11 Sep 2018

Jewellery commission

Really pleased that this secret commission was well received. Husband had this necklace and matching earrings commissioned for his wife as a special anniversary present. Sterling silver with amethysts - in the earrings 4mm amethysts and the necklace two 5mm and one 6mm amethyst.

21 Aug 2018

jewellery commission

I finished this commission of three stacking rings in sterling silver with the customer's own stones. The stones are zircon, peridot and amethyst in tribute to the suffragettes.

3 Aug 2018

ring commission

This is a recent ring commission I made. The ring is a tapered sterling silver shank with a square rub over set 6mm synthetic ruby.

21 Jun 2018

Jewellery Classes in Chesham, Buckinghamshire

You can now book for jewellery classes starting in September 2018, January 2019 and April 2019.

Be guided through a series of projects progressing to designing and making your own individual jewellery. No experience or artistic skills are necessary. Classes are for both beginners and those with experience. The course provides a range of hand tools and access to equipment. You will be introduced to the tools and given full instruction in the use of tools & equipment as the course progresses. Students can choose to work either in silver or they can work in copper or brass. Silver and other metals are not included in the cost. You will be given instruction in how to purchase your own materials.

Taster session: 11 September 2018 17:00-20:00 £32. Come and try the class before you sign up to a full term class!

Tuesday 9:30am-3:00pm (next 11 week session starts 18 September 2018) £347

Tuesday 5:00pm-7:00pm (next 11 week session starts 18 September 2018) £139

Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm (next 11 week session starts 18 September 2018) £139 SOLD OUT

To book, please click on this link to Buckinghamshire Adult Learning or call 01296 382403.

11 Jun 2018

Teaching jewellery making for a hen do

This past weekend I taught a group of eight women who were having a whole weekend of activities for a hen do. They each made a silver ring and a silver bangle. It all went well! If you would like to learn how to make your own silver jewellery, I teach private jewellery lessons in Reading!

Everyone showing off their finished silver rings

Eight finished silver bangles

Silver bangles with 'team bride' stamp!

23 May 2018

Cufflinks for Father's Day 2018

The New Ashgate Gallery is having a special cufflinks mini exhibit for Father's Day this June. I'm sending these four pairs:

17 Apr 2018

Jewellery weekend classes in Great Missenden,Buckinghamshire

Jewellery Weekend courses at Missenden Abbey in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

To book, please click here for the Missenden School of Creative Arts website.

9 and 10 June 2018 (non-residential £197, residential £286)

This course aim to cover the basic techniques of jewellery making while adding a level of complexity by introducing stone setting. We will make a ring and discuss ways to size rings and design options. This will include sawing, shaping, filing, hammering, soldering, cleaning and finishing the piece of jewellery before setting the stone. We will also learn what to do for stones that aren’t totally flat on the bottom. We will then progress to making a pendant, learning how to saw and file shapes out of sheet, how to choose appropriate textures and how to design and make a bail for your pendant. The pendant will also have a bezel set stone, so you can practise your new skill. You can also make a second ring instead of a pendant if you wish. Time permitting, we will discuss embellishment options. If you have your own cabochon stone that you would like to set, please email the tutor to determine ahead of time if the stone is suitable: machidewaard@gmail.com. If you would like to progress in jewellery making, the tutor can advise of suitable classes.

9 and 10 August 2018

This course aims to teach students the basic principles of jewellery making and bezel setting a cabochon stone. You will start by learning how to use the basic tools required to make jewellery, such as the piercing saw, benchpeg, pliers, hammers, mandrels and torch. The first project will guide you through the fundamental techniques of jewellery making, such as piercing, shaping, filing, sanding, hammering, soldering and finishing. We will also make a bezel setting for a cabochon stone and solder it on to your piece of jewellery. We will then learn how to set the stone in the bezel setting. We will practise texturing techniques using hammers and the rolling mill. We will discuss how to design and plan your second project and depending on what you make, we will cover other techniques of jewellery making. You will leave with at least two finished pieces of jewellery in either copper or silver. The tutor can advise you on further courses to take if you would like to continue making jewellery. If you have questions before the class starts, please email the tutor at machidewaard@gmail.com