In the Making for Elements Edinburgh
Elements Festival of Jewellery, silver and gold in Edinburgh is fast approaching. Now in it’s fifth year, this prestigious jewellery event hosted by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths will be celebrating 50 of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers, silver and goldsmiths.
I’ve been busy preparing, designing and making new pieces so here’s a little sneak peek for you including the process of preparing the precious metals!
I’ve been enjoying hand piercing these fabulous IMPACT hoops in recycled silver, which when finished with undoubtedly turn heads.
What do you think?
I know I shall definitely be making myself a pair!
And I have recently decided to add a touch of rose into the design mix, opting for 9ct rose Fairtrade Gold twig work and settings that clasp fairly sourced Brazilian red copper rutile, Herkimer diamond quartz and Sri Lankan topaz.
FAIRTRADE GOLD WEDDING BANDS:
I will also be showcasing my new Fairtrade Gold Wedding Ring Collection at Elements!
Designed for truly unique couples who wish to make a difference when saying ‘I Do’.
MELTING & PREPARING FAIRTRADE GOLD:
There’s almost an element of magic and alchemy when it comes to melting precious metals. Watching the hard granules turn to a metallic liquid is incredibly captivating. The heat and sound of the gas torch is intense, the timing crucial, and a steady hand required to pour or ‘draw’ the molten gold down into the cast iron skillet to create the ingot.
Once the ingot has been formed it can be quenched in water, beaten and rolled until it becomes workable sheet or wire.
Below are a sequence of images showing two prepared strips of 18ct white and Yellow Fairtrade Gold, and then the melting process of 9ct rose Fairtrade Gold which as you’ve already seen, I’ve started to incorporate into new designs that are set to debut at Elements in Edinburgh.
If you have your own sentimental heirloom gold that you wish to recycle then I can re-work it into a bespoke design for you.