Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Here's Alex at my workbench. We started by melting down her old gold rings and bracelets, and pulling that metal into round and half-round wire.
With that gold wire, we made some simple ring bands, a cute heart ring, some bangle bracelets, and the big cuff. Alex decided what she wanted to make, an slowly we worked through the projects.
She learned to saw, file, bend, sand and do some basic soldering. Of course, I'm there to help her along the way.
I love doing the one-on-one teaching. the student gets to make what she wants and learn some basic metal smithing techniques.
If you're in Noumea and you want to remake some of your old jewelry, just leave a comment, and we'll get in touch.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
What to do with your old jewelry? Of course some pieces are treasures from family and friends, or reminders of important events in our lives. But what about the fashion jewelry, or unloved gifts that were received over the years? Or even the boxes of junk jewelry from grandma or your old aunties. At first glance, these trashy bits should be dumped, but don't dump them, give them to me. Or better still, bring them to me and we can create something new together. Bits of gold and silver can be melted down, and worked into new anything, and the costume jewelry can be taken apart and salvaged for the clasps, or jump rings or interesting bits.
II was inspired a few years ago by radical jewelry makeover, an amazing art project that connects jewelry students with their community. The public donates unwanted jewelry, the students then sort through the piles of metal, plastic, enamel, shells, beads, stones, etc, and create new and unique jewelry. The doners then pick new jewelry. A very interesting trade off.
I have my own version this. Students or customers come to my workshop with their unwanted jewelry, and we create NEW JEWELRY together. I love the sharing experience and they love learning new skills and getting new jewels!
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Friday, May 31, 2013
A few years ago I started working with copper electrical wire that is easy to find left over at any construction site. The not so easy part is cutting back all the black rubber.
The bracelets are oxidized dark brown, then I attach a handmade silk tassel. These are just one example of the many bangle bracelets that I make. The tassel colors can be changed.