All of these serpentine pendants (and more) are listed for sale in my Etsy shop- just follow this link;
On various journeys down to the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, we picked up and bought a few pieces of pebble sized (and larger) serpentine. Having stored them outside my workshop for a couple of years, I finally had a chance to start working on them before Christmas 2018.
I started these pendants by coring with diamond corers and shaping each piece with diamond burrs, files and wet and dry paper. I then hand polished the surface and the cored sections of each stone with 1200 grade wet and dry paper.
Once I had the desired rough shapes of each stone, these were placed in my stone tumbler for just over a week with an increasing fineness of polishing compound.
After the process of stone polishing, the serpentine was ‘burnished’ and each stone was hand polished with a lint-free cloth to give a mirror-like finish.
The pendants are assembled using natural 2 mm leather and tied using double slip-knots for an adjustable drop length.
I’ve added many new items to my Etsy shop;
New stone stack pendants (handcrafted from stones found in rivers in the Scottish Borders) including this one from the Tima Water (a tributary of the Ettrick Water);
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Green, brass and gold labyrinth plaques (approximately 10 cm squared). Freehand carved, polished and enamelled using professional monument/memorial enamel;
Click here to see all my slate tiles/wall plaques.
‘Leaping Salmon’ slate plaques/tiles (©HatchBurnCarve), again, approximately 10 cm squared;
Tibetan Buddhist Om stones;
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Elder Futhark Rune stones. Individually hand carved and enamelled with either red or copper monument/memorial enamel (supplied in a handmade bag);
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‘Golden Bee’ slate wall plaques/tiles (©HatchBurnCarve), approximately 10 cm squared;
I handcrafted these using raw unpolished stones collected from my local river, the Leithen Water. They’ve been selling almost as fast as I’m making them, but still have some in stock, so message/email me if you’d like one.
‘Manor Water Stones I and II’. Hand made from stones collected from the Manor Water at Kirkton Manor, Peeblesshire.
Part of ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition showing in the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles from 5th August to 2nd September 2017.
It makes a change working with softer stone and soapstone is a delight to carve!
This was a commission piece- hand carved and hand polished from a block of American soapstone.
If you would like me to make a soapstone pendant for you (or serpentine, or any other sea-stone!), message me or email email@example.com
A commission I did for two replica soapstone pendants.
These are carved from solid blocks of American soapstone- a lovely medium to work with.
I have some soapstone block left, so if you would like something similar, PM me here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I love beachcombing 🙂 I have found some amazing things over the years, but usually come back with bags full of stones and sea-glass.
The stones I use to make these are collected either from a beach in North Cornwall or from one in East Lothian.
These are completely natural- no polishing or tumbling (I let the sea do the tumbling for me!)
The stones are all hand-drilled using a diamond tipped corer. Some of these take up to 20 minutes to drill! However, I also collect Hag-Stones (also known as Witches Stones, Serpents Eggs, Adder Stones etc). These are believed to have magical powers such as protection against spells, evil eye, or to be able to see faeries and other magickal beings if you look through the hole. Here’s one (for sale) which I found on an East Lothian beach;
If you would like to buy one, PM me here or email email@example.com.