20 Mar 2017

Summer School "Introduction to Silver Jewellery Making" at Missenden Abbey

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

10th to 11th August 2017
Thursday to Friday
9:30 - 5:00pm on both days
This course aims to teach students the basic principles of jewellery making. 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, a ring, will guide you through the fundamental techniques of jewellery making, such as piercing, shaping, filing, sanding, hammering, soldering and finishing. Once your first project is completed, we will expand into 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

8 Mar 2017

Events coming up!

I'm participating in the following:

Henley Arts Trail 29,30 April and 1 May
Venue 14 - Artists at Shiplake
Saturday 29 April 10:00 - 17:00   
Sunday 30 April 10:00 - 17:00
Monday 1 May 10:00 - 17:00

Shiplake Church Room,
Reading Road,
Shiplake Cross,
RG9 4BW             

Oxfordshire Artweeks 6 – 13th May
with JASSO 
Peach Croft Farm
Twelve Acre Drive
Abingdon OX14 2HP
07905 362260

2 Mar 2017

Swivel Locket

In my classes, I showed how to make a simple swivel locket with a tube rivet. My students took up the challenge with a relish and inspired me to make one as well - in silver - as I only made it in copper before. Also, my sister had a baby girl, my first niece! So it was a perfect opportunity to make a locket - with a photo of my niece on one side and of my nephew on the other side (my sister's son). So....here's the result: sterling silver round locket with stamped "B" (for my sister's name) and a tube-set blue CZ (my sister's favourite colour). The locket is a about 18mm in diameter.