Thursday, February 26, 2009

Handmade sterling silver Bird pendant




Frilldesign bird pendant in silver, satin finish. On sale in Frilldesign Esty shop.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Illustration Friday - Instinct (Silver elephant necklace)


"They (Elephants) are born with fewer survival instincts than many other animals. Instead, they must rely on their elders to teach them the things they need to know. Today, however, the pressures humans have put on the wild elephant populations, from poaching to habitat destruction, mean that the elderly often die at a younger age, leaving fewer teachers for the young".
I made this elephant necklace and is on sale at Frilldesign Etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6264368

Silver name tag jewellery

For Jewelled www.jewelled.infoI made this silver necklace a few months ago, as a commission (pierced out from sheet silver). Today had to shorten the chain for the customer, so I took the chance of photographing it.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Amy Digregorio - Jewellery, chains

I love the mix of chain in these necklaces. Web designer and Jewellery designer Amy Digrerorio http://www.amydigregorio.com/jewelry.html.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Nadia Flower, Illustrator for Zoe and Morgan Jewellery




Following on from my previous jewellery finding post of Zoe and Morgan Jewellery..http://frilldesign.blogspot.com/2009/02/zoe-and-morgan-jewellery.html

Nadia Flower (peepshowsandpuppets can be found as a link under "places to go on the internet" right of this blog) has just finished illustrating for jewellery designers Zoe and Morgan's look book for Paris Fashion week.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Illustration friday - Celebration


After getting some work done, celebrating with a cup of tea (maybe a bit of cake) is perfect!

Jewellery work bench


While I was working at home today, I took the opportunity to photograph my work bench.

Jewellery work in progress - back from casting



The handcarved bird and elephant (in wax) is back from casting. http://frilldesign.blogspot.com/2009/02/handcarved-wax-models-ready-for-casting.html. These are all cast in silver. I have roughly cleaned them up (the polishing compound is still visible in the grooves). Before these go into my ESTY shop, I will solder on jump rings and give them a final polish for a high shine.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Monogram Necklaces - Emily and Ashley


If advertising your star sign with a zodiac necklace is not your kind of thing, then maybe the shift (after the popularity of name necklace) to the subtle monogram necklace is more appealing.
This lovely Emily & Ashley 14k yellow gold and sapphire engraved pendant is 3/4" in diameter on a 17"chain.

Big Necklaces, bibs


Just a few of my favourite bib necklaces from Accessorize. Nothing demure or delicate about jewellery at the moment ...big is big.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ben Tallon Illustrator



After browsing through This months Computer Arts magazine, an Illustration caught my eye. Addressing issues "theres a big world out there with a lot of terrible things happening" Ben Tallons illustrations are strikingly bold. Ben Tallons website: http://www.benandink.co.uk/

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Silver handmade bamboo bangle

Silver handmade bamboo bangle. This was made by me, to complete Jane Taylors bamboo design suite of jewellery at Jewelled www.jewelled.info .

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Illustration Friday - Time




Seeing that Frilldesign blog is all about decoration, adornment of sorts....time spent on beautifying can be a frustrating task if time doesn't allow for fate. A broken fingernail to grow back!!!! no amount of varnish will sort that out....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Trend - Zodiac Jewellery


One thing I have noticed is the rise of zodiac inspired jewellery for sale. I remember these being popular in the eighties. Tina Tang was my first discovery. Since then I have noticed more and more for sale including Kimberly Faith Jewllery at http://www.couturecandy.com/kimberly-faith/sign-triple-charm-necklace-in-gold/product.html

Friday, February 6, 2009

Handcarved wax models ready for casting


I had these designs in my sketchbook from a long time ago. Today, at last, I have found the time to handcarve an elephant and bird. These will be sent to cast in silver next week. Once cleaned up and a mould made, these will be on sale in Frilldesign ETSY shop. I will post pictures of the final pieces on Frilldesign blog.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Zoe and Morgan Jewellery





With stunning packaging and jewellery to match is there anything Zoe and Morgan can do wrong. Their website is stylish and new (nice to see jewellery design moving away from the traditional retail jeweller look).

There jewellery collection is not comprehensive on their website: http://www.zoeandmorgan.com/zm.htm

However its best to browse Zoe and Morgan stockist list to see their collection. One includes

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Valentines day poker chip style heart


directly above two chips drop on belcher chain

On sale today made by me for Jewelled www.jewelled.info, my poker chip style hearts for valentines day.Four different kinds in silver.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Accessorize necklace


After my day out in London, I cannot omit this necklace. Its lovely for £12. Its articulated either side of the solid/attached 3 leaves in the middle. Unfortunately I cannot find it on Accessorize website so it maybe last seasons?http://www.monsoon.co.uk/icat/accessorizejewellery&bklist=icat,4,shop,accessorize,accessorizejewellery

Jennifer Zeuner


Liking these individual lettered bracelets from Jennifer Zeuner.

One stockist of Jennifer Zeuner is Max and Chloe http://www.maxandchloe.com/.
Great website for browsing

Monday, February 2, 2009

Commission for Silver figure of 8 for leather Bracelet


Above, figure of 8 after forming and soldering...some difference after a polish. A customer bought a leather necklace to double over as a bracelet. The bracelet would unfold, so I made a silver figure of 8 (clasp/holder) to keep the strands together. Made by me for Jewelled www.jewelled.info

Hold up! Snow - everything stops






What should be a day at work, is now a day of blog....and snowmen. No trains running, roads not save to drive. Over a foot of snow, the entrance to my house is blocked.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Accessorize, Victoria and Albert jewellery collection - Earrings


Above Earrings and a pendant (bottom right) from Accessorize

Above displayed V&A : 1800 - 1900 Gold earrings from Oporto


Above displayed at V&A: European 1st century-4th century gold emerald matrix earrings, below also displayed at V&A: Pique, tortoiseshell inlaid with gold ca, 1850 England.
Saturday was a busy day in London. I went to The V&A to look at The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery. Sadly because of security I was unable to take pictures. Its a stunning display (much better than the turnstile gallery days).
All the details of the display can be found here http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/features/jewellery/index.html

I also had a look around Accessorize. Costume jewellery is great for ever changing trend. £6.00 a pair of earrings, they are are not precious. Above are some earrings that caught my eye at The V&A and at Accessorize.