Collars seem to be in at the moment. Chrissie Hynde was photographed wearing a detachable collar at Q Awards last week. Not one of mine though,
I’ve been doing more work on vintage collars and made up decorative collar studs from aluminium and silver.
I have printed onto this white detachable collar and free machined stitched over it. The blue aluminium and silver stud adds a touch of femininity and uniqueness. I’ve turned it up side down as it was as originally it was a winged collar.
I’m still working on the laser cut collar and how to finish it off and I’ll post it her when it’s done.
I have been working on some snowflake designs for our Christmas Sale at Duncan of Jordanstone.
This is my enamelled photo etched snowflake which is going to be added to a charm bracelet. The bracelet is winter themed and will have 6 silver winter charms on it.
After saw piercing, filing and sanding I have oxidised the design so the pattern can be seen clearly.
I’ve bought some lovely semi precious beads, aquamarine, moonstone and labradorite to use for snowflake pendents and bracelets. I think the subtle colours will complement the silver well.
The Christmas sale is from the 2nd – 6th December in Duncan of Jordanstone, Perth Road Dundee.They’ll be lots of beautiful hand-made jewellery designs for sale and chance to win a silver charm bracelet.
Being inspired by vintage accessories and odd bits and pieces I visited a great little shop – “Gladrags” in Forfar. It’s full of “interesting, unusual and quirky clothes, accessories and costume jewellery for a buyer looking for something different”. Doreen, the owner was so helpful and put together a bag of gloves, collars, lace, lingerie and ribbons for me to browse through. Needless to say I went away with several lovely things.
I’ve been working on some design ideas for the shirt collars I bought.
I’ve drawn out a design and used the laser cutter to create the pattern here on brown paper.
This time I’ve used the starched white cotton collar.
The laser cutter didn’t cut through the cotton this time. I might try again with a different setting to see what happens. I like the bright blue printed name label on the inside of the collar.
The blue label inspired me to do a bit of “Cyanotype” or blueprinting at the weekend.
The sunny day yesterday helped the prints to turn out well.
I had a lovely few days in Edinburgh at the Precious Metal Workshops. The fist 2 days I took part in a Repousse class with Aoife White. I’d never tried this before so we started at the beginning with trying out tracing out straight and curved lines onto a piece of copper set in a pitch bowl.
We moved onto tracing out a design onto a new piece of copper. We then removed it from the pitch,reversed it, then began to hammer the traced shapes on the reverse side.
It’s a labour intensive process and tricky to get to grips with!
Here’s the design taking shape. We also used tiny texturing punches to create a decorative surface.
We also spent some time making our own Repousse tools from steel.
I felt I learned lot in the time I spent and enjoyed the relaxed informal learning style in the workshop.
A friend gave me 2 gold rings that didn’t fit her and asked if I could make her a new gold ring. I was keen to get started and melt down the gold. I used the DJCAD workshop and set to work.
I created a channel in a charcoal block and built some bricks around it to focus the heat onto the gold.
Once the gold had melted it look like a jelly bean!
I removed the flux before feeding the nugget through the rolling mill.
This is a gradual process and slowly the gold became a piece of square wire. This was then flattened and hammered straight.
I formed the gold wire into two gold bands and I had an idea how to set a stone between the bands. After speaking to my friend she decided she wanted a plain gold band so I spent a bit of time filing, sanding and polishing the ring for her.
I was pleased with my first gold ring and I’m happy to say that my friend was delighted with the result. The ring is now off to the Edinburgh Assay Office to be hallmarked. This is the first time I’ve had my maker’s mark on my jewellery so I’m excited to see it when it arrives back this week.