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September 14th, 2014

Raw studs colour1These little stud earrings are made from recycled sterling silver, melted down into molten pebbles with a raw shape and texture, then left as they are or dipped in yellow- or rose-gold. Kind of like the sleeper studs you had to wear when you first had your ears pierced – but rougher and cooler.

They’re for sale as single studs, so you can mix and match the colours (depending on how many piercings you have, of course), break out from symmetry and go for odd pairs.

 

September 12th, 2014

Quite apart from the fact that Little Object will be setting up shop there for the day, with the latest collection, plus other best-sellers and special offers, there are plenty of reasons to head down to SE1 on Saturday 20th September:

1 With its village fete in the city vibe – dog show, children’s fancy dress, bake-off and may-pole dancing – it’s pretty much the last balloons-and-bunting event of the year tp://www.bermondseystreetfestival.org.uk/

2 Feeling brassed off? A live session from seven-piece outfit Brassroots, used to playing the likes of Ronnie Scotts and Glastonbury, will put the wind back in your sails. And there are loads more bands rocking the two music stages all day

3 Always wanted to try your hips at Hula boogie 1950s jive? Here’s your chance

4 Feel really smug by starting your Christmas shopping early.

5 It’s totally free. Oh, and did I mention Little Object has a stall there?

Bermondsey Street Festival

January 31st, 2014

The past few months I’ve been working on a new collection, combining silver and brass. I love the contrast of the two colours, soldering them together so they appear to merge seamlessly. The silver pendants look as though they’ve been dipped in gold; the gold (brass) ones as though they’ve been dipped in silver. I also enjoy mixing up precious with non-precious metals – looking at them, who’s to say which is which? The collection will be ready to buy soon, but here’ a sneak preview.

 

November 15th, 2013

By far, my best-seller this year has been my Mummy and Me necklace (have a look on my shop: shop.littleobject.com or on  notonthehighstreet.com). It’s a handmade silver necklace of interlocking links: one bigger one to represent mum, then one – or two or three – little ones to represent your little ones. I designed it as a mothers’ day special, but it’s been going strong ever since. Here’s a little look at my mini-production line, from start to finish: cutting, soldering, pickling, shaping and hammering  (not shown: polishing, polishing and more polishing), adding the chain and – ta dah – here I am wearing it with my two mini-me’s.

But wait, I need your help. Apparently, the name “Mummy and Me” is a registered jewellery-name trademark (yes, really. Who knew?), so I’ve got to rename it fast (have temporarily switched to “Mum and Me”, but think we can do better than that. For a chance to win a M**** and Me necklace of your own, visit facebook.com/littleobject, with your name suggestions

October 11th, 2013

There’s something definitely swishy about getting a stack of professionally printed shiny new business cards. But I also like the idea of having handmade ones to promote handmade products. Potato-prints made with thick paint for a lovely tactile finish on one side; all my details printed on my home printer on the other. Voila! Still swishy.

September 6th, 2013

Jewellery-making tools

After a summer that involved very little time in the studio making jewellery and a lot of time at the laptop sorting out the new website, I’m really looking forward to getting back to work on a new collection. One of the things I love about making jewellery is working with my hands to create something tactile and tangible, combining different materials in different ways to produce something new.

Working with metal you get to use some great tools: all kinds of hammers, files, drills, vices, saws, pliers, mandrels, crimpers and cutters. Quite a masculine lot of stuff for something generally considered a pretty feminine trade. One day I’d like to work up to a studio where I can make much bigger objects and swap the soldering torch for a proper kick-ass flame-thrower (was I too influenced by Jennifer Beales’s all-welding, all-dancing character in Flashdance when I was little?), but for now, here’s a selection of the tools I work with every day. When I’m not on the laptop. Aarrrrgh! Get me off of the laptop.

 

Little Object | Handmade jewellery by Natalie Reed
Little Object | Handmade jewellery by Natalie Reed

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