Hot off the press! John’s new one-off opal doublet necklace

Here’s a chance to have a sneak preview of John’s latest one-off work, before it goes onto our website.

It is a very exciting and vibrantly coloured opal doublet necklace. It must be the summer getting us into a colourful state of mind.

John's opal doublet one-off necklace
John’s opal doublet one-off necklace
Opal doublet one-off necklace with hand carved cocobolo wood.
Opal doublet one-off necklace with hand carved cocobolo wood.

The materials are, from left to right, black onyx, amber, sea bamboo, turquoise, hand carved cocobolo wood with 18ct.gold hoop, opal doublet set in 18ct.gold, amber, green sea bamboo, carnelian and lapis lazuli.

Opal doublet necklace
Opal doublet necklace

Although we love opals, they are very difficult to work with. It is very frustrating at times however, as they are quite a delicate stone to set. Sadly, we have a number of cracked set opals lying rejected around the workshop. It’s quite heart breaking when they get damaged, especially when we have found a special stone. We try to find unusual brightly coloured ones to use. As the bezel is painstakingly made to each fit each individual opal first, when the opal breaks, the bezel is then of no use either. We give a huge sigh of relief and a cheer when that part of making a necklace is over.

Unfortunately the images here don’t really do the opal justice. It is a beautiful rich deep blue colour with flecks of lighter, electric blue flashing when the light hits it at the right angle. Hopefully John will be able to photograph it in all of it’s glory when he takes pictures of it for our website.

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Celebrating BEST IN STUDIO with the Crafts Council

BEST IN STUDIO

Celebrating craft and canines for International Dog Day on 26 August 2016.

Here are some photos that we sent to the Crafts Council to celebrate their “dogs in the workshop”, for international dog day.

 

Our Rosie,

Good photo of Rosie, not too sure about me!
Good photo of Rosie, not too sure about me!

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We’re going colour crazy

Large multi-coloured necklace
Multi-coloured necklace

We recently had a commission and the initial brief was very simple, “necklace please and colour, colour, colour”.  We love to use various gem stones to add colour to our jewellery but it can be quite difficult balancing one colour and stone shape against another, so this necklace was a bit of a challenge.

We were so pleased with the outcome and thought that the colours and stones on the necklace worked well. Fortunately, our customer loved it also and tells us that she wears it every day! We liked it so much, that we made a similar one for our website, photo’s above and below.

Large multi-coloured necklace
Multi-coloured necklace

This necklace goes really well with our Arc earring range.

Mutli-coloured large arc earrings.
Mutli-coloured large arc earrings.
Large arc earrings
Large arc earrings
Medium arc earrings.

 

 

 

 

We grew a “Gru”. Funny fruit and vegetables.

This is our Gru shaped tomato, grown fresh from our greenhouse.
This is our Gru shaped tomato, grown in our greenhouse.
Meet Gru our fun shaped tomato
Meet Gru our fun shaped tomato

 

The real Gru from Despicable Me.

The real Gru. Image sourced at wikia.com
The real Gru. Image sourced at wikia.com

We are working on growing the minions next!

 

Here are a few more images of funny fruit and veg.

Mother and child carrots. Image sourced at repubblica.it
Mother and child carrots. Image sourced at repubblica.it
Tomato duck. Image sourced at boredpanda.com
Tomato duck. Image sourced at boredpanda.com
Strawberry chicken. Image sourced at boredpanda.com
Strawberry chicken. Image sourced at boredpanda.com
Evil pepper. Image sourced at goodtoknow.co.uk
Evil pepper. Image sourced at goodtoknow.co.uk
Potato teddy. photo by Rex Features
Potato teddy. photo by Rex Features.
Potato face. Photo by Fourpaws.
Potato face. Photo by Fourpaws.
 sexy parsnip. Sourced on reddit

Sexy parsnip. Sourced on reddit.
More pepper faces. Photo sourced from dontpokthebear.com
More pepper faces. Photo sourced from dontpokthebear.com

Just a reminder, the 20% offer on our new Keum boo range ends tomorrow, Sunday at midnight.

Keum boo small razor shell earrings
Keum boo small razor shell earrings.

Thank you to everyone who contacted us about our new jewellery range. We are so pleased and encouraged by the reaction and positive feedback that we have received.

We were quite excited about developing this new range. It was a bit of a gamble to spend so much time, energy and investment on the project and then to launch it into the world hoping that other people like it as much as we do. Although it is very exciting, it is also quite an anxious time, so thank you for your lovely comments.

Here are a few more images from the range.

Large halved earrings.
Large halved earrings.
Keum boo little owls
Keum boo little owls.
Circle earrings no.1
Circle earrings no.1
Keum boo rectangular earrings
Keum boo rectangular earrings

Don’t forget that our 20% off, celebratory discount offer ends tomorrow, Sunday 7th August at midnight.