Monday, August 31, 2009

Jewelry Studies with Cable Ties

  These are a couple of studies I recently completed using cable ties to make necklaces. I'm loving the colours and patterns you can produce with them. The final piece I created is a very dramatic and 3-dimensional collar but I will save it to share in my upcoming book on found objects/recycled materials in jewelry. Enjoy the teaser + give a shout!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Metalwerx Last class - Finished Projects

THANK YOU Lisa, Elaina, Danielle, Ann, Kristin + Donna for such a wonderful time. I wish the class with you gals was a longer it was such a pleasure working with all of you, so creative and so eager to gain as much knowledge as possible. So glad that many of you will be continuing with your studies in metal! Ah, ah, ah more metal junkies!!! These photo are the results of our four week pendant class at Metalwerx, enjoy + give a shout!

Peace. x

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Teaser for my Recycled Materials in Jewelry Book

Here are some teaser photos I took myself to blog for you to check out. I will be having these properly photographed in Manchester next month, along with all the other new work I've been creating. The top is a ring in sterling silver + plastic from faux flowers. The bottom image is a detail of a necklace made in copper dipped in house paint. I think I will do another version of the necklace dipped in cold enamel for a longer lifespan.

Give a shout!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Basic Jewelry Course at Metalwerx, Week 2

Ahhh, I love working with students who are picking up a jewelers saw for the 1st time. It brings me back to when I was first learning, breaking saw-blades left + right with my impatience to get things cut out. No, there isn't a tiny band-saw to do this work you have to cut it out yourself.

Actually there were a lot less blades broken last night than I expected, everyone seemed to pick up sawing fairly naturally + had a great time as you can tell in the photos. Next week soldering I can't wait to see these projects come together more, there are some good designs emerging from this group.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jonathan Keenan Photography Manchster, UK

Jonathan Keenan is a professional photographer based in Manchester, England who has been photographing my jewelry for my website since 2004. I just LOVE Jonathan's way of working, very relaxed and super professional. Jonathan also did all the photograph's for the "Architectonics: Foundations in Jewellery" exhibition that I curated with the Manchester Jewellers Network in 2006. I will once again be working with Jonathan this year as he will be doing all the photos for the book I am am writing about my found object/ recycled materials jewelry.

Jonathan is now keeping a blog about his work in addition to his website. Check it + give a shout!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jewelry Basics Course at Metalwerx - Week One

The first of my four week Basic Jewelry Pendant Class at Metalwerx in Waltham was last night. I met 6 lovely women who after last night's introduction I believe are hooked! I love working with newbies and seeing the excitement on their face when showing them all the tools and processes of jewelry making. This is quite a short time to learn everything you need to know but I think we will do alright with them time we have to make a pendant. Anyway, this is a nice taster course that will bring them all back for more.

Ahhhhh, Metal Love at first site is a site to behold. ;)