Detail of the first in-line gem necklet finished today © Bh 2014 Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 

First a detail as I always post circles and crosses on my other blog, I love this stamped detail:

Using the language of the customer, when they put on their new wedding rings in the studio she remarked “. . . we’re hooked up now” Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 

Glenys had seen a Bh ring made for a client and followed up with a call to the studio. Simon had been searching the web for his special ring, he had found an American site that did work with meteorites when he too visited the studio. Her dream was for something that was low-key and 18ct yellow to match her other rings. Barbara showed classy items from our coloured gem stock, different shaped cubic zirconia samples to preview before we then source Diamonds to match the request. Designing started with the great collection of bands in the range. The brief quickly evolved into the solution above.

Wedding ring commission © Bh. Moebius style band has single diamond 1=0.36ct (E colour SI1/SI2) in rub-over setting, diamond is set low into centre of ring. 18ct yellow gold. Matt and polished finish. Size L1/2

His dream was heightened when we showed him our own material from other worlds, meteorites from Russia, Chile, USA and Australia. Volcanic bubbles from the inner earth called Moqui balls from several continents.  Fulgerites from Ukraine and Russia plus our selection of mineral botroidal Hematites, as these look like they are from another planet. Discussions about wearability, dimensions and metal amalgams began but when Simon saw our Mokume Gane samples, that quickly sealed the second design solution.

Wedding ring commission © Bh Mokume Gane band  7.2mm wide 18ct palladium white gold ring has central inlaid 3.2mm wide section of linear pattern mokume gane (14ct palladium white gold with 925 Silver). Band has low curved profile and defined junction to inlaid section. Size S . Matt finish to outside with polished inside band.

 

 

 

I hear the wedding bells just looking at these two commissioned rings Saturday, Apr 12 2014 

Commission © Bh – John Ellway Hand fabricated wedding ring 5mm wide x 1.6mm thick band with low rounded inner and outer
profile Inlaid with shakudo x at opposite points on band Inside stamped detail AJ.14 Hammered finish 18ct rose gold Size T *review band prior to inlay of Shakudo

Commission © Bh – Amber Winter Hand fabricated wedding ring 2mm wide x 1.7mm thick band of high rounded profile to match
engagment ring. Inside stamped detail AJ.14 Hammered finish 18ct yellow gold Size K1/2 *Amber’s engagement ring required to match profile exactly

Partnering with a couple to achieve their ceremonial marker, their emotionally merged goal is a lovely thing.  Making manifest their vision into shaped and textured metal is also such a delight. Mostly this work comes from word-of-mouth where others suggest their friends should make contact with us. What goes around comes around.

Busy week of designs and makes although I can only post the items collected Friday, Apr 11 2014 

The first Keshi pearl with the ‘another time’ band and black enamel fusion over 18ct yellow gold, sold to someone at the studio sale who managed to fit it on. It was spotted earlier at our GOMA sale day but unfortunately he couldn’t fit it on. A larger master was created and also our best large gold Keshi pearl was selected. Collected on Thursday this week. See the comments section for the feedback received.

Cheque arrived from Hong Kong for another McTavish family commission, we are excited to start Thursday, Apr 3 2014 

More on this when we complete Peter’s leather and 925 silver “Clan” cuff . . . commissioned by Wendy. I so much miss the postage ephemera, I keep every postage stamp for recycling and future artworks. We miss the smaller native birds as they are driven out of the suburban gardens by larger, non-Australian species. Thoughts of all the Australian migrating birds that used the mudflats of Hong Kong as feed and rest stations on their northern journeys to and from Siberia, these environments are shrinking due to landfill and the real estate boom there.

Cuttlefish cast in 18ct yellow gold to hold large south sea pearl Wednesday, Apr 2 2014 

Roz has her stingray skin choker to hold this whopper

“Hi, I’m an old Makers Mark client of Barbara’s and I have my Grandmother’s ring which I want the gem taken and I want Barbara to design and make a ring (with the gem) for my Daughter’s 21st . . . Saturday, Mar 29 2014 

Today I have posted major updates to our ‘pages’ column Tuesday, Mar 11 2014 

The commission list and CV .pdfs and the downloadable commission reports for the recent year’s activities, as .pptxs might be too much for you iPhone users but the full screen does them justice – enjoy + feedback welcome.

Three shots of an object we commissioned from Shanna Muston Tuesday, Dec 24 2013 

Shanna was successful in her ‘art start’ grant proposal, early in 2013. Both Barbara and I mentored her in all aspects of her business / jewellery start up. We have been mates for quite some time now and have followed her work. The piece of wood we gave Shanna is from our old store in Tunbridge, Tasmania. Water etched and with traces of old paint, this piece if timber fits with her aesthetic, beautifully. We thought that some of the grant fee we earned should be put back into Shanna’s own practice so we commissioned an object in response to the timber piece. It was delivered last week but we still have no idea about her title, we shall all wait for a comment + feedback. Between us, we have wonderful examples of local jewellers work. In fact we have pieces buy everyone who has ever spent studio time with us over the years.

The third last commission to leave to studio before Christmas 2013 Friday, Dec 20 2013 

The second important commission for these two men – their wedding rings (and them) are off to NYC soon.

© Bh Commission Wedding Rings for M & M. Matching bands have thick profile and bevelled edge on one side to fit to existing M & M rings. Each ring has pair of gems; Australian Green Sapphire square princess cut 1=0.46cts and Argyle Brown Diamond square princess cut 1 =0.15ct both flush, channel set into band. Hand fabricated in 18ct palladium white gold with matt and burnished finish.

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