HOT MESS

 

This one off statement piece of jewellery inspired by Molten Lava is now in my Online Shop

When making this ring I was imagining the hot liquid centre of the Earth and the swirling liquid rock that pours from volcanoes.

Pyrite means "0f Fire" and the glittering mineral was used in firearms for it's ability to make sparks to ignite gunpowder in a wheellock mechanism of a pistol developed in the 1500s. The Molten Lava ring commanded a huge specimen of pyrite for it's fiery origin. Fits most comfortably on a middle finger average size O-P.

This one-of-a-kind Molten Lava ring is now in my online shop as well as more new pieces featuring rugged metallic minerals as an alternative to the plastic glitter and tinsel covering everything at the moment.

Remember, pyrite is for life, not just for Christmas...

Sweet Ombre

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Getting out of the workshop and discovering the majority of my clothing is covered in splashes and smudges of pigment (not in a good way) I have I have made a couple of purchases recently to freshen up my existing wardrobe which currently spill out of vintage suitcases in my "cosy" apartment. The questions I have had to ask when considering a new item have been: "How can I make this work for the crazy/unpredictable weather we continue to have??!" The answer seems to be simple pieces in light fabrics cool enough for coping with the city's public transport in hot spells, but with the prospect of adding interesting tights, knitted  layers of cardigans and scarves and my favourite high 70s leather boots as the leaves change colour...

Cue Craft & Culture to create an amazing new lookbook, shot by  the talented Fiona Pepe which along with a selection of my handmade jewellery also feature;

interesting knits, tactile leather and THE most amazing ombre tights!!!

Ombre tights by BZR,   Hewn Bangles and ring, Jade Mellor

Ombre tights by BZR,

Hewn Bangles and ring, Jade Mellor

 The colours add autumnal interest with their faded tones and are made even more wearable by the fact the opaque colour is darker and heavier at the top (thank you!) which flatters even non-model legs drawing attention to the narrowest part of the ankles!

These graded colours and wonderful textures are just what we need for the transition from Summer to Autumn.  Here's a look, but check out the whole feature and new items joining the Craft & Culture site here.

Delicious colours...crème brûlée!!!                                                                                                          Black bangles and Hewn ring

Delicious colours...crème brûlée!!!                                                                                                          Black bangles and Hewn ring

One of my white and metallic Hewn rings ,Leather wallets by Anoukis, metal bracelets by Rah&Rah and Jesse Harris.

One of my white and metallic Hewn rings ,Leather wallets by Anoukis, metal bracelets by Rah&Rah and Jesse Harris.

My Hewn RIngs in marbled grey, and black & pyrite

My Hewn RIngs in marbled grey, and black & pyrite

Hendrick Lou knits, Annoukis bag, Rah&Rah bracelets and my white Hewn ring (just seen)

Hendrick Lou knits, Annoukis bag, Rah&Rah bracelets and my white Hewn ring (just seen)

                                 The beautiful Neko

                                 The beautiful Neko

Rainbow Rhombus

Is it a ring, or a Viking Compass to locate the Hidden Sun?

Recent bespoke Iceland Spar ring

Recent bespoke Iceland Spar ring

Iceland Spar is an amazing material, usually found as a rhombohedral crystal and part of the calcite family. Calcite has a unique property of double refraction. This means that when rays of light enter the stone it is split, creating fast and slow beams of light. This causes the effect of anything and everything being viewed through Calcite appearing twice. This unique double refraction can also cause a rainbow effect in examples that have small crystal fractures. 

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It is also thought to be what was known from medieval Icelandic texts as "Sunstone", used by the Vikings for navigation its light-polarizing property helping determine the direction of the sun on cloudy days!

Here's a triangular prism refracting light

Here's a triangular prism refracting light

An Iceland spar Sunstone was recovered from the Elizabethan ship Alderney  that sank in 1592, suggesting it was still used for navigation after the invention of the magnetic compass. Today it is used in the manufacture of Nichol Prisms, an integral part of optical instruments and polarizing microscopes.

In Norse mythology the sun is personified by the goddess Sól or Sunnabrother/companion of the Moon god Máni.

In the poem Völuspá, a dead völva recounts the history of the universe, here it is translated by Benjamin Thorpe:

The sun from the south, the moon's companion,

her right hand cast about the heavenly horses.

The sun knew not where she a dwelling had,

the moon know not what power he possessed,

the stars knew not where they had a station.

The Wolves Pursuing Sol & Mani  John Charles Dollman   (1851–1934)

The Wolves Pursuing Sol & Mani John Charles Dollman (1851–1934)

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Today is the longest day of the year, when the Northern Hemisphere receives the most sunlight. The official start of SUMMER! With this ring you can always find the sun, even when it's hidden. Happy Solstice!