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A birthday commission - unique cast silver rings September 22 2014, 0 Comments

These two unique silver rings were created by lost wax carving. This is a really old technique where a mould is carved from hard wax and then cast into metal.

It is a great technique for creating organic, soft shapes. For this commission I was asked if I could create a unique piece as a birthday present for one of my brother's colleagues. She liked the idea of quite a chunky organic form, and we discussed taking inspiration from something in the natural world, the sea or something growing.

In the end both of the pieces I created were inspired in different ways by the sea. The first ring has a soft, organic shape and a pattern of inscribed lines, reminiscent of sand after the tide has gone out, or of the overlapping ripples in the surf around your feet. This ring has a highly polished silver texture, with a matt finish inside the deep grooves.

The second piece I created is more sculptural, a wave breaking on  the shore.

As these rings were cast from a single carved wax without a mould being made they are totally unique.

Commissioning a carved ring in silver, gold or palladium as a special gift or a wedding ring is the perfect way to have something unique created just for you. I really love creating pieces like this, send me an email if you would like to discuss a commission.


Introducing Ria August 18 2014, 0 Comments

My Ria rings are an older design, but I've had a couple of orders for these recently, and had forgotten how cute they can be.

 

As with a lot of my designs the inspiration for these cute little rings came when I was out and about, looking at the jewellery people are wearing. I was sitting on the tube looking at some gorgeous little rings with traditional grain work on them worn by the person sitting next to me.

I wanted to do something which would have some of the same delicacy, but wasn't quite sure where to start, so I cut some teeny little circles of metal and experimented with attaching them to a band. 

The finished result is different each time, the tiny circles of metal are too small for me to exactly place them, they are like a rock fall on a beach, slightly random, the position of the first couple I attach will affect where the others end up.

Available to order in silver or 9ct gold. I make each of these rings from scratch each time, so the pattern will never exactly repeat.

They are nice to stack if the forms are all grouped together at one end, or are very pretty on their own.


Bands of silver and gold May 06 2014, 0 Comments

New to my shop this week are these flat band rings in sterling silver and 9ct gold.

I have had a few special orders for these in the last few weeks, so have decided they need a permanent place in the range.

There are 2 weights on offer. The first are 1mm skinny bands which are perfect for combining with your other skinny rings, giving further depth to your stack. These are available hammered or plain, and in sterling silver, 9ct yellow and 9ct rose gold. A mix of plain and textured, as well as the different metals looks really great together.

The second, the 1.5mm bands are heavier, although still slim and elegant. These look great alone, or would be a nice contemporary wedding ring option. The hammered texture gives a subtle sparkle to the surface, I use a really small round ended hammer to add the texture by hand to the completed ring.

These rings are also available in 18ct gold as a special order. Send me an email for a quotation.

nikki@nikkistarkjewellery.co.uk


Silver Sailboats April 29 2014, 3 Comments

The first silver boat necklace I made was an experiment. I had some odd shaped pieces of silver left from cutting the circles for my Stella rings, I tried doming and shaping the pieces and decided they looked a bit like sails, moving in the breeze.

Each of these necklaces is a unique piece, I start from flat silver sheet each time, cutting shapes for the sails. I use a doming block to curve each of the pieces, then use pliers to create more complex shapes.

I collect images of boats for inspiration, and start with a general idea of the type of shape I am aiming for, letting each piece take it's own direction.

Sometimes I make 2 or 3 boats at once, creating several sails and then experimenting with different combinations of pieces, until I find something with the kind of personality I am looking for.

 

This little boat is inspired by a one person racing craft, a laser, or similar.

Sterling silver Sailing ship necklace - Handmade in the UK - Unique piece

This second boat is a little more abstract, a large sail billowing in the breeze.

As each boat is unique I only list them for sail in one location, my Etsy shop, Two Red Trees, and What I Always Wanted are currently offering options from the flotilla.