New necklace clasps

Just so you know, I’ve recently started using hinged sterling silver clasps for all of my necklaces rather than the handmade shepherd hook clasps I was previously using.

Lobster clasp on a pendant chain.   handmade-chain-clasp

The lobster clasp on the left is now used for all regular pendants and chains in the shop. And the bolt clasp on the right is used for all handmade chains, including bracelets.

Both of these clasp designs are sterling silver and provide extra security for your handmade jewellery. And no longer making clasp findings myself means I will have more time for working on finished jewellery pieces. Yay!

Mini-range sneak peek

Over the last week or so I’ve been making some new fun and simple jewellery designs using iconic shapes. Partly this was just to give myself something different to work on in the studio, but I’ve decided I’ll be releasing these pieces as a mini-range in the lead up to Christmas.

Handmade jewellery designs in sterling silver.

It’s not a great photo, but here is a sneak peek of some of the jewellery designs I’ve been working on.

I’ll keep you posted as things develop.

Making, making, making

It’s been a very busy week in my jewellery studio as I ramp up my making work to get ready for markets and the busy season in general!

Handmade jewellery pieces in sterling silver and gemstones.

Above are some finished and partly finished pieces which spent last night in the tumbler to become bright and shiny. This is just a portion of the jewellery I worked on last week.

And this coming week will be more of the same!

Another peek at my new jewellery range

Last week I completed a big batch of etching for my new range of handmade jewellery, which is planned to be launched in early April.

Handmade jewellery pieces.

Above are some of the sawn out pieces – none of these are completed at this point as they’ve just been etched, blackened (to help me see the outlines) and cut out. These are mostly vintage engraving or fabric designs.

Etched sterling silver.

I’ve also etched four new patterns onto sheets of sterling silver. These will be sawn out and formed into various designs for the new range.

Hopefully I’ll have more to share over the next week!

View from the bench

I thought I’d share a peek at some of the jewellery I’ve been making this week!

Handmade sterling silver jewellery.

These pieces were photographed just before going into the tumbler overnight to be made bright and shiny. Some will be left that way, while others will be given a brushed finish or will be gilded with gold foil.

Most of this jewellery and several other pieces are heading to Urban Cow Studio in Adelaide.

You can also find all of these jewellery designs in my jewellery shop.

Endlessly making jewellery

Well, it feels a bit like that at the moment!

I’m spending very long hours every day at my bench as I prepare for upcoming markets and the festive season in general. I currently have a scarily long list of pieces to make!

I thought I’d share some photos of incomplete pieces and scrap, so you can see what’s been happening on and around my bench.

Saw pierced sterling silver.

Above is a saw-pierced piece of sterling silver with several designs ready to be cut out, including medieval arabesque earrings, the front panels of two Elizabethan cage pendants and a flannel flower earring.

Below is another sheet, also with designs ready to be cut out, including an art nouveau pendant and butterfly wing earrings.

Saw pierced sterling silver.

Finally here is a photograph of the sterling silver scrap I have accumulated over the last few months.

Scrap sterling silver.

Once this box is full of scrap which cannot be used in some other way, it will be sent to be refined and recycled into new silver sheet and wire, ready to be used all over again.

New jewellery out now!

Finally my new range of handmade jewellery has been launched – hooray! This range is a celebration of pattern and ornament, with decorative elements from different eras and cultures, often combined in a single piece.

You can check out the entire new range in my Australian jewellery shop and my International jewellery shop.

Below is an introduction to just some of my new jewellery range!

Elizabethan design cage pendant in sterling silver and gold.

This cage pendant features an intricate Elizabethan-inspired design which is hand cut in sterling silver. The interior of the pendant is gilded with 23ct gold foil (or 23kt if you’re in the US). You can also find it in my Australian shop.

Elizabethan cage ring in sterling silver and gold.   Elizabethan panel earrings in sterling silver.

Also see the cage ring and panel earrings from the same set (Australian shop: cage ring and panel earrings).

Etched circles dish ring with rhodolite setting.

This striking dish ring has been etched with a contemporary circles design and features a rhodolite gemstone setting. Also available in my Australian shop.

Etched and gilded sterling silver teardrop earrings.

These teardrop earrings are etched with an Elizabethan-inspired pattern which has been gilded with 23ct gold foil, creating a luminous gold texture. Also available in my Australian shop.

Chandelier earrings in sterling silver.

These sterling silver chandelier earrings are etched with a detailed damask pattern which has been given a matte brushed finish. Available in my Australian shop.

Etched gemstone cufflinks.

These contemporary cufflinks have been etched with a circles design. Each cufflink is set with a different gemstone – a faceted rhodolite and a faceted citrine. Also available in my Australian shop.

Final sneak peek!

I’m very close to finally having my new range of handmade jewellery fully made – I’ve been working very hard on it. Just a few more pieces to complete and then lots of photographing, writing and listing to do!

New handmade silver, gold and gemstone jewellery by Simone Walsh.

But in the interim I thought I’d share a final sneak peek with you of a number of finished pieces which will be part of the new range. You can find more photos on my Flickr.

New handmade silver, gold and gemstone jewellery by Simone Walsh.

New handmade silver, gold and gemstone jewellery by Simone Walsh.

New handmade silver, gold and gemstone jewellery by Simone Walsh.

Wish me luck for a couple of sunny days at just the right time so I can get my final photographs done!

Sneak peek: partially finished jewellery

Here’s another sneak peek at my new range of handmade jewellery. These are some partially finished pieces that I’ve been working on over the last several days. All are handmade in sterling silver.

Handmade jewellery

From this stage the components may go on to be domed, brushed, oxidised or completed in other ways before being assembled into finished jewellery.

Handmade jewellery components.

Another sneak peek – etched silver

I’m still working hard to finalise my new range of handmade jewellery – it’s getting close to being done! For now I thought I’d share some of the new etched patterns I’m going to be using.

Etched sterling silver sheets.

These patterns have been etched into sheets of sterling silver. The sheets will then be cut out into various designs before being turned into finished pieces of jewellery.

I hope to have more to share with you soon!

Etched sterling silver sheets.

Shiny and new handmade jewellery!

Finally my new range of handmade jewellery has been released into the wild. Hooray!

You can find the new collection in my Australian handmade jewellery shop and also in my international handmade jewelry shop.

Below you’ll find some photos and details of a few of the new pieces.

Handmade chain in sterling silver

Handmade chain in sterling silver with gold and gemstones - detail.

This sterling silver chain is entirely handmade in sterling silver – a very labour-intensive process!

The links are smaller than in my original handmade chain, so there are a lot more of them, but are made with sterling silver of the same thickness. Each link has been formed, soldered and then hammer-beaten to give it a sparkly finish.

Handmade chain in sterling silver with gold and gemstones.

The handmade chain is finished with a hammered 14ct gold link which features four ametrine gemstone beads and one amethyst bead, each suspended from a 14ct gold pin.

I’ve made a version of this chain for myself and I must say that it’s a joy to wear!

Butterfly wing pendant on chain

Butterfly wing pendant on chain.

This butterfly wing pendant is the deluxe version of a design that has been one of my most popular for a few years now. The wing has been intricately cut out by hand in sterling silver.

The new design is slightly longer and is suspended from a delicate sterling silver chain – something many customers have requested over the years.

It also features a sparkly, hammer-beaten ring in 14ct gold which holds two ametrine gemstone beads and one amethyst, all suspended from handmade 14ct gold pins.

Leaf and bud pendant and earrings

Leaf and bud pendant in sterling silver with gemstones. Leaf and bud earrings in sterling silver and garnet gemstones.

These leaf and bud earrings and leaf and bud pendant were inspired by a leaf spotted at the gorgeous Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens near to where I live.

The leaves have been cut out by hand in sterling silver. They have been hammer-beaten to give an organic shape and texture and have been finished with a brushed satin finish. The buds are beautiful pear-shaped faceted garnets.

The leaf and bud necklace is suspended from a delicate sterling silver chain which features three small green aventurine beads as highlights.

Seed pods necklace

Pods necklace in sterling silver with natural pearls.

This lovely seed pods necklace was inspired by a branch of pods spotted at the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens.

The branch has been cut out by hand in sterling silver. It is suspended from a delicate sterling silver chain and features five small natural pearls as highlights.

Maidenhair fern pendant and earrings

Maidenhair fern pendant in matte sterling silver with gemstones. Maidenhair fern earrings in matte sterling silver.

Inspired by a native fern, these maidenhair fern earrings and maidenhair fern pendant have been cut out by hand in sterling silver. The leaves have been hammer-beaten to give them an organic shape and texture, before being given a matte white-ish finish.

The earrings are finished with handmade sterling silver ear wires. The pendant is suspended from a delicate sterling silver chain which features three small green aventurine gemstone beads as highlights.

But wait … there’s more!

I’ll share some more pieces soon, but you can see the whole range in my Australian shop or my international shop right now!