June 13, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Each springtime tree coin pendant i design and create is completely hand-cut with a traditional jewellers saw. This time consuming process allows both a closer connection with the piece that is being made and ultimately a more involved, intricate finished item.
A silver Florin was the choice material for the tree pendant.
Recycling these silver coins allows these original details to survive and become part of a conversation which promotes recycling and green living. Obviously it is important for the piece of jewellery to be desirable, wearable and beautiful!
Handcrafted and recycled in Cambridge, UK.
Size : Approx 28 mm diameter
May 29, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I have always enjoyed the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and wanted to make these for years. I have used a couple of sterling silver 120 year old, very worn silver half crown coins. In the centre i have set a lovely amethyst stone. The reverse has a little secret detail too.
Speak friend and enter… Visit my website Hairy Growler to view more handcrafted and recycled jewellery. Each piece is individually handmade from recycled and upcycled raw materials
May 21, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Ladybirds. (bishy barnabees, ladybug)
For me the ladybird is definitely one of the sweetest little insects to land on you, although when there is a whole bunch it does get kinda creepy. However, their loveliness has made them symbols of good luck in many cultures. The Turkish name for the ladybird is Uğur Böceği, literally meaning good luck bug.
I have made this ring from a pair of lovely sterling silver pre 1920 threepence coins and a silver fork tine / prong! Its feels lovely and looks very nice worn!
May 19, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Irish ‘ Hare Threepence’ Lucky Leaf – triple hare brooch.
I have taken a break from the 20p collection (which is now finished!) and remade this lovely recycled Irish Threepence coin brooch i used to make. I have just been given a HUGE bag of these lovely coins to play with. I think this will find a loving home at Glastonbury festival…
May 8, 2013 § Leave a Comment
A Romanian folk tale says that the dragonfly was once a horse possessed by the devil. Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people’s souls. The Norwegian name for dragonflies is Øyenstikker (“eye-poker”)!
However, to balance this darkness ! The Native American tribes believe they represent swiftness and activity, and for the Navajo they symbolize pure water. In Japan they are much loved representing Summer and symbols of courage, strength, and happiness
I have cut this one out of a 20p coin, it took a while and is the perfect symbol of strength, grrrr,and happiness, yay
May 3, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Getting hitched ?
These beautiful contemporary and eco-conscious wedding rings dont cost the earth, literally and actually. Each one is handcrafted to order from an sterling silver British coin.
Coins minted before 1920 in Britain (and many other countries) are sterling silver. These coins are just perfect to turn into rings. During the terrible world wars some artisan soilders would take these precious coins and transform them into rings for loved ones and to remind them of loved ones back ‘at home’. The resourcefulness of these soilders is admirable and inspiring. This resourceful intent has now resurfaced in my work as a silversmith with green ethics looking to create original and unusual wearable pieces of art. Trench art to recycled art.
The outside surface of the ring is meticulously hand filed, sanded and polished to a beautiful high lustre. This gives the rings a wonderfully traditional wedding band look. However the best part is the inside of the ring, where the other side of the coin is clearly visible. This hidden detail, for you, completes the circle.
There is no ‘join’ in these rings which is another reason they are just perfect as wedding bands, they are an ‘unbroken circle’, quite lovely and symbolic.
Smaller size rings are made using sterling silver Sixpences and Shillings. Medium size rings are made using Shillings and Florins, whilst larger rings are made using Florins and Halfcrowns. They all look fab.
Sizes : Approx
Sixpences approx 4 mm wide.
Shillings approx 7mm wide.
Florins approx 9mm – 10mm wide.
Halfcrowns approx 10mm – 12mm wide.
The approx widths are standard width outcomes for each size coin. However, if you would prefer your ring in a narrower band just let me know, its no problem.
April 24, 2013 § Leave a Comment
A lovely set of newly handmade magical leaping hare pendants. Each one has been gently handcrafted from an old (1898) sterling silver English Two Shilling Florin coin. The coin has been flattened, hand cut, filed and polished. The look and feel of this old English silver is perfect. For added interest and to complete the origin story of the necklace the lovely ‘off-cut’ of silver coin is included.
The pendants are suspended from a delicate unobtrusive silver chain, adorned with a bronze star cut from old ‘Thrupney bit’ 3d English coins.
Size : Approx 45 mm * 22 mm