Meet the makers of my four elements jewellery

I’ve just popped out to pick up the second batch of my four elements jewellery.

Nosing round their lovely Todmorden studio, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to the nice folks who make them.

Here they are! That’s Laura on the left, and her partner Paul on the right:

Laura and Paul at Firedragon Pewter
Laura and Paul at Firedragon Pewter

Like me, they live on a narrowboat moored in Todmorden (which is how I know them – for a while we were neighbours.)

Together, they run two companies, Firedragon Pewter, and Firedragon Games. At Firedragon Pewter, Paul casts beautiful jewellery with a pagan feel – moongazing hares, green men, pentacles and shawl pins, as well as a set of Norse runes. Take a look!

Then at Firedragon Games, they design and build resin and pewter scenery and props for tabletop gaming (think World of Warcraft and the Games Workshop scene.)

I’m not a gamer myself, but I’m pretty tempted by a pack of skulls and some severed hands

All of this takes place at their large, airy studio at Quality Works, Todmorden.

Quality Works, Todmorden
Quality Works, Todmorden

How the four elements jewellery is made

Here are the bars of pewter, ready to be melted down:

Bars of pewter
Bars of pewter

And the ‘silver spoon’ for pouring molten metal:

Silver spoon
Silver spoon

Here’s the rubber cast in which my pendants are made (…alongside a few other interesting things!)

Casting mould
Casting mould

And the pendant as it comes out of the kiln, before being buffed and drilled (this one could be an air pendant, or an earth, depending on where the hole is drilled):

Air element pendant
Air element pendant

And here’s where Laura threads up the pendants and packages orders:

Laura's workshop
Laura’s workshop

I’m so glad I was able to find someone local – and friends, to boot – to help create my jewellery. Paul and Laura are such great people to work with, and it’s a simple pleasure to text in my order, and then wander along the canal to pick it up when it’s done.

If you’re a gaming geek, look out for the Firedragon Games Kickstarter which is coming soon!

Meanwhile here they are, the four elements pendants which I designed, and Paul and Laura lovingly made for me:

Four elements jewellery
Four elements jewellery

View them in the shop here ?

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6 comments

    • Little Red says:

      Hi Willow! Fancy seeing you here 🙂
      They have the green man doorknocker at the door to their studio – it’s beautiful!

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