Barbara says she didn’t invent *it . . . she just pulled it into her vocabulary Friday, Mar 24 2017 

Yes the *wire form with tab settings . . . have been a signature option here at Jeweller to the Lost since the beginning. Ruth and Barbara made a random arrangement of the elements – silver, onyx and the coral-coloured French glass buttons.

Juan-Luis and I always scan and document most stages of the make either on the iPhone or the scanner. Here is the construct in two sides via my scanner – very clean and scrutinised work.

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Barbara’s next Tasmanian show will open June 26, 2015 at Handmark Gallery in Hobart Monday, May 25 2015 

Just an advanced notice and the last June date we want you to drop into your diary. The studio is on track to finish all the makes by this Friday, then I have some time to complete all the imaging, pricing and documentation. The entire series of rings, pendants, necklaces and brooches are all featuring ‘porcelain shards’ found on and around our property in Tunbridge, Tasmania. This should not come as a surprise as Barbara has used found elements as the set “gems” in works since the mid – nineteen eighties. Buttons, beads, glass, wood, steel, other jewellery have all been recycled and incorporated but this show is purely Tasmanian based with antique relics which the earth has given up to us.

Elements from our range of high carat and unique gem stone jewellery from numerous © Bh ‘styles’ are also showing in our cabinets at Hobart and Evandale and via the Handmark web.

We love the fan/thanks mail that we receive and we both treasure and preserve them, Dr Gael sends the most divine cards Thursday, May 2 2013 

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The mailer Hero piece was too hard to choose this year Thursday, Nov 12 2009 

. . . so we fell back to the latest retail piece, Brooch/Pendant © Bh Lace Oxidised Silver Antique Buttons Contemporary Buttons Stainless Steel. The piece emerged from a recent Necklace commission briefed by Diane Roberts, five antique buttons from her collection made with the lace work, neoprene linguini and a textured ‘S’ hook. I can’t show Diane’s piece yet as she only collects it this coming Saturday. Saturday UPDATE: Diane’s piece is here.

As usual, some commissions evolve from tweeking previous makes while some are born from client thoughts and the personal material they present. We have been using our own collection of buttons (as gems) for ages, our antique seals as remade objects of desire and still delight at recycling the myriad of found objects we are attracted to enough to keep. It also helps to have nearly thirty years of always pushing a new solution behind you, doesn’t it Barb? . . . never  satisfied with the easy way out – love your work guys! I also popped these on Kit & Caboodle just now.

Grandmother’s jewelled watch case recycled and made contemporary Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

A gift from Sarah’s Mother; Denise – Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire set watch case. Then came the commission meeting at the studio, the possibilities, a list of things they liked and two design & makes were devised. A hand-made chain mesh Bracelet with the ring as the catch + articulated Earrings with the jewelled case and gem-set toggles. Barbara and Juan-Luis worked out a holding device for the large Onyx drops that can be detached, easilly. Using French Antique Buttons and Polished Onyx & Single centrally set Diamonds, the Earrings are made with posts and secure omega clasps © Bh 2009.

See the earlier blog mention when the pieces first arrived to the studio – May 2009.

Wednesday 24th June 2009 – Update: Sarah collected her earrings today – all ready for her 40th Birthday celebrations tomorrow at GOMA (with more to come).

A gift from Sarah’s Mother; Denise – a Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire set watch case. (see blog item in May 2009). Then came the commission meeting at the studio, all the possibilities, a list of Barbara’s work they both liked and two designs were devised. A hand made chain-mesh Bracelet using the ring as the starter for the clasp + articulated Earrings using the jewelled case and gem set toggles. Barbara and Juan-Luis worked out a device for the large onyx drops we had cut in Sydney, these can now be easily detached. Using Antique French glass buttons, the onyx set centrally with a single Diamond, the Earrings are made with posts and secure omega clasps © Bh 2009.
Wednesday 24th June 2009 – Sarah collected her earrings today – all ready for her 40th birthday celebrations tomorrow at GOMA (with more commissions to follow).