This is my lovely mum with a silver locket I made her for her birthday last year. The locket was a real challenge and I had no idea how or if it would work. Luckily when I was learning to make jewellery at night class I made a box locket for a good friend so could just about remember the basics on making hinges but there was a lot of trial and error and I went back to the books for help!
The piece began life as sheet silver from which I pierced and then shaped two domes that are hinged together. The front has a leaf print (created by rolling the silver through a rolling mill with a leaf skeleton). The locket holds a picture of my Dad who sadly passed away a few years ago but who was a huge supporter of my jewellery making hobby. There are two ruby’s set on the front of the locket as my parents had just celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary. My Dad was constantly nagging me to get a website up-and-running and start selling my jewellery so I hope he’d be really proud of Silver Ink Tree now. It’s still a hobby around a full time job at the moment but maybe one day…..(insert dreams of running my own little craft gallery here!).
Much of what has been made possible with my making has been due to the amazing jewellery bench that my Dad made for me about 4 years ago – much better than many that you can buy, this can be seen in the background of the photo. I use my bench almost every day and think of my Dad. So, I’m making handmade, upon handmade, the layers build!