As a jeweller, you often don’t know what you’ll be doing that day or what job is going to come in.
Someone recently brought me this 15 year old Zuni bangle. It has tiny pieces of turquoise epoxied in and after 15 years, the epoxy is breaking down and loosening up. Stones are already missing.
It’s not a difficult repair just tiny and time consuming. I have removed the turquoise and epoxy but seeing as I’ve decided to reuse the tiny turquoise pieces attempting to get every bit of epoxy off has been difficult. I couldn’t save all of it so I’ve had to find a perfect color match to add some more pieces.
Now I just need to decide on a durable epoxy and reset them….
Quincy @ Quincy Jewels & Design
Hi everyone! It’s my turn to blog for this week! I would like to keep you guys updated about what I have been doing recently. First of all, I want to show my student’s final projects from Introduction to Fabrication class.
Amanda always finds that the bangles she has bought never fit her quite right; therefore, she decided to make herself one. The plate riveted on top of the surface will be engraved with a special message.
Alynne made herself a ring which was inspired by her vintage jewellery. Even though the fabrication of the ring was a little complex for a beginner, Alynne certainly conquered the challenge!
Now, I will share some of the process of an upcoming piece I am making for a group show that our studio is making inspired by “Red.” I finalized my ideas into three containers which are related childhood stories. I will use different media such as polymer clay, resin and objects to create the imaginary world that the stories gave us while we were children.
Tomorrow is Mother’s day! Has everyone decided what to do with your lovely mother? If you don’t want to do an ordinary event, our studio has mother’s day workshops: cuttle fish casting or bangle design! There are still spaces, but not too many left!! Hurry up!
Have a Good Weekend!
Hi there ,
I’ve started teaching my first 8-week fabrication class at the studio and I have to say that I absolutely enjoy every minute of it. I have a great class of 6 eager students. In the last class they learned how to form a sterling silver band ring and in the third class they will be introduced to different techniques of finishing and adding texture of their choice. In the last two classes they will start work on their final project and I am sure they will put to use all their new skills to create an interesting piece of jewelery.
Till next time,
Alexis here, back from a 10 day vacation. I have to say though, I was antsy to get back to work to try and figure out a piece that I am working on. I was so excited about it that I kind of jumped the gun on my design process. I did a few sketches that are mostly vague ideas. Then instead of making a prototype I went ahead and made Mokume Gane
to use in the design instead of doing things logically.
I don’t always make prototypes, but when I am preparing to make a complicated piece of jewellery and I am not completely sure about how the construction of the piece is going to work it is always a wise decision to make a model. That way I can troubleshoot without wasting materials.
However, here is what my thought process was as I came up with my idea
: I am going to create a piece that looks like scale armour, Oh! I should use different colour metals to create contrast OH! I should make Mokume it goes so well with the theme of my piece, OOH! I’m going to make Mokume NOW!
That is what happens when I get ahead of myself. Now that I have accomplished making Mokume (a feat in itself). I then cut a pile of scale pieces and now I have to go back and build a prototype to figure how to make something out of them.
Stayed tuned folks, I will eventually figure things out and something will get made. Hopefully.
Repairs can be the bane of every jewellers existence but sometimes they turn out so well that they are worth the effort. To many in the jeweller field repairs mean accept with caution and handle with extreme care. Items brought in for repair often have sentimental value and little else; yet they often end up being the hardest pieces to work on. You never know how they were made, what materials were used and what has already been done to them in the quest to fix the piece over and over.
Ok that is the downside of repairs but there is an upside. The ring below is a perfect example. It was a custom ball bearing ring in 14K yellow gold with a smokey quartz donut set on top and a diamond set into the top of the donut. Both myself and the customer were thrilled with the piece. Through an unfortunate accident the ring was dropped on a marble floor causing the smokey quartz donut to shatter. So the dilemma ensued what to do with this sad looking ring. After consultation we decided to remake the top with a neutral looking gemstone. I brought a few options to the table and my client chose white moonstone. Now that the ring is finished with the new stone, it is as if the piece has been given a new lease on life. Now I wait for it to leave my hands for her finger where it can be shown off and admired as a new piece, for the second time.
The moral of the story. Repairs don’t always have to be boring. Sometimes they breath new life into a piece and restore valauble memories to the owner.
Well this is it, my last blog post. I have finished my co-op placement at Jewel Envy and tomorrow is my last day. Last week the studio took me out for Thai food for my goodbye dinner and after working at the studio for 6 months it is a little sad to say goodbye. I have gained so many valuable skills while at the studio and I am really grateful to have had this opportunity. Doing this co-op has made me realise just how much I love to make jewellery and it is definitely something that I want to pursue in the future. So where am I going from here? well in September I will attending the Ontario College of Art and Design and I will see where that takes me in the future. I know that all I have been taught here by all the designers at the studio will be a great help to me while at university, especially if I stick with my decision to study jewellery design. Well I guess this is goodbye. I want to thank everyone at the studio for all they have taught me, I promise to visit and keep in touch. Bye 🙂
My name is Kathryn Rebecca.
I recently had the pleasure of joining Jewel Envy Studio. I graduated from George Brown College in 2007 and have since been working in the industry.
I am so excited to finally be a part of a studio and creating items for my new collection. This new collection is inspired by the beauty of Muskoka and the urban landscpape of Toronto. I have been working hard to complete the collection for fall 2010. This collection first began with the piece below. It was one of the last projects I did while studying at George Brown College.
I loved creating this piece which has inspired me to develop more pieces in the same type of style.
I look foward to sharing my progress with you!
(i bet your singing the sympathy for the devil song..woo hoo, woo hoo)
(well, if you weren’t you are now! hehe)
Hi, my name is Sarah.I have recently moved back to Toronto after a five year hiatus. I discovered jewel envy studio while still in Ibiza, met with Gillian just three days after arriving and have been happily working away ever since.
I am currently developing my magic mushroom line (its really colourful and fun) as well as my chocolate chip cookie line.
You can check out my jewellery at www.sarahdegasperis.com
or at the jewel envy website.
There are times when after beginning a jewellery project — a ring, for example — I find it taking on a form of its own choosing. The ring I had carefully designed urges me to bring it to life as a pendant. The earrings I had planned soon morph into a ring, while the cufflinks I had imagined, unhappy at the prospect of spending quiet and subtle lives at the end of a sleeve, beg me to let them flirt, prominently dangled from an earlobe instead.
And so it is with life. When I joined the Jewel Envy studio back in October, I had no firm idea of what I would be getting myself into. I had recently returned to Canada after spending a couple of years taking an intensive jewellery-making course in my native Korea. Initially I thought that I would simply rent a bench in Toronto and work very much alone. Little did I realize that in finding Jewel Envy I had stumbled upon a highly creative and supportive setting in which I would be able to learn and grow as a jeweller. Now that I’m here, I’m comfortable. I can ask questions about certain techniques and there is always someone who knows the answer. We collaborate and plan ways of promoting our work as a group. Yes, I rent a bench, but at the same time, I feel that this is MY studio. It’s hard to believe, but I’ve already been part of Jewel Envy for six months. I have the feeling that the next six months are going to be even more creative and fulfilling than the first six!
Young Kyoung Ko
Hello all ~ First of all, I want to thank my students, Monika and Ann learning patiently with me in 8 weeks intro-fabrication class. Jewellery fabrication require lots of patient and focus. There are lots of details we need to be aware of while making our own jewellery. It may sounds a little too much, but NO!!! You guys did it so well! I am very proud of you guys whom conquered all difficulties.
Here are my students final projects. They chose to do bangle. It is interesting to see how they come up with different design with characteristic of their own.
Work by Ann Hart
Ann decided to use saw and piercing technique to create a sense of negative and positive surface. Her inspiration was came from her last name, ” Heart”/ Hart. It is her symbolic sign to her, and she is also a very passionate lady!
Work by Monika Weber
Monika applied many techniques that she learned in classes. There are saw and piercing, riveting and soldering. She created depth while riveting brass circles on top of sterling silver bangle. Circles are in different sizes to show an excitement of 2D surface.
The next intro-fabrication has started. I am very excited to see what works they will come up with.
to be continued…….