June 7th, 2009
Here’s an update on how I’m getting on with the learning…
Both Dot and I have been too busy to have any more one to one sessions for ages, so I’ve been going it alone for a while. I’ve been doing lots of reading and lots of research and I’ve also been watching loads of video tutorials online. I got myself a small jewellery bench the other week from IKEA.
It’s one of those kitchen trolleys that can be moved about and Dot has a few of them in her studio that her students use during workshops and classes. At £29.26 it was a bargain. It’s nice and sturdy and sits in the corner of my studio, but I can move it about if I need to, to allow for more space around it when I’m hammering away at something or need to use my vice.
I love it and can’t believe I got something so nice and sturdy and compact for under £30. So I have Dot to thank for the tipoff. Anyway I’m currently adapting what I learnt from Dot about setting stones to setting buttons. Here are some earrings I made recently….
I didn’t do such a good job of attaching the jump rings to the back and think I should have soldered them closed before attaching them, but as it was my first attempt I can learn from that and do a better job next time:
I recently got an amazing set of vintage buttons on eBay and I’ve got 30 really interesting pairs and so going to perfect the art of making these eventually. I’m also in the process of making a bracelet using 7 buttons that are all colours of the rainbow and I need to figure out how I am going to join them all together. I’m probably going to use the same jump ring idea used for the earrings and learn to create a simple chain.
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