As far back as I can remember, I've always been fascinated by insects. I'm drawn to the forms, colours, and patterns of insects, particularly stag beetles, so it seemed only natural for me to use them in my jewellery designs.
I adore the organic, fluid forms of the stag beetle's bodies and their ferocious, striking horns and bulging eyes. It has been so enjoyable observing the process of taking a dried out, dead insect and transforming it into a stunning piece of precious metal art.
The process involves creating a cold-cure mould of the insect which is used to create a wax model to then be cast into a precious metal.
The idea of immortalising individual creatures using this process is so fascinating.
Above are some of my new beetles alongside the 'Arma Beetle Pendant' which was cast from the mould of a real beetle, as well as the beetle inspired 'Lucanidae Studs' which I created using 3D modelling software.
If anyone is interested where I source my beetles, I have added a link below: