It’s that time of the year again, and we have our Summer Open Studios fast approaching! Taking place from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, this is a great chance to meet Laura, see (& try on!) all of her marvellous jewellery and discover the work of the other talented designer makers who specialise in ceramics, furniture and fashion accessories.
Laura is very excited to show her brand new Stacker Collection at the Open Studios and will be running a ‘How Do You Wear Yours?’ competition – there will be more details of this to come later though! The Stacker Collection is available in silver, gold plated & black rhodium plated silver and solid yellow and rose gold – and you can mix & match your bands to create exciting combinations – we can’t wait to see how you will wear yours!
Laura wears a mix of 5 gorgeous stacking rings in gold and matte black!
Today Laura taught me how to make one of her very popular Love rings from the Written range!
The first stage was to cut the silver wire so it was ready to be soldered together, I learnt about cutting at the correct angles so that the different parts sit together properly when soldered and bending the wire into just the right curves.
Then the next part is to lay everything onto honeycomb board and solder it together (whilst trying not to set fire to anything – see, no flames)!
Once all the letters were soldered together, I then had to file down any sharp edges so that the ring isn’t scratchy when worn.
After all the edges are smoothed, it’s a case of hammering the ring around a mandrel into the right size. I’m making a midi ring so I made mine quite small so that it could sit on my index finger just after my first knuckle.
Once all the kinks are smoothed out and the ring is sized correctly, the ring has to be soldered together and then popped into the polisher.
Having not made jewellery before I was a bit shaky doing all the fiddly bits – but I am very proud with the result! The ring has now been sent off to be gold plated – watch this space to see how my first ring turns out…
And here’s the finished article!!