I use recycled silver, mostly in the form of silver clay, to make many of my pieces, often using the textures of leaves, shells and other natural objects. I sometimes use more traditional techniques such as soldering and forging, and I make as much as possible of every item, including ear wires.
I also make glass beads using the technique known as “lampwork”. I melt rods of glass in a torch flame, and then wrap the molten glass around a metal rod called a mandrel. The beads can be made from many different colours of glass, are shaped in the flame, and sometimes decorated using dots, lines and twists. I particularly enjoy making beads in an organic style, often to emulate pebbles and beach glass.