Behind the Scenes of Jewellery Design – Creating the Fracture range
Ever wondered what goes into creating a jewellery collection?
Over the past year, I’ve been working behind the scenes, sketching, developing and testing ideas for a new collection. After reviewing current collections, I realised I wanted to develop some ideas even more, and I felt that one piece didn’t quite belong: the valley half hoop earrings.
This inspired me to create a whole new collection based upon this design. Inspired by the same tale of the Scottish goddess Beira, who formed mountains with her magic hammer, this collection still takes inspiration from valleys—but from looking at fractures that have formed to create them and their natural jagged forms. They could’ve been caused by Beira herself when she formed them!
Inspiration behind the Fracture range
When I started designing this collection I was feeling creatively energised in a new workshop space in Glasgow. Then lockdown happened and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever conjure up the creativity to keep making…or get to Glasgow. Luckily, I did manage to make the journey a few times and those journeys kept me inspired! Driving through the hills and seeing them change as the road wound in and out made for an excellent trip; the hills changing colour with the light and almost disappearing when the mists came in.
I’ve always been fascinated by the way shapes can change and evolve, something I appreciated when studying 3D Design. I think being amongst mountains and hills elevates this, as we’re fully immersed in this natural environment and it changes as we walk (or in this case, drive) round it.
In the workshop, these shapes started off as a simple wax triangle: a very minimal representation of a single mountain. Picking up my carving knife, I began to scrape and score the wax little by little so that I could begin to recreate these crags and fractures seen in the hills that zig zagged in and out of the valleys. I wanted these pieces to look interesting from multiple angles and for the light to be able to change and shift as the jewellery is worn.
Bold and strong shapes are really interesting to me; I find that they hold strength. By creating geometric shapes with sharp edges and dramatic changes I feel that I can encapsulate the energy that Beira had when she formed the mountains with her magic hammer. In some ways, I imitate Beira myself, carving out miniature mountainous forms, but with my carving knife instead.
Creating the pieces in silver
Satisfied with the shapes I’d created, I sent these off to be cast in silver by the professionals. Casting itself is a very highly skilled process to ensure the highest quality of casts. I did have the chance whilst in the Glasgow studio to play with some tools I wouldn’t normally have access to. That meant I was able to have a go at making my own rubber moulds and produce multiple waxes myself to be sent onwards. This was a fun process to learn, and different to ways I’ve previously cast in wax.
One of the things I was more conscious of when producing this collection is that I wanted to create my first fully recycled silver range of jewellery. This was a challenge, but after a lot of research and emails, I feel satisfied that the suppliers I work with now are using responsibly sourced and recycled materials. Which means Laconic jewellery can be even more sustainable: something that I’ll always continue to work on.
The final range of jewellery
You’ve probably gathered that there’s a lot of different stages to designing, developing and crafting a piece of jewellery. A range of pieces takes even longer, ensuring that they compliment each other and can be worn well together or on their own.
After pieces are cast in silver, there’s still much experimentation to happen before the final designs come to life. Each detail is assessed from how it looks to the way it feels when worn.
Each piece is designed to encourage you to express your true self everyday. Which is why this new collection will also be available in 9ct and 18ct yellow gold, for those who prefer things with a golden glow.
Fracture; the new addition to the Beira collection. Launching soon! Sign up to the newsletter to be the first to know when.