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Silver jewellery and gemstones…

October 26, 2011

And these are a few of my favourite things!!

I have been very quiet of late.  Very quiet doing some really amazing things that I am thoroughly enjoying. One of these amazing things is a silver jewellery making course with my Mother, Sister and another Mom and Daughter that we are friends with. Doing the course was my Sister’s idea.  It was a gift that she and I gave to my Mother for her birthday.  And what a fantastic idea it was!  We are all loving it.  We are all trying new things and doing new things that scared the crap out of us at our first lesson.  We are using lots of tools.  Boys tools.  Like saws and files and hammers.  We’re using flames too!  Yes, they actually do trust us with fire.  Well, most of the time.  I have noticed some of the more experienced students slowly moving away when I reach for a blow torch.  I don’t blame them.  I still get mixed up between the oxygen and the gas.  Oxygen = green, gas = red, right?

I am actually quite sad that Saturday is our final lesson.  Excited that we should be finishing our projects, but sad that we will be done.  There has been some discussion about doing the next course, but I just don’t know if time will allow me.  The course we are doing is the Beginner’s Jewellery Design And Manufacture course through the Ruth Prowse school of Art.  I don’t really have a creative bone in my body, so the fact that they actually allowed me to set foot in the building (and it is a beautiful old building) is quite something in itself.

Anyway enough nattering, here are some photos of my handywork.  I am seriously proud of myself so don’t say anything mean, or point and laugh at me.

The silver has been melted down, put into a mould, flattened and shaped through a roller. Reheated numerous times, hammered, cut, soldered and filed.  All of this has been done in 2 x 3 hour lessons.

~ I will do an update on lessons 3 and 4 (hopefully with a finished piece!) soon ~

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2011 5:44 am

    It is starting to take shape beautifully! I can’t wait to see the end product!

  2. October 28, 2011 11:50 am

    Nice (see no point and laughing !) D x

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