This Mechanical Heart Pendant and Steampunk Necklace are just some of the pieces I made for the Pheonix Fiesta Craft Fair at Cardiff City Hall. I just love Steampunk!
I am completely enamoured with the wonderful spectrum of colours you can produce with a simple flame and a piece of copper. When heated the surface of the copper oxidises and depending on the temperature reached and the length of time it is heated, the oxidation on the surface changes from copper to golden yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, green and finally grey / black. It’s such a captivating process, like watching a drop of oil creeping across the surface of water. I will be making a lot more pieces in this style!
I completed the first stage of this project back in February. It then spent the next few months sat on my workbench just glaring at me, waiting to be fired. My kiln is non-programmable, so I was really worried about ruining my work, hence the lengthy procrastination. But here we are, the finished piece! (And no disasters!). The Wall at the End of the Lane, fine silver sculpted pendant with moonstone, amethyst, sterling silver and 9k gold embellishments.
My next investment, a thermostatic regulator – oh yes, exciting times indeed!
Sterling silver pendant with copper, sunstone and blue onyx. I’m really pleased with the blue and orange combination. I especially love sunstone, which has an other worldly glow about it, like labradorite. This is due to tiny inclusions of red copper that glint when the stone is held at certain angles. I also love the look of textured, hand-worked jewellery – not only is it pleasing to the eye, but it’s also incredibly tactile. Next on the agenda, a chunk of silver garden wall with creeping ivy…
A lovely little film made by my friend Inga K. Staring myself and Mabel the dog. Filmed in Studio B, Cardiff.