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I’ve mentioned on my facebook page that I’ve been taking lessons in silver filigree, once weekly sessions of about 1.5 to 2 hours each for 8 weeks. Each week our tutor Kevin Attard started off by explaining the filling technique we would be learning that week and then we would have a go at creating a piece of jewellery ourselves, shaping and soldering the frame, then coiling the delicate silver and finally filling in the frame and soldering everything.
I took some photos of my work in progress from lesson two onwards, it didn’t cross my mind in the first week. The finished pieces can be viewed all together in the last photo.
The projects were:
Lesson 1: Drop pendant
No photos of work in progress… my bad! Finished pendant may be seen in last photo at end of post.
Lesson 2: Earrings
Lesson 3: Adjustable ring
Lessons 4 & 5: Flower pendant & flower earrings
Lesson 6: Ring of own design
During lesson 6 we were to make a ring of our own design to be shown alongside our tutor’s works at an exhibition called “Crieket” (meaning “Rings”). Unfortunately I missed this lesson as I was abroad, however I managed to have a simple frame formed and soldered before the start of the lesson the following week.
I filled in the outer area with filigree work and soldered it before shaping the ring to fit.
Finally, I attached round crystals in the middle hollow section with silver wire.
I’m pretty happy with the design, however I’ve notched up another reason for buying my own soldering equipment!
Lesson 7: Hair Barrette
Lesson 8: Cleaning of projects
The last lessons was reserved for cleaning all the projects done during the course.
A new creation made especially for this week’s European Street Team challenge hosted by Petronella of P8 Button Art and Accessories and having the theme “The Button”.
Here is what Petronella wanted from us:
“There must be at least one button in your creation, and it must have a prominent place ! It can be something actually used as a button, but it can also be a real button not used as a button but as deco, etc.”
Such a fun challenge! I knew I just had to have a button I could use, so out came the tin with my stash of buttons, hoping to find something suitable. Rummage, rummage … one or more buttons for a necklace or bracelet? …. for earrings maybe? …. nope, nothing I liked enough yet … until finally … a simple wooden button that needed a new lease of life.
Now the beads … a few beads well chosen beads in different shapes and sizes, all chosen to complement the simple wood without overpowering it and a simple band beadwoven in metallic bronze cylinder beads … and a ring was born.
See all entries to the challenge on Petronella’s blog at http://kraplap.blogspot.com/2010/03/challenge-button.html