Wonderful Week of Jewellery – Day 1
Yesterday was Fran & Sue’s first workshop day and we started with a morning of glass fusing – They took to it really well and produced some really nice pieces that we’ll be working on through the week.
Just before lunch we had time to experiment with my Big Kick machine and textured some copper sheet to be used later – here are just a couple of them.
This machine is a great way of texturing thin copper which can then be made into earrings, riveted onto thicker pieces or used for press forming – this led naturally onto a demonstration of press forming without a hydrolic press ! Here are the earrings I made using my textured sheets and a heart shaped die. Press forming can be part of any of our jewellery making workshops.
Fran used the same technique today to make one of these hearts but turned it into a completely different pendant – visit tomorrow to see the photos. Sue’s heart is a work in process so more news soon.
Almost completed – Fran’s bracelet bar and pendant and Sue’s pendant with silver bail – wonderful examples of wire & tube riveting. These will be oxidized and made into jewellery during the week.
Do visit tomorrow to see what Fran & Sue made today (sneak preview – ETCHING !). Tomorrow is their free day to enjoy the countryside and the fabulous weather we are having at the moment and to think about their designs for Tuesday.
A Sad (and Happy) Goodbye
Tonight we took the dormice back to the wild. They had put on enough weight and the current weather made up my mind that now was a good time to let them go whilst they still had time to find a good place to hibernate. I had become very fond of them all (who couldn’t be with their white bellies and fluffy tails)
October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates. Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html