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.

Moshi Monster pendant

This was my first attempt at producing a piece using casting. This was based on Destiny’s Poppet moshi The original shape was designed in 3D CAD using 3DSMax, extrapolating from the 2D reference image. Then printed out on a Form 1 3D printer (thanks Andy Millns) this plastic model was then sent to Weston Beamor to…

The tryangular ring

This was my first attempt at something a bit bigger and blingier. Found a nice piece of horse hair or ritualized quartz at Holts in Hatton Garden (thanks Jason for the discount). Couldn’t quite get enough pressure on the prongs to hold the stone still but it still looks good. Jules has even worn it…

First few rings

Started a  Silversmithing evening class at Arts University Bournemouth Some pictures of my first learning pieces, assorted rings, with sapphire, amber, agate and Lapis lazuli stones. Practising cutting, soldering, polishing, rub over cabochon settings. Mum had the sapphire one for her birthday in 2013.

Garden Table – Oak Sleepers

My attempt at making a new, longer lasting, garden table. After extensive research looking at various pub gardens and cafe out doors furniture, I narrowed down the design and mocked up a version in 3D to get the proportions right. Ordered the 8 oak sleepers from a local company without quite appreciating how big and…

Star trails

My first experiment with long exposure star trails photography. Pointing north towards the centre of the earths spin. these beautiful images really bring home the fact that we live on a rotating rock in space. After seeing these types of images online I decided to try and capture one myself and so began a long…

Shavings

A photo capturing the wood shavings generated when turning. well, ok, its a little bit of a cheat, this is actual three photos stacked and blended together to enhance the amount of shavings in the air. They were taken with self timer and long enough exposure the get some motion blur and flash at the…

Plywood bowl

So the challenge here was to turn a wooden bowl from common old plywood, with the added difficulty of angling the slices for a more interesting effect. first cut circles, then slice some in half to get the ends angled, improvise a press to glue them all together. Then turn very carefully so as not…

PhotoSworl or slitscan photography

Real objects spun through time. Photos made by taking thousands of pictures of a slowly rotating object, cropping the same single horisontal line of pixels from each photo then stacking each line on top of the other to produce a new picture. The finished pictures look real, with shadows and organic detail, yet improbably thin…

We’re on the move!

So after plenty of pondering I’ve finally decided to try and port my old website to a ‘modern’ CMS system. Hopefully it will be simpler to update the content. I’ve gone for WordPress and after installing some plugins and fiddling with the settings I think I can get it to look how I want. Only…