Tuesday, 31 March 2015

etsy favourites

For those of you that don't use Etsy, you can "heart" items that you like which then get stored in your favourites.

I thought I would dig around in my Etsy favourites to show you the items on I think are totally awesome!

Whatever Crop | TOASTEMPIRE.etsy.com

Glitter Ring | jencheema.etsy.com

Ombre Tights | BZRshop.etsy.com

Toxic Monster Bag | joannaPYBUS.etsy.com

Playsuit | YeahBunny.etsy.com

Aspalt Bangle | thegoodmachinery.etsy.com

So what's in your Etsy favourites?



Photo Credit | All photos by the designer makers

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

big tunes | one

This is my first music post, EVER. 

I'm kinda split about this kinda post because I normally read others music posts and it's not really my thing, so lets see how this goes, let me know in the comments if I should comment on my music taste ever again!


MAJOR LAZER. One half Diplo, one half Switch. Two halves AWESOME. Added to MØ, what more could you want? This song has been the soundtrack to my life for about a week but the video only went live yesterday and it is AMAZING! Diplo pulling some Indian inspired dance moves, MØ dressed practically as Gwen Stefani and a brightly coloured bus. WIN.

Photo Credit | Pinterest
So Gwen stefani and her 90s vibe leads me to this big (but not new) tune by Cyril Hahn, no music video here, well there is a video so you can hear the tune. But no actual video... 

So yeah a big tune, if not an old tune. And finally as I'm apparently keeping it in a kinda of easy listening vibe (and making sure that we remember some older tunes)...

George Maple with Talk Talk, this is also not a new song, but it's a good one. Although electro / anything with a beat always seems to have semi naked girls rolling around so sorry about that.

So what do you think? Like them? At least you know what is playing in the studio now!



Tuesday, 17 March 2015

the making of: sterling silver dinosaurs

​I promised that I would do 5 process posts this year and as it's already March, (how?!) I thought I'd better get on it!

Some of you might already know about traditional jewellery making techniques but for our solid sterling silver pieces we have done things a little differently.

Our little Triceratops and Allosaurus were created via 3D printing. We created a 3D design to take our laser cut design of the tiny necklaces and turn them into moulds for silver.

Once we had completed the file and added a spru (the tree like bit that holds the two dinosaurs in place) we were ready to cast.

We cast 10 dinosaurs at a time, and they are solid silver.

Once we remove the casts from the mould the silver pieces need cleaning up. Luckily for us, Jacques' dad is a jeweller and taught us what needed to be done to create the finished product.

First the pieces need the sprus removed, these are filed off until they are flush with the dinosaurs back.

Then they need to be sanded using wet and dry paper, until they are smooth and of a good finish.

Next they need to go into the polishing machine. This is a machine which tumbles the jewellery with abrasive pellets to give a shiny, smooth finish.

We then attach silver jump rings and solder them closed before threading onto a sterling silver chain and packaging into one of our designosaur gift boxes ready to ship off to your dinosaur loving best mate, girlfriend or mum!

Enjoyed learning a bit about how we make things?


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

50 shades of George

The 28th February was #dayofgeorge. Not a day that we invented, but that you guys, the George fans, decided was going to happen!

If you don't know who George is, then I don't know where you have been. Read about our collaboration with hello DODO here!

A whole bunch of you wore your necklaces on the same day and showed off George to his full potential, showing that he really does go with everything! Thank you to everybody that took part, we really loved seeing your photos!







I had gif issues, I wanted to make a really snazzy gif like this. But then InDesign, .jpegs and Instagram didn't want to be friends so I made a simplified gif above of alllll the 'day of george' photos!

If you have a George and want to share him camouflaging against your own clothes use #georgethechameleon and tag @designosaurYEAH and @hellohelloDODO. We really do love seeing what George gets up to!

Realised how awesome George is, and don't have your own one yet? You can get one here!



Re: Blog title - 51 people posted photos of George on the #dayofgeorge hashtag... makes sense now right?