Wednesday, 7 October 2009

A taste of cufflinks

Here are some of the cufflinks I have been making over the last two weeks. There are quite a few other designs and hopefully variations of each. For example, oxidizing, texture and gold leaf. I haven't used gold leaf since I was at college, but thought I would give it a go and see how it would look. I'll let you know how it turns out.
I haven't done any men's jewellery at all before. I thought it would be good to broaden my range and market. Actually, I did make a pair of cufflinks once as a present but they were just too dainty for a man and broke quite quickly! I guess I've always just been used to making feminine, light jewellery! I promise you though, these aren't! And they won't break! Another reason I wanted to try the cufflinks was to get me thinking of new ideas and something a bit chunkier.
At the DAZZLE exhibition in London (check link for details) there is always a separate section for men. Thinking I might add a couple of small man brooches in there which are in the middle of production as we speak! Not sure about them just yet or whether there is a market for man brooches?

I'll be putting more images of cufflinks on with prices at the end of the month. They will be starting from £65. So watch this space if you think your husband, father, or whoever might like them for christmas :)

Not long back from bag making class which was good. It has been a long day, so relaxing bath, then bed for me.


Not so much chat and more work!

I have today managed to finish my collection for the 'Gifted' exhibition at The National Museum of Scotland. I'm quite suprised at myself for having the work ready so far in advance! This image will be used for my postcards which the NMS will design and print.

It has been very quiet here at the studio without the girls, who are all sell sell selling down at Origin and Goldsmith's Fair! However, I have had the company of wee Merryn and Leon (The King, as he is known) all day. Talking to the dogs, maybe a sign of me going mad!

Well, I'm off to my bag making class in a bit. May post again later, as I have been working on a range of cufflinks for the men's Dazzle.

Donna x