Kate uses this technique to make both bespoke pieces and also for her collections which after making an original she has cast into a mould so the item can be repeated.
Kate's latest collection (now available at Tiny Gallery) celebrates her love of nature and the coast. She had an amazing trip to Canada in 2019 and drove from one end of Vancouver Island to the other. She was incredibly inspired by the colossal amounts of driftwood washed up on the coastline and a few photos of the seafoam bubbles clinging to it is what is reflected in her latest pieces. To achieve the look she has reticulated the silver and made tiny silver balls in a process called Granulation, to represent the seafoam bubbles. These are then soldered onto the main piece, (as well a great deal of time spent searching the workshop floor for escaping balls of silver!)
The ‘Bubble’ Rings combine both silver and gold with the settings of the gemstones being 9ct or 18ct gold and the addition of 18ct gold to make the little ‘bubbles’. Kate has always enjoyed mixing these metals together as she loves the contemporary look it gives.
Kate's silver is recycled where possible and she melts it down and re-works a lot of it herself. The same applies to the gold. It can be a time consuming process but very satisfying and well worth it. Sustainability is an important part of what Kate does.