I love to take on different projects and commissions to make unique pieces that have been designed and made just for you. If you're interested in having a bespoke piece made please get in touch and we can start the design process!

The Guitar Capo

This project really developed my skill set and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. There was a lot of engineering skills needed, such as making tiny steel hinges and threaded holes. It also had to be functional and easy to use as well as being aesthetic. I learnt so much whilst making this, which was really enjoyable, and it works very well. I look forward to perhaps making more in the future!  

The Silver Tea Strainer

My first venture in to the world of silversmithing! For this piece I learnt how to hand raise a silver bowl from a flat piece of sheet, which was a great technique to learn. I don't often have the chance to make larger objects out of silver, it's quite different from making jewellery, and I really enjoyed designing this. The hardest past was marking out and drilling the holes in the right place to get the perfect spiral! Tea strainers are such lovely objects,  and you can really have fun with designing the handles and the pattern of the holes. This object functions beautifully, and a bespoke tea strainer would be a perfect gift for any tea enthusiast!

The Brass Seabass

Ellen Thorpe Brass Seabass

I had a lot of fun making this, from researching and drawing the fish, to texturing and forming the metal. I also made the glass eyes, which I hadn't done on such a small scale before. Working with brass is a bit harder than working with silver, but because this piece is fairly large and going to be used as a key ring it was better to use a slightly harder wearing material. I made the eyes first, which then dictated the size the fish was going to be. I press formed the body of the fish to get that 3D feel, using a perspex mould and a hydraulic press, I then added the detail of the fins and stone set eye. At the end I used a silver plating solution to get the right colour, and as the key ring is used the brass will start to show through the silver making it look more Seabass-like, as they have a lovely golden shine to their scales.

Wedding & Engagement Rings

Making wedding and engagement rings is one of the most fulfilling jobs as a jeweller. I love that people trust me with such a important job, and its so great that it's becoming more popular to get something handmade! As I tell my customers, I can make pretty much anything you want, so why settle for something mass produced?

The process is simple, we talk through ideas and designs, and then I take a couple of weeks to draw some variations on those ideas and you can pick your favourite. If its a engagement ring and you want a special stone I often travel to Hatton Garden in London to source the perfect stone for you! I always send photos updating you on how the process is going, and so you can see how the piece is made.

I have also taught a few workshops where couples come and make their wedding rings for each other, so please let me know if that's something you would be interested in.

Jewellery Commissions & Testimonials

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Ellen Thorpe sapphire engagement ring