I know this is going to sound a bit mean, because work is work and it puts porridge on the table, but I really do not like making this kind of jewellery anymore. It is an awful amount of concentration and while the end result is wow stuff, one can find this in any high end jewellery shop. So it’s just same old same old.
Now this is something I utterly love making…My latest carved aquamarine pendant.
Made out of 18 ct yellow and white gold, set with diamonds
and a 7.7ct aquamarine.
The aquamarine is carved so that it ‘folds’ over
the white gold swirl .
The swirl was soldered in after the aquamarine had been set.
Delicate soldering that.
10 grams in total.
From time to time I pick up a brush or two and paint some stuff.
This is my latest one in oils on canvas.
Normally I paint meter high paintings, so this is the smallest
I have done in a while, at 260mm x 200mm.
It is a Crowned Lapwing female guarding her eggs.
( see the eggs?) They very well camouflaged.
I used to do ringing ( called banding in America) for the
Avian Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town,
when I lived in Botswana.
As I approached her eggs she came out at me and by luck I snapped
I then beat a hasty retreat, because she was not a little bit
scared of me.
It’s a female thing, that.
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