Category Archives: Reworking Gold

Do you have family gold that you would like to recycle into a unique piece of jewellery for yourself? Helen Burrell can transform it for you

transformations of reworked family gold

Here is another example of a transformation of reworked family gold.

– my client requested that I designed and created for them a special gift for a little girl , which would be given to her on her 18th birthday.

-they gave me some special family jewellery that had been gathered together for the purpose , some lovely rings that had very nice colourful stones in them ,  a ruby, diamonds sapphires and an emerald.

Between us we came up with the idea of a pendant in the form of a dragonfly , this was made by various methods such as casting up the ring shanks for the body of the dragonfly, and piercing out the wings from the wide wedding ring I was given .

The body of the dragonfly had the colourful stones set into it and the diamonds were flush set into the wings.

transformation of the reworked family gold -to creating the special piece …

Here are the photos of the rings and the design and the finished piece.

family gold collection

family gold collection for the dragonfly pendant created by helen burrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

design and family gold collection

Design for the pendant with the family gold collection it was created from,- by Helen Burrell

gold dragonfly pendant created by helen burrell

reworked family gold – a dragonfly pendant created by Helen Burrell

Many thanks to my clients for the lovely commission, it was a very special piece to create and I hope the little girl will love it on her 18th birthday .

 

 

 

If you have a special family event coming up in the future then perhaps you too could  think of having a transformation done , I am happy to work with you to achieve your special piece . Just call me on 01509 239348  to discuss your ideas.

Helen 🙂

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cuttlefish bone casting to create wedding bands

One of the services I offer is cuttlefish bone casting to create wedding bands, I can recycle any ‘family gold’you may have to create your wedding bands, or shanks for engagement or dress rings.
This keeps the sentiment and family connections within the piece and is done by using one of the oldest techniques of ‘cuttlefish bone’ casting.
The Process:-
The bone is cut in two, each half is flattened against the other by rubbing them together,then an impression is made into the bones in the form of a D shape or square groove. A shaped funnel is cut at the top of the bones once both halves are bound together. The molten gold can then be poured into it when casting. The cuttlefish can then be used as a mould for the gold bar required to make the ring.

helen burrell cuttlefish casting information

A funnel shape is carved into the top of the cuttlefish bone for the molten gold to pour in when casting.

new and old gold ready to cast.

In the workshop ready to cast ……….

Anealing the gold

The gold needs to be softened ready for rolling out to shape.

The rolling mill

A rolling mill helps to form the final shape of the gold.


Then once the gold is the right length and shape it can be formed into a circle and soldered, followed by filing to remove any marks or scratches and finally polishing is done to finish the ring……..

A cuttlefish cast wedding ring

The gold ring created from family gold and new gold casting grain


please feel free to contact me if you have special items you would like reworked and recycled.
tel. 01509 239348
Helen

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Life story necklace ©

This was a lovely commission to have been given, my client kindly trusted me with her family pieces of gold to transform into new details such as forget-me-not flowers, a rose, oak leaves and clover leaves. other features were a nestling rabbit, an owl flying, and an orange coloured citrine set as a feature stone to remind her of a special sunset………

LIFE STORY NECKLACE

LIFE STORY NECKLACE

I specialize in these necklaces and if you look on the ‘holistic jewellery and the ‘life story’ sections of the website you will see how different they all are. please contact me if you would like your story told in the form of a necklace or bracelet…
TEL:- 01509 239348

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Life story necklace © another ‘helen burrell’ original design

My clients Life Story necklace
As a follow on form my previous post my client has very kindly sent me this testimonial :-
‘I first met Helen and saw her beautiful jewellery on a visit to her shop at Melbourne.
I loved the idea of using some of the jewellery my Mum had left me which had sentimental value but was not to my own taste.
I decided to have a special necklace made and wanted it to be a symbolic representation of happy memories, family friends and even pets!
After discussing my own thoughts with my husband and grandson Joseph, I met with Helen to discuss how my ideas could be incorporated into a necklace.
Helen then produced a beautiful design, which was perfect.
I must admit I was nervous when the day arrived to collect it, but my nerves were needless.
My necklace is absolutely stunning, I was overwhelmed! it was gorgeous, it reminds me of my Mum and Dad and all things precious to me, and of course it is unique.
I know for sure my Mum would have loved it,
I’ve had a lovely , happy and positive experience thanks to Helen’s incredible talent, patience and her eye for detail.

I loved making it for you, and am thrilled that you love it too, thank you very much for the commission.
Helen

Life story necklace an original design by helen burrell

Life story necklace

 

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Diamond and gold ring, the multi-stone ring

This Diamond and gold ring was made to commission using my customers family gold( for the shank) and diamonds from her existing rings.
Designed and created by hand by Helen Burrell© the multi-stone ring

diamonds and gold the multi stone ring

diamonds and gold
the multi-stone ring

I have a seven stone varied version with the reference name of ‘multi stone’ which can be ordered in any metal with any stones set into it, please feel free to enquire. One in stock at present is silver set with beautiful pink sapphires and amethysts mixed to give a tonal change to the look of the ring when it moves on the hand . £450.00.I always use the same quality of stones in my silver rings as I do with the gold,- as many people prefer silver these days and deserve to still have the best stones to appreciate in the pieces.

 

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Ring made from recycled family gold

This ring was designed around stones my client already had and was made by
recycling some of her family gold, so that it could be worn again in a different form.

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Other Services

I supply Diamonds and precious, and semi precious stones to order,
All traditional Jewellery shop services, such as Restoration and Repairs
Ring sizing, Stone replacements e.t.c.
and I also sell ‘Ready made’ Jewellery too, including gold, silver and platinum chains, bracelets etc.
I offer to scrap your unwanted gold for cash if you intend to have new jewellery designed and made by me, (with a charge of only £25.00 for refining, (this includes special delivery postage costs.,)
This can then help offset the cost of new materials, and help you to have that special piece you have always wanted. Please feel free to enquire.

Posted in Jewellery For Sale, Reworking Gold |

Sea Breeze Necklace ©

Sea Breeze Necklace
designed and handmade by Helen Burrell©
This Necklace was commissioned as a memorial piece, -and is an original,

After consultation with my client we agreed I would present the wedding ring and engagement ring in a new way, so I designed this piece by reworking the rings into detailed features within the design.
The idea for the necklace was based on the form of blown waves in a high breeze, small beads catch the light, like sea spray, to give it extra sparkle,
a theme such as this, can inspire beautiful designs.

sea breeze necklace

18ct gold sea breeze necklace

 

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Waves Ring

Refashioned combination of four rings into one, using the diamonds from my client’s mothers engagement ring and her own.

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