Silver with Lesley

Is a diary of my jewellery work You can also visit my website.

After fixing my studio roof after the storm and winds last night, I was able to have a little time in the studio to myself. 
I made a new large pendant with Picasso Jasper and a random Russian wedding ring.
Then managed to cut some Cab slabs for use 
later on .
All in all a productive afternoon.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: March 28, 2016, 4:46 pm
Its been a busy week but I have managed to get in the studio for some me time and finished these and believe me they are big.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: March 19, 2016, 4:00 pm
I have been so busy teaching a back to back Art clay level 1 and 2 Diploma.
Its been  great and I have really enjoyed teaching this 7 day intensive with Natasha Poffley. 
Whom by the way is a great student. 
I think her work speaks volumes, just take a look.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: March 17, 2016, 9:45 pm
If you are wondering why I am making so many pendants its because I need to send them for hallmarking.
 It works out better to send a large batch.
I like the Moonstone and crazy lace agate pendant best.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: February 19, 2016, 6:42 pm

I have just finished another stone on stone setting, this one I am really pleased with but for those that really do not like the stone on stone setting I made another pendant just for you to enjoy.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: February 18, 2016, 4:25 pm
Its been a while since I last Blogged, some of you my know the reason for my absence.

My father of 84 sadly lost his 2 year battle with cancer, he will be missed so much.
Love you Dad.

I am now able to get back to doing the things I love which is making jewellery but seriously I think I have just much on my bench.
I have included a couple piece that I have recently finished as well.
I hope you enjoy them.

I have also been teaching and was thrilled to receive some feedback from Neil who has never made a piece of jewellery in his life, well he has now and I think he's hooked.

“Having just completed 2 days 1:1 with Lesley I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Lesley is a true professional and “Grand Master” in her field and exudes an enthusiasm for her craft that soon rubs off on any beginner. I enjoyed every moment of the course with a fantastic teacher and will be booking further lessons when time allows. 
Thank you Lesley, a magical and memorable couple of days.”
Neil Humphrey
February 2016

Here are a few photos to see how well he did.
Didn't he do well.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: February 16, 2016, 6:21 pm
Continuing the theme.
 I made some Sweet Bracelets to match the necklaces.
They are sterling silver soldered with cute little silver charms attached and my handmade glass 

I am definitely keeping the black set as these were made with Nyx a glass you cannot buy any more but I have started another set for sale 🙂

Author: lesley messam
Posted: March 19, 2015, 8:58 am
Been in the studio making some new jewellery 
for Open studios in May.

I am hoping my visitors will like the combination of hand made silver and lamp worked beads.

I know I am really enjoying making them. they are large statement necklaces.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: March 16, 2015, 2:15 pm
Well what a  busy day  in the studio today, I am starting to make new work for open studios in a few months time.

I decided to go back to my early days of flowers and I am really pleased with  these two necklaces.
All the Beads (each necklace has at least 100 tiny beads), Cabochons and Silver work are made by me.

Only trouble is I like them so MUCH will I be able to part with them !

Author: lesley messam
Posted: March 9, 2015, 7:13 pm
I managed to get in the studio last night and had a bit of a play.
Think I might have been hammering a bit to load but I enjoyed myself, making a simple hammered wrap around ring.

Once that was finished I then made an bangle.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: January 18, 2015, 3:01 pm
It was lovely to get in my studio to, oh how I miss the.
I managed to get quite a lot finished and am very pleased with the finished pieces. 

The first is a ring I have been meaning to make.

Next is a pendant I have been working on for a while and finally I finished it.
This is a prong setting made using my own recycled scrap.

Then these.

And finally the birds that I made at Alan Davis.
All framed and now proudly hanging on our wall.

All in all a very productive day in the studio.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: January 5, 2015, 6:02 pm

I am made some really pretty beads and then it all went wrong! I honestly think this is the ugliest bead I have ever made, it looks like King Louis LOL

Be kind!!!!

Author: lesley messam
Posted: January 4, 2015, 3:14 pm
Yesterday was such a grotty day here in Chichester, it just rained all day. 
I decided to have a little play with my new Smiths little torch in the studio, it really works like a dream. 
However what I produced wasn't a lot in terms of Jewellery but I recycled my scarp into usable sheet and wire.

I also had a bit of fun with the annealing process, which you can see from the photos.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: November 3, 2014, 9:23 am
Under The Mistletoe

A Pussy Cat Christmas

20g Art Clay Silver


Liver of Sulphur

Last month I was asked to make a project with a Christmas Theme as you all know I am the real mad cat lady, so it had to be cat related just for fun.

I used a fun but simple design which was made with 20grams of art clay silver kindly donated by 

Metal clay LTD at:
My silhouette cutter was used to cut the shapes, these were used as a texture sheet. The clay was roll over and then a snake was made to create the bail and the border. I also textured with a needle tool.

The piece was then fired in a kiln. Once fired, I was able to add the enamels. Once the enamels were applied and fire the pendant was polished and a patina added with liver of sulphur.

This is a little present for my younger sister who is all cat mad.

Art Clay Silver has a minimum firing temperature of 650 °C. Firing can be done in several ways:

Gas stove, with the help of a stainless steel grid.

A small blow torch.


Author: lesley messam
Posted: November 2, 2014, 2:52 pm

I know this doesn't look interesting but it will be, some square wire to use in a ring or something that I am not sure about just yet.
The important thing is I melted this with my new torch and it worked like a dream, so although it is a big silver chunk it won't be!!!!
Author: lesley messam
Posted: November 1, 2014, 4:29 pm
These are the fruits of my labour in the studio today.
They are all made from sheet silver and some piercing work.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: October 26, 2014, 6:48 pm
After my massive sort out the studio is looking nice and tidy, all ready for my new torch.

See what you think!

I also managed to do a bit of etching, I like how that turned out.
Author: lesley messam
Posted: October 25, 2014, 5:43 pm
This year has been a full on year for me.

Firstly I have been certified by Lynne Glazzard Jewellery and Enamels as a Mokume gane instructor in metal clay. This technique is truly beautiful. Thank you Lynne for your wonderful instruction.

Then keith and I had a wonderful cruise around Italy, which was so good that we will be doing that again.

I invited Tilly Wilkinson to teach at my studio hear in Chichester, she taught us how to use enamels on copper and then to make a unique settings for the pieces, this re-kindled my love of colour with enamels.

Then is was another visit up to Lynne's for a short holiday, on the back end of that a course in stained glass painting with Alan, this was totally out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed the technique very much.

Lastly but not least was a 5 day course and my friends in Cornwall at CSACJ, this was a class with the very talented Goldsmith from the USA Micheal David Strulin. All I can say is I learnt loads it was  a fantastic end to a very busy year.

Below are some photos of just some of the things I got up to this year. I can honestly say I have enjoyed every bit of it.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: October 25, 2014, 8:39 am
Author: lesley messam
Posted: October 25, 2014, 8:25 am
I think I have finally conquered the lentil press. 

The kiln gods have been kind.
Author: lesley messam
Posted: November 11, 2013, 3:38 pm
This is the second enamelled fish which I am so much happier with. 

The start was a drawing, with colour so I had an idea of what enamel colours to use.  I had done lots of colour test when I first started it was just a matter of matching the enamels to the pencils


Then I made it into the piece of fine silver.

Next the enamels.

This is the finished pendant.

Author: lesley messam
Posted: October 30, 2013, 4:41 pm
Is having a very good morning, I have managed to vac and steam clean the downstairs of the house, as well as clean all the kitchen work surfaces. 

I even got some silver stuff ready to enamel, for later but first a cuppa tea and relax with the cryo cuff 
as I'am off to physio at 2pm and I don't want my knee all puffed up for that. 

Owww and heres a sneak peak at my enamel bits some that have been enamelled and some waiting for colour.
Gooo me Gooo me 🙂
Author: lesley messam
Posted: October 29, 2013, 12:38 pm
These are the finished enamel projects from yesterday's enamel fun
I managed to finish six pieces and I am worn out!!!
I still have one on my bench to finish later

Trio of rings

Trio of pendants

I am particularly pleased with the daisy pendant and the disc ring 😉

Author: lesley messam
Posted: September 28, 2013, 9:35 am
The little colour test samples are now stuck in my ever growing enamel test and samples book.
  The two photos are the results of my colour test and I got a really 
nice yellow.

I like this enamelling malarky but who knew photographing them was so hard!!!
The earrings are fine silver and the ring top is fine silver with a sterling silver ring shank

Author: lesley messam
Posted: September 26, 2013, 9:41 am
I've been doing some more enamel test on copper just to see what colours I get.
Its interesting how the copper can change the colour so much

These are the test pieces.

These are the finished pieces made into a ring and pendant. The blue sterling pendant below was the same colour as the top box bottom right disc the centre colour, look how different the colour is!

Author: lesley messam
Posted: September 24, 2013, 8:00 am