Not content with a cap for a warthog tusk, I’ve added a hippo tooth cap to my list of unusual jobs.
This was the tooth as supplied – much bigger and heavier than I expected.
To make the cap fit, I had to cut off the area where it broke off. My workshop smelt like a bad day at the dentist! However, the debris looked interesting. Here’s the tooth with its hallmarked silver cap.
I decided to make a pair of cufflinks with some of the debris.
The owner of the tusk and cufflinks is very happy with my work.
These two sterling silver wedding rings are chunky – both are 3mm thick and the lower is 10mm wide. The upper ring has a notch to allow it to sit with the engagement ring. Both have a phrase engraved on the inside and a (different) symbol on the outside. The engraving was by Sam James Engraving.
With this one, I had a free hand in the design. I didn’t like the idea of a locking device, so this design is secure, but can be operated by the wearer.
When closing the handcuff, the left hand side as we see it, clicks into one of two positions and then the shield comes down to prevent the lugs from springing open. This is the reverse side as the other side has the hallmarks and, particularly, is stamped with the recipient’s name.
Dr John Snow is famous for several reasons, but one is his analysis of the incidence of outbreaks of cholera in London in 1954. He caused the removal of the handle of one particular pump in Soho, London that was dispensing contaminated water. There is much more about him on the internet e.g. wikipedia.
This is a representation of the pump as a sterling silver brooch. It’s about 7cm tall.
My client, an ex-medic, wanted a special gift that reflected his experience in epidemiology.
He said “John Snow pump received, looks just lovely, will be giving it to my wife later today. So very many thanks. A really wonderful and personal souvenir “
This is a collar to fit a leather bound officer’s cane. The original had disappeared. The tube was fabricated from sheet as it wasn’t a standard tube size.
The collar arrived safely and fits like a glove! Thanks very much indeed for making it for me. It’s just what I wanted.
I make each collar to my client’s requirements and prices vary considerably depending on a number of factors including the diameter, length, whether it matches a standard tube size, size and positioning of hallmarks, any additional embelishments or engraving. Prices start around £60 for a basic cylinder with discrete hallmarks.
Royal Mail increased their prices on 23 March 2020. I haven’t increased my charges for some years as I have absorbed the costs. Alas, I can no longer do that and so from today have increased my p&p charges by just 25p for the two price bands.
Remember that is the price per posting to one UK address, so if you order more than one item you only pay one p&p charge.
This is a development of some work I did making leather dog collars for very valued dogs. This is a wrist sized version in 6mm black leather cord.
This is available from my shop, or, if this doesn’t fit, please consider it as a template for something else you might like. There is a message in this bracelet, but if you know binary and HHGTTG then the answer is ……….
It started life slightly differently with a more adjustable clasp
but in practice this proved difficult to get on and off.
I made this for me as I wanted to move on from the style of copper/ silver bracelet that I’ve been wearing for some years now.
This has silver, copper and brass links to give an interesting variation of colour. Because I’m hamfisted, I’ve made a matching toggle and loop clasp which even I can operated quickly. Unfortunately it doesn’t stay this shiny for long. Maybe I should make a red/white/yellow gold version!
These spoons are back from the Assay Office where they have been carefully marked in the bowl. They need finishing – final checks and a full polish, then they will be made available shortly in my website shop.
Keum (or Kum) Boo is a process for affixing fine gold foil onto fine silver for decoration. See on my main website for more detail at this page. Up until now , I have fused the gold onto fine silver, but i’ve just tried successfully to put foil on sterling silver by depletion silvering. To pretreat the sterling sheet, I did the heat / acid/ heat / acid cycle seven times, but the end result is good. I am pleased with the result and will do more.
I’ve just had back from the London Assay Office, two ingots with the Diamond Jubilee mark and hallmarked for next year i.e. ‘n’ not ‘m’. These are trade samples and cannot be sold this year. I’ll load a picture soon.
I would do it now but my Seagate Goflex home network hard drive is not working properly on any of our machines and I’m waiting for the third attempt at a solution from Seagate’s customer support. Not buying another one from them!