I went to the third lesson of the jewelry course, actually it was the forth, cause I missed one but a nice lady explained me what the lecturer taught the week before.
He explained out to polish the metal with emery sandpapers, something like this (btw this jewelry tools website seems quite well equipped).
Then when the metal was clean enough I could finally draw the shape, then I started cutting, but the lecturer realized that the metal was not thick enough to do my design so he suggested to invert the metals, because of the thickness. At the end changing my design was not a big problem.
So I drew the shape again on a piece of brass (I will still use copper, but only for the small parts) and I started cutting using a saw blade. It is also necessary to use a lubricant to ensure that the blade runs smoothly.
When cutting the shape you need to be a bit outside the design to avoid ruining it with wrong cuts, no problem if the shape looks a bit different, after you will finish the shape with another tool, but this will come in the next lesson
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This week I would like to introduce you to my new findings – jewellery of course but also a touch of art!
About really cool jewelry I found this designer on Twitter, he’s called Norman Eames and his line is DesignNE. What I really love is the geometrical lines and shapes with beautiful colour shades and aluminium details. It is really interesting because he makes jewelry for “him and her” - Check it our yourself DesignNE
Since I love art and try to keep always updated with exhibitions and new artists, this week I went to a chiaroscuro art exhibition by a Swedish artist called Jenny AK The exhibition title is Light in the Dark, name chosen by the artist to pay homage to Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro technique. The collection has been developed and created across Italy, Malta and Sweden during the artist’s travels. Human figures standing in the dark, but whose feelings come out from the canvas. Every painting has a quote that describes it – Worth seeing
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Yesterday I was at my second Jewelry making lesson at MCAST – we are actually starting with our own projects for a pendant.
After few ideas I decided to make a necklace that is composed by three parts connected together, composed by two different metals (copper and brass).
It is a jewellery beginner course so the design should be enough easy and mine seems to be not so difficult but it will involve also sealing two metals together – wow!
So I have a piece of metal from which I will create my pendant, (see picture above) and I have my design ready.
Now I annealed my piece to make it softer and easier to shape and put it in acid to clean it.
Next lesson we are starting to cut and shape.
Our lecturer showed us also many tools essential in Jewelry making, but they are so many! I think only when using them I would learn their names lol
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Trick or treat??!… It’s that time of the year again, Halloween!
Well, I am Italian, so Halloween it’s a quite new feast for us, but it’s becoming more popular every year, but I am not living in Italy at the moment so I can feel the atmosphere
To celebrate it this year I want to make a selection of nice Halloween jewelry to suits all budgets.
Look at what I’ve found around the net – I created a collection on my polyvore account:
My fav ones are the Jack Vartanian Bat Necklaces even if I am not a big fan of diamonds. They are part of his latest collection and many celebrities love them, see Megan Fox and Kate Hudson. But the prices are absolutely out of my hands…
Then I really like the silver necklace from cafèpress, with the small orange pumpkin – cute! and the pumpkin stud earrings, which I think are really cool!
Some many pumpkins around that they have actually inspired me for the pendant design I am going to use during the jewellery class I am attending… Lets see how it works!
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Finally I started this Jewelry making course at MCAST in Malta I am so happy for this new adventure.
Unfortunately the school is not so organized, I had issues finding the piece of metal they required for the first lesson, but at the end I used some that was already there, and for the next time I am going to buy a piece of copper from another student. Anyway I really enjoyed this first lesson – we are many, compare to what I though, different backgrounds, but we share a passion for crafts.
The Lecturer, Mr Castillo, has studied in London and after presenting himself he showed us some of his creations. Really cool!
I see Jewelry as Art, and this is what I would love to learn. Trying to come up with an original idea, designing it, studying how to create it, work on the metal, and shape i into something amazing!
He showed us the basic steps that a jeweler should follow when making a new piece.
First there should be an inspiration, then we should come up with a design, in this case we are going to create a pendant.
This is what I’ve learned today.
Every kind of metal used in jewellery must go through a process called annealing, which basically is making the metal softer by the application of heat, to shape it. The easiest method of annealing is with a torch. And I tried it!! I was a bit scared because I am afraid of fire, but at the end it was fun and interesting
Then you need to cool off the piece of metal, and when it is not hot anymore you can place it in acid and water for the cleaning and it changes color…
So now the metal is ready to be shaped with the tools, such as among others special hammers, to create the particular texture needed.
We actually went through all the steps, but really fast, throughout the course we are going to look more deeply into each of them.
Also, Mr Castillo showed us the basic equipment for a jeweler workshop. From the next lesson we are going to start designing our own piece. I am so excited!
I’ll keep you posted.
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Finally the jewelry making course at MCAST is going to be held, and I am so looking forward to it!
Next Friday will be my first lesson, and I have to bring with me a piece of metal, brass or copper because I think we are going to start making stuff straight away! wowowowowowowowowowow
I think I will share with you everything I learn during the class, it will be all new for me and might be interesting for you too if you are jewelry lovers or makers.
Meanwhile I am still working on my own collage collection of earrings, and they are coming out really well
What do you think?