Happy new year! (A bit late).
Just a quick one.
2012 was a busy year, but there were a few things I forgot to do.
This year I’d like to master rings.
Okay. I did make these. But they took FOREVER and a few failures. I love them and I wear them all the time (the big one will not come off) and that is why I want more. Oh – and to sell.
I want to see more live music. I saw plenty this year… but… more now please! We’re seeing this lady in London at the end of the month:
I’m so excited.
Whenever I get the time I teach myself how to make rings. I’m nowhere near good enough to expect people to pay me money to do this yet, but I’m happy to wear whatever I make. The hardest thing is sizing.
I’ve started to obsess about making rings that I can wear, because I think my fingers have shrunk and now none of my old rings fit. This one is my favourite. I also have a mother of pearl one, but it’s a bit plain looking, that was sort of a practice piece.
My favourite stone used to be malachite, which is deep green, but now my favourite is labradorite. It’s slightly opalescent, with shades of blue, green and yellow. By the way, I don’t think stones have magic powers. That’s insane.
This ring is the first time I’ve tried to set a stone that isn’t completely round. Although it wasn’t a total disaster, the stone isn’t set quite right and there’s still some movement between it and the bezel. The band is in sterling silver, and I used fine silver for the bezel as it’s so soft to work with.
In future I hope to be able to offer rings in my shop, but I’ll have to get better at making them.
Recently I went on a jewellery making course at Birmingham School of Jewellery, in the Jewellery Quarter. We had an amazing tutor and I cannot believe how much I learned in such a short period of time. Here are a couple of pieces I made on the course using some new-found techniques:
I am currently having too much fun with my new toys, but I plan to add a new range of brass saw-pierced jewellery to my shop in the near future.