Friday, November 26, 2010
A few posts ago I included some sketches of some butterfly pins that I made as Bachelorette party gifts along with my post of the feather pin that I had made myself. After a request I made more. I did however decide they would be lovely as earrings. My favourite part is piercing the inside of all the different wing patterns out, it's like drawing with a mini saw, tons of fun. I didn't break nearly as many saw blades this time around... That could have something to do with the metal thickness - I suspect that I rolled my metal out thinner. Hope you enjoy, and keep in mind that if you need a special gift for someone these could be just the thing.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday was really exciting for me, I had a pick-up for a custom engagement ring that I finished making. It was such a pleasure working together with the customer. She wanted me to combine a Fleur-de-Lis and Ankh symbols to indicate both her and her partner's heritage. After I drew some designs she decided which one she liked and I carved the ring out of wax (the green ring). Once that was done I casted the ring in 18kt Palladium White Gold and then it was a matter of emerying and polishing it up before it was ready. I absolutely love when i get to run with an idea and create something that is special and unique for someone, carving is so much fun.
Monday, November 1, 2010
I worked on some custom butterfly pins a while back (where are the pictures you may be wondering? guess what - I took some on someone else's camera and don't have them so all you get to see are my sketches). They were a lot of fun to make - tons of piercing and sawing, plus an interesting design since I only did one side of the wings as a pin that would flap about while wearing it. In my sketches I also proposed a feather which got turned down. However I loved the feather idea enough to make one for myself. The feather is made with nickel silver with the rachis (or stem of the feather) made with sterling silver. I have yet to add the chain and pin stopper, but that part is easy to imagine added on. I'm going to be wearing it on my coat this winter.