birthday girl, from a group of her friends – and I got to meet the person who commissioned it.

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

Chrysocolla is one of my favourite stones at the moment – if you’d like your very own chrysocolla piece, just let me know!