Lorraine Allan
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Silver, gold and gemstone jewellery

This is a selection of my handmade jewellery. I love the subtle colour combination of gold and silver, and to achieve this, I often fuse 18 carat details on to sterling or Britannia silver. I also use the ancient Korean technique of Keum Boo, whereby 23 carat gold is fused on to the surface of silver. If the silver is then oxidised (blackened), a striking colour contrast results.

I use semi-precious beads and pearls, sometimes alone and sometimes to complement my pendants.  

Clutch bags and scarves

I source vintage kimono silks and wools, together with Harris tweed, contemporary silks and other fine fabrics, to make clutch bags which are perfect for special occasions, as well as silk scarves. 

 

 

 

Lampwork hollow glass beads

 I make these hollow glass beads using lampworking techniques, sometimes adding silver details to the surface. The beads are all annealed and cooled slowly in a kiln. I often etch the surface of the beads to give a tactile satin finish. 

jewellery, textiles
Handmade silver/gold/gemstone jewellery. Clutch bags and scarves from vintage kimono silks and other fine fabrics.
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I studied silversmithing and jewellery at London Metropolitan University, completing my HND in 2006, when I exhibited at New Designers. I am particularly interested in creating surface texture and contrasting finishes, often using granulation and fusing techniques, including the ancient Korean technique of Keum Boo, to enhance the simple shapes of my jewellery.  Experimentation is an important part of my work and sometimes this leads naturally to the evolution of a design.  I also make scarves and clutch bags from vintage kimono silks and other fine fabrics, as well as clutch bags in Harris tweed.

I welcome visitors during the year - but please ring/email to make an appointment.