Alice in Wonderland Jewellery
This winter I had the opportunity to contribute with some of my creativity to project of another local business where I was to design and create a few pieces of Alice in Wonderland Jewellery. I have to admit I had never read the book or seen the film before so my work began doing that in order to understand what the fairytale is about, getting to know the characters and what meaning they all have to the story.
It was very apparent that I would need a key for Bandersnatch and Alice so I created a sterling silver key from two pieces of sterling silver wire twisting them to create the stem of the key and shaped the top into a heart. I gave the key a matt finish since that would suit the setup I was creating it for.
I also wanted to give Alice a ring and thought about mushrooms, teacups or something from nature. I decided on a sterling silver ring looking like a tiny bush or pile of branches. This was also created using sterling silver wire soldering them together to form the band and then twisting and turning the ends to create the illusion of a bush. I gave the ring a white surface in order not to have the typical silvery look.
The Queen of Hearts is another important character in Alice in Wonderland and the object behind her jewellery was very apparent – hearts J. Again I used sterling silver wire to form a big heart pendant. I hammered it flat to get a wider frame of the heart and then filed and sanded it to get a smooth surface. In order to be a bit more camera friendly I chose a matt finish for this big pendant so that it wouldn’t be shiny and create too much reflection.
The Queen of Hearts should of course also have a ring. This ended up being a chunky heavy sterling silver ring with a pattern on top. To create this ring I cut the bone of a cuttlefish in half and cut the shape of a heart into it. I then filled it up with some of my sterling silver scrap, heated it up until it began to melt and formed into a heart. A cuttlefish bone has a beautiful pattern inside which was automatically transferred onto the silver just like the heart shape I cut out.
I found it great fun creating this Alice in Wonderland Jewellery because I got to really use my fantasy and create some jewellery I would normally not do.