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Flush Settings

Below is a video and images of a ring I made to practice flush settings with.

Part of the mandatory course work is to do 5 flush settings. 322 more words

Student Life

From Black to White to Grey - a personal account of how I got here.

Here is a letter I was asked by a newspaper to write when I explained my journey from accountant to jewellery designer. Its deeply personal but has lead to this new personal blog.  855 more words

A Balanced Life (The Grey Area)

Brooch Project - Part 2

I’ve had a few ideas for the brooch project and some of those ideas are pulling me away from my normal materials which I like. As part of the assessment I need 4 Manufacturing Technique samples so I’ve been considering a handful: 359 more words

Student Life

Jewellery Showcase

It has been a busy week here at Ooh Shiny, after a busy weekend. So today’s blog post is going to be simple and fun, just a few photos of some of my favourite designs from my shop and some commissions I really enjoyed. 281 more words


Graded Unit - Eldfell

After a long design process and a few hick-ups which meant designs needed to be re-visited, I finally got a finished piece! I know my finishing of my pieces definitely needs work and it’s rather frustrating that I have not quite nailed that yet, the design however, I am happy with, despite the set backs. 228 more words

Student Life

Brummie Buttons

I really like buttons. I mean really like them. Like this much:


Buttons are of local importance as well. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Jewellery Quarter, and Birmingham more broadly, made all the fixings and fripperies needed for contemporary life, from buttons to buckles and hinges to coffin plates. 445 more words

Historical Jewellery

The Pearly Queen

Recently, I’ve had a lot of comments about (and orders for) my Tudor coin necklace; more than I was expecting, actually. Originally the necklace was more of a fun, nostalgic, ‘hey-look-it’s-that-coin-I-saved-from-Kentwell’ design I did on a whim than an homage to Tudor style itself, but people have really responded to it. 444 more words

Historical Jewellery