Techniques

Art Clay Silver

You can read all about the Art Clay Silver that I use to make my jewellery and that I teach on the dedicated Art Clay page.

Handcrafted Chains

Handmade Chains by Joy Funnell

Using the ancient art of chain making I form each link individually from silver wire which is shaped, soldered and sometimes textured to make chains with a real feel of quality. It takes patience, dedication and time to hand make my chains.

Sometimes I leave them as plain silver chains or often I add wonderful mixes of beads including unique handmade designer beads td create beautiful bracelets and necklaces.

Enamelling

'Lime Soda Fizzz' enamelled silver earrings by Joy Funnell

Enamelling is an art which is centuries old. Powdered glass is fused onto precious metals at high temperatures in the kiln to create a durable coloured finish. I use transparent enamels in my jewellery for their richness and beauty. I am a Craftsman of the Guild of Enamellers and also teach enamelling.

Dichroic Glass

Dichroic Glass jewellery by Joy Funnell

Dichroic Glass has a special coating developed by NASA which gives the glass wonderful reflective colours that change as you move. I fuse the glass at 800c to form beautiful pendants, earrings and bracelets. Always more beautiful in real life than in the photos, you will find hidden depths in the colours to delight and enthral you.

Hallmarking - your assurance of quality

Hallmark showing Joy Funnell's registered maker's mark

All items of silver which weigh more than 7.78 grams have to be hallmarked to be legally sold as silver in this country. I am registered with the Assay Office in London. Items are sent to them to test the purity of the silver. They then stamp the piece with the registered makers mark, the fineness of metal mark (normally 999 for my fine silver pieces) together with the Leopards Head for London and the date letter for the year. My unique makers mark is my initials JF inside a rectangle.

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