Last year I started making whale tail pendants and they were a huge success. I initially made 5 from some very rare sterling silver teaspoons. They sold out almost immediately and this inspired me to make more. Each time I added new pendants to my online shop or showed work in progress on Facebook and Instagram they didn’t stay there long and quickly sold out.
Trying something new…
After returning to Scotland from the British Craft Trade Fair I got inspired by our marine visitor. It was so magical to be able to see a whale swimming out in the Forth from our own home here on the cliff and at the time I was busy fulfilling tons of ring orders and needed a break and decided to make something completely different. The Whale Tail Pendant was born.
So it’s quite exciting to hear that there has been a recent flurry of whale sightings in the Forth again this year – in fact we had our first sighting on the 4th January. This weekend the whale watchers have flocked back to Kinghorn and there have been some amazing sightings as well as images posted on Facebook too. Not just one whale, but two and possibly three!
I’ve yet to see it breach as all I’ve glimpsed is the back and the tail emerging then sinking back into the depths.
Too good to waste…
My whale tail pendants all start with a humble teaspoon – I make rings from the stems, so the cut off bowls have always been a waste product, but I don’t let anything go to waste in my studio, as you well know. I use the spoon bowls for my other jewellery collections and they’re perfect to make whale tails from too.
This is the lovely set of vintage spoons I had to hand when I made my first batch of whale tail pendants. Dating back to the late 1800’s with a beautiful venetian pattern, I certainly couldn’t let them go to waste.
Each whale tail is cut by hand with a very fine jewellers saw, making each pendant totally unique. I love the fact that just like our fingerprints are all unique, so are the tails of whales and just like fingerprinting, whale flukes are used as a mean of identifying individuals.
This first batch sold out immediately as did the next and I’m now in the process of making a third batch – 17 in total, which are getting sent off to the assay office for hallmarking on Monday. I should get them back at the end of January, so they’ll get photographed and added to my new online shop in the first week of February.
Back orders are very welcome
So if you’d like to reserve a pendant, just email me and I’ll add you to the list.
Here are some photos of the current batch in progress…