Ginger Confetti

  Came across this stone on Etsy while looking for something special for Julies 15th wedding anniversary ring. The traditional stone is rock crystal which is basically quartz or ruby so I though some reddish quartz would cover both. The stone has little multicoloured flecks throughout which makes it looks like a cloud of confetti…

Holey Conker Wood Bowl

The latest bit of woodturning. A large, holey chunk of horse chestnut wood I ‘liberated’ from the park over the road. Only just managed to get the log on the back of the bike and cycle it home as it was so heavy. Chainsawed it in half to make two bowls. It nearly shook the…

Yew Log Chopper

Project to make an end grain chopping board from lots of small yew logs I have been saving from a tree in the garden for the past few years. after watching lots of ‘how to’ videos I was inspired to try and make my own. As suspected, cutting all the little logs square took hours but was…

Touch Ident

TouchDesigner generative real-time audio reactive ident visual for Inition. Looking to advance my TouchDesigner skills I embarked on creating a new real-time ident generator for the latest Inition branding, a very minimal looking network of lines and polygons. Using a particle system, a Python script finds each points nearest neighbours in 3D space. These are…

First and 14th Gold Opal Ring

This was my first use of Gold for a ring for Julie’s 14th wedding anniversary gift. Bit more nerve-wracking than working with silver but it turned out nice in the end, the opal seems to go well with the gold ring and really catches the light in a rainbow of colours. I managed to lose…

Batch of Bowls

  Been knocking out bowls since we last spoke, 6 new ones, yew, ash, walnut, sycamore, more yew and more ash. Some of the ash came from the local wood yard, been offering to take away their knotty bits that they can’t split. The yew is the last of Dads logs from ~1995, very well…

Crystallisation

I’ve been working on this for a few weeks on and off, kept coming back to it as I learnt more, tweaking until I was happy. Modeled crystals with a tiny bit of bevel on the edges so they don’t look unnaturally sharp. Bit of vertex bevel on some of the points to make them…

Fragment Cloud

Created using a particle system of metaballs with just touching field strengths. Meshed, decimated heavily, wrote a python script to subdivide all the separate objects and spherify them a little.  nice SSS material and depth of field camera. glowing filament lights were created by tracing the paths of a turbulent particle system movement then an…

ExoDNrA

Some kind of DNA but not of Earth. Created a nice pearl like Subsurface Scatter material on the spheres. Part of my learning Blender series. Rendered with the help of Sheepit renderfarm.

Extruded Neon

Here are the latest few pictures in this project. Trying to teach my self Blender and work on some nice CGI pix at the same time. This was made from a single cylinder, a displacement modifier, and a few simple deform bend modifiers, then the  textured with the same stretched image as the displace with…

Topaz Bullet

This was a quick ring for Julies birthday present. I spotted the design online and liked the unusual stone shape. It reminds me of a blue gas flame from a soldering torch. Tried a hammered texture on the ring but not sure if it really worked. Still, overall a nice ring.      

Pearl flowers

Simple pair of earrings with a flower shaped domed back and a half drilled peacock pearl stuck to a post in the middle. I’ve been meaning to finish these off for a year or more and finally got round to them. Also got to try out my homemade barrel polisher, gripping a hexagonal jam jar…

First commission

  These two rings were a request from Muriel for her nieces as Christmas presents. By some strange process of design dead ends and iterations, I came up with a slightly raised design for the back which lifts the stone off the ring and makes it seem to float above the finger. Liked it on…

Dendritic inclusion

  Beautiful quartz stone with organic looking dendritic inclusions in a plane through the middle. Nice simple, minimalist tension setting. This one was made for Mum as a replacement for her pyramid ring that I trashed while trying to resize it, hopefully an upgrade.

Dark matter collider

Another massive stone (just for a change) clear quartz shot through with dozens of black tourmaline lines, brings to mind the pictures of particle collisions in a bubble chamber. A subatomic collision, tearing apart matter to reveal layers of hidden complexity in a starburst of darkness (loving these arty descriptions) Built a framework of 1.5mm…

Bling Links #2

Second attempt at a pair of cuff-links. These keep coming our all druzy for some reason. Sparkly stoned which have been vacuum deposited with metal to give them a coating. Used a few chain links this time and think it works better as its a bit more flexible. seemed to all come together quite quickly, guess…

Huge Pink Champers Ring

I’ve had this large rose-quarts stone for over a year now and it’s been tantalising me every time I look at it. It seemed to be so curved that I couldn’t quite be sure I would be able to get a setting to grip it, what with it being so large. Finally decided I to…

Half Rotten Birch Bowl

I’ve had this half rotten birch log sitting in the shed for years, found it in a pile in the church yard next door. Though I’d have a go at making something of it for a change from the usual perfect bowls. After a few false starts trying different ways of mounting it eventually settled…

Labradorite Triplet

Labradorite triplet After making lots of rings I wanted to create something big and more involved, little did I know this would turn out to be such an epic project. Matching set of three pieces including a 9 stone flexible bracelet, ring and pendant. I bought a set of Labradorite cabochons stones from Dhorgems with…

Ritual Quartz Pyramid Ring

Nice copper ritual quartz stone, set with the point up and a slightly offset connection to the ring. This one was given to mum for her birthday. Update: I was asked to resize the ring to make it slightly bigger, while re-soldering the ring the stone became over heated and the copper turned dark grey…

Small Yew Ring Bowl

A small bowl to keep jewellery in, turned out of an old piece of yew, one of the last pieces from dads stock. After Jules lost her engagement and wedding ring because the cat knocked it off the dresser and it fell into the jumper draw, it took days to find. Hopefully keeping them in…

Square Peacock Flower

Particularly liked the way this one turned out. The ring has a nice curve to the corners and wears really nicely. The peacock coloured pearl is reflects in the bowl of the silver flower. i did two variations, the second one thicker with a hammered texture finish. the thin one went to Nadia for Christmas,…

Crystallised Ring

Latest project combining 3D printing with Jewelry to create a ring the mirrors the crystal structure of the quartz rosette stone. designed in 3D CAD and printed in wax before being lost wax cast in silver then having the stone prong set. The initial ring shape was modeled in 3DSMax using low poly editing and…

Shipping Container Pendant

This was a tough challenge in precision soldering getting all the corners to solder without the previous joins overheating and falling apart. Couldn’t quite find a way to solder the last joint without damaging the stone. Tried heatproof gel but still couldn’t get it right. Then I accidentally dropped the stone and the corner snapped…

Clovis Point Ring

This is another crazy ring. Many weeks of pondering how I was going to mount this one and after being egged on by Kate to go for the more interesting option decided to mount it on edge. Used my favourite squared off outside ring design with a small spacer to lift the stone clear of…

Salt and Pepper grinders revisited

Finally got round to fixing this project after 15 years! I had turned a pair of grinders on dads lathe some 15 years ago but I never liked the salt grinder. The pepper one looked lovely, nice balanced curves and I tried to do something different with the salt but it just looked kind of…

Proper wood working bench

I had been meaning to make a proper wood working bench for years. So after lots of research and finding some good instructions on Instructables I finally started. Had a hairy moment trying to balance the large sheet of plywood on top of the car but managed to drive slowly home. First had to make…

Square, rolled rim, bowl

Bowl turned from a square blank rather than the usual round ones. Managed to get a nice rolled rim just in the pointy corners. Had to be very careful of all those spinning pointy corners and not loosing a finger. Nice bit of gum burr, full of interesting knots and inclusions. Rather proud of this…

Mushroom Cuff

This was an epic project. Both a large hammered anticlastic cuff and several ritualized quartz cabochons on raised pedestals, like mushrooms. This was kind of inspired by several difference cuff images online and a bit of experimentation and like most of my projects just seeing where the flow of doing takes it. First formed a…

Quartz and pyrite slab ring

So far one of my favorite rings. This one has a beautiful minimalism. The large ritualized Quartz crystal is held in tension across the middle. Bit of a gamble on the design, all through making it I wasn’t sure it would work, but it did. the stone just squeezes in between the prongs. i roughed…

Experiments with silver clay

Here are a few pieced made while experimenting with piping silver clay. The pendant is formed around a large 12mm cubic zirconia stone, this was placed in the center of a ball of cork clay, left to harden. Then had the silver clay extruded from a syringe into the pattern on the surface. Once hardened…

Turned ripple ash treasure box

2nd one of the set, this one for Dest for her 9th birthday. Did a better job of getting the grain to line up on this one (must be learning something). But left the wood on the lathe too long between sessions and the two parts warped ever so slightly so the lid goes on…

Moshi – Katsuma

2nd Moshi Monster pendant – Katsuma, this one for Ellie. See the first Moshi pendant for a description of how it was made, the abridged version is: design in 3D CAD (3DSMax), 3D printing (Form1), mould making, wax poring, lost wax casting (Weston Bemor), clean-up, sanding, polishing, set two turquoise stones for the eyes, hang…

Bling cufflinks

Perhaps a little bling for my first project for me? I must have been feeling a little flamboyant when I dreamt these up. Probably one of the longest labor project to date, somewhere around the 8 hour mark I reckon. Making up all the silver parts took ages, cutting to size, bending the sides, soldering…

Katie’s initial pendant

First experiment with metal clay. For anyone who doesn’t know what this is, its pure silver that looks like clay, molds like clay, then hardens. When heated with a flame it melts into a solid chunk of silver, like magic! Shaping the letters was pretty easy, but I felt the pressure not to waste any…

Blue eye ring

This was probably my trickiest ring to date. Inspired by a design I spotted online. Building the claw setting holder from individual tiny pieces of silver was very fiddly and took a couple of goes to get the soldering sequence right. First time the prongs all fell apart when adding the last prong because of…

River chopping board

First chopping board project, inspired by a similar picture online. Uses ash and walnut wood, had to use a bit of maths to calculate the right thicknesses so that they looked right and shrank with the same perspective as the central river. First cut the thicknesses, had to use a band-saw as I didn’t yet…

Bling ring

Huge cubic zirconia rock, with a rub over setting. went for a brushed finish to offset the blingieness of the stone. Julie got this for valentines day 2014, diguised inside a kinder egg. E&D got the chocolate which they thought was great.

Turned, yew, treasure box

A wooden box made from English Yew. The wood had a nice shimmering grain and mirror smooth finish. Learnt a lot about the technical aspects of turning a box, like getting the grain to match on the lid and base and getting the diameters the same. This one was give to Ellie for Christmas 2013…

Surfboard ring

For some strange reason the girls nicknamed this the surfboard ring. I think it looks more like a flower or perhaps a bit Scifi. Ether way it was probably my most technical yet. Some nice radiating, hammered texture on the large leaf. Green amethyst trillion stone.