Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Wee sleekit cowrin tim'rous beastie..."

In preparations for the Burns Night celebrations on the 25th January (a celebration of the birthday of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns) I have been practicing this poem which I will be required to recite at an evening gathering.

Print by Eat Haggis on Notonthehighstreet.com
In amongst my poetry reading I've been fashioning a few kilt pins for those who wish to give their formal Scottish outfits a contemporary edge.

Contemporary Kilt Pin, Cari-Jane Hakes, January 2014
The main body of the pin is made from wood salvaged from a bagpipe makers workshop by Dauvit Alexander (who then kindly posted it on to me).  It is the most lovely material to work with.  From a jewellery point of view, it perfect, a dense, fine grain and deep colour which gives the material a gem like appearance when faceted.

Contemporary Kilt Pin, detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, January 2014
 The top facet, in this example, was kept parallel and perpendicular to the bronze housing and becomes clad in a thin sheet of sterling silver that has been roll printed with the texture of a Highland bracken leaf.

A limited edition, available in my Notonthehighstreet shop which you can find here or over on Etsy, which you can find here.


  1. So glad that you found the wood useful!
    It is a beautiful material and I would like to use it more.

  2. This crelative connection with Dauvit is proving rather fruitful for you. I also love the change in direction in your work. Still the same quality and energy but a different style, much more earthy. (less ocean influence maybe)


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