Our new “Woof woof dog earrings” and brooch have now been added to our website and are now stocked in most of the galleries that we exhibit with.
These cheeky little chaps are made using the ancient Korean technique of Keum boo and are made from sterling silver and 24ct.gold. The earrings measure 2cm x 2.5cm without the ear wires and the brooch measures approximately 2.5cm x 3cm.
I initially had the idea of a pair of good dog, bad dog earrings, one earring depicting a good dog and the other a naughty/bad one. Rosie, our spotty Jack Russell terrier, was a good starting point for both the good and the bad 🙂
Sometimes, ideas come and within one or two sketches, the final image is complete. With the dog pieces, I drew over eighty sketches, playing with different ideas and tweaking the sketches little by little, until I was completely happy with the end result.
After working through many ideas, I arrived at two designs that I was happy with.
My enthusiasm for the idea of the good and bad dog earrings, blinded me to the fact that I was trying to get a ridiculous amount of detail onto a small pair of earrings. For the images to be seen clearly, the earrings would have to be huge. Back to the drawing board!
The designs were shelved for a while and when I returned to rework the idea, I realised that the faces of the dogs were the most important feature. Although it had moved on from the original idea, I worked on the heads of dogs and developed them further and they became finished images in their own right. I think that they work really well together and I now love making these earrings and brooches. I have a great affection for them, we have come a long way together!
Our new Woof woof dog earrings and brooch can now be found on our website with lots of other creatures in our Menagerie range of jewellery.