Inspiration for my Female Stag Beetle Ring
The moment my father saw my very first creation, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, he asked me to make him a silver stag beetle. Ever since I can remember, he has had a beautiful model of a stag beetle made of sheet metal and silver plated. Having grown up with this model, I hesitated at attempting my own – wanting to wait until my modelling skills were able to do it real justice. My stag beetle pendant (known as Stanley) has now become one of my most recognised pieces – so I guess I succeeded! So from that moment on, a stag beetle ring was inevitable.
I tried balancing Stanley on my hand to see if he would work well as a ring. He would – but you’d probably need to carry a safety warning with you too. The female, on the other hand, is more demure – but makes a fantastic model for a ring. I wear mine with my bee and daisy ring – and I call it my “English Country Garden Hand”!
I have a wonderful book packed full of beetles (The Book of Beetles by Patrice Bouchard). Beetles make up a quarter of the worlds creatures with over 400,000 known species. They are such amazing shapes and colours that I would never tire of recreating these amazing creatures in silver. So it will probably not be long before another beetle crawls its way into my collection…