I’ve been making jewellery for a couple of years now. Basically self taught, although late night YouTube videos come in handy.
Often, I set out coins or copper at night, and the next day I work with what I set out. The idea comes just before I start to work the metal.
Most of the tools I use are my dad’s, which makes me think of him each time I pick one up.
A lifelong Lyttonite, Gene is a kind, generous person who will go out of his way to put a smile on someone’s face. He makes surprising jewellery from everyday materials like coins & copper.
The Lytton fire turned everything upside down for Gene and Karen, his wife of 30 years, and after being evacuated for three weeks, it took another month for him to even consider his craft. But it is healing to get lost in the process of creation, like when Gene is picking a coin, considering diameter, thickness, metal composition, and quality, before transforming it into a piece of art.