Thursday, 2 June 2011
MY NEW BLOG is now located HERE
Why the move?
Well, I was fed up of having tow seperate websites. One my website which incorporated my shop and my blog which was here. I have been struggling to find a way to combine the two and I am really, really happy with the result.
Please pop into my new blog and have a look around the new website.
Thanks for visiting here, but do pop over to my new place
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Who is getting married in the morning?
Took this little photo in my shop using my phone. I used a little app which creates these quirky little polaroid snaps.
This is a delightful little coat rack in this "letterpress" style font.
Mr & Mrs
i don't sell these on my website, so I am afraid that you are going to have to come in to my little shop in Gravesend to see this and all the other goodies that I have for you.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Embedded a Flickr feed on the "about Chris" page.
Changed this main page to take the feed from my blog.
I kinda liked the idea of having a main page that is fresh and up to date. Nothing worse than visiting a website that was last updated in 2007 !!!
So what do you think? Do you like to see this blog feed so prominantly on my website?
Does it interest you at all? Do you like the idea of knowing what I'm listening to in the workshop, or what tickles my fancy. Feel free to drop me an e-mai and let me know. email@example.com
Monday, 9 May 2011
I was so intrigued by seeing Hugh Laurie's album in iTunes, I thought I would read some reviews. It is fair to say they were all rave reviews, so I took a punt and downloaded his album.
It is great. I have had it playing in the shop today and I have added it to my week's playlist. I don't have a set genre of music that I follow, having said that I just haven't got around to listening to much blues. Or more accurately, I haven't got around to listening to any blues !
So if you are feeling curious and wondering what Hugh Laurie sounds like, nip over to iTunes and have a preview listen.
If you are wondering what this actor is doing knocking out a real album, then here is the back story. According to Stephen Fry's autobigraphy, when Stephen met Hugh at Cambridge University as twenty somethings, Hugh was playing his guitar. Apparently he was very good at the time, according to Mr Fry.
So this latent skill of Hugh's has been there all along, we just never knew. So rest assured, this is not some pathetic excuse for an actor to try and earn a few bucks off their current popularity.
He can actually strum and hold a tune.
Sunday, 8 May 2011
The cut of the engraver leaves a beautiful high mirror cut on the letter which sparkles in the light.
It is a shame that a photo can't capture this stunning effect.
I can of course engrave any message onto cufflinks, so feel free to drop me an e-mail if you would like something similar.
If you would like to have a look at my cufflinks on Flickr, then please CLICK HERE.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Quest For The Holy Grail.
You have to compare a machine engraved item next to a hand engraved item to fully appreciate how awful machines are at engraving. Or should I say, how wonderful a hand engraved item is compared to a machine engraved item.
The two forms of engraving are just not comparable and whilst at first glance they may look similar, the machine just can't replicate a bright cut letter, as created by a hand engraver.
Of course, I can say this, because I hand engrave my own work. I could of course pop out and buy one of these machines, train a monkey to use it and sit back and drink latte's.
To begin with a hand engraved line, carves away the metal, leaving a line of character. By character, I mean a line that can start thin, flare wide and finish off in a neat whisper. The kind of detail required when engraving an old script such as Palace Script.
In short a hand engraver can engrave most font styles, even your own hand writing.
When hand engraving, the metal is removed via a special engraver steel, sharpened to core blimey sharpness with incredible geometric accuracy.
The best way to describe or compare the depth of cut you get with hand engraving, is to liken it to a stonemason chiselling away stone to reveal a well crafted letter. Because most people have seen and can see with ease such techniques, it is then easier to understand what is happening on a much, much smaller scale. Some of the letters I engrave are nothing more than 1mm high, and some of the letter strokes are sometimes nothing more than a tenth of a millimetre.
The other noticeable difference between machine engraving and hand engraving, is that a machine simply scratches at the surface of the metal, and doesn't create depth of cut.
So of course, not being very deep, the machine engraved lettering will wear away many, many , many years before a hand engraved letter would show signs of wear.
I will be adding another article on letter styles on another post. I hope you have found this somewhat illuminating.
Here is a link to some other pictures of my hand engraved work
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
I've had over 100,000 views across all my pics over the years. Then coincidentally, my blog, you know the thing you are reading now, has also had over a 100,000 views.
Now, I know only too well, that some of those didn't bother to stay around and take in the scenery, but it is still a fair few.
Strangers, complete unknown surfers who have happened upon my part of the interwebernet.
The one thing I do know for certain, is that a fair few of them have turned into customers. They often start off with,
"Saw your pic and I would like something similar....."
Every day I get e-mails from people who have found me via some obscure, long since forgotten photo or blog post. Quite a few of those contacts then progress into clients.
so the whole point of this little blog article, is twofold. a) thank you one and all, who have been nosey enough to stop by and have a gawp. b) if you, like me, are an independant artist, don't underestimate the power of the web. Things as mundane as Flickr and Blogs.
If it weren't for the web, then I would not be working for myself. I wouldn't have my own little shop and get to drink lattes all day whilst I listen to my music. Instead I would be working for someone else.
What a horrible thought!
Monday, 18 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
An existing pewter pendant had broken and the young lady wanted a similar whales tail made in sterling silver. We also added her fingerprint to make it even more special and a small bulbous heart charm.
Monday, 3 January 2011
Things I am working on this year.
a) a secret project that I can't tell you about yet.
b) a jewellery making book - more details to follow
c) a Ring A Week project (RAW) - more details to follow
d) I have resolved to read more this year, so my aim is one book a week. Currently on Stephen Fry's biography. Very good indeed upto page 130
e) run more and my overall health......
f) to completely re-take all my photos for my website.
g) to blog more often (starting today!)
I think that will suffice for the moment.
OK, by for now