Did Clea really make this?
I really really did.
I have a tiny studio in West London, where no one but me makes the jewellery. I sit there for hours opening and closing tiny jump rings and coming up with new designs.
Where do you get your materials?
Where did you learn to make chainmail jewellery?
Where better to learn to make chainmail than in a real life castle?! I took course at West Dean College (an internationally recognised college for its excellence in conservation and creative arts education in a castle), where I learned from renowned jeweller Alison Evans. Her pieces are stunning and I am in awe of her skill.
What packaging does the jewellery come in?
I'm glad you asked!
I spent almost as long on my packaging as I did on the jewellery. I think that there should be as much excitement in opening the package as seeing what's inside.
I use recycled cardboard boxes which I hand decorate in bright colours with a spirograph. Each box, except for the earring boxes, is then put in a larger green box with a small handle, and lightly padded with tissue paper.
- For the rings, the small boxes have a plastic ring holder fixed to the inside of the box to use as a stand when not being worn.
- For the necklaces, the medium sized boxes have silver thread loops to hold the necklace in place and when the box is opened out fully, the necklace is displayed perfectly.
- For the bracelets, the box is the same as above, but on a smaller scale.
- For the earrings, each pair is attached to a spirographed earring card and put inside a spirographed box, with a pull out drawer.
You can see the earring cards, the ring holders, the earring and bracelet sets, and you can see the ring boxes in the background.
What is anodised aluminium?
Aluminium is a very lightweight, yet strong material, which is why it's used in drinks cans, for example. The metal can be anodised by running an electric current through it at different rates to create different colours.
This is the same process for anodised niobium and anodised titanium.
My sterling silver piece has left black marks on my skin. Why is this?
Sterling silver oxidises when it is exposed to the air. Usually this happens very slowly, but if you've been travelling at some speed in the open air, such as on a bike, you may find some black marks under the jewellery. These marks rub or wash off your skin really easily and can be kept at bay by using a silver polishing cloth regularly or whenever you start to notice the marks appear.