Exquisite pair of local boar’s tusks turned into a pair of wearable bangles Friday, Sep 26 2014 

The questions were: 1) do we make silver fitted caps for each tusk? . . . and they sell them as objects. 2) do we endeavour to make them into wearable bracelets? 3) if so how to make them both fit her slender slim wrists? 4) There will have to be lots of metal, Silver or Rose Gold? 5) how to best show off the patina and growth lines of the tusks?

Barbara, Juan-Luis, mal E, Vanessa and Michael played with the options . . . sometimes they we were all in accord, ideas were lobbed into the mix like wild-fire – two meetings then the solution was drawn up, costed a few ways and accepted in a few minutes.

I’ve posted both together (above) and the two separate (below) © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost

 

 

Feedback from Vanessa Roche, via iPhone messaging: “Nancy Cunard photographed by Man Ray, she is fun to google . . . Thanks again for the bracelets, they are just perfect! I might try to build up to this look”. The image sent was too small to post –  our Nancy Cunard image comes from the Jewellery to the Lost library ‘ Costume Jewellery in Vogue’ by Jane Mulvagh.

Seven shots taken by Juan-Luis with his makeshift additional lens on his iPhone Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 

Mathilda’s © Bh textured bracelet to hold her Barbara Heath charm collection – her eleventh birthday gift commissioned by her Mum, Kirsti Simpson.

Kerry’s wedding ring remade into a Bracelet for Lloyd Sunday, Jun 29 2014 

Clients take us on their life journeys but we don’t feel like old bags . . . just excited to be part of their travel plans.

Intimate mementos recycled with intention + our own design language, reused + in this instance; a new solution for a mystery clasp with safety clip as required. Final shot taken by Barbara before the piece flew to Darwin – larger © Bh design with notes that was sent to the client.

Recycle her © Bh Topaz and 9ct gold leaf lattice ring into a Bracelet for Lloyd. Four rectangle links each have a four leaf motif from Kerry’s ring and further gold bead detail to each side, alternated with five square faceted block links; three having gold centre detail and two are set with round brilliant cut topaz. Bracelet has ‘mystery’ clasp with safety catch has further gold detail and set with brilliant cut topaz. Oxidised 925 Silver with textured detail and 9ct gold (as supplied). Length 19cm.

 

McTavish clan emblem wrist bracelet – handmade solid silver and leather © Bh 2014 Monday, May 26 2014 

Commissioned for Peter McTavish from his wife, Wendy.

The studio started with the all the historical clan emblems available, one from the family and a previous wide wrist band Peter had found at the local Eumundi markets as a size indicator. Barbara has retained all her leather working tools from the 1970s and it was a delight to go back to this medium. We started by working up the vector line artwork both by hand and computer until we had all elements signed off and Juan-Luis could start the minute saw cuts that have realised this task. The shot below is of the emblem prior to chemical oxidisation and the fitting of the pins that secure the piece to the leather band.

Hand made solid silver buckle and lip finish off this one-of-a-kind commission, we love it!

 

New stock being prepared for September – off to QAG gallery store and Artisan within the week Thursday, Aug 29 2013 

Cheapside Ring © Bh Natural baroque Keshi pearl in textured cup setting with hammered finish. 18ct yellow gold with black enamel fusion Size N1/2

Gem cluster ring © Bh Textured and fused double band in 9ct Palladium white gold with rose cut Diamond, brown Diamond, fancy cabochon Ceylon Sapphire and fancy square Sapphire

Bracelet bar & ring clasp © Bh Handmade chain with paper die and textured roller links in oxidised Silver with 18ct yellow gold detail and in-line facetted Iolite beads.

Bangles with ‘in-line’ © Bh symbols Sunday, Feb 3 2013 

6 mm oval 925 silver with in-line symbols, all with details oxidised

All hands on deck in preparation for next weekend’s studio sale . . . new makes of old favourites plus much more in store Saturday, Dec 1 2012 

The Daniel Craig version of Barbara Heath’s Signature Bracelet – 925 Silver 18ct Yellow Gold Faceted polished Onyx – sporting the smaller symbols that we first did for Jean-Pierre Khoury in the late eighties . . .

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Our downloadable powerpoint of the 2012 commissions is on the server and ready to view – 21.27Mb Friday, Nov 30 2012 

I’ll post a few of the previously unpublished commissions below – click here to download

‘wonder woman’ commissioned cuff © Barbara Heath Monday, Nov 5 2012 

This cuff in presentation box is jetting its way to Cairns in North Queensland today to join many more © Bh commissioned jewels in Kate Galloway’s collection. Starting with an acrylic (dinosaur designs) cuff for the right size and proportions, Kate and Barbara dialogued to and fro about metals, gems and specifics until the design was cornered – 5 cm wide cuff constructed in oxidised 925 silver with applied detail in 22 ct yellow gold with a central large emerald-cut Rutile Quartz 1=14.92 ct in box setting with textured 22ct bezel.

Barbara says this 18ct pink gold bangle will become more pink than this shot . . . I. C.’s birthday one – sans gem stones Wednesday, Jul 25 2012 

and now the stones are set and the 22ct gold which was brought to the surface by heating is more pink again:

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