Monthly Archives: May 2010

Paper jewellery

Black & silver choker with D-ring

Sounds like a silly idea, but it’s actually a really good material—tough, lightweight, and durable. That black & silver choker is made from Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper, folded & laminated, and then very thoroughly varnished. It ends up very like thin leather, but it’s entirely vegan. (Not all papers are; most art paper uses animal gelatin for sizing. Fabriano use acrylic sizing, though.)

Malachite choker with D-ring I’d made a couple of these already, without having had the time, or a model, to show them off properly, but these two were done (and put into my intermittent prototype giveaway bonanza) as an experiment to see whether I could attach a D-ring to the underside in a secure and decorative fashion. The answer, it turns out, is “yes”—the knot at the back isn’t going to be proof against a hard tug, if any of my customers were prone to do such things, but even if I’d put a buckle in the D-ring and strap would still be quite strong enough.

Black & silver pendants I’ve also been making more of these pendants—they’re artist’s mountboard with a ribbon loop, very light (barely a gram each) and rather tough. The design is Roberson liquid metal ink, done with a No. 6 italic nib.

Absences & seascapes

Laig Bay over to Rum

I’ve been away in the Scots Highlands, and my camera broke on the second day of my two weeks. So that’s my best attempt at recording the view from my bedroom window on Eigg. (HB pencil, with a bit of post-processing so it’s visible, because I sketch very lightly.)

I’ve been back for a while since then, and haven’t managed to get much artwork done. Bits here and there, but that’s all.