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25 years of designing & making jewellery

It feels a tad indulgent to be writing up a 'history of me', but after 25 years of designing and making jewellery, I think a rundown of how we got here isn't a bad idea.

It was way back in 1993 that I spotted a piece of jewellery in a store in Melbourne which really intrigued me in terms of its construction. It was an eye-catching necklace which was fairly ‘chunky, clunky’ and brightly coloured as things were ...

Watch our silver chain necklace being made

Our elegantly simple sterling silver chain necklace has been one of our most popular jewellery designs for years. Have you ever wondered how jewellery chains are made? We're here to show you.

It's a very labour-intensive handmade design, so we thought we'd share a behind the scenes time lapse video showing some jewellery making in action so you can see what's involved.

Many years ago I made just one ...

New jewellery range progress

Exciting news: our new jewellery range is starting to emerge from the design process, resulting in actual pieces of jewellery!

There's still lots to do: making and refining more designs; making decisions about gemstone combinations, surface finishes, assembly, etc.; getting all of that work completed; getting everything photographed; pricing and writing descriptions … and finally going live ...

At the jewellery bench

We've been very hard at work catching up on making jewellery lately and I thought I'd share a few moments from the bench with you.

Tulip pendants and tulip earrings in copper and sterling silver.

Sterling silver jewellery components at various stages of ...

Making Christmas pudding coins

I've just finished making another batch of Christmas pudding coins over the last few days.

As I've been working I snapped a few photos so you can see some of the work that goes into these sets of coins.  They take quite some time and effort to get made, with various processes to be completed and fingers to be worn out from sanding! Here's what they look like when they're done.

To the left below are sheets of fine silver ...

Making handmade silver earrings

Over the last couple of days I've been making a big batch of post earrings, along with a number of other pieces. At this time of year I start making bigger batches of designs in preparation for the Christmas rush and the end of year markets I do.

As I was working on this particular batch I took a series of photos at different stages to share some of the process with you so you can see the work involved in getting them (mostly) to completion.

To explain the processes depicted ...

Rings and things

Thought I'd share a bit more of some new jewellery designs I've been working on over the last few days.

To the left are a stack of stacking rings, all handmade in sterling silver or gold filled and some featuring a variety of gemstone settings.

The new range will feature both individual and sets of stacking rings for you to mix and ...

New jewellery range nearly done

We've got a couple of pieces to finish making and then there's a whole lot of photography and writing work to be done … and then finally the new jewellery range will be launched.

Here are some final sneak peek images of some of the designs which are waiting to be photographed.

The new range will feature over 50 new pieces of jewellery ...

A break from chaos

I've been working very hard and have had all sorts of important deadlines whizzing around over the last few weeks. As a result the studio ended up in chaos.

Almost every available surface had a big pile of mess on it: tools, piles of ziplock bags with silver and gold, containers of gemstones, random notes, printed sheets of designs, chemicals, partly finished jewellery, scrap metal, scrap paper, test pieces, empty boxes, kitchen towels … and more besides.

Not only was the chaos making me stressed ...

Very intricate sawing for jewellery

... That's what I've been doing an awful lot of in the last few days. And here is the outcome of some of that work - an arabesque pendant in sterling silver with glass beads.

If you've ever tried sawing (or saw piercing) detailed designs in precious metal, you'll know that it's a skill which takes many hours of practice ...

Another sneak peek: etched silver

Today I etched three new pattern designs into sheets of sterling silver: a labour-intensive process, so it's always great to see the outcome of all that work.

I photographed the new sterling silver design sheets after they came out of the acid and were cleaned up.

These sheets will each be sawn up as they're used in various designs ...

Making a Victorian-style pendant & earrings

Recently a loyal customer asked if we would make a pair of earrings and matching pendant in an older design which is no longer in production in the jewellery shop.

The pieces were to be given as a gift to a relative of the customer who had wanted these particular designs for some time.

Now the gift giving is done, I thought I'd share a bit of an insight into the making process ...

At the bench: making post earrings

Here's a peek at some of what I've been up to at my jewellery bench this week: making a jumble of sterling silver post earrings.

The photo was taken after the posts had been soldered in place and before the posts were trimmed, the earrings polished and various finishes being applied.

View the current selection ...

New jewellery: another sneak peek

I'm still working on developing my new range of handmade jewellery and thought I'd share another sneak peek of some of the prototypes. The fini...

Sneak peek of a new range of jewellery

I've been working hard on designing a new range of handmade jewellery over the last several weeks. I've made a start on prototyping and testing so...

Celebrating 20 years of jewellery making!

Amazingly enough 2012 marks a whopping 20 years since I first began making jewellery! This partly makes me feel old and partly makes me feel very ...

Jewellery studio update

Not a lot of progress has been made on my new jewellery studio in recent months as I've been working too much in the space to have the time to work...

Launching a new range of jewellery (part two)

A few days ago I published the first part of this two part blog post about what's involved in creating a new range of handmade jewellery. In that p...

Launching a new range of jewellery (part one)

I've been slaving away for what feels like forever to get my new range of handmade jewellery ready to launch (hopefully early next week!). While I'...

Another peek at my new jewellery range

Last week I completed a big batch of etching for my new range of handmade jewellery, which is planned to be launched in early April. Above are som...

Beginnings of my new jewellery range

After waiting for new materials to arrive and spending lots of time refining designs, I've finally made a start on making my new range of handmade...

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