Well, 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).
There are also two other brand new classes which I am very excited about.
If 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 Class. 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.
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!
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.
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.
I’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.
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.