Lee Soren Johnston Jewellery

“Wood, metal and sea glass handmade jewellery”

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About Lee Soren Johnston Jewellery

Lee Soren Johnston Jewellery

Lee Soren Johnston - jewellery handmade in Yorkshire using wood, sea glass and metal.

I create handmade jewellery from wood and found materials. I love taking something which no one sees value in, like a fallen tree branch, an off-cut of metal, a vintage piano key or an old snooker ball, and upcycling it into something that somebody will enjoy and treasure.

My family and I enjoy sea glass hunting on trips to the coast and my sea glass jewellery is made from pieces we have found ourselves.

All my jewellery is handmade and finished in my garage workshop at my home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where I live with my wife and our rescue cats, Leslie and Xena.

I work as a tree surgeon and I have learnt a lot about different types of wood and how to work with it. Some of the wood pendants are made from bits of trees I have cut myself!

I've always enjoyed making things with my hands and my interest in building and creating has taken me in many different directions, working with many materials. I've never liked to specialise in one thing because I get bored easily, but making jewellery allows me to branch out into different materials and techniques.

The only power tool I use in my jewellery making is a drill for the holes, everything else is completely done by hand. No laser cutting equipment or computerised machinery is used. I collect and restore vintage hand tools to use in my jewellery making, as I believe they are better quality than modern tools and were made with the same care and attention that I have for making jewellery. I hope some of that will pass into my work!

I upcycle and reuse packaging too, but the necklaces that are on chains are sent in new jewellery boxes to protect them in the post.