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I call my little business Fluxplay Jewellery ; "flux n. flow; continuous succession of changes; substance mixed with metal etc. to assist fusion. play v. occupy oneself in activity, operation; free movement". (From the Oxford Popular Dictionary).

I am based in West Devon in the Tamar Valley where I have a small workshop and have been working as a jeweller, designer, maker and fully qualified teacher in high-schools and colleges since I graduated with a BA.hons in Jewellery design from Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in the early 90's. Currently I am a part time lecturer at the Plymouth College of Art & Design in Devon and the flourishing Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery near Lostwithiel.

Having always admired the designs and colours of many printed steel biscuit tins, tea caddy’s, olive oil cans, etc, I…

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  • Joined April 24, 2008

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Old tins, copper, brass, silver, reclaimed materials, plastics, pure tin

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    Handmade Jewelry, featuring recycled tins.

About

I call my little business Fluxplay Jewellery ; "flux n. flow; continuous succession of changes; substance mixed with metal etc. to assist fusion. play v. occupy oneself in activity, operation; free movement". (From the Oxford Popular Dictionary).

I am based in West Devon in the Tamar Valley where I have a small workshop and have been working as a jeweller, designer, maker and fully qualified teacher in high-schools and colleges since I graduated with a BA.hons in Jewellery design from Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in the early 90's. Currently I am a part time lecturer at the Plymouth College of Art & Design in Devon and the flourishing Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery near Lostwithiel.

Having always admired the designs and colours of many printed steel biscuit tins, tea caddy’s, olive oil cans, etc, I find that when pressed into ‘cabochon’ forms and combined with silver, copper, brass or bronze, a range of unique, fun and ‘narrative’ jewellery could be produced. Some of the 'tin' jewellery is kept flat, collaged and layered. From time to time there are also elements of found-object assemblage in some of the works.

The litho-printed steel is what we usually refer to as ‘tin’ but is no longer really so, as lead has not been used in the making of the material for many decades. I select an area of the design which not only looks great as a miniature composition of text, colour and pattern, but is unrecognisable from its original form. Each piece of jewellery is slightly different from the next.

The methods I use are traditional silversmithing and jewellery techniques, sitting alongside mixed-media and non-traditional approaches. I never glue, everything is professionally silver soldered, riveted or bezel set for a long life.

I can design and make pieces with your own special, cherished tin that you send to me, a popular service for many of my past customers. Check out my FLICKR gallery to see MANY more designs in a constantly updated photo archive.

I'm a proud member of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery. http://www.acj.org.uk/

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