"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.