With over 20 years experience as a diamond and semi-precious stone setter, I wanted to create my own jewellery pieces and experiment with different mediums. I began designing silver pendants and earrings, integrating pieces of found wood, and have discovered a passion for the world of enameling and cloisonné.
When working with enamels, it is exciting to look through the layers of glass to the world beneath and all the vivid colours that are displayed. You never know exactly what you are going to get!
I love the journey that working with my hands, and using these materials takes me on. Sometimes I have a plan as to what I want to do and other times I go with the flow; shaping the metals, layering the enamels and finding just the right place for each semi-precious stone. Incorporating all these elements add to the mystery and magic of my designs.
Thanks for visiting my website and enjoy the journey!
The basic process of enamelling is when vitreous enamel – specially formulated ground glass – adheres to precious metals, copper, silver and gold by means of extreme heat.
It is an ancient craft which the Japanese, Chinese, Celts, Greeks and Egyptians used. It eventually found its way to Italy , France, Russia and England and other European countries
There are three types of enamelling. Opaque, where light cannot pass through; Transparent, where light passes through easily to the base metal; and finally Opalescent, where light passes through slightly with an opal like effect. They are all beautiful, lustrous and the colours last forever.
Cloisonné Enamelling is the process where fine wires form “cells” and very thin layers of enamel are placed within the cells and merged together with heat.Foils and engravings can also applied to the base metal. After 4 to 5 layers the enamel is ground down to a smooth surface with the wires showing. A process of different grit sand papers with water are use to get the surface just right and then a final polish to give it a dazzling shinny finish.
This gallery includes a selection of my recent artwork. I name all my works depends on the shape, color or design that inspired the piece. Select pieces of my jewellery art are available on my Etsy Store. Since each piece is handmade one of a kind artwork, some pieces seen here may not be available. Contact me directly for information on commissioned work.
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