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New Jewellery And A Pile Of Silver Bangles For Hallmarking

My recent break a few weeks ago gave me the chance to make a few new pairs of earrings and a couple of new bangle designs. I didn't go for anything too tricky with the earrings - I really wanted to use up some of my etched and patterned silver and copper and some of the {way too} many cabs I have at the moment!
I also made a couple of pairs of enamel earrings.

The above pair are made from copper sheet etched with a nail varnish resist to create a drop pattern. I used some half-drilled pearls that I sanded on the bottom to make them level then set them in fine silver bezels.

I also made some copper and carnelian earrings using some more etched copper.

I made both pairs with a stud fitting just for a change too.

 I also experimented with a wooden background as I fancied a change from the usual slate I use but I'm not sure about it and will probably go back to slate next time. I do like the weathered wood look for a background but finding a bit of weathered wood the right colour isn't that easy! I bought a wooden chopping board and stained it but it's not the same and not enough of a contrast in colour especially with copper and bronze.

 I did manage find a new larger piece of slate to use for my photos on the Topps Tiles website though. The slate I currently use is from a set of place mats and the pieces are a bit small for certain photo angles at times. You can order sample tiles on the website so I ordered a 30cm x 30cm slate floor tile for £2.49 with free posting. Bargain! It's a bit lighter in colour than my other pieces of slate so what it looks like in the photos and whether I like it remains to be seen ....:D

New silver studs

Speckled enamel earrings

I have also been busy making a pile of sterling silver bangles that will need to be sent off to the London assay office for hallmarking.

I have left it a bit late as I seem to still be in denial about Christmas and how close it really is. Once I get this lot back they need to be finished and polished, photographed then listed so I really do need to get them posted off as soon as possible.

I made quite a few flatter style bangles for hallmarking this time as it's a design I'm liking more and more. The width gives you more scope for texturing the silver and also makes soldering any decorative bits onto the bangle a lot easier. Always a plus!

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  1. the pearl earrings look love. Why dont you try staining some chipwood or light color wooden board (or plywood) with black acrylic paint? that I what I do for my jewelry as it gives a good contrast

  2. Your new studs are so cool! I love the texture and sheen of the bangles. So beautiful.

  3. Tracy, Just Beautiful! I love the bangles with the mix of texture. Jan P

    1. Thank you Jan! I managed to get them all in the post to the assay office today :D


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