Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Samantha Moore Silversmith!

For those of you who don't know..... when my little brother married the lovely Lyn (she's far too good for him by the way!) 15 years ago - Beryl and I acquired a new nephew and niece.

Peter and Samantha have both turned into lovely adults with successful careers and have also both met two lovely people to share their lives with in Kerry and Darren.

Samantha has just passed her Master's degree in Silversmithing from the University of Ulster with distinction and is hoping to make this her career. She graduated this afternoon and here she is all dressed up with a very proud mum and stepfather!

She already has a website (which seems to be a work in progress at the moment - get a move on with it Sammy - its your shop window!) but if you check out her facebook page you will see some samples of her gorgeous work!

She has made some wondefully unique engagement rings - including her own and Kerry's - here's an example she made for a friend.....

and another one

She also made a fabulous locket for Beryl's 60th birthday. This one is based on an antique piece Beryl was given by one of Mum's neighbours in Belfast on her wedding day - but alas it got lost in all the house moves since. Nigel and Karen described it to Sammy - and here is her take on it - a beautiful locket with a raised letter B inset with pearls (Beryl's birth stone!)

Her latest commission is this beautiful amethyst and diamond pendant and in the facebook album you can see it in all its preliminary stages of manufacture

But its not all about jewellery - she has also made some beatiful pieces in precious metals too - this Absinthe case was one of her Master's pieces - and she made all the silver items in it as well as helping with the design of the little cabinet. It won first prize at a big exhibition in Goldsmith's hall a couple of months ago as well!

She has some truly gorgeoous samples of her work  (- and yes - I know I'm biased - but prize committees and degree awarding bodies seem to agree!) in her facebook gallery.
If you would like to chat to her about making you a piece of jewellery or a christening cup or another treasure - get in touch with her by phone on 07840 133921 or email her on

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Kaiser trinket chest

Did I mention that I went a bit mad in the Merly Impressions shop at the Kaiser retreat last month??
Yes?? Oh well - as I did - here is another project I made using the stash I acquired back then.

This is the gorgeous new trinket chest that Kaiser brought out in June, and I have decorated it with one of the other brand new offerings - the Velvet Ensemble paper collection. This is actually just both sides of one of the sheets (Matinee) - I used the patterned side on the drawer fronts, and the plain side on the side and interior of the lift up section at the top, and the sides of the chest.

I painted the chest with cream acrylic paint, and bashed the edges of the chest and the drawers and all the papers with a dewdrop inkpad (Gingerbread) before going mad with the decorating.

For the top - I used some of the elements from the Stage Show sheet on both the top and inner lid. For the top I used the plain cream one, finished off with a piece of the keyboard sticker from the sticker sheet on the front edge before adding a piece of a black pearl swirl and some of the lush roses. The problem with this little chest is that with the lift up lid and the nearly half inch high lip at the back, any embellishments on the lid have to be towards the front to allow the lid to open properly!

I did the sides with the plain red side of the Matinee paper, and again finished off the bottom edges with a piece of the keyboard sticker. And on one side I added this beautiful wooden dress form flourish. I left it plain as the natural wood finish went perfectlly with the vintage look of this piece.

When i lifted the top up - I thought that the inside of this section needed a bit of embellishment so I put in another element from Stage Show in the underside of the lid, and a rectangle of Matinee in the bottom.

Finally I embellished the front of the drawers with more flowers and bits I had chopped off the pearl swirl used on the top. The pearls around the top edges of the drawers are long strips and I simply curved them around the finger holes.

I hope you like this one - now off to do some layouts with the rest of my Chapter One and Velvet Ensemble papers!