Yes! It’s back.
After much consideration, and a glass or two of shiraz, I have decided to bring back the blog. Why? Well, mostly because although things may seem a bit quiet of the jewellery front, there is actually (usually) a lot going on behind the scenes and on the bench. My most popular Facebook and Instagram posts are of works in progress, so I’d love to be able to share all of that with you in a little more detail. So, here goes….
Lately, I have been spending a huge amount of my creative time on upcycled jewellery. We live in such a time of waste, where everything seems to be a throw-away. I just love that most of my business is now remodelling of old jewellery and I guess this new upcycled range is, in a way, an extension of that.
Well actually it really started with me thinking I might start doing some textile art, something I haven’t done in a long while. Visiting my Mum – an amazing textile artist – we sat with a glass of wine (I see a theme emerging here) and raided her vintage button stash for an embroidery project I had planned to start. Immediately spotting a matching pair of brightly coloured buttons, my mind went straight to earrings! The rest, as they say, is history and I have been sourcing and collecting vintage buttons like a mad woman from that day. Needless to say, the textile project was never started…maybe one day.
The buttons got me thinking. What else could I salvage to make jewellery? I’ve made jewellery from Lego and Scrabble tiles – what else could I use? The search is on, and everything I look at now, I am secretly eyeing off as a potential upcycle. It’s becoming a bit of an obsession.
I am currently working on earrings made from old CDs – remember those? These are hand-cut using my favourite tool, the jeweller’s saw. It’s a time-consuming process, but the results are spectacular. Hold up a CD to the light (I’ll wait here while you go get one). See how it reflects the light and flashes rainbow colours? Well, imagine that in your ears! Seriously, you walk out into the sun with these on and you are a human disco ball. Photographing these earrings is tricky, there’s just too much reflection and light bouncing around, but in person they are just amazing. If I can ever figure out how to photograph them to their full potential, I will add them to the online shop, but for now, I am working on new designs and making a whole bunch of them to sell at markets (another thing on my to-do list for later this year) – I’ll keep you posted. If these pics are enough to entice you, I am making them to order. Pricing starts at $48 and is dependent on the design.
I’m also making earrings from old vinyl records for those who prefer a more “vintage” style.
Right now, I am also having a heap of fun with some vintage serving plates. The plates are brass with gorgeous floral enamelling. Again, using my trusty jeweller’s saw, I am hand-cutting shapes and elements from the plates to create beautiful jewellery. You’ll find a few already on my website, and there are more on the way.
And, just this morning, I dug out some beautiful vintage cutlery that I bought on a whim at a trash and treasure market a few years ago and created this gorgeous vintage-style pendant with garnet beads.
I am hoping to make a video or two in the coming weeks, showing the process of some of these upcycled designs. Clearly, writing is not my strong suit, so I’ll attempt to woo you with video instead.
Well, for a leap back into blogging, I think I did fairly well to get this far – I hope you’re still with me.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the updated website, and the upcycled jewellery. Perhaps you have some ideas for me on what I can cut up next…