There's a skills festival going near work in a couple of weeks and the organisers have asked me to do some jewellery workshops!
After flailing for a good five minutes I agreed.
So tonight I've spent a good hour looking at beads and buying tiara bands and combs and wire and whatnot. I've spent about £30 altogether but they are going to reimburse me for what I'll use. Which is nice.
I've bought some lovely bead mixes from jillybeads.com.
At the moment I'm down to do a beaded necklace workshop, a tiara or fascinator workshop and a silversmithing demonstration.
I'm excited and scared to death in equal measures. I'll also need to make up some samples over the weekend to display.
OMG, what am I letting myself in for?
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A Birthday Present for my best friend G. The larger of the two circles is about 2cm. I punched some little circles and then had at it with the little planishing hammer. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
My Top Sekrit project for the last few weeks. This is the test piece (so it's the one the Baby Formerly Known as Cheddar will end up with). It came out a lot better then I imagined it would. Need to practice my Hammering more and come up with some way of keeping the stamps lined up.
It's fully adjustable to and extends out to just below 17cm. It's still way to big for ex-Cheddar though but she'll grow into it eventually.
I'm going to have a go at making one for me. (It'll need to be slightly bigger to fit me though.)
From the side so you can see the little fiddly guide hoops I made from scratch from wire.
The last piece I did last year before having ex-Cheddar. The stone is a piece of scrap glass I fused into the kiln into a little hemisphere. Again planished and hand drilled at the top.
I love planishing so much, it hides a multitude of sins.
Project 2 - Crescent Moon with stone setting.
I started by cutting out a disk of silver and then cutting out a segment to make the crescent moon shape.
I then picked out a glass stone to form the focal point of the bead and cut out a tiny circle of silver just slightly bigger than it was. Next I cut out a strip of bezel that's just slightly longer than the circumference of the glass stone.
I soldered the bezel strip into a ring, filed it and then soldered the tiny disk to make the bezel. I then spent ages and *ages* filing it down until it was flush. I watched The Day the Earth Stood Still while I did it. (At least I did something productive with those two hours).
I also filed out a depression in the crescent that the bezel would sit snugly in
Then I soldered them together. (Which took me two or three goes as the flux kept making the bezel move away from the moon when I soldered it.
Then I pickled it in acid to take off some of the oxidisation. I need to file and finish all the soldered seams and then polish it up. (I'm going to buy a tumbler to make this a bit quicker in the future)
So you'll see the finished thing in a couple of weeks. (As I'm missing next week's class due to seeing Vampire Weekend and then the week after that is half term).
Coming up soon: Project 1: Planished pendant with a set stone.
( adventures in resin )
( one of them cuts that hides things )
( And in other crafty news )
P.S. blythely, I need your PP address so I can send you some money. Let me know how much you want for postage on top of everything else.
Lilly stutters. Took years to avow she l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-
l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l- l-l-l-l-l-l-loved me!
It made me laugh. I don’t think that’s quite what the lovely Mr Fry is after though. I have submitted it for him though.
In other news I started my silversmithing course last night. It was well good.
( blathering and pictures behind the cut )