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The Houses of Parliament 'New Dawn' Jewellery Collection - Making the 'New Dawn' Brooch

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The 'New Dawn' commission to create a collection of jewellery to accompany Mary Branson's artwork celebrating women's suffrage was an exciting and intense project. The most difficult thing was that I was sworn to secrecy! I did so many sketches with lots of ideas about quite diverse pieces of jewellery that captured the esscense of the 'New Dawn' artwork. The highly polished surface of the aluminium really suitd the job as it can be dyed a variety of vibrant colours.                 I used tansfer prints of my original drawings of scrolls to decorate...

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The Houses of Parliament 'New Dawn' jewellery collection - Pin

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'New Dawn' pin Part of the collection of jewellery for The Houses of Parliament Drawing of the pin. Front and side elevation A journey in making mostly in pictures The pin was a simple jewellery item to design but presented a few issues in regards to construction. The silver wires had to be attached to the aluminium without soldering as aluminium cannot be soldered to silver so they were inserted through a drilled hole in the centre of the disk. The tight fit and bend in the wire is secure but enables some movement in the disk without it becoming...

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Handmade at Kew - Rose Garden inspiration

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My work is inspired by nature with roses taking centre stage so Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to show my jewellery and cufflinks.        The rose garden at Kew Gardens was redesigned and planted in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the gardens, and the beds are now laid out in an interpretation of William Nesfield’s American Garden of 1848, containing English roses, old roses and other shrub roses.  Read more about the Kew rose garden at http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/explore/attractions/rose-garden For information about Handmade at Kew October 6th - 9th 2016 Sally Lees (London) Stand L13

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Guitar Picks - The making of...the Swallow motif Guitar Pick

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                    Well I love music...particularly guitar music. So it was very exciting for me when I hit upon the idea of making some hand made aluminium guitar picks. It was a chance to make a product which wasn't strictly jewellery, though I have since made some of the guitar picks into pendants that can be worn and used. I started by drawing some silhouettes of swallows. The iconic swallow has been the preferred tattoo for sailors as it signified the hope of that they would return home safely. It is an instantly...

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Birth Flower Jewellery

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Well it's been another hectic week at the studio with some ideas that were in my imagination finally becoming reality. A collection of Birth Flower Jewellery has come to life with illustrations of Larkspur, Gladiolus and Asters gracing the surface of each new piece I created. I drew the flowers a few months ago and they were waiting patiently to be turned into stamps. I need the stamps as I resist print the aluminium then dye it by hand in small dye baths. The process of dying aluminium is an exact science in industry. However, being a creative soul, I...

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