Liz from The Silver Workshop will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan. Liz handcrafts contemporary sterling silver jewellery in her garden workshop in the village of Haddenham in Buckinghamshire. She uses traditional silversmithing techniques and sometimes incorporates semi-precious stones and other metals and can make just about any silver piece to order.
Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you make.
I’m am Liz Dee and I am The Silver Workshop. I am a small, independent silver jeweller based in the village of Haddenham in Buckinghamshire. Working in my garden workshop, I create a varied array of handcrafted jewellery – necklaces, pendants, earrings, brooches, cufflinks and of course rings! Working mostly in sterling silver, I also incorporate gold and semi-precious stones in some of my pieces. As well as my range of jewellery, I also make bespoke one-off commissions and a range of wearable keepsakes including handwriting jewellery and jewellery designed from children’s drawings. I also personalised jewellery for him and her.
What do you love about tiny weddings?
Having had a small wedding myself, I love the intimacy of a small wedding. It’s more personal and you are able to enjoy every moment as a couple and there’s time to enjoy everyone who you chose to share your special day with you.
What wedding rings do you offer?
I make a variety of silver wedding bands. I can also make special commissions, these can incorporate a design or symbol which is special to the couple. For example I once made a pair of wedding rings with a Lover’s Knot. When apart the knot looks like a pattern on each ring, but when put together they formed the Lover’s Knot. All my rings are made to order and I invite couples to visit my workshop so that together they can choose exactly what they want.
What else have you made for non-traditional ceremonies?
I’m open to any ideas posed by the couple. On one occasion I made a pair of commitment rings for a couple who wanted to commit to each other, but weren’t ready to make it official.
Have you ever had a couple ask you for a piece of jewellery for their wedding that isn’t a ring?
I have made a number of personalised necklaces and bracelets which brides have given to their bridesmaids either when asking them to be their bridesmaids or as a ‘thank you’. I have also made personalised cufflinks for the grooms and best men. I have made personalised cutlery and even made a personalised silver tea light holder for a couple to commemorate their wedding.
Follow our Facebook page or the Silver Workshop Facebook page for photos of Liz’s beautiful work, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and the Silver Workshop on Instagram for beautiful custom-made jewellery inspiration. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance to get a goody bag on entrance if you’re in the first 100 to buy, to be in with a chance of winning prizes in our raffle, and to get preferential entry to our talks and workshops.