something to do with your hands

Frome, United Kingdom · 533 Sales


something to do with your hands

Frome, United Kingdom 533 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   handmade rustic artisan jewellery

Last updated on Oct 17, 2016

handmade rustic artisan jewellery

Claire Lockwood

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Claire Lockwood

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A little about Something To Do With Your Hands....

Something To Do With Your Hands was born during a fallow and difficult period in my life and spurred by a burgeoning love of collecting jewellery. I was working on a PhD in Modernist Poetry but my head needed some time off. My first training was at art college studying Fine Art, but a combination of factors had led me away from painting, and making and creating more generally. My love of jewellery led me back to these interests, reminding me of both the comfort and fulfillment that comes from creating things that appeal to the eye and stir the imagination. So, what started as a wish to fashion my own accessories has grown into full time occupation.

Since I began making jewellery, I have always delighted in bringing together disparate and unusual components. I can't imagine I will ever tire of my love of collecting a variety of materials and items from around the world to use in my jewellery. This includes vintage components, gemstones, artisan-made beads, archaeological finds and antiques, a great variety of glass, and much, much more. I love the contrast of rough and smooth, glamour and grit, dark and light, dusty hues and pops of colour and work to achieve a balance between the two in everything I make. I can't shake off my love of combining incongruous materials to make happy wholes, pieces that seem to have an inevitability to them, even though they have been formed from diverse parts.

Just over two years ago, I started to work with ceramics, again something I studied when younger. I began to make my own components to use in my designs. More recently, I have begun to develop my metalwork skills, with the aim of making my jewellery yet more individual and distinctive. I started taking silver-smithing classes just over a year ago, and I was so taken with it, I set up my own tiny metal workshop, complete with jeweller’s bench, inside a walk-in wardrobe. I've become obsessed with designing and making rings, setting beautiful cabochons in surrounds that enhance and correspond with the stone. This pursuit is, in a way, led by a different instinct to that of my other jewellery. Rather than working with a collection of varied parts, I start simply with silver sheet and silver wire (either sterling or fine silver), and the stone I wish to set. However, I’m also working on integrating my metal skills in all that I make, and on combining just the silver and ceramics in new and unique ways.

I have done numerous artisan markets in the past, but I currently sell exclusively on Etsy. My designs have featured frequently in jewellery publications both in the UK and the USA.

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Last updated on October 21, 2016
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I accept payment through Paypal and by direct payment with eligible bank cards.

I am happy to arrange payment plans for more expensive items so they can be purchased in several instalments.
Items will be shipped within 2 working days of payment being made. I post first class within the UK, and standard airmail for international orders. The postage charges do not include insurance or any tracking service, so if you would like to arrange any additional cover, please let me know and it can be provided for an extra charge. Orders over £100 (GBP) will be sent out International Tracked and Signed for no extra cost. International customers should note that they may have to pay extra customs and handling charges. I cannot predict or cover these costs, I have no responsibility for them, and I do not receive any of the charge. Accordingly, I cannot cover any of these costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
I really want happy customers, so if you are not pleased with any item or aspect of service please do let me know and I will do all I can to put any problems right. I will accept returns provided that items are returned within 21 days of receipt and show no signs of damage caused by use/misuse. I will only refund the cost of the item, not the cost of shipping either way, or any additional customs or handling charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
RE. 'Vintage' - Please note that the term 'vintage' is used only to describe materials that are over 30 years but under 100 years old (to the very best of my knowledge!). A large number of the materials I use are vintage, many dating from the middle of the last century, which gives them both rarity and character. Many of these pieces are from unused stock from long-closed manufacturers and stockists, but some are up-cycled. In some cases these pieces show some sign of their age, so please be aware of this; it is generally evident from the photographs but please ask if you have any questions regarding the condition of vintage components.

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