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Finished Dark November Ring and Earrings // April 2014 (solid sterling silver, gold, topaz)

Finished Dark November Ring and Earrings // April 2014 (solid sterling silver, gold, topaz)

This week I was asked to make a matching pair of earrings for the Dark November ring I released late last year. 

I thought I would share some of the process and give more of a story to my version of handmade.

Most of my work starts in wax. These, and my wax pen, are the tools I rely on the most while I form the piece.

Most of my work starts in wax. These, and my wax pen, are the tools I rely on the most while I form the piece.

For all my floral work I've developed organic bands that I size to fit.

For all my floral work I've developed organic bands that I size to fit.

This forms the base to which I build up the ring.

This forms the base to which I build up the ring.

Melting wax to create buds. Close-up shot by  Reuben Warburton .

Melting wax to create buds. Close-up shot by Reuben Warburton.

This process takes time but creating rings in this way means each one is always unique.

This process takes time but creating rings in this way means each one is always unique.

Finished wax ring ready to be cast into silver.

Finished wax ring ready to be cast into silver.

Once cast I use a different set of tools. There are many, but these are some of the ones I use most often.

Once cast I use a different set of tools. There are many, but these are some of the ones I use most often.

Creating a high finish on silver requires a number of polishing stages. It can take time, especially on complex rings like these, to get a perfect finish.

Creating a high finish on silver requires a number of polishing stages. It can take time, especially on complex rings like these, to get a perfect finish.

Finally, Liver of Sulphur is used to oxidise and darken areas of the ring before one last round of polishing.

Finally, Liver of Sulphur is used to oxidise and darken areas of the ring before one last round of polishing.

Finished rings.

Finished rings.


Small organic silver pieces from an earlier casting are cut to fit a stone setting.

Small organic silver pieces from an earlier casting are cut to fit a stone setting.

These pieces are carefully soldered individually together with a high temperature torch and Silver solder.

These pieces are carefully soldered individually together with a high temperature torch and Silver solder.

Once joined each is polished through ever finer stages to reach a mirror finish.

Once joined each is polished through ever finer stages to reach a mirror finish.

Highly polished with Gold detailing.

Highly polished with Gold detailing.

Oxidised and ready to have the stones set.

Oxidised and ready to have the stones set.

Completed earrings.

Completed earrings.

Custom Dark November Earrings

Custom Dark November Earrings


Some of my other finished pieces from the last few days...

recent works from symmetria and efflorescence collections

recent works from symmetria and efflorescence collections

Double band set with two white Sapphires and Gold detailing

Double band set with two white Sapphires and Gold detailing

small jaws ring with gold detailing

small jaws ring with gold detailing

Large Tokyo Efflorescence Ring with Gold and Palladium

Large Tokyo Efflorescence Ring with Gold and Palladium

Neurons // Valentin Stefanov
Neuron pendant. Silver, Gold, Topaz, White Sapphires. 2014

Neuron pendant. Silver, Gold, Topaz, White Sapphires. 2014

A friend of mine recently completed her PhD in neuroscience. As a gift, her lab commissioned me to make a pendant. This is the completed piece. From wax to silver and gold, set with white Sapphires and Topaz.

Last show of 2013. Xmas pop-up shop at the Box, West End. Thanks to everyone who came by!

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3D printed vases by Jess Lenton

3D printed vases by Jess Lenton

Recent shoot using my jewellery for hairstylist Valentin Stefanov

(Hair: Valentin Stefanov / Beauty: Rose Moffat / Photography: Elouise Van Riet-Grey / Assistant: Shari Le Strange / Model: Nicole Hitchcock)

Melbourne // Finders Keepers // William Ricketts Sanctuary
My favourite commissioned seahorse pendant so far. I always make these differently. This is the first one to use pearls. Bronze, Silver, Pearls, Silver Chain.

My favourite commissioned seahorse pendant so far. I always make these differently. This is the first one to use pearls. Bronze, Silver, Pearls, Silver Chain.

All my pieces begin in wax. Working the wax before I cast means that each piece always comes out differently. Really happy with this 6 claw ring made for a customer in Sydney.

All my pieces begin in wax. Working the wax before I cast means that each piece always comes out differently. Really happy with this 6 claw ring made for a customer in Sydney.

One of the new Gently, Gently rings I've been making for customers in Melbourne after the Melbourne Finders Keepers.

One of the new Gently, Gently rings I've been making for customers in Melbourne after the Melbourne Finders Keepers.

post cast and first round of cleaning.

post cast and first round of cleaning.

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Amazing weekend! Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building after the final day of Melbourne Finders Keepers.

Amazing weekend! Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building after the final day of Melbourne Finders Keepers.

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these lovers

these lovers

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some of my favourite humans

some of my favourite humans

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nightstadium / rx1

nightstadium / rx1

Matching ring and earrings set bought by one of my awesome new neighbours. Thanks Hisako!

Matching ring and earrings set bought by one of my awesome new neighbours. Thanks Hisako!

new gold hand pendant

new gold hand pendant

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