So many changes have taken place in the last few years that I feel the time has come to focus on exactly what I want to offer from Chilichic Jewellery and now I am teaching the basics of bead and wire designs to my students, I want to return to what is my first love, of working with silver. I've always incorporporated silver into my work as it is a lovely material to work with and I prefer to wear silver designs. I've made lots of my own silver pieces over the years but not necessarily offered them for general sale, concentrating instead on commissions and gifts. Now I have a new work area for machinary, I am expanding my tool base and practising techniques that I aim to develop into new collections ready for 2014.
In the meantime, my beaded designs have always been popular and combining these with silver wire wrapping to create pendants has so far defined my style. I've been hoarding some special pieces ready for the website and am looking forward to sharing them soon. Many of these items incorporate handmade beads and buttons made by other designer/makers whose beautiful work has inspired me. These include glass beads by lamp work artisan Ray Skene, Doris from Jewlls4U, wooden buttons and beads by Bernard Dite of Turn 'n' Burn Welsh Crafts and ceramic buttons by Gill at Stone Hens Ceramics.
|Designs featuring handmade wooden beads from Bernard|
|A recent commission design using handmade beads from Doris|
|A bespoke piece made for a friend incorporating Gill's ceramic button and Bernard's wooden button|