so just some of the new things I have been working on. I finally have got my full Hallmark sorted. Everyone should know that hallmarking is your guarantee of quality. A lot of people think that a 925 is a hallmark. It is not! That is a stamp - you can buy them on line and stamp any thing yourself. A hallmark is shown above. It is traceable and has a makers mark. you can see mine above has the RMH mark. this is traceable back to me should it ever end up on the antiques road show in 100 years, the owner will be told where is was made, where it was assayed (London) and the date and who by! it guarantees the quality. I love that I have a hallmark. I love that I send pieces off to be assayed. I love that it has my mark. I love that when people commission from me they know they get British standard quality silver. It comes at a cost though unfortunately it is not cheap. as hobbies go it is costing me a fortune but it is oh so worth it.
I made the sterling silver tassel above FINALLY. Have been threatening it for MONTHS! This still needs assaying as does the chain it is on - over 50 grams of silver in this one piece but boy is it pretty - even if I do say so my clef. More experimentation tomorrow with a different style of tassel and I think it is time to do some more carving and casting. Keeps me out of mischief.
The bracelet featured was commissioned as a birthday present. It was a challenge even though it looks pretty simple. Its very pretty on. Think I might have to make myself one. I am going to need a bigger jewellery box. Tomorrow I have a gorgeous ammonite stone that I want to sent in a chunky hammered bangle or ring - have not quite made up my mind yet. I know I am going to run out of time. Wish there were more days in the weekend but the day job calls Monday and it will probably be a whole week before I can get back in the studio again.
Got to finish off a commissioned spinner ring tomorrow too to be assayed before it jets off to Ireland. Hopefully to a very happy owner.
You have to love happy customers: