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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)

Gold triple rings and seahorses

More work using gold vermeil on argentium silver. I'm really happy with how the latest triple rings have turned out. 

new gold triple ring!

new gold triple ring!

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October and Dark October rings side by side

October and Dark October rings side by side

New shoot using my work was released on BlackLog recently too. 

Rui Dalton wearing held over rings as hair ties. Shot by Thom Kerr and styled by Sarah Birchley. Beauty by Vivianne Tran and hair by Iggy Rosales.

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rings to get caught in your hair

rings to get caught in your hair

first work in neurons

I’m forever surprised by just how much thoughts can diverge from the reality of what’s possible and how much this impacts the creative process. and motivation.

Young-ha Kim’s talk is one of the best I’ve seen on this recently.

“write like crazy
when you write slowly lots of thoughts creep in. the artist devil creeps in.
you can’t do it
you have to run fast so the devil can’t catch up”

its true. as much as it seems that thinking will give you the answer to something, it often doesn’t.

The longer this process lingers the more it’s derailed and the more thats held back.

Circumventing the over burdened consciousness is creating. and it makes you more alive.

I’m so far behind in sharing what I’ve been working on. The past few months I’ve been part of some great projects. Lots of new rings and designs. Some have been used in shoots here in Brisbane and in Sydney. Including some earcuffs I made for Sarah Birchley. I will post photos when they’re released. And some darker work is on the way as a collaboration with Glen Krohn and TamZen Holland, really looking forward to revealing this in the coming months.

the focus of the past few weeks has been on my first work in neurons. I’ve included some of the earliest work below. These are will be rings and small sculptures made entirely of silver, exploring neuronal form in different states and part a bigger project to link with neuroscience.

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A huge thank-you to everyone who came out and supported me to win the Fashion Accessories Award at the Brisbane RAWards! This, and all the amazing people I’ve met through RAW, has been a truly awesome part of 2012.

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This week some of my work has been exhibited with other local artists in support of the animal welfare league – the exhibition is still on until tomorrow 4pm @ the box / west end

@ the box west end

@ the box west end

@ the box west end

@ the box west end

Really chuffed to work alongside these guys.. Ellie AndersonFluer CallaghanElyse EdmondsClaudia Husband, Stella Park and Reuben Warburton all included great pieces for the show – and definitely worth checking out!

Ellie Anderson // Art of Ellie

Ellie Anderson // Art of Ellie

Elyse Edmonds

Elyse Edmonds

Claudia Husband

Claudia Husband

Also this month, my work was featured in Fashion Journal

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AND thanks to the good folks over at Moustache Magazine my jewellery has appeared in one of their recent fashion shoots (shot by the talented Grace Markham) - here!

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Lastly, thanks to RAW, my work is now in the valley Incube8r. I now have various pieces about brisbane here, at the valley Artisan store and with Eba at Hanasho.

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... one last commissioned piece..

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