Methods and materials
Handmade from sterling silver, using traditional processes
The first, called reticulation, is when the metal is repeatedly heated and cooled to eventually produce this textured surface. Sometimes it ripples like sand dunes, sometimes it looks more stone-like. That’s the beauty of the process – each piece ends up completely individual.
The second is keum boo. An ancient Korean technique meaning ‘attached gold’ where a layer of 23.5ct gold is carefully applied using heat and pressure to permanently fuse it to the textured silver surface.
These earrings have then been forged to create the hoop shape, then polished and burnished around the edges to give a high shine.
Approx dimensions: 22mm x 6mm
Each pair of earrings is handmade and will differ slightly from each other.
About the designer
In 2014, following a 15-year career in fashion buying in London, Lisa Crockard made the decision to move back to Scotland to complete an HND in Jewellery in 2016.
Having previously studied textile design at Glasgow School of Art, Lisa has always had a passion for design & a love of beautifully made products. The opportunity during the HND course to use a variety of modern technology along with learning traditional silversmithing techniques means Lisa now uses 3D printing & CAD with old techniques such as the Korean practice of keum boo (which translates as ‘attached gold’), reticulation & lost-wax casting to make contemporary, elegant jewellery.
Working mostly in sterling silver, gold & steel with semi-precious stones & minerals such as tourmaline, pearl, onyx & howlite, the aim is to produce elegant pieces that are either easy to wear every day, or intended to make a statement. Lisa designs and makes each component & piece, with the 3D printed steel components being manufactured on behalf of Lisa using specialised equipment in the Netherlands.
Using architecture, man-made objects and geometric patterns as her initial source of inspiration mean that Lisa is always developing her series of designs as well as creating bespoke & custom pieces.