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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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Corners of my workshop

I was allowed a huge heap of self-indulgence this week. Brenda (Lindecise) asked me to blog about my work space for the Etsy European Street Team. It gave me the excuse to clean the windows ( nice view of a golden football) and sit back and look at all the odd little things that have found a home in my workshop.
Everything in my shed has a story for me and every tool is well loved. Here are a few of the less explored corners. If you''d like to read the full blog piece, please Click here to visit Handmade Europe

Everyday tools. The hook my saw frame hangs from was forged by my youngest son.

Cabinet of Curiosities - Obelix has been with me for 20 years.

Sea glass, fossils,enamel samples 

Outside my door.
A carpenter gave me this lovely wooden panel. The toys just moved in.

My Dad's vise - over 50 years of use already.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

EtsyMetal 5th Anniversary Sale – Starts today! Sunday Oct 16-22

I’m very proud to be  part of the online metals guild, etsymetal – it's an international group of skilled and talented independent jewellers. This week to celebrate 5 years of etsymetal we're having an anniversary sale.  Many of our members are participating and it’s a fantastic opportunity to start your Christmas shopping or treat yourself to something new and handmadel. There really is something for everyone and at great prices.
I’m  offering 20% off many one of a kind pieces from buttons to big, beautiful cocktail rings.  To get the discount, use the code ETSYMETAL at the checkout in my Etsy shop. Hurry! The discount is only available for one week and in the one of a kind section of my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/QuercusSilver?section_id=10561425

These are other participating Etsymetal shops.each offering their own discount. Check out the etsymetal blog for details http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/

discomedusa http://discomedusa.etsy.com
metalriot http://www.metalriot.etsy.com
Inbar www.inbarbareket.etsy.com
markaplan www.markaplan.etsy.com
bcyrjewelry http://bcyrjewelry.etsy.com
Juju By Sarah http://www.etsy.com/shop/JujuBySarah
Maria Goti http://mariagotijoyas.etsy.com
wildflowerdegsigns http://wildflowerdesigns.etsy.com
AdobeSol http://AdobeSol.etsy.com
Silentgoddess http://silentgoddess.etsy.com
Shirlee Grund http://shirleegrund.etsy.com
Lichen and Lychee http://lichenandlychee.etsy.com
Under Distress Jewelry http://underdistressjewelry.etsy.com
Hartleystudio http://www.etsy.com/shop/hartleystudio
ReaganHayhurst http://www.reaganhayhurst.etsy.com
Panicmama Jewelry http://panicmama.etsy.com
alisa miller http://alisamiller.etsy.com
LaJoailliere http://lajoailliere.etsy.com
Cynthia Del Giudice http://cynthiadelgiudice.etsy.com
L. Sue Szabo http://www.etsy.com/shop/lsueszabo?ref=si_shop
Erin Austin www.erinaustin.etsy.com
Jennifer Lawler www.jenlawlerdesigns.etsy.com
Michele Grady Designs www.MicheleGradyDesigns.etsy.com
SimplyAdorning www.simplyadorning.etsy.com
Victoria Takahashi www.Experimetal.etsy.com
NRjewellerydesign www.nrjewellerydesign.etsy.com
Karla Wheeler Design www.KarlaWheelerDesign.etsy.com
Kathryn Cole www.kathryncole.etsy.com

Ashley Jewelry www.ashleyjewelry.etsy.com
Ruby Iacuaniello www.etsy.com/shop/iacua
Sarah Hood Jewelry  www.sarahhoodjewelry.etsy.com
howlindoggie http://www.etsy.com/shop/howlindoggie
LivelyHood http://www.livelyhood.etsy.com/

Sunday, September 04, 2011

World Heart Day - September 25th

This month the etsymetal team challenge lends it's support  to World Heart Day on September 25th.
Their message is "One World, One Home, One Heart" and you can see more etsymetal interpretations of this theme on the etsymetal blog here.

I chose to make a simple, graphic pair of earrings in square sterling silver wire.. I  decided  to make a logo for the cause. expressing the feeling of protection and care that their message evokes with a simple house enfolding a heart.

I will donate 20% of the sale of these earrings ( I'm happy to make you  more!) to the British Heart Foundation. They are for sale in my etsy shop here.

Etsy Front Page Feature

I was delighted to find my sapphire blue earrings featured on the Etsy front page today. They were in this gorgeous collection by Zrinka.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Alexander Calder Challenge - Part 2

Alexander Calder
Like many other etsymetal jewellers this month's challenge produced a glut of ideas.
Pendulum Earrings
Alexander Calder's work perfectly expressed form, balance and joy and with this in mind I went searching for his beautiful mobiles.

When I saw this perfectly poised piece I instantly saw a pair of kinetic earrings. Bench cleared, radio turned up  - BBC Radio 6 is my current favourite - I made these pendulum earrings in one long afternoon session.

They are sterling silver, etched and oxidised with a punctuation in red enamel. The pendulum is in two parts and swings as you move. I'm smitten with them and have kept these for myself. I hope to make some for my shop later in August, what do you think?

Kinetic Pendulum Earrin

The Alexander Calder Challenge - Part 1

Well, the challenge is where to stop!
The etsymetal monthly challenge for August was to make a jewellery piece inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, sculptor, artist, jeweller and and all round prolific talent. ( btw etsymetal is a team/group of like-minded metalsmiths)

mid-piece and sketches
Calder wire sculpture
I was delighted by his wire sculptures and this tempted me into making a wire sketch of my eldest son.

I confess, I don't feel at all comfortable working with wire, but I sketched a rough plan of a brooch, adding characteristic "Calder" spirals. Having  picked up my favourite pliers and a length of 1mm wire I was surprised how quickly it came together. I really enjoyed the spontaneity of the piece.

My finished sketch brooch.
After adding a hand forged steel brooch pin and tumbling it for hours and hours to harden the silver, this is my sketch pin. I hope I've captured a little of him, even if it's only his tumble of curls.

Find more Calder inspired work on the etsymetal blog.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Etsymetal Blog Carnival: "Influences"

Artist's Work That Has Influenced My Own

This is a short spin around my virtual gallery of inspirational artists I turn to  when I need to feed my creativity. Perhaps they don't  influence my work in an obvious or direct way but they are there in the background, always. I could happily add so many others  artists -Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson. jewellers - Wendy Ramshaw, Nora Fok

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Please click the artists' name for more information.

Lesley Strickland

Wouter Dam

Paul Feiler
Naum Gabo

Jaqueline Mina
Please take a look at these talented etsymetal artists and their inspiration.
1. Theresa - http://tkmetalarts.blogspot.com 
2. Kate Jones - http://www.katejonesdesign.blogspot.com 
3. Fluxplay Jewellery (Maria Whetman) - http://www.fluxplay.blogspot.com 
4. 2Roses - http://www.jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com 
5. Elizabeth Scott - http://esdesignsjewelry.com/blog 
6.Andrea Ring- http://www.amuckdesign.blogspot.com 
7. Nodeform - http://nodeform.blogspot.com/ 
8. Beth Cyr http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com 

9. Inbar Bareket http://www.inbarbareket.net 
10. Cynthia Del Giudice: http://cynthiadelgiudice.blogspot.com 
11. Evelyn Markasky: http://markasky.blogspot.com/ 
12. AdobeSol - http://www.AdobeSol.com/blog 

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The thief of time

Ahh, c'mon! you do it, too don't you?
Or, should that be "don't do it"?
Procrastinate- an overlong  word for whittling time.

The art of the mundane
At best procrastination is such pure self-expression it's almost an art form. All those little things you do to evade the task at hand, so intimate and personal to the procrastinator,  cleaning  hammers, winding clocks or re-arranging spice jars. You could make it into an installation.

A  meditation on evasion
Then again, there is the element of ritual and repetition to consider. This weekend, for example I  could not start my project until I had squandered precious time on tidying my workbench, checking my email, making more coffee, pruning roses.
It cleared my mind.
Helped me to focus.
I confess, I am a serial time-thief and have done the very same things so often before.
Maybe I'm fooling myself, but I like the work I produce close to a deadline, even if that deadline is self imposed.

Finish it!
The trick is knowing when to stop.
Procrastination, for me, is part of the creative process, an important part. Writing this blog has been a perfect exercise in time-eating, head-clearing, spell casting , that will, hopefully, allow me to finish my project on time  - a productive bit of un-productivity.

My only regret is I think maybe I've stolen a little of your time, too.


Thursday, May 05, 2011

You are invited................to an Opening Night in Seattle

Ring 100 by Victoria Takahashi
Ring a Day
65 artists. 1 year. 365 rings.

May 5 - 29, 2011

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tonight is the opening night of the Ring a Day exhibition at the Punch Gallery in Seattle. If you can get there, do, please and take a picture for me. I have 6 rings in the exhibition which is just amazing but a sneaky picture or two of the curators, all the rings together or even the canapes would be fabulous!.

It all started so innocently on 1st January 2010 when Nina Dinoff, a fellow member of etsymetal wanted a creative boost for the new year. So we all began making a ring every day in any way, from any thing. Some fabulous pieces and friendships were forged along the way and so many brave people joined in.

Look at it now!

An exhibition at the prestigious Flux Conference of that august institution the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). The curators Shannon Conrad and Colleen Baran Kathryn Cole, Nina Gibson and Sara Westermark have worked really hard  to make this happen and I'm sure it'll be the star exhibition of the conference.

If you can get there, fantastic, if not then please join me and raise a glass to "Ring a Day"


Saturday, April 09, 2011

Charm Swap - Oh yes please!

22 silver lilies
The etsymetal team, as I've probably told you already,  is a pretty close-knit group of international metalsmiths with a healthy obsession with metal and we like to share. So, twice a year we hold  a charm swap. We each make 22 charms,  donate 2 to raise money for the team and charity and exchange all the others.

I've been involved in 2 previous swaps and have a glorious collection of 40 charms. They are very diverse, original and fabulous.

pierced and textured
The latest swap - Charm Swap 7 - is coming to it's usual frantic end as everyone tries to hit the posting deadline and, um, well, some of us miss it. Still they are all made and wrapped and ready to go now, just a teensy bit late.

checking the shape

I chose to make these little calla lilies. 
Originally designed for a friend I was so delighted by their graceful curves, I thought I'd make some more. 

The silver needed to be well annealed to shape each flower with pliers and then, of course, they marked really easily  so a gentle touch was needed. The loop is also the stamen and is soldered into place. 

Once cleaned and polished I gave the inside a brushed finish with a fibre glass brush - I wore gloves because I always get the bristles stuck in my fingers and they seem to stick there for days.

I can't wait to receive my box of magical charms . In the meantime, please, have a look at the etsymetal shop to see some  more and share the magic.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

What do I wear?

These questions form this month's Etsymetal Blog Carnival. Etsymetal is a group of independent, rambunctious jewellers I am delighted to belong to.

My well-blinged left hand
What jewellery do you wear everyday?
Rings are my thing - you may have noticed - and the rings I wear everyday on my left hand are traditional but very special to me.
My simple wedding band I had made when I was living in Milan 15 years ago. Next to this is a beautiful sapphire ring made for me by a jeweller here in Bath when my first son was born. The design had to be modified when the first tension-set sapphire fell out somewhere in the garden while I was playing with my baby. A very valuable and expensive lesson in design, that one.
The last is my engagement ring. It's Victorian with cushion cut diamonds and sapphires, so it twinkles in candlelight.

What is your favourite piece from your private collection?
Grafitti Ring
From my own work it has to be my Grafitti ring. I have worn it everyday for 2 years, even in my workshop. I took this picture today and it looks good, I think. It still makes me happy to look at, though it could do with a good polish.
The ring was influenced by one of my favourite mid century artists, Ben Nicholson and I also developed my own technique for the resin, which was satisfying.
How many finished pieces do you keep for yourself and why? 
Often, I'll keep the prototype of a new ring, I like to see what it's like to live with and wear. 
I tend to keep my more exotic "out there" designs because I like to wear them myself.

Anke Hennig
What is your favourite piece of jewellery that you didn't make?
Buying earrings, preferably in an alternative material, is a weakness of mine. I have two pairs to share with you. A smooth sinuous cellulose pair in a slate grey by Leslie Strickland and a gorgeous, springy pair of red textile earrings by Anke Hennig.
Leslie Strickland

This post is part by the Etysmetal Blog Carnival for March. 
See what my fellow etsymetal jewellers have in their own "Private Collection" here:
1. Rebecca Bogan - http://www.AdobeSol.com/blog
2. Nodeform - http://nodeform.blogspot.com/
3. Inbar Bareket - http://www.inbarbareket.net/
4.Twigs and Heather - http://www.twigsandheather.com
5. 2Roses - http://www.JewelryTutorial.blogspot.com
6. Beth Cyr - http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com
7. Thomasin Durgin - http://metalriot.blogspot.com/ 

8. MicheleGrady - http://www.michelegradydesigns.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 28, 2011


In the gardens and hedgerows around Bath the daffodils are just about to burst out in all their golden glory. I don't know about you, but they always make me smile. I have a bunch on my kitchen table now.

I've had enough of tasteful, muted winter colours and I need something fresh and and blousy. Like those hosts of daffs. this season's  citric yellows will lift your spirits.

Bright yellow is not always an easy colour to wear, but it looks great as an accent colour in a handbag, a belt or a pair of earrings and I think these cufflinks, from my Etsy shop would look great on a crisp white shirt.

So call it saffron, lemon, citrus, acid, sunshine or daffodil, there's not a cheerier way to celebrate  the coming of Spring .Oh, and it's St David's day in Wales tomorrow - March 1st and their national flower is a daffodil.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday

Originally uploaded by Quercus Silver
Can't resist a challenge, me! When I heard about the Super Bowl Challenge 2011 on flickr it seemed like a good excuse for an excursion into trinket bowls.

I wanted to make something free form and a little rustic, so I didn't make a mold. I just showed my rolling pin to some paper clay and set off on the journey.

painting on size before gilding
My final piece is made of thin air drying paper clay. It made a delicate but flimsy bowl, so I painted the underside with a layer of resin in ocean blues and splatters of red and yellow crushed pastels. This is waterproof and has also made the bowl sturdy.

The inside is painted with gilding size, powdered blue pigment and then gilded with 22 carat gold leaf.

The process has taken a couple of days and I was delighted to find the time to try some new stuff. It's really a bit too bling for me but if I ever get around to making a mold I'd love to make some resin bowls.

I like this kind of sporting challenge? How about a Wimbledon Plate Challenge?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

RAW 3/52 Dark Spiral

RAW 3/52 Dark Spiral
Originally uploaded by Quercus Silver
Well, today I've been helping my son with his homework. He wanted to make a barrage balloon-just a model, I hasten to add! - from steel and paper and it's taken forever and we are both covered in glue and varnish.

model barrage in the making
Sooooo, this simple but very long spiral ring is made from leftover steel wire. This weekend I bought myself a new camera, a Canon G12 , it took this photograph in the dark. I am really pleased with it, I'm afraid you can expect a lot of moody shots while I play with all the buttons..

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

RAW 2/52 - Corner

This ring is my second for the "Ring a Week" challenge.
It's a simple square of sterling silver with a square wire band.
My inspiration came from the pocket of my work apron, which often hides odd bits of half-finished jewellery. I imagined a precious stone, wrapped in a handkerchief for safe keeping..
The setting is quite secure, the stone is seated in a square hole and the work-hardened fold holds it in place. Sadly, I cracked the original triangular citrine cabochon, but this little square green zirconium is nearly as good.
I'm feeling really positive about this challenge, less pressure than Ring a Day and more room to play - I hope.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ring a Week

RAW 1- Sails
Originally uploaded by Quercus Silver
Ring a Week is a development from the exciting explorations of Ring a Day last year. Hmm, you might have noticed, it's week 2 and already I am behind - what can I say? I like a deadline..

This ring is made of 2 lengths of steel wire fed through a sliver tube which I lined with rubber tubing. The Japanese koji paper is glued and sealed in place. It is water resistant, too

Last year I made rings with a lot of alternative materials and I think this year I will use this challenge to experiment, too.
What do you think?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Happy New Challenge

RAd 142 The Last Waltz
Originally uploaded by Quercus Silver
This ring, in paper, steel silver and gold marks not just the end of 2010, but the end of the Ring a Day Challenge on Flickr.
I enjoyed the fun of making a new ring everyday from any material any method. I made 142of the 365 and used everything from business cards and leather scraps to gold and steel.
Some, a very select few, made it to 365/365 rings and have become so addicted that Tomi of MetalRiot created a new challenge for 2011
It's called RAW or Ring a Week. Take a peek on Flickr, join in, you don't need to be a metalsmith just looking for a creative boost to your New Year.