how-to

How to… sand casting

Sand casting is true alchemy. I take scraps of recycled sterling silver, melt them down and turn them into pieces of beautiful jewellery. From a real seashell that I’ve found on the beach to a gorgeous 925 sterling silver shell necklace, the process is magical and full of wonder. The secret to getting great results …

Botanicals

From little seedlings…

Acorns are special and it’s difficult to resist picking one up when I’m out walking in the countryside. Containing a single oak seed and nestled still in their cup, they also make lovely silver pendants. My silver acorn is without doubt a favourite with my customers. It is one of those iconic pieces which can …

Shells

Reconnect with your past

Shells have a way of reconnecting us with our past. Collecting shells was one of my favourite childhood pastimes. I have great memories of being on the beach and rock pooling with my Dad and family and I still feel that emotional connection with my past, and those special times, when I wear a piece …

Shells

Casting shell fossils

There’s something magical about finding a shell fossil on the beach. It’s a little curiosity which is simply unique. These are a couple of fossil shells which make stunning silver pendants. The technique of casting picks up every bobble, ridge and groove so even the tiniest detail can be captured in silver. There’s no colour …

Commissions Shells

Commission work

Part 2 of 2 – Sterling Silver Keyring – As always with any of my pieces, the bulk of the work comes in the finishing process. I have always enjoyed filing (yes, I know that’s odd) but it’s the technique whereby something scratched and rough becomes shiny and smooth. I like using small 25mm 3M …

Commissions Shells

Commission work

Part 1 of 2 – Sterling Silver Keyring – Commission work is always interesting, challenging and exciting. Here’s a statement piece, a keyring which I have made in the last couple of months. It’s cast in sterling silver from a real shell and hallmarked @theassayoffice in London. This is a family piece, a piece I …

Commissions

Creating connections

Part 1 of 3 Do you own a special piece of family jewellery? Perhaps a ring which has been handed down through the generations or a necklace worn by your Nan. In this three-part series, I’ve highlighted the connections captured in a special piece of family jewellery. My story begins with Rosie’s silver sailboat, which …

Commissions

Capturing connections

Part 2 of 3 This has been a very special commission because Rosie will wear it to remind her of her Dad. Those memories are so very precious. My Dad passed away in 2012 so I understand how memories are captured and layered in material things. If you think about it, we can all recall …