Stepping out of my Comfort Zone!

Silversmith Workshop 5th March 2016

It was back to school for me yesterday as I attended my second ever workshop. That may sound strange as I used to teach so many workshops, but yes I have only been to, two workshops in my life! As much as I love teaching, I like being on the other side better, there’s no stress and a lot of enjoyment!

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I went back to my old university, but this time it was the Belfast Campus. I attended the Jordanstown campus for 4 years to study Building Surveying of all things! How times have changed!

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A lovely lady called Diane Lyness took the workshop, where we were taught how to create a sterling silver stacking ring or Bracelet.

I know what you are thinking , sure Linda you make jewellery already this will be “wee buns” (as we say in Northern Ireland) but I have to say I was as much a learner as anyone else!

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Above I am getting ready to cut the silver which I will form into a stacking ring. 

I have to say I was impressed with the amount of tools and equipment that is used to create a simple piece of Sterling Silver jewellery!

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Above I had cut and filed my two stacking rings and then they are ready for soldering!

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Hammering texture into the silver was a fun part, very stress relieving too!

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Above Diane talked us through the soldering process! She made it look so easy! I found it the most difficult part! Im the end I did get the hang of it but it was a little stressful!

Sanding was  easy for me as I do that a lot with resin! above are all the pieces that are going to make up the final design on my stacking rings.

Finally after all the hammering, soldering and sanding, it was time for a short 20 whirl in the tumbler, where all the jewellery would come out gleaming!

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The finished product for me! I have to say I was impressed how they  turned out in the end!

The workshop was a full day from 10am – 5pm and it really took all that time. I think would need to get a little faster at making them to earn a real living!

Is this a new range for me? Well I am not going to say no. It was really to open my eyes and get some questions answered. I already offer some sterling silver options on my earrings and necklaces. I am hoping that this course allows me to broaden my options!

Watch this space!

Linda x

 

 

 

 

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Real Flower Jewellery

Last month I brought out some new flower jewellery. I have been struggling  with it for a while and it can be really annoying when you cant get it right! Now thanks to new resin my whole resin life has been changed!!!

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This is my new 3 pansy necklace! This delicate flower originally from Russia ( I think!) is so pretty as a necklace. I barely have had mine off since I created it! I am hoping to work on some new colours soon, but for now I really like this one!

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Who doesn’t love making a daisy chain? I always made them on my lunch hour when I was at primary school. My friends and I would set ourselves a challenge to see how long we could make one! I even remember our teacher measuring it as they were so impressed!! Anyway those daisy chains will wilt and die but this one won’t!

 

 

Welcome to 2014 and new things for Ruby Bijou!

Hello!

Well after the winter break its time to get the tax return completed! I spend my time though trying to distract myself with new designs. Its amazing what you can come up with when you are being naughty and not doing what you are supposed to!!

Well fear not tax sorted and everything is back to normal!

FLOWER JEWELLERY

Last year I started working with flowers and resin and the dandelion seed necklace went down a storm with my lovely customers. They were left wanting more! Unfortunately autumn had set it in, which proves a busy time of year for me so I mainly concentrate with what designs I have and keeping them well stocked. I did make a mental note that in the new year I was going to have new flower designs!

Here is what I have so far and there is still more to come!

Daisy Necklace

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Forget Me Not

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Ballerina Rose

They are all retailed at £16.00 each.

I really love these little glass pendants. They are also handmade ( not by me) and they came all the way from the US, so although I don’t travel far, the jewellery certainly does travel far for you!

All the pendants are sealed shut so the delicate little flower will be safe and sound! I am loving the selection, Daisies, Larkspur, Dandelion Seeds, to the little Forget Me Nots, how sweet!

STATEMENT NECKLACES

Last year large statement necklaces were a major trend in jewellery. I am glad to say its still following us into 2014 ,which gave me a chance to have a go a designing my own!

Well sticking with my favourite resin and buttons I came up with this design. This has been hand cut and hand sanded and polished. There is a lot of love labour in these necklaces but the results I was really pleased with. To top it off what else better than a few candy cane stripes in the form of ribbon! Who does not love ribbon??

Statement Neckalce

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These necklaces are designed to be worn at the neckline / collar and the lovely chunky chain can be adjusted to suit you!

They retail at £20 and are available online now!

Linda x

http://www.rubybijou.co.uk

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Button Workshop with the Brownies!

Yesterday evening I headed up to Belfast to the 34th Belfast Brownies to teach them all how to make button brooches.

We had 20 children to get through in 1.5 hours usually I do 15 or less in more time than that! So I was under a little pressure. With the help of my friend Zanewe took to that task!

I have to say that the girls did really well and we managed to get all the brooches finished with seconds to spare!

Check out some of their brooches!!

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AREN’T THEY ALL AMAZING!!!

I would like to that the girls for working so well with me and of course the Brownie leaders!!

Great night and great creations from a true CRAFT marathon!!

Linda x

The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee hit the screens in the UK last Tuesday ( 2nd April) and I have to say I thought it was fab! I could not believe the pressure that people were put under! I don’t think I could  have done it! And the judges were SO truthful! In their honesty comments made weren’t nice at times. I think that added to the pressure of future tasks and made it all the more exciting for those that were watching it!

I have always been a fan of sewing and I think it stems from my mother. Both my mother and aunt were seamstresses before they were married.

I didn’t learn any skills from them as there wasn’t a sewing machine in the house when I was growing up. I got my first sewing machine ( toy one) when i think I was a bout 6-7. I didn’t get my big girl one until 2009!! A little Singer that I called “Suzie” .

I had this mad idea that I would alter clothes and recycle them. That didn’t work out!  Now that I make jewellery, I am glad to say that I can use my sewing machine to help me with some designs. I am also thrilled that my designs still show my love of sewing. I love making my sewing range of jewellery!

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The tape measure bangle is a firm favourite of mine! I get a lot of comments about it and I think its soo eye catching!

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These are brooches! Brill for popping om a jumper or bag! They can also be made in to pendant for necklaces!

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Choker neclaces with square pendants are so bright, just perfect for the summer!

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How about a little tape measure ring to go with everything??

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A little kilt pin cutie with scissors and pegs that really one and close!

All these can be purchased onlne so make sure you are kitted for the next show! I have to say I am looking forward to it!!