Getting my claws round a quartz

Everything looks better with Lego

A lovely, messy sapphire set with a smoky quartz and a topaz.

This week I returned to silversmithing, finally completing a project that had given me difficulty. I do like chunky jewellery but using 1mm silver was a mistake which meant I had to waste time and silver, filing bits away so the claws and bezel would conform to the stones. The large stone is a sapphire so it makes for a heavy piece. I’m not entirely satisfied with the design but I feel better about having finished it!

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Copper load of that!

With my supply of silver running out fast and metal prices remaining high, I have been working increasingly with copper.

While not much use for jewellery, it’s an utterly wonderful metal to work and its relative cheapness means I can cut it up, blast it with the torch and generally abuse it with gay abandon and pretty nice results.

In recent months I have made copper books (that’s what I call a hardback!), personalised memory sticks (a slightly corny steampunk thang, but a fun project using 15mm plumbing pipe), dragon’s skin bangles (with thanks to Popnicute (video here) and some fold formed orchids I hope to sell as steampunk buttonholes for weddings.

I hope you enjoy the photographs!

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The background for this one is my chunk of train rail bought from the lovely chaps at Elsecar, Sheffield. Railway line, being work hardened, makes a really good anvil and the volunteers at Elsecar said they are used to people asking for a small length in return for a donation.