As well as making jewellery I work in horticulture and environmental conservation. A wonderful mixture of growing plants on our propagation.  nursery and working with a charity to restore local inshore marine habitats.

 

When I am not working you will find me in the hills, ancient  woodlands, on the shore or in the sea.  Ever learning and ever grateful. 

I often work by commission, so do contact me to have a chat if you would like to discuss a bespoke piece or to ask any questions. 

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Process

My pieces are made using eco friendly, recycled silver and gold salvaged from waste products such as  electronics and computers.

The recovered precious metals are ground down to a fine powder and mixed with a natural binder and water creating a clay type material or a paste.

The paste is hand painted in many layers onto  the  specimen, or the specimen is pressed into the clay to create a detailed impression. After drying, sanding and fixing findings the piece is fired.

During firing the water and binder burn away, allowing  the precious metals to sinter, leaving pure silver 999. Sometimes gold  is added. The gold is painted on and then the piece is re-fired sintering the 22 carat gold 916 to the fine silver. Finally the piece is burnished and polished by hand.

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Craignish . Argyll . Scotland

©2021 Lucy Jane Walsh