Second night as a student, still loving it. This session was all about experimenting with textures. I’m still a bit rusty at this whole student thing so I didn’t take any notes and can’t remember what any of the techniques are called. It’s was basically pressing patterns into the surface, burning texture in and using heat to create different colours. So much fire and red hot metal.
First attempt went a little bit wrong. I think there was too much pressure on the roller so it stretched the metal out and the hessian got a bit too squished in the process.
The second attempt was a bit better but needs a polish. I quite like how it’s got the net print on both sides.
This was a little bit terrifying. The first attempt was a happy accident and I love the results. All the textures and colours are how it’s supposed to look, I think.
The second attempt was interesting. It took 3 tries to get the metal glowing red hot, I then left it too long and things got a bit melty. It did make me wonder if I could make some kind of sculpture kind of thing.
This was another get the metal super hot and hope for the best. You’re probably supposed to be able to tell when that point is but I’m not there yet. The first strip collapsed under the heat. I think I got over my fear of the fire a bit too well. The next two I didn’t get quite hot enough, there shouldn’t be as much black showing for it to be technically right. I kind of love it though.
Next stage is thinking about how these techniques can be applied to finished pieces. So many ideas for things to do!
I am officially now a student. I love it. Had started to get that stuck in a rut kind of feeling, everything getting a bit Groundhog Day so needed something to shake things up. I’d seen this silversmithing and jewellery course a couple of years ago but never got around to signing up for it. I finally got my ass into gear and enrolled. I’ve only been to one session, but so far it’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time.
The first session was a get straight in there kind of session. All us newbies walked away with a fully polished, perfectly fitting ring with our own designs and completely handmade.
The brief was very simple, make a ring that fits and hammer a design into it. I went with an all over ‘H’ design, it is all about me after all. I’m honestly not that much of a narcissist. I kind of like it, looks a little bit liked ‘HI’.
So proud of myself for a first attempt. It’s still a little bit messy around the solder line and the edges but that’s where practice comes in.
So excited for the next 15 weeks of experimenting and making!
While I’ve been packing up my things in anticipation for the move that doesn’t ever seem to be coming, I started packing up my jewellery. I knew I had a lot but I didn’t think I had quite as much as I actually do. The crazy thing is, I barely wear any of it. I occasionally remember to put a pair of earrings in or maybe pop a ring on, a watch if I’m given it at work.
I’m trying to put a positive spin on this whole waiting process so why not have a clear out and a style challenge at the same time? I want to figure out if I’m too lazy to think about accessorising or if I’m just not a jewellery person and I have another box I can send to the charity shop.
This is just a tiny somewhat neat selection of the pieces I currently have. There’s a bit of a mix of chunky statement things and more delicate things. I’m hoping I’ll be able to find pieces that work together and I don’t end up looking like a kid playing in a dressing up box!
When I was younger I remember a friends mum teaching us that you’re not fully dressed unless you have earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces all at once. To this day I don’t think I’ve ever followed that rule, but this week I’m going to give it a pretty good go! My super hard challenge this week is to wear as much jewellery as possible (hopefully without getting laughed at). Fingers crossed this is going to give me a new found love for blinging up, any excuse for new things to shop for!