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Su Trindle is a British designer and maker of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery. My favourite place to be is my small workshop in my garden. I work alone, singing along to the radio striving to create beautiful well-designed, contemporary jewellery and make a living at it. This last is important, not just to my creativity and ego but to help feed by boys and the dog.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I'm in Making Jewellery - Christmas Issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way back in August in the chilly, rain lashed days of an English summer, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Kira Wither-Jones. This week it appears as a full page in the Christmas issue of Making Jewellery Magazine, here in the UK. I'm so proud and delighted they chose me for the Inspirations page
It's taken me 3 days since it arrived to pluck up the courage to read it! In fact I got my friend Sally, my son and my husband to go over it before I did. I don't know what I was nervous about. I was, after all talking about jewellery and I love talking about jewellery
I chose my favourite ring , which I am wearing in the picture, and talked about the inspiration behind it. The part I found most  difficult was giving them a picture of my sketchbook. It's my personal diary of sketches and  ideas and I was nervous about sharing it. I shouldn't have been, it's all good. In fact it's such a fun magazine, I want to do it again,

Page 68, since you ask!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Weekend Deal 10% off at Quercus Silver on Etsy

The Festive Season starts here.
This weekend only, from Friday 13 until Sunday 15th Quercus Silver (that's me!) and many other members of Etsymetal Team are joining in  the Weekend Deals offers on Etsy!
You'll get a mahoosive 10% discount in my shop if you follow these simple steps~
1. Choose your jewellery.
2. Add your items to your cart.
3. When the "Message to Seller" window comes up at time of purchase, write in it: "Weekend Deals."
4. Make your payment.
5. I will refund you 10% of the purchase price through Paypal. Visit the Etsymetal blog to find other jewellers are participating . Settle back and get that shopping done!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

BBB is for buttons

I have a secret passion for buttons. My mother's button tin was a source of stories and wonder when I was little. There were army buttons leftover from my Dad's uniform, beautiful crystal buttons from my grandmother's flapper dresses and big bold Bakelite buttons from Mum's old suits and edge to edge coats. It  all seemed so glamorous and exotic,The button box itself was covered in faded, gilded images of the Taj Mahal. It made me yearn for travel and the grown up world.
Well, now I have added to that collection and every new cardigan that I own has it's buttons replaced with something more interesting. My favourites are hand-crafted Dorset buttons from Alix at Big Blue Bed (BBB). They're beautifully made, colourful and I even have a hair clip to match! If you visit her Etsy shop you're sure to find more delights and complete adventures for girls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The other "C" word

Now, in my family, no-one is allowed to mention the "C" word til after October. If my boys even so much as hum a carol or "ho-ho-ho" before November they're in big trouble. However, in the spirit of parental hypocrisy, I have been doing a little preparation on the quiet. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. There, I've said it.
I think buying jewellery is very intimate and beautiful wrapping is an important part of the occasion. My husband also thinks all shops should gift-wrap his gifts for him and, come to think of it, that would be good. So, my Christmas wrapping takes a little time and planning.

I started making my little hand stitched bags a couple of weeks ago, because they always take me longer than I think. I love dawdling through our local  quilting shop looking for the perfect festive-but-not-too-obvious fabric. These designs have just enough subtle gold, I think and I've lined them in a contrasting fabric. Hopefully, they'll be re-used and re-cycled.
I found these beautiful handmade papers from India in rich warm shades of green and gold and crimson. Once they're tied with ribbon, it will all come together, all ready to give and to receive.
Let the festive season commence, but please don't tell my boys I used the "C" word.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Conkers, Yeah! It rhymes with bonkers

Conker Originally uploaded by Quercus Silver
Why do the English collect conkers? Why did my eldest son collect 4, yes 4, kilos of them this week, leaping about under the trees in delight at every treasure found? In October, our parks are overrun by a scrabbling of children (and parents) under the trees, And for why? To collect the smooth brown wonders of the horse chestnut tree - conkers. The tourists here in Bath look on, perplexed. The Brit is usually so quiet, sedate and unexcitable. They must wonder "They must eat them, surely? Sell them for vast sums? Use them to make beer? Fuel their fires with them?" Oh no. We drill holes in them, our chidren hang them on a piece of string and do battle with them . Bashing and smashing all comers until they own the last vistorious "Champion Conker" . Now you know , so don't say we don't have a frivolous, competitive side. Why isn't "Conkers" in the London Olympics?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Weekend Deals : FREE Shipping

Just so you know I have FREE WORLDWIDE shipping across my Etsy shop this weekend. September 11th to 13th. So, if you love handmade and original jewellery, please come and have a look at my colourful sterling silver and resin pieces all designed and made by me in this lovely World Heritage city of Bath. I'm also chuffed to bits that my Treasure Box Ring is featured in the Etsy Weekend Deals e-mail and Storque article by the fragrant Mary of Etsy admin. The offer applies to the whole kaboodle - sample sale, custom orders and items in stock. Of course, everything will be beautifully gift-wrapped as usual (even more important if you're thinking of buying a gift for yourself) and international items will be insured and trackable. I've even adjusted the prices in my shop for you , it really couldn't be easier. Happy weekend.
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Sunday, September 06, 2009

My First Piece of Metalsmithed Jewelry

Etsymetal Team are asking their members about their first ever piece of metal work (see links below). This was my first piece of metalsmithing, some years ago now. It's a bangle made of copper wire soldered and polished.This was the test piece and I then made it in silver. what did it mean to you? It took a lot of courage to sign up to the course and walk into my first class. I really thought metal working was what I wanted to do...................but what if I hated it, or was hopeless at it. I had no plan B. what materials? I worked in copper for the first few weeks, practicing annealing, manipulating , hammering, plaiting, embossing the metal. I remember it as a magical time and I couldn't wait for the next class. were you in class/ home?The class was at the local college here in Bath. 3 hours workshop time per week with Mel Sproat, a fine teacher who has a lot of patience and a huge fund of knowledge. I was fascinated by it all and so worried about getting it right. Ha! Learning to relax, make "mistakes" and value what it taught me was one of the hardest lessons. what would you do different now to it? Hmmm, I still like the simplicity of the design, but the metal is too thin and needs soldering in more places. If I re made it I'd add texture to one strip or maybe use 4 or 5 wave "strips" using mixed metals. Now, that's set me thinking. what did you learn from making it? Ooh, lots about annealing and fire stain and soldering and shaping and just how satisfying I find the whole process. I'm pleased to say I still haven't had to come up with plan "B". These fabulous Etsymetal Team jewellers will be blogging their own stories on this theme on Monday September 7, 2009 http://sarawestermark.blogspot.com/ http://ninagibsondesigns.blogspot.com/ http://daniellemillerjewelry.blogspot.com/ http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com/ http://duckduckgoosestuff.co.uk/duckduckBLOG http://discomedusa.typepad.com/ http://tangerinetreehouse.blogspot.com/ http://gentrydesignco.typepad.com/ http://andescruz.wordpress.com/ http://cynthiadelgiudice.blogspot.com/ http://elizabethrosasjewelry.blogspot.com/ http://ninadinoff.blogspot.com/ http://clarestoker.blogspot.com/ http://kerinrose.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weekend Deals on Etsy

Share the joy.
34 of Etsymetal's finest jewellers from all over the world are offering Free Shipping in their Etsy shops this weekend. I'm joining in, too. with free worldwide shipping on all jewellery in stock, including sale items.
Then, my luvvers, I'm off to Cornwall to recover from the excitement where I shall be follwoing the old adage.
"Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits,"
Find details on the Etsymetal Blog.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Treasure Box Ring

The blue treasure box ring pictured here was the my first piece of resin work.
I made it as part of a college project and barged in with all the bravado ignorance can bestow.
Obviously, it has a million faults. The band is too thin, I didn't key the surfaces and had to rebuild it and it's over filed. But it was enough to make me fall in love with the material,
Resin allows me to play with scale, form and colour to my hearts content.
This month , thanks to my lovely friend Sarah, I've re-visited this ring.
"Red" she said and red it is.
I love it and I loved making it and now I want to make another.
Green? Purple? What do you think?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sample Sale

Sample Sale Originally uploaded by Quercus Silver
When I make a new ring colour I tend to fall in love with it and want to look at it all the time. Of course, I also need to try to keep one ring as an example to show buyers in shops and at fairs Most importantly, I need to remind myself of the colour when I'm making a custom order. I only grind small quantities of pigment and the colour can be affected by so many things. The temperature in my workshop affects the setting time of the resin. How powdery the pigment is, the proportions all go to make each ring a one-off and a challenge. I still love these colours and I still look at them all the time but I like to make room for new ones, too. Drumroll please! Here's my first Sample Sale. I'm offering 20% off the listed price of some of my most popular avatar rings. Go on, treat yourself. Quercus Silver's Shop
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Winchester handm@de

I don't know. The Craft Fair at Winchester loomed large for months and I thought I'd never be ready and then, "whoosh" it was all over. Here's a collage of some of the lovely stalls and even lovelier people at the sale. Alice of Raspberry Fairy did a fabulous job orgainising it all.
Can I send a "Thank you " to everyone who came over to say hello and biiiiiiiig huuuuugs to those who bought some Quercus on the day.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Evolution of a pair of Earrings

It started when I bought these pretty aquamarines from a lovely bloke in Bourton on the Water.
He was completely non-plussed. Why would you buy semi-cut stones? Did I not want them faceted, polished?
Nope. I love the smooth tactile finish, the little peaks and most of all the soft, soft blue.
As I'd bought 2 and they matched, I guess I had earrings in mind, already.
Something simple.
Usually I design, draw, finesse before I even pick up the silver.
These just evolved.
I played with the shape of the setting, the size of the hoop,the texture, the "angle of dangle", the suface finish.
The result is more organic than my usual style, a pair of summer earrings, simple, unfussy.
Hope you like them.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Round and Round we go.

I was making a pair of spiral cufflinks this week and thinking how tricky such a simple shape is to get right . Looking them up for a mathematical clue , I discovered there are so many different types, from your neat Archimedean to my favourite "spira mirabilis" or miraculous spirals, named by Bernoulli for their mathematical beauty.
A feature lost on me, but they look like ammonites, which I love and are numerous around here. Here's one we found on the beach at Lyme Regis recently, It's a meter (3 feet) across!
They're such a fundamental part of part of nature and mathematics and their appeal is as ancient as the sun.
It's no surprise, then, that jewellers return to this motif nor that it's so popular. I certainly can't resist .
The orange ring pictured here was one of my first resin pieces, the cufflinks my most recent.
So, I'm still practicing .

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Treasure from the Nemeton

Look! Look! Look! what I won!
This gorgeous hand-beaded, intricate bracelet is from the talented Lynn in the sacred grove that is Nemeton.
Lynn, as you may know, sets confounding riddles in her Treasuries on Etsy. I still can't believe I worked one out.
Anyway, my prize arrived today and here I am, wearing it.
Outrageous and improbable as this sounds, Lynn also admits to a secret ambition to win the Ugly Necklace Contest for Britain .
So, please follow this link and vote to bring the gold back to Dorset.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jewellers need more jewellery

My lovley man bought me a present this week. How lucky(and spoilt)am I? A wire-wrapped, beautifully-made, perfect fit, gorgeous ring form Revonav on Etsy. He has a truly fabulous shop and I feel this may be the start of an interesting collection. Take a look for yourself. http//revonav.etsy.com/
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Friday, June 05, 2009

Summer Colour

I was so inspired by the lovely coral poppy in my garden, that I had to make some earrings the same colour.
It reminds me of Caribbean sunshine and long warm summer evenings. I wish!
I am delighted with the surface texture. Mottled doesn't seem a nice word for it, though.
Freckled, perhaps, as a sprinkling of freckles on my nose is another sign of summer.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Orange Glow

Yesterday, I realised I hadn't made any colourful earrings for ages. I love this new shape and I've made some coral ones, too.
I can never resist this lovely energetic colour. I dyed my entire bedroom orange when I was 11. Curtains, bedding, rugs the works. So you can see this is a lifetime commitment.
Perversley, I don't eat oranges. It's the unkown factor. Will that first bite be sweet or sour. Ugh! Shuder-worthy.
More colours soon.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Flower Power

June in an English garden, even one as small as mine, is full of explosions of colour.
Every trip to my workshop brings fresh discoveries of beautiful half-remembered flowers that have burst from nowhere.
This gorgeous poppy"Raspberry Queen" has given one perfect bloom this year and , you know, I'd forgotten it was there. How could I?
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My cufflinks got married!

Sometimes you get a reminder about what a priviledge it is making jewellery and how important it is to do your best.
I got a mail the other day from Carrie, a lovely person who'd bought a pair of my orange resin cufflinks. I was really pleased to hear her husband-to-be was going to wear them to their wedding but I was absolutely delighted that she was kind enough to share some pictures from their happy day in St Louis.
The bride was radiant, the groom proud and handsome and my cufflinks looked pretty fine, too.
Proud fit to burst, I am. Congratulations Carrie and Bret.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Looking better?

It's all cosseted, wrapped and safe and in the hands of the World's posties as it wings it's way to Australia.
I'm hoping my lovely client will be reassured and looking forward to seeing her ring.
Truly, it never stops amazing me to think of my hand-crafted work having a fun time all across the Globe.
I spent many years travelling and now my work goes global while I stay put!. lol

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is sharing good ?

Confession time A desire for"Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes" was my real motive for becoming a jeweller. I love making rings and I like to share the process with my clients . However, it suddenly occurs to me that they may have serious doubts about my "skills" when I send them pictures like the one on the left. I remember, with horror, the first time I annealed a piece of metal and it went all black, I thought I'd ruined it! What must my customers think? I blanch when I imagine my lovely client holding her breath in anticipation of the next set of pictures. Then these arrive and her heart sinks. Sloppy resin all over the bench, lollipop sticks and plastic pots. Whatever next? Well, it's another day or two before the resin is set and I've filed away all marks, wet and dry papered all the surfaces, polished and photographed their ring. How cruel am I? Very. I'm still finishing this ring, so you'll have to wait and see if it's worth it, too. By the way, I'm still working on the "bells for your toes" bit...................................
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Well, pendants really. It's spring and the high neck cosy jumpers are put away for a couple of months, hopefully. All that beautiful decolletage calls for more jewellery. So, I've been designing colourblock pendants to go with my geometric "Block" range of rings. I'm very fond of this green block pendant and I haven't stopped wearing it since "handm@de" Cambridge earlier this month. I like to wear the same shape ring and pendant, but in different colours. I've developed this chunky round one, too, to go with my spirals range of rings and earrings. I've always liked making my own findings so all my chains are going to have hand-made hooks and clasps,of course. My final challenge was for a simple, contemporary pendant and I love the result. It's a full moon that just rests on a chain and looks lovely with my crescent moon earrings. Now I get to do the best bit and play with lots of beautiful colours.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Find...Make...Wear and my exciting news

Have I mentioned this brilliant project? There's a group on flickr devoted to photos from the 'Find... Make... Wear' project by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and artist in residence Dame Dorothy Hogg (one of her stunning pieces is pictured left). Anyone can take part in this project but the jewellery must be made from recycled materials. It's well worth exploring as there's such a diversity of styles and materials to see. http://www.flickr.com/groups/findmakewear/ Anyway, I have just spent a couple of months making recycled fabric pieces for my college project. So, I posted a couple of pictures in the group. To my absolute amazement and delight the picture below has been selected (one among many)to be on the permanent V & A web page of the project. Please visit the site and wave. I'm 4 rows down and 5 along and very happy to be there! http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/designer_residence/findmakewear_scase/index.htmlx.html