Sally Ayling

“Bird inspired contemporary jewellery made from silver, wood, collected tins and brightly coloured acrylic”

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  • Red Legged Partridge Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Greylag Goose Ring Oxidised Silver

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  • Red Legged Partridge Ring Oxidised Silver

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  • Nuthatch Ring Oxidised Silver

    Nuthatch Ring Oxidised Silver

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  • Long Tailed Tit Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Tin Stud dark green v

    Tin Stud dark green v

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  • Long Tailed Tit Tin Necklace

    Long Tailed Tit Tin Necklace

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  • Wood Warbler Tin Necklace

    Wood Warbler Tin Necklace

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  • Swan Tin Necklace

    Swan Tin Necklace

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  • Great Crested Grebes Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Tin Circle Large Stud Blue

    Tin Circle Large Stud Blue

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  • Silver Necklace Swallow on a wire

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  • Ring Silver Goldfinch

    Ring Silver Goldfinch

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  • Silver Necklace Bluethroat

    Silver Necklace Bluethroat

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  • Bee-eater Bird Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Great Crested Grebes Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Bee-eater Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Nuthatch Bird Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Ring Silver Nuthatch

    Ring Silver Nuthatch

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  • Swan Tin Necklace

    Swan Tin Necklace

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  • Formica Leaf Brooch Yellow and silver

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  • Greylag Goose Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Formica Leaf Brooch Stripy White and Red

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  • Nuthatch Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Formica Leaf Brooch Red and White

    Formica Leaf Brooch Red and...

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  • Long Tailed Tit Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Cormorant Bird Silver Stud Earring

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  • Silver Necklace Nuthatch

    Silver Necklace Nuthatch

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  • Cormorant Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Formica Leaf Brooch Green

    Formica Leaf Brooch Green

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  • Swallow on a wire Silver Stud Earrings

    Swallow on a wire Silver St...

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  • Silver Necklace Mistle Thrush

    Silver Necklace Mistle Thrush

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  • Small Silver Abstract Wing Yellow Tin.

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  • Small Silver Abstract Wing Red and White Tin

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  • Small Silver Abstract Wing Red and White Tin

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  • Small Brass Abstract Wing Blue Stud

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  • Medium Silver Abstract Wing Yellow Stud

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  • Medium Silver Abstract Wing Yellow and Red Stud

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  • Medium Brass Abstract Wing White and Red Stud

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  • Medium Brass Abstract Wing Blue Stud

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  • Brass Abstract Wing Necklace

    Brass Abstract Wing Necklace

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  • Brass Abstract Wing Blue and Green Tin Brooch

    Brass Abstract Wing Blue an...

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  • Brass Abstract Wing Red and Blue Tin Brooch

    Brass Abstract Wing Red and...

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  • Pyramid Elastoplast Tin Necklace

    Pyramid Elastoplast Tin Nec...

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  • Pyramid Yellow Tin Necklace

    Pyramid Yellow Tin Necklace

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  • Pyramid Player's Tin Necklace

    Pyramid Player's Tin Neckla...

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  • Pyramid Blue Tin Necklace

    Pyramid Blue Tin Necklace

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  • Triangle Blue Necklace

    Triangle Blue Necklace

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  • Triangle Yellow Necklace

    Triangle Yellow Necklace

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  • Goldfinch Oxidised Silver Stud Earrings

    Goldfinch Oxidised Silver S...

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About Sally Ayling

Sally Ayling

Contemporary Jewellery

Inspired by nature, and in particular birds, my work is also influenced by a wide range of other ephemera. The graphic images from field-guide books and wildlife illustrations; ordinance survey maps; charming old packaging; classic industrial design; and many other bits and pieces I see on my travels. I enjoy using unconventional materials and bold colour. As for the raw materials used in some of my work, I have a huge collection of old (and some new) tin boxes and advertising items, all of which are religiously compartmentalised into different colour ranges. It's often hard to ruthlessly dismember a beautiful old piece of industrial design, illustration or typography from the 40's for example, but I get a great sense of satisfaction when I think about people wearing the jewellery I have made and giving these objects a new lease of life.

I have been making jewellery since 1996. After completing my Three-dimensional Craft degree at Brighton University, I continued my training with the wonderful jewellery designer Barbara Christie at Morley College, and have been happily making and selling ever since.

I make all my own pins, clasps, and locking mechanisms. And I take great care, pride, and enjoyment in producing pieces that have consistent quality throughout all their constituent parts.

I grew up surrounded by fantastically beautiful objects and raw materials as my mum was, a textile and print designer. I vividly remember the two weeks I spent off school with the mumps at the age of 9, when my mum decided she would teach me the fundamentals of drawing rather than catching up on the various maths, and English work that I was missing. For one exercise she put a magnolia branch in a vase and we would do studies of it everyday as it's structure changed and it gradually came into bloom and then wilted. From then on I had an avid interest in the intricacies of natural objects. This awe of nature, coupled with a contrary fascination with the engineering and manufacturing techniques that I have learnt on the practical courses I have since done, influences what I produce greatly.
I couldn't be happier than with a window in front of me, a sketchbook beside me, and some materials to work with, on my grandfather’s old jewellery bench.

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