Category Archives: @ the Studio

One Photo -Two Jewellery Projects by Heide Mearns

Finished class projects, silver bracelet and filigree pendant

Some images are so appealing you can’t stop working with them. This is what happened to Heide Mearns when she was looking at a flower design for her next project. Heide had a photo of a little blue flower on her iPad Mini she wanted to use for a bracelet focal piece. We had a…

Heat Colouring Copper Experiments

After last week’s workshop with patinas I decided to experiment a little more with the Jel Flux technique, it is so much fun to do and I love the results! First I used it on a piece that had been sitting on my bench for a while. This was the blown up version of one of…

Testing Patinas on Copper

The same patina (Baldwin's) applied to smooth and textured metal

Copper is a favorite in my workshops. It’s a versatile metal, beautiful just as it is, but extending the colour range with different patinas creates even more possibilities.

Setting enamels and finishing off

Copper-ring-dimpled-firescale-enamel

We’ve been having a lot of fun over the past few months,  mainly opaque enamels on copper. This is as close as you can get to ‘Instant Gratification’ simple shapes and a willingness to play by the students, made for the most enjoyable series of classes for all of us! I love all kinds of…

More Converts to Enameling on Copper!

Blue-White-enamel pendant

Week 2 This week’s class focussed on stencilled enamels. We used all kind of stencils, from hand-cut paper,  pierced metal, to found objects. More work got done this week and there was a great spirit of adventure and experimentation all night! I’m not sure I should get paid to teach this class, it is way…

My new enamelling course started this week!

Enameling Kiln

My love for enamelling is greater in winter than it is in summer. Copper enamelling is the focus of this class, great things can come out of working with inexpensive materials and a commitment to experiment. Copper and Opaque enamels are fun, can be very colourful, or muted, the thing is to just play and see what comes out, then plan ahead and use what you’ve done in a more ‘designed’ piece.

Textures for Metal Clay Workshop was Great Fun!

Making Textures Workshop for Metalclay or Resin

Great textures waiting to be moulded! Hard working students hand carving textures Even if you’re on crutches after a nasty fall, you can still have a lot of fun making Photopolymer plates! Using the moulding rubber was the best fun, some fantastic materials were brought in by students. They freely shared their treasures, a great…

Is it a Brooch? – Is it a Pendant? Well….it is Both of Course!

Enamelled Brooch/Pendant

Turn any brooch into a pendant by making this easy finding from some sterling tube.

UFOs – That Means ‘Un-Finished Objects’ to me!

Silver Chain - Black

Do you have UFOs lying around? Or are you the super organised type that starts something and finishes it before starting something else? I have decided that the time is finally right to tackle my box of UFOs!