something to do with your hands

Frome, United Kingdom

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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 a 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. 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.

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  • Claire Lockwood

    Owner, Designer

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Last updated on April 29, 2022
Welcome to Something To Do With Your Hands

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 7 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
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Returns and exchange details
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. If there is a problem with the item I will refund shipping charges both ways; if an item is returned because of a change of heart I will only refund the cost of the item. In either case, I will not cover any additional customs or handling charges.

Business Address:

Claire Lockwood
Something To With Your Hands
Flat 1 The Old Post Office
9 Market Place
United Kingdom
UK 01373 465195
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 either by UK Royal Mail Special Delivery or 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.
Additional policies and FAQs
Earring measurements: The length given is that from the top of the ear wire, where it would enter the lobe.

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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