16.2.15

ribbon torque bangle



I've lost count of how many of these bangles I've made since developing the process in 2007, they just never seem to go out of fashion. But if I had dollar for every time I've been asked how they're made...


Well, here's a snippet of some of the stages the silver goes through to end up as the super strong forged bangle that it becomes.



Here the silver strip is twisted to form an old school straw shape.

The "straw" is annealed with flame and forged over with a cross peen hammer. This is a repeated process. Then the "straw" is untwisted to reveal the form.

The strip is then measured and rounded up to form the bangle. The ends are riveted in place with three strong silver rivets, each one hammered into place over my trusty cobbler's shoe anvil. Then all cleaned up and polished and voilรก!





4.2.15

portraits


I have finally succumbed to the idea that I needed some professional studio shots and portraits, as opposed to the random selfies I have on file and on my website (solitary worker problems).

I mustered up my courage and asked the fabulous Harriet Claire Tarbuck to capture me at work and amongst the more interesting nooks of my beautiful original industrial Collingwood studio.














Some of these will eventually be featured on my newly renovated website (currently in progress, don't worry, I'll keep you updated).  But for now they are at least recorded for posterity, which is nice.