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Telling our handmade story

Telling our handmade story

We are proud of the fact that each and every little sheep and cow is totally handmade.  It's a big part of the Fresh Fleeces story to know that your piece of jewellery really is one-of-a-kind.
Dedicated to hand-making your silver sheep jewellery

Dedicated to hand-making your silver sheep jewellery

Here at Fresh Fleeces we pride ourselves in making each and every sheep (and cow) by hand. Our business was built on the tradition of handmade quality craftsmanship and we believe the finished jewellery reflects the time and effort we spend on each little animal.  We could cut corners but that's not our style!  

So each and every element that goes into making a silver sheep is created by hand.  We start by using a handsaw to cut the main body and legs component from sterling silver sheet.  Each leg is then painstakingly cut with the finest steel blade.  The fleeces are curled and assembled by hand and then finally the head is cut from silver sheet.

We have taken some photos from a 'head cutting' session earlier today.  The blue sheets are sterling silver covered with a protective plastic wrapper to protect the fine metal from scratches.  The rows of sheep heads are the templates, designed by Avril, that we use to guide our saws.  As each is cut by hand this means no two are the same, and we love that fact.

The little heads are so tiny and the saw blades so fine, we really have to concentrate.  If we start to daydream about our next holiday or even get too engrossed in 'The Archers', a tiny slip of the blade can end in tears (and some blood...yuk!).

"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

Watch us make a fine silver sheep pendant

Watch us make a fine silver sheep pendant

Here at Fresh Fleeces we are proud of the fact that each piece of jewellery is handmade by one of our talented silversmiths.  This is a painstaking process involving great skill and an eye for detail.

We have captured a fraction of this process in a short video.  This timelapse production shows how the fine silver wire is twisted and wrapped to create the curls of the fleece.

"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

What is fine silver?

What is fine silver?

Fine silver is a very pure form of silver.  This means it is a lot softer than sterling silver and therefore is easily shaped and wrapped.  Fine silver is so versatile it can even be used to crochet and knit.
Pastures new for our sheep jewellery

Pastures new for our sheep jewellery

Our flock of sheep (and other friends) are delighted to welcome you to their new website.  Since 2011 these quirky creatures have lived at the site of their designer, Avril Manderson of AM Jewellery.