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.

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 

Apologies to our own Brisbane on-line ‘thefashionarchives’ . . . we were featured in issue 4 and I have only updated both our c.v.’s to reflect this Thursday, Mar 13 2014 

Number #10 is the recent issue so I’m terribly late with this update, sorry girls!

Our 6 column story entitled ‘pieced together’ is here

and my own Fashion Q & A is here

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.

. . . we must mention the swapsies and the garden gifts from neighbours also Wednesday, Mar 5 2014 

Many meals have been made from produce gathered within a kilometre from the property, including lamb cuts and fish and mussels from the Blackman river. This little parcel was found outside the back door from Dot & Mike Evans who own the other two story sandstone building in the village.

The garden at Tunbridge is planted with heritage fruit trees that we have espaliered, now into their sixth year – they are bearing fruit. Wednesday, Mar 5 2014 

. . . and as we are tropical folk at heart, we are really grooving on jam and paste-making down there.

. . . a Jeweller-to-the-Lost selfie by Lil Enright with Barbara Heath Wednesday, Mar 5 2014 

The second studio sale day in a rare moment when there were no clients in the studio. I had this shot as my wallpaper on the iPhone all the time we were on holidays - we have spent two months at our other residence, shop and garden in Tunbridge Tasmania. We returned to the studio yesterday and this is the first post for 2014, yeah!

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