Narrow oval-shaped black brooch, with a black panel and a dark pebble attached to the base.
Materials and techniques
Shapes are cut from sheets of high pressure laminates. The maker draws round the patterns and cuts them out by hand with a fine piercing saw blade to prevent chipping. For the pebble brooches the maker uses either Colorcore (made by Formica) or diafos, a translucent laminate made in Italy.
The edges are then machined on a linisher and polished. The brooch pin and catch are attached with small brass screws and then riveted. The hinge and catch are soldered onto the brass screw. They are silver.
The maker collects the pebbles from beaches in Cornwall and Devon and arranges them on boards in her workshop. She does not polish them. The pebbles are selected for each brooch, drawn around with pencil and drilled for holes for the strings.