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Weave Your Magic…..

Well hello there….

Remember me? Oh my, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted.

I have some great news – I’ve got a great new jewellery-making workshop for you.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mette Haulrik and once I saw her amazing weaving work (and found out she likes a good glass of red!) I just knew I had to get her in the studio as a guest tutor.

So here it is.

Wire Weaving Class

Precious Metal Wire Weaving – you can see all the details here.

You can see more of Mette’s beautiful work on her website.

Trust me, this is going to be a great class. We are holding it over one full day, Sunday 8th November, with all materials and use of workshop tools included in the course fee, as always. I’ll even make you lunch!

Get that creativity flowing and your fingers working. Places are limited, so hop on over here to check out the details and book your place.

Hope to see you there!

(and I hope it’s not so long between posts from now on)

 

McGregor Winter School 2015

McGregopr Winter School

I’m sitting here writing this post, sunshine flowing in through my window, birds singing (damn cicadas singing too…though not too loudly today) and, for a little touch of luxury, I have my feet soaking in a gorgeously scented tub of warm water and epsom salts……the joys of working from home! Yes, life is good.

But I’m not here to tell you about my feet. I have big news……

Following my wonderful first time teaching at McGregor Winter School last year, I am thrilled to say they have asked me back, and enrollments are now open for 2015.

The course runs for five consecutive days, Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2015. A full week of creativity, art, making new friends, fun, laughter and maybe a little wine or two – after class of course.

This year, my course is a little different…..more, well, “Artsy” I suppose you could say.

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Sharing the Secret for an Amazing 2015

What are your plans for 2015? Do you have any?

We all have the feeling that a new year brings new hope, promises, opportunities…blah blah blah….but what do we do to actually MAKE IT HAPPEN????

Let me start by saying that (yes, I know I say it ALL the time) as a small, and personal, business I thrive on word-of-mouth referrals and online reviews…..If you love my work, I want you to tell every-damn-person you know. And, I also love hearing about what my friends are loving….wow, that’s a lot of love in there!

Well, here’s something I just love love love!!

550x381_V2 2015 Workbook

Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year Life & Biz Workbooks !

A beautiful, colourful, soulful workbook……. I admit, I was a little sceptical last year when I purchased my 2014 book. I mean, it’s just soooo pretty, could it really work? Honestly, I loved it and it made a huge difference to the way I thought about the upcoming year and the things I did to make it amazing. I signed up for the whole kit and kaboodle…… But I started off with just the one workbook. And now, the 2015 books are here so I am sharing them with you!

I have mine already….. Woohoo!

Create Your Shining Year

Pop over and have a look at Leonie’s website. There’s a lot more than just these awesome Create Your Shining Life workbooks – even a heap of Free Stuff to let you get a feel for what she does.

Enjoy…..and go create your Shining Life or Biz in 2015!!

**As a full member of Leonie’s Amazing Biz & Life Academy, I do receive some benefits and kudos (and some lovely karma) if you use my links to access Leonie’s products….just so you know.

Very First Ever Members Only Special

Just a quick post today – but it’s a doozy!!

I have a very special members-only special, but time is running out.

Sign up for my newsletter before the end of the weekend and you will have exclusive access to my very first Secret Sale.

OK, so it’s a secret, but I can give you a hint…….

Stacking Rings Set

If you love these Stacking Rings, then click here right now to see the super dooper offer I have for you.

It’s easy…..click here or any of the sign-up links on my website to subscribe to Tracy Kelly Jewellery Design. Then sit back and wait…..I’ll email you the link for the Secret Sale within 24hours.

Don’t miss out!!

New Classes and a Great Tip For Storing Your Earrings

New Classes !!

Finally, I have my next round of jewellery making classes scheduled and posted online. Phew!

Click on the image for more details......

Click on the image for more details……

Head on over to my website to check out the dates and projects.

Keep losing your earrings? Here’s a tip.

If you’re storing stud earrings, they so often get separated and one of them generally ends up disappearing into the never-never. Here’s the solution, and it is simple….. use a button!

Never lose another stud earring....

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Make Your Diamonds Sparkle.

OK, well let me say firstly that I’m sure someone stole April this year…… I mean, did April even happen? Last thing I remember it was March, now BOOM! It’s May.

Karen Gunton of buildalittlebiz.com recently blogged that April is the new January. I’m feeling that, Karen, I really am. And if that’s the case, May is the new February and I’m right on track….woohoo!

Blog Collage May 2104

Today, I have something special to give you.

In my last post, I told you I would share the recipe for my Diamond Jewellery Cleaner so here it is…..

Jewellery Cleaner

It’s simple to whip up, will take just minutes to get those diamonds sparkling again and can be made with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. Even better, it costs peanuts! Let’s get to it….. Continue reading

New Jewellery-Making Classes

Blog group photoWell, February is here! A month has flown by, and we are well into 2014 now.

First things first……..

New Jewellery-making Classes

Yes, the first classes for 2014 are now scheduled and open for bookings. The ever-popular Stacking Rings Class is back, scheduled for Wednesday 12th March and Saturday 15th March. I also have an exciting new Wax Carving Class coming up in March and April. This one will be great fun! Carve your design in jeweller’s wax and then have it professionally cast in sterling silver (or even gold, if you like).

Wax Carving Class

There are also two other brand new classes which I am very excited about.

Recycled Gold JewelleryIf you have any old or broken gold jewellery kicking around (and who doesn’t?), you may be interested in the Recycled Gold Class. Bring along a few grams of gold jewellery – you may have an old inherited wedding ring, broken bracelet or chain, an odd earring or two – and recycle the gold, making a brand new ring for yourself. The gold is melted and shaped, then added to a sterling silver band. Voila!

 

 

 

Another new class is the Spinner Rings Spinner RingsClass. These rings are really popular right now, so why not make one of your own? A fancy little silver band ‘spins’ around the main ring, which you can decorate or texture as you please. The design possibilities are endless, what will you come up with? This class is scheduled for 29th March, 2014.

A Master in the Studio.

I am quite chuffed this week. I have had the absolute pleasure of hosting a specialised course for jewellers, with guest teacher, Rex Steele Merten. For those in the jewellery industry, there is no need for me to tell you what an honour it is to have Rex here. For those who may not have heard of Rex, here’s a little run-down. Rex is a jeweller, designer, artist and teacher. He has won numerous international design awards over his fifty-plus years in the industry and would honestly have to be one of the nicest and most generous people you could meet.

Rex Merten

I am so thrilled to have him here in my own studio ( I think I’ll keep him!).

In June, Rex will be back again as guest tutor for a five-day Hand Engraving course. Details will be on my website soon.

OK, I know you’re waiting for the cutesy stuff

It’s like a zoo here at the moment. With the hot weather, and I guess some extra traffic over the holiday period, it has been a busy time with WIRES rescues. Not that I’m complaining (well, I do sometimes, but it’s short-lived).

I have a lovely ring-tail possum who was found all alone in a garden shed. He was very poorly when he was found, but is now a fat and happy little guy. We call him Goofy because when he arrived, he was all feet and ears. He really is a character and boy, can he eat!

Brushtail Possum

And then there’s Junior. His mother was hit by a car and killed. He is really little and underweight, but he is getting stronger and heavier each day. We are hoping he will get through his ordeal and grow big and fat, then he can buddy-up with Goofyand they can be released together when they are old enough.

Our little guy, Junior.

Our little guy, Junior.

We’ve also had a lovely baby ringtail possum for a couple of weeks. What a cutie! She is off to a new home tomorrow. Phew, three babies, what a handful. It’s so nice to be able to help our little native animalsand while I may curse the midnight feeds from time to time, I really do love the experience.

Instagram anyone?

InstagramI’ve taken a giant leap into technology this year. Well, maybe a tentative toe-dip is a more accurate description, but I’m out there, baby! As a small business – a creative business – my best advertising is word-of-mouth and personal referrals. If you get something from me, a piece of jewellery or an experience, that you like, I’d love for you to tell the world. So, I’m asking you this favour…..

If you are on Instagram and have done a jewellery class with me, please show off what you made. Go on, that jewellery you made is fabulous, dahhhling! Take a photo and tag it with #tkjd….. Let’s see how many pics we can get out there.

Instagram Share

So that’s it for another blog post. Next time, I’m going to share my secret recipe for diamond jewellery cleaner….and no doubt, there will be more possum photos. Oh, and a little jewellery too.

Happy February!

 

A Brand New Year!

Happy New Year

A new year is always so inspiring. For me, this year it is especially so. It is the start of my first full year in my studio, working in a place I love, doing the things I love….all the time.

I will be honest, taking this big step has, at times, been a challenge. So far though, I have to say, I am loving the trip. With this wonderful new year now here, it’s time to dive in and make things happen.

So, what’s going on this year?

Jewellery-Making Classes

I am working on the 2014 Classes at the moment. I had hoped to have everything done by now but, as some of you know, I had some health issues last year that set me back a little. I’m all back on track now with a head full of ideas, so I will be spending the next couple of weeks finalising dates and projects.

Jewellery Workshop

I am also very excited to have been invited to teach a five-day beginners jewellery-making class at U.S.Q. McGregor School (Toowoomba) in July. I will post more information about that in coming weeks.

Remodelling Old Jewellery.

This is something I just love doing. To see old, broken or unwanted jewellery sitting in a drawer is such a shame. The gold-buyers won’t give you close to what it’s worth and often, you may not want to give it up. Here’s an example of a gorgeous remodel I did recently.

Amethyst Ring Remodel afterOh yes, looking forward to many more remodels in 2014.

Being Creative & Enjoying Life.

What else is there, really? There are so many beautiful sights around me in this gorgeous studio, every day a different wonder of nature to see.

Gorgeous sights from around the studio

Gorgeous sights from around the studio

And I am surrounding myself with wonderfully creative people. I was lucky enough to stumble upon some great resources for inspiration and motivation towards the end of last year and I have grabbed them by the….well, you know. My favourite so far just has to be Leonie Dawson’s “Create Your Amazing Year” workbook. Have a look at her website here. Leonie has a bunch of awesome free stuff as well as the workbooks for life and business.

 

Click on the image to go to Leonie's Website

Click on the image to go to Leonie’s Website

So there you have it…..my first post for 2014. You’ll certainly see some changes to my site and blog this year. I just can’t wait to show you my new classes (not much longer now) and I have a whole heap of lovely jewellery designs in mind, just itching to be made.

Happy New Year……let it be joyous !

 

 

Looking to buy a diamond?

Perfect Brides & Weddings premiere edition.

Perfect Brides & Weddings premiere edition.

Sitting with a well-earned coffee in the studio the other day, I was flicking through some old jewellery magazines, as I often do, looking for design inspiration and checking out how styles have changed, or in some cases, stayed the same.

I came across this copy of Perfect Brides & Weddings and remembered that I had actually been asked to write an article on purchasing a diamond for this premiere issue.

Rereading it, I realised that although it was published some years ago, the information is still very relevant today, so I thought I’d share it with you.

So grab a coffee and enjoy.

White Fire

It’s so romantic…. you and your true love have decided to make it official and travel life’s journey together and it starts with that perfect symbol of love…..a diamond.

Diamonds

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Nature’s own creation, a symbol of your commitment and love for each other, not always flawless, but always shining brightly for the world to see and admire.

Unfortunately, for many couples this image is far from reality and the process of choosing and purchasing a diamond becomes something of a nightmare, certainly not the ideal start to this period of romance and elation. For many brides, a less than satisfactory diamond buying experience can leave them with such a negative image of their diamond that they lose the emotional connection with their engagement ringand the pleasure of wearing it is diminished.

The simple fact of the matter is you can avoid complication and disillusionment by arming yourself with some basic knowledge. It is indeed a shame that the jewellery industry has fast become one soured by misrepresentation and secrecy. With the emergence in popularity and dependence on the internet, consumers are now self-educating themselves to a certain degree, but with such an influx of information, it is easy to become confused. So who should you trust…. and why? Continue reading

From the Workshop….

Once again I’m sitting here at the computer wondering where on earth the time goes. I have had a wonderfully busy few weeks and am settling in to my studio so well that I feel like I have been here forever. While there are still a few finishing touches that need attention, it is like a second home to me. In fact, I think I spend more time here than actually at home these days. I still find it hard to believe the transformation.

Tracy Kelly Jewellery Design

What a difference!

We were very lucky last week. As a number of fires caused havoc in the Hawkesbury, we were well away from them. Thankyou to everyone that called, emailed or messaged me to check on our safety. Summer is certainly on its way.

I had the absolute pleasure earlier this week of being guest speaker at the WIlberforce CWA. I gave a talk on jewellery which included information on how gold alloys are made, what to look out for when buying, and some insight into the jewellery industry in general. We also discussed diamonds and gemstones and how to care for and maintain your jewellery. It was a great groupand they made me so welcome.

So….what’s on the bench? Recycling or remodelling of old jewellery is becoming very popular. And why not? With the seemingly sudden emergence of those “We pay cash for your gold” kiosks, it seems people are reminded of what they have tucked away. Of course, once they find out exactly how much little cash they will actually get for their treasure it can be disappointing. If you are looking at selling your gold and buying more jewellery, you are much better off to just remodel or recycle what you have. Here’s an example of a recent job. A plain wedding band made from old goldand there is gold left over for another project.

So what do you have stashed away?

And now for some cuteness…

Not jewellery-related, but I just had to share this little bundle of cuteness with you. I am a WIRES volunteer and this little brushtail possum recently came into my care for a short period of time. She was not injured but had been separated from her mother and found all alone and distressed. After being rehydrated and fed, she is now doing really well. She just loved munching on native flowers, collected right here on my property. I would love to have kept her forever!

I also wanted to give a big thanks to the ladies from Little Acorns Patchwork Group at Tuross Head, who have so generously offered to make pouches for these WIRES animals. It is such a lovely thing to doand now a lot of little babies like this one will be snug and warm thanks to you.

Stacking Rings Class – 12th October

Still a place left for the Stacking Rings class in October. This class won’t run again until next year, so if you are keen to do it, best jump in now. Five rings in one day! Click here for more information.

The Sunday classes are going well, we are having a lot of fun and getting very creative. Perhaps I will remember to take some photos this Sunday….