I use this technique to make both bespoke pieces and also for my collections which after making an original I have cast into a mould so the item can be repeated.
My latest collection celebrates my love of nature and the coast. I had an amazing trip to Canada in 2019 and drove from one end of Vancouver Island to the other. I was incredibly inspired by the colossal amounts of driftwood washed up on the coastline and a few photos of the seafoam bubbles clinging to it is what is reflected in my latest pieces. To achieve the look I have reticulated the silver and made tiny silver balls in a process called Granulation, to represent the seafoam bubbles. These are then soldered onto the main piece (I can’t tell you how much time I have spent searching the workshop floor for escaping balls of silver!!!)
The ‘Bubble’ Rings combine both silver and gold with the settings of the gemstones being 9ct or 18ct gold and the addition of 18ct gold to make the little ‘bubbles’. I have always enjoyed mixing these metals together as I love the contemporary look it gives.
My silver is recycled where possible and I melt down and re-work a lot of it myself. The same applies to the gold. It can be a time consuming process but very satisfying and well worth it. Sustainability is an important part of what I do.