Today was all about the rings (to be)…

Cleaning up the bottom of the CAD house ringIMG_0956

Cleaning and polishing the inside of the little silver handmade house ringIMG_0957

Making and soldering on ring shanksIMG_0961



And trying settings for size… A hand woven silver and rose gold panel and a little dark grey pebble from our recent (mini) grand tour of Scotland. This one came all the way from Lower LargoIMG_0968 ;))

make a little birdhouse…

Today I mainly worked on a CAD ring that will become part of an installation that I’m making (for the Handmade by Machines Exhibition at The Lighthouse at the end of June). Although, the ring itself may well make an early guest appearance at our end of year show first depending on its state of readiness.


(Am also hoping the piece may count towards my final unit: advanced jewellery manufacturing techniques too… as it definitely demonstrates several advanced techniques… as required… right?… Colin?? ;))


I started the day with a little silver house, which I designed several months ago, using CAD. The design is very much based on my handmade house rings – only much more symmetrical ;)) I also designed the wee bird on CAD at the same time as the house and handmade the round ring shank more recently.

IMG_0927The wee bird had a fat sprue, which had originally attached it onto the casting tree. I spent most of the morning filing this into a narrower, more elegant (I’d like to think) wire.

Next came the soldering…

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I often love the unfinished, soldered pieces almost as much as the cleaned, final versions… maybe even more in fact. I love the pale green colour that appeared on the back of this house after soldering. I can just imagine some of my other house rings spray painted or enamelled to give a lovely distressed finish at some point. That’s the plan anyway. Although, I shall probably allow this one to remain clean as I do love the finish that it left the casting machine with – reminds me of a wooden hut or a clapboard house.IMG_0938

I pickled the house (somewhat reluctantly ;)) to begin the cleaning process.IMG_0941

Then filed off the edges of the newly soldered base and packed it away for the night with some of its housemates (I know!) ready to work on again in the morning.IMG_0943

The End (of Year Show) is Nigh…

It’s the final countdown and the final brief – Jewellery Design: Manufacturing Techniques Advanced, to be precise. This is where I get to consolidate my learning and (fingers crossed) my Final Collection! 13 days til the End of Year Show… and counting!

We have been asked to produce a piece (or pieces) using two advanced techniques to compliment our previous designs – exploring 4 Design Options in total. I have to say, I have gone all around the houses on this one (visual pun intended!) as we have had so much else to complete but I think I may be making a little progress now… Again *crosses fingers*

Design Option 1

Distressed Enamelled Pendant


Materials: Rubber (for Mold), Wax (for Casting), Casting Silver, Silver Square Wire 1.2mm, Kiln Enamels

Equipment: Hot Press, Soldering Station, Casting Machine, Oval Bangle Mandrel, Kiln, Wax Injector

Advanced Techniques Used: Forming, Casting, Enamelling

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