These cufflinks are a gift to the owner of ‘Wild Thing’ – a modified landrover used for off road competitions.
I’m quite pleased with this repair. There was a similar dint on the opposite side that came out well too. It had been neglected and took a lot to bring the inside back to a shine.
Abingdon Traditional Craft Fair on 3-5 November was very enjoyable. It revived memories of Joanna and Dave’s wedding reception and its great to meet up with fellow stall holders – some I knew and some I now know. I also met some existing customers, some wearing my work, and some people interested in having work done – so there should be some follow on.
My latest innovation is an easel I made to hold two corkboards – for Millets there will be clip on lights as it can get a little dark in the Long Gallery. The Long Gallery can also be cold as the material behind my banner is a single thickness of fabric. It’s all there is between the inside and the outside and it’s not windproof. Fortunately an industrial scale heater was on hand.
This pair of rings are probably twice the weight of the commercial equivalents. I know a man who does the engraving – letter, size and font as chosen by the client.
The horse is about 5cm long and at the limit of my skills to cut from silver sheet. For this commission, it was important that the horse was as realistic as possible and so it had to be on a backing as two legs are not connected to the body in reality. Also the mechanical strength of the silver would mean that a freestanding version would be too vulnerable to damage.
2/6 – half a crown or 12.5d in new(! post 1971) money. This is will make a pendant of interest for someone. It is 50% silver so worth more than face value. The silver band is formed around the coin, so it is very secure, but does not damage the coin in any way so my method is safe for all sizes and value of coin. I have some Roman bronze coins mounted this way in my shop.
It’s the same lantern as the earrings in the post below, but here is one with a clear stone as a pendant. Also from this angle, you can just see the hallmark lasered on the base. Please contact me if you would like to purchase this or a variation. The lantern is 12mm across and weighs about 5g.
These are a development from a recent commission – I like this design better. It reminds me of a lantern that someone might carry from the large ring. These are fitted with green and garnet cubic zirconia to represent navigation lights, but clear or other colour coould be used instead. The lanterns are hallmarked on the base. A single one could be used as a pendant. Do contact me if you are interested in these or some variation.
Over the years, I’ve cast a range of nuts, fruit stones and seeds – walnuts, acorns, nectarines, dates, pecan….. Olives seeds and hazelnuts in the form of pendants or cufflinks have proved the most popular. I recently did a silver nutmeg and now I have just cast some apricot stones – because I haven’t done it before and ate some fresh apricots!
I’ve cast both whole stones and a half stone that has a chain loop added so that it can be used as a pendant.
I’ve made a few silver spanners over the years. The first one was in the early 1990s I think. They are cast in one or two cuttlefish bones depending on whether there is a flat side for engraving or not.
Casting always has some failures. In the case one half of the spanner wasn’t good enough, but there’s nothing wrong with the half you can see and I thought a key ring might be a good gift for a mechanic or engineer. You can buy this in my shop.