Commission: Palladium and Ruby Engagement Ring

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Ruby Palladium Engagement Ring

This palladium engagement ring is designed to sit as a pair with the diamond one that I made last year, for a couple of ladies who are getting married this summer. I was a joy to make the ‘other half’ of their engagement rings so that they have a set with such similar characters.

This ring needed to be very practical and include a favourite gem of the bride to be: rubies. With that in mind it seemed that using small, flush set stones would be best as she’ll be able to leave it on all day at work without worry.

Palladium and Ruby Engagement Ring Sketches

The original ring had a twisted, raised ‘edge’ which ran all the way around it, highlighted by a bright polish against the matt finish on the body of the ring. I’ve accentuated this twist at the front of the new ring, widening it to give me space to add a little thread of rubies that sit within the curve and ‘flow’ around the ring.

We’ve kept the same, durable matt finish on this ring which really shows off the polished edge of the wave and the sparkle of the subtle sparkle of the stones:Ruby Palladium Engagement Ring by Becca Williams Jewellery Designer

 

Craft & Design Magazine: Diary Writer 2015

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I’m incredibly pleased and proud to be this year’s Craft and Design Magazine Diary Writer.

Becca Jewellery Diary Writer Craft Design Magazine

Each year the magazine chooses someone working in the contemporary crafts and gives them a chance to write an article for each issue, forming a diary of what’s going on in and around their practice.

This year they picked me! The first issue landed in the workshop today and I’m super excited! So, what are you waiting for? Go buy one or, better still, get a subscription – it’s a wonderful source of information and inspiration.

New ellipses …

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Silver Castings - necklace and jump rings

I collected some new castings in the week and finally got them onto my bench today. I made the original copper models of these, looking at pictures I took of the shapes of little fishing boats moored out in a harbour.

There’s a very definite stripe that runs through the centre, on a curve, which I think I’ll put a bright, burnished edge onto once it’s all cleaned up and joined together.

All set for Open Studios:

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I set the workshop up today for the Centrepiece Open Studios:

It was nice to have a bit of a spring clean, blow the dust off the lamps and lay out my wares in the workshop again. I had a few visitors this afternoon (we trialed an evening opening this year which I think worked quite well) and hopefully there’ll be some more tomorrow. Drop by if you’re in Birmingham to see me – and the 30 other Centrepiece members and guests who’ll be opening their workshops:

Centrepiece Jewellery Quarter Open Studios Map
Centrepiece Open Studios map – Click to enlarge

 

The Centrepiece Christmas Decoration

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This year Centrepiece decided to celebrate our Christmas exhibition by getting everyone to make a Christmas decoration in their own special style. I’m really excited to see what so many talented makers have come up with – it’s going to be a really diverse bunch!

I spent today making mine, inspired by the holly tree in my garden which we always take clippings from at Christmas. This one is silver and pearl and really in keeping with my Flotsam range, here’s how it took shape:

Worcestershire Arts Trail

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I packed up my studio last Thursday and headed on down to the edge of Herefordshire for the first Worcestershire Arts Trail:

I set up at Blue Ginger Gallery and spent the weekend demonstrating my working processes to the Trail’s visitors. I was nice to be out on location, being away from the workshop gave me a little extra freedom and the shock of being somewhere different brought out some new ideas:

Which will be moving towards finished things soon …

I stayed out in the fresh air for the first 3 days of the Trail before being driven inside by some truly British Bank Holiday rain on Monday. Which just goes to show that you can’t plan everything. Still, the sun came out in the end (thankfully, just in time to pack up) and I bid farewell to Blue Ginger – and their adorable kune kune’s:

This week …

Saw some more experimentation on new Flotsam pieces:

I got a new polisher (more of that later) and made them all nice and shiny:

And now I’m all ready for SOCK this weekend in Loughborough:

 

Open 10am – 4pm

Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th March

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