Tuesday September 22, 2020

Making the smooth from the rough

Helena Malone left a career in finance for the tactile joy of creating beautiful jewellery from the Earth’s metals

1st February, 2015
Helena Malone

The studio is filled with intriguing tools and machines – the metal roller like an ancient clothes mangle, the rolling mill and heavy beech workbench imbue the scene with the history of craft.

There are saws and hammers and drill bits and little wire polishers akin to diminutive chimney sweep brushes, there is wax for casting and an ultrasound machine for cleaning jewellery. Taking a raw, rough lump of metal and turning it into a...

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