My head is exploding with ideas for new jewellery but there are just not got enough hours in the day for me to be able to sit down at my bench to put any of them into practice…
It’s very frustrating, but I’ve just got to accept that my time is limited at the moment and that the situation will improve over the next few years. I’m happy with that and need to take little steps and not giant leaps back in to the studio. So one step at a time I’m trying to be patient with myself and instead of rushing in and trying to do everything at once and making a huge uncontrollable frustrating mess, I’ve started sketching and putting my ideas down on paper again – something I’ve not done for ages.
I love making jewellery from antique silverware, as you all know. I love the recycling/upcycling element, the eco friendly credentials as well as the history and stories behind each piece. But one thing I’ve not done up until now is take the spoon out of the ring or pendant, if you know what I mean. My pendants are all very recognisable as spoon bowls and my rings are very recognisable as spoon stems. I’m fine with that and don’t worry, I’m going to continue making both, but I thought it would be interesting to start taking things a step further and start working with and focusing on the material rather than the object.
So there are lots of idea floating around for unique one off creations, that I will be making this year, and the first idea I want to try out will be using this beautiful Baltic amber.
I want to try out an idea for a ring that I’ve had floating round my head for about a year now and if I get some time this weekend, in between sanding and painting the walls in my sons bedroom, I will post up photos of the progress as the piece develops.