Articulated earrings designed by a client and using her own Briolettes Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 

Our friend and client in Sydney does gemmology in her spare time and sources excellent material and dreams up designs that Barbara and her bring into the world. These earrings were devised using her own christmas tree decorations as a starter. 9ct palladium white gold and Aquamarine briolettes.

An artist and gallerist purchased the latest Housegeister we sold at St Matgaret’s Mayo Festival Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 

Michael Eather has been making his art for over 30 years now and we once shared the same dealer – Michael Milburn so we have been mates since then. His own gallery – Fireworks Gallery shows a miriad of indigenous and non-indigenous artists side by side with a spread of senior to emerging artists from all over Australia.

We are always excited when a piece goes to a good place, person or collection, in this case it goes to all three and what’s more Michael ‘gets it’ . . . these ‘Tinsmithed objects” were covered in Inside-Outside magazine at the time of the first Artisan show, for those new readers here are the two downloadable pages – onetwo. I’ll post a smaller pic of page two , below.

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!

 

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.

20 contemporary jewellers now show at Fio Contemporary Jewellery and Design in Brisbane’s James Street fashion district Saturday, Nov 23 2013 

The show opened last night and was a great energetic affair (we all enjoyed local Teneriffe hand made Ales by Green Beacon & food spread by Pennisi Food Deli) – Matt requested that Barbara not show any work similar to our other retail outlets in Brisbane. Barbara and the ‘Jeweller to the Lost ‘s studio have created new minimal wearables with our Lapis Lazuli gem stock. Two pair of earrings and ring and a (detail) of the ‘hero’  large brooch. The five ‘silver’ precursors Barbara started into prior to the collaboration with Marian Drew have also been consigned. Shop 6/65 James Street Fortitude Valley Q 4006.

A client flew up from Sydney to do her usual 7 briefs,  last week, took one look at these and requested her own version of the centre flower planter and has started to select gem stones as the flowers. Largest unit 96mm H – all solid 925 sterling silver © Bh 2013. High-res here.

‘The Weekend Edition’ just posted the social pics from the opening of ‘silver’ at the Museum Of Brisbane, nice Friday, Nov 22 2013 

Which reminded me of this shot of the installation by Chelsea Sipthorp, supplied to Marian Drew and Barbara Heath of their artwork: “Maisie & Bab’s Garden Sketchbook” Click here for the larger downloadable image.

Also please note: The “silver’ panel discussion with Marian Drew & Barbara Heath is scheduled for 2:00pm Sunday 2nd March 2014 at the Museum of Brisbane.

Here is a detail of the work:

 

Delivered tomorrow – two © Barbara Heath ‘lace’ pieces, a pendant and cuff set in 18ct pink gold Thursday, Oct 24 2013 

Commissioned as a dual wedding gift. Our one-off ‘lace’ sphere pendant with a handmade Niobium cable with an 18ct gold precision bayonet clasp made for us by Christopher A. Hentz in Baton Rouge USA. The half round ‘lace’ cuffs have handmade chain and bars that have been perfected by the studio and are just the thing for single or double cuffs.

Liz Williamson’s ‘big up’ Grid Ring back to the way it was made Friday, Oct 18 2013 

This lovely Barbara Heath ring sustained a serious blow to the side and the entire double set of grids moved considerably. The task was to work out just what element had to be coaxed back first and then work to align all the angles. Handmade in 18ct yellow gold with oxidised 925 silver – sending this much loved and well worn ring home today in an express bag.

The ring on the right flew to Venice today, nice Tuesday, Sep 24 2013 

We are now noticing the third wave of designers, architects and creatives engaging with Barbara and the studio to make their life markers. Now in our fourth decade of creatively collaborating with commissioners, these two bright young sparks came to us with a well defined aesthetic – two wedding rings for a UQ student of art history and a masters of architecture student at QUT. Katie Themor flew to Venice yesterday to continue her research on the architecture of the old Jewish ghetto. Katie also works at the QAGoMA bookstore where she is involved in retailing our works on consignment. Jeremy Zigenbine works at KP Architects and is currently engaged on the new refurbishment of the Wickham in Fortitude Valley. Both rings were clearly briefed and executed to their specific requests – his textured ‘moebius’ style is a © Bh favourite while Katie’s ring, a narrow 1.5mm rounded band to suit her engagement ring – simple polished finish and both in 9ct yellow gold.

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