Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Friday, 31 July 2009
I've asked my baby sister in law to come in and give me a bit of a hand with the crummy jobs, she's only 19 but has been making bits of jewellery with me for about 5 years so I can give her jobs like making clasps and earwires. I can also shout my blog posts out to her to type up too!! Best thing is I can pay her in jewellery as she loves my stuff (at least she says she does lol)!!
I'm feeling all motivated now!! Shame the angry monkey is sleeping upstairs in his cot, I feel like working! Will have to wait till tomorrow, what's the betting I can't be arsed then!!!!
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Jane made herself a bangle with gorgeous charms and beads, her Mum Noreen made a wire bracelet and matching pendant with amethysts and Jackie made herself a lovely brooch!
I hope you agree that they did really well! I really enjoy teaching as I love seeing what people come up with. Everyone has access to the same tools and materials but still the outcome is completely different for each person!
Hope everyone is looking forward to the bank holiday weekend! 3 days off!! Though I think I will be working trying to get enough stock together for the Clothes Show!
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Here are the pictures of my engagement/wedding ring. The top one is the front, I have included 2 diamonds from my engagement ring and gold from that ring and my wedding ring and a peridot stones. I made the settings myself as the stones were funny sizes. It's really hard to do anything with gold from old jewellery unless you have the tools to melt it down and refine it yourself. I chopped the gold up into little pieces in different sizes. I then melted the gold so that it made little balls which I then hammered flat. I made a silver ring base by making a rectangle band ring and 2 round wire rings which I soldered together. I then soldered the gold shapes on. It was a challenge to do. With my usual work I only really use easy and medium solder as I don't solder many pieces together, this needed hard, medium and easy aswell as gold solder. When all of the soldering was done I filed the band so that gold and silver bits were level and smooth. I added the settings, set the stones and polished. To add a bit extra I gently hammered the sides of the ring.
I really enjoyed making the ring but it was a huge challenge. It's not something I think I would do for someone else as the rings involved are very precious! The settings were particularly hard. Soldering them onto the ring was difficult as I didn't have an even surface to work with due the gaps in the gold shapes. I used 9ct god to make the settings and I found it to be a bit hard when setting so I would probably go for 18ct gold if I were to make gold settings again.
I had a bit of gold left and 2 of the stones so I've made myself a necklace to match. I have one stone left so I thought I'd keep it and if I ever have a daughter I could make something for her with it!
Hope you like it!
Hope you like them!
I have finally finished my ring so will take a picture today as the light is really good.
I'm off swimming with my little boy in a bit and going for a wonder around St Ives (I only live 5mins away). Won't be long till it's really busy with holiday makers so making the most of it now.
Monday, 4 May 2009
I'm off to London tomorrow to the Fashion and Textiles Museum!! They will hopefully be taking my jewellery for a 16wk exhibition, as long as the interview goes well! I'm really excited as I'm flying there, haven't been on a plane for ages (I don't get out much lol!!). My big sis Amy is coming with me which I am soo gratefull for as she is way more street smart than me! We thought we were sooo clever getting £2 tickets to Stanstead till we realised how far it is from the city lol!! Should be fun though! Will let you know how I get on!!
I've set the stones on my engagement ring! It's looking really nice, I just need to give it a good polish! I need to empty my tumbler of silver bits as I find that when I put something gold in with silver the silver ends up gold plated!!! Will def have a pic up this week!
Hope you have all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend! xx
Friday, 1 May 2009
Only 1 more stone to set in my engagement ring! I set the diamonds yesterday and I'm really pleased with how it went. I also set an Amethyst but I didn't like the colour with gold so I've decided to use a peridot instead as it's my favourite colour stone. I'm very excited about it, every time I finished a new stage yesterday I was running into Carla's studio to show her!! I think be the time I soldered the 3rd setting on I had driven her completely bonkers lol!!
Oops best go, my one year old Jack is feeding the dog (who's supposed the be on a diet!) oat cakes!! At least they are low fat!!
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
I've also been making a ring commission. I lady bought a daisy necklace like the one on this page and wanted a ring to match. It's been quite good fun as I've been given quite a bit of freedom with the design. Will post a pic of it Thursday!