A Journey Into Jewellery Making


There is a story behind my decision to try silversmithing...
Just over twenty years ago my dad died.

My brothers and I were sorting through his stuff.

I picked out some of his music CD's - he was a jazz fanatic, some photos, and a few other items amongst which was a tiny box.
In the box were spare buttons for his shirts, old keys and other miscellaneous items which for one reason and another he had kept.

A few years ago I was looking through the contents of this little box again and I noticed the hexagonal nut. It became the basis for a necklace,(to which I also added some of the spare buttons), which forever reminds me of him.

The original one I made is in the picture photographed on a piece of driftwood that washed up on the shore on holiday one year..

Every time I wore it people would comment on it, and I ended up being commissioned to make lots of personalised necklaces.

I then started to make other bits of personalised jewellery, but very much from a textile artists point of view! Maybe that's part of their charm - that they are not perfect.
I then took a short course in Silversmithing to see if I could hone my skills somewhat.
The collections I know sell are primarily made of copper, aluminium, brass and silver.
All can be personalised with text, numbers or co-ordinates so that you can give a love one a gift that is something truly personal to both them and you.


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