Safety Bay engineer shifts gears for jewellery therapy

Tim Holmes with one of his pieces inspired by his UK heritage: a hare looking at the moon.
Tim Holmes with one of his pieces inspired by his UK heritage: a hare looking at the moon.

SITTING in the office one day, it struck Safety Bay man Tim Holmes how stressed his fellow work colleagues were.

Having had a health scare of his own he had an epiphany: if he stayed in the job he could end up dead at 50.

Realising his health was more important, he soon quit his job of 20 years as a marine engineer.

Needing to wind down he travelled and fished his way around Australia for 14 months with his partner, Candice Keeble.

While in Queensland he came across a jeweller making items from recycled materials.

“I started looking at it and thought – I could do that,” he said.

“I’ve never done anything like it in the past, but I bought all the equipment and started sourcing old silver plated cutlery and pennies to make the jewellery.

“It all started with a coin; I use certain coins such as silver florins and pennies which I shape into rings or pendants.

“I just doodle along now and do my own thing – it’s therapy doing all this.”

Some of Tim Holmes handmade rings.

Now a self-declared jeweller, his business Shoalwater Designs has been in operation for three months.

“I’ve lived in the area for 13 years and travelled a lot but it’s just a magical part of the world down here – it’s inspiring,” he said.

“People have really taken to it and I have sold a few pieces through Face book and Etsy.

“I’m looking at local markets next, possibly Fremantle or the Mandjar Markets in Mandurah.

To see more of his work visit https://www.shoalwaterdesigns.com.au/