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I get asked to make commissions a lot. Often it's by people who have some jewellery that has been passed down in the family that they don't wear but that they don't want to give away - so they bring it to me to see if I can make something new for them.


Recently, a friend of mine brought me a whole lot of stuff that she wants transforming. I'm slowly working my way through it - I'm going to post some before and after shots in the next few days, but for now here are the two pieces that I've completed.



The "leaves" on these earrings are actually made from the petals on a flower-shaped brooch. The central flower is still in one piece - I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it yet. I turned the metal stems of each of these petals over using needle-nose pliers to form a loop through which I could wrap the wire, then I carefully attached them to 14ct gold-filled chain. The stone at the top is a garnet.


I must admit, when I first saw this chunky silver and purple necklace section I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. It seemed too big to easily be made into anything, but then I had the idea of making a short necklace with a feature clasp on the side. Freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal and labradorite (that's the grey stone which shimmers when you look at it) embellish the chain, but it didn't seem perfect until I wired a lovely big chunk of amethyst to hang from the bottom.


I hope she likes them!


If you want to get in touch about a commission, email made_with_love@rocketmail.com

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