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Summer Holidays

Such a lot going on and I've not posted again for two weeks. SO, since my last post, summer has been an intermittent affair of hot sun and cold rain and the last week or so, the weather has turned decidedly cool. On one of those cool days, I got to catch up with my friend and journalist and sometime Sci-fi/Horror writer, Michael Logan, which was great fun.…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 25, 2015 at 4:33am — No Comments

Money Transfer Services and Best of Britannia

I have recently had cause to find a serious alternative to cross-border money exchanges since my spat with PayPal last summer which has left me relying on other methods to take payments for work. Google Wallet will only work within the country in which you are resident; a couple of other transfer services wouldn't identify my bank correctly; direct bank-to-bank transfers are costly if you are…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Dundee, Brighton and Best of Britannia 2015

DJCAD - BDes. (Hons) Jewellery Graduation - 17



So, as per my summer norms, I am in Brighton again for the summer season, reminding me of the quote from "Prick Up Your Ears", 'When you say he's on the Coast, dear, do you mean he's in…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on June 28, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Handmade By Machines 2015

Handmade By Machines - 2015 - 23



A year has passed since the 2014 Handmade By Machines show at…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on June 21, 2015 at 4:39am — 2 Comments

Jewellery Technology and the GSA Degree Show 2015

Digital Jewellery Day - Glasgow Kelvin College - June 2015 - 1



Another busy week, this time hosting at Glasgow Kelvin College our first "Jewellery Technology Day" comprising demonstrations and visits from a variety of people connected with digital…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on June 17, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

Rabbits and Wolves and Bears, Oh My!



As the end-of-term approaches and it becomes time to pack up the workshops for the summer break, I've been making up the stock to keep things going over the summer, which this time has involved using up odds and ends from other projects. A while…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on June 11, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

The Scottish Graduation Show Rush

ECA - Graduate Show - 2015 - Opening Night

SO... it is that time of year again and the degree shows are in full-swing. Unfortunately, because of the timings of holidays, the exam board and external examiner for my own graduands, I didn't get to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on May 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Towards a suit...

Thanks For Everything!



Just spent the weekend in Brighton, a much needed break after the week of marking last week, marking the final submissions of our degree students. The above cake was a present from the lovely…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on May 26, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Rabbits, Glass Sheep, Ada Lovelace and Virginia Woolf in Hindi

Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat - WIP - 64



The main event this week has been completing my watch and chain for the ACJ exhibition "Sleight of Hand". The last element to be completed was the fitting of a glass to the 1838 silver watch-case which was…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on May 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My Iron Lung - St Dauvit

Jan Donaldson

At last I can reveal the "secret project" I have been working on for the last month for "The Contemporary Jewellery Exchange 2015" in which various contemporary jewellers around the world create…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on May 9, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Spring Break - A Holiday And A New Suit

I've been on holiday! Last thing on my bench were the silver "rabbit in a hat" charms, one of which I managed to set and polish:

Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat - WIP - 36



This one has 24 x 1.8mm garnets round it and I'm making others with…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 21, 2015 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

The Perils of "Secret" Projects!

Caledonian Sleeper Cufflinks Macquette - 1

This last couple of months has been absolutely unbearable for someone who enjoys sharing the progress of works online. First came the Caledonian Sleeper cufflink commission, then came my work with "The…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 29, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Time Between Posts!

Gets longer and longer.



I need to get into the habit of posting more frequently.



The last couple of weeks have been very busy, mainly working on the cufflinks for the Caledonian Sleeper which I am not allowed to show you until after the press-launch on 23rd March. It is a real production job and not the sort of thing I really enjoy, even though I am going to be so incredibly proud to know that my work is part of something so big and impressive.

Other than that,…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 13, 2015 at 4:16pm — No Comments

A Strange Definition of Mental Illness

I remember hearing an article on Radio 4's "All in the Mind" programme about how the definitions of mental illness were changing due to the re-writing of a single book which is generally used to define all mental illnesses. A psychiatrist who disagreed with the new definitions pointed out,



"most people in the west do not consider themselves to be fundamentally happy... because the majority of the population do not consider themselves to be happy, we could say that anyone…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 22, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

Disagreeing With TS Eliot...

... I find February to be by far the cruellest month and the raw, icy blasts this year have not done anything to make me change my mind.

Light Snow



Lots of odd things to report on since my last post, including a box of "gingerbread gimps"…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 11, 2015 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Here's Tae Us, And Wha's Like Us? A Perverse Post For Burns' Night!

Alasdair Gray Art Walk - 1



So I am not going to write about Robert Burns at all. I don't mind Robert Burns, but rather like too many things we were given in school, I have a limited tolerance for him and, as with Shakespeare, I regret the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Time Flies

Sad Snowman



Somehow it is approaching the end of January and looking at my last blog post, Christmas and New Year seem so far away. I've been incredibly busy working on lots of small projects - largely re-stocking after pre-Christmas sales both…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Belated "Happy New Year"

Burning the Clocks - 12



SO, it is 2015 and I've not made a post for almost a month, which is most remiss. First of all, I wish everyone a happy and successful 2015 and hope that we can overcome what has not, generally, been a particularly…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 11, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Wish You A Merry...

Christmas Tat



The last few weeks have been busy but ultimately I've not really achieved very much. The photograph above just about sums up my current attitude to Christmas and the plasti-tat landfill festival it has come to represent, not much…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 24, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Festive Frenzy

Edinburgh Christmas - 5



A busy week in the run up to the festive season.



Kicked off with the pleasing completion of a watch-chain for my friend and colleague,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 6, 2014 at 4:55am — No Comments

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