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….


A Popular Question

Well, the studio is finally ready and in preparation for the move, I have been clearing out drawers and cupboards and sorting through a stack of old stuff that I had mostly forgotten about. I came across a particular piece a few weeks ago and felt that I should share it with you. But first, let me tell you why…

One of the questions I am asked a lot is “What was the first thing you ever made?”

I started my apprenticeship in the late 80s, when I was still a teenager (uh-oh did I just give away my age?) but before that, I did some work experience in a jewellery workshop, firstly through a school program and after that, in school holidays. Mostly during this time I was stuck in the polishing room, you guessed it, polishing. All day. Every day. The little workshop had no running water, we had to get buckets from the bathroom down the hall and only cold water was available there. Those of you that have done any jewellery polishing would know that Tripoli and Rouge do not come off with cold water, so I would go home on the bus every afternoon with a black face and fingers. Not how a seventeen year old girl really wants to be looking….. But, I enjoyed the work and at the end of my first school holiday whitesnake coverstint, I was allowed to make something for myself.

My favourite band at the time was Whitesnake and I was just crazy about them. My newest Whitesnake album was this one so I stole the “WS” from the cover and made myself a pendant.

I wore this thing everywhere, well at least for a while.
It’s a bit rough and I could neaten it up, but I like to see where I began. 20130416_133719Since I found it again, I keep it on my bench so I can reflect on all the 20130416_133606years and everything I’ve learned since then. And every once in a while, I still throw that Whitesnake album on, although now I have it on CD and I have a much better stereo.

I still love saw-piercing and, luckily for me, my technique has improved. Maybe you’d like to give it a go…..

Just a quick note on the studio. I’m hoping to set some dates for the Stacking Rings workshop very soon, I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for that one. It won’t be long now, I promise. I’m also making plans for some longer term classes, three hour sessions, once a week over 6-8 weeks. At this stage I am looking at having a weekday, a weeknight and a weekend option available. If you are interested in these classes, please let me know your preferred day or evening and I will do my best to schedule them at the most popular times.
Bench snapshot
Well, it’s back to the bench for me……