New Mokume Gane

I have had a very busy few weeks.  One of the highlights has to be teaching the New Mokume Gane certification course to the very talented Lesley Messam.  This week we have had confirmation from Japan that she passed her exam.  Here are the pieces she made on the course and congratulations to Lesley and thanks for all the fun and friendship too!Image

I am planning to teach this in the Autumn, just need to sort out dates.  There will only be two or three places available, to ensure everyone gets adequate attention and that the tutor (me) is not overloaded!  I am also intending to run the course as two x two day sessions.  It is a very intensive four days and I would say that you have to be prepared to work very hard, especially at the sanding and polishing.  If you are interested then please contact me via the comments box (I won’t publish your comments).

Learn to enamel

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Today I have had a lovely day teaching Denise a little bit about enamelling on copper. She brought with her a small enamelled picture of trees by Harry Nicholson that she had bought some time ago and was intrigued by. She began by learning to sift thin layers of enamel onto small pieces of sheet copper, drawing into the layer of powder before firing it in the kiln at 800 degrees centigrade. Initially she used flux and white, using the copper oxides that form where the lines are drawn through the first layer to create patterns. Having established the basis of patterns she then added coloured enamels on some of her pieces. Denise finished with the largest piece where she allowed the view of the dale looking out through my studio window to inspire her and created this wonderful little landscape panel.

I know she enjoyed her day here and I always enjoy seeing how creative people can be within such a short time. I am sure this will be just the beginning of her adventure with enamel!

Make your own Wedding rings

I have been asked on a few occasions to help couples to make their own wedding rings. Here in my studio near Whitby on the North York Moors I have all the tools and equipment you need and can help you to create your own special and unique rings for each other. On Saturday I spent a lovely day helping Nicole and Jamie make each other a wedding ring in sterling silver.

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We began the day with coffee and a discussions about the width, thickness and finish of the rings and then Nicole and Jamie learned how to use a piercing saw to cut their silver strip, working out the required length and cutting and filing it. They annealed it and while the silver strips were in the pickle they had a few attempts at stamping a little star punch into copper sheet – and then onto the silver strips. They annealed and pickled them again before forming the basic ring shapes and soldering the join with silver solder

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Once they were happy with the soldered seams they filed and sanded all the surfaces.

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After getting them to their chosen finish Nicole decided to oxidise the ring Jamie had made her to make the star punch marks stand out more

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Here are their lovely rings – I am now going to send them off for hallmarking ready for their big day at the beginning of May. Thanks to them both for a thoroughly enjoyable day and best wishes to them for their future together.

Make your own wedding rings

Over the past couple of years I have run the occasional workshop for couples to make their own wedding rings. This began when I was asked by a couple of friends, who then recommended me to their colleagues. I now offer this as part of my regular schedule as a one day workshop for couples to spend the day in the jewellery studio with me and make rings for each other, from start to finish.

I will take you step by step through the process and by the end of the day your rings will be beautifully finished and you will be impressed and happy with your results. Even if you have never done any jewellery making before, you will be able to make perfectly finished rings, adding a little extra meaning to your wedding day knowing that you have created these for each other.

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My experience shows that simple wedding bands, made and finished perfectly are the most satisfying. If you would prefer something a little more complicated, it is possible, but please contact me to discuss your ideas to ensure they are possible in one day.

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The standard workshop is £350 per couple and this includes sterling silver for two rings. If you would like to make your ring in gold then I am happy to discuss your requirements but the gold will be an additional cost. Please be aware that gold prices fluctuate on a daily basis and I would require payment in advance before ordering your materials. I would suggest that perhaps you make an appointment to visit the studio and discuss your requirements in greater detail if you want to make your wedding rings in gold.

I include tea and coffee throughout the day but you will need to bring your own packed lunch.

If you would like more information or to make a booking please email me

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What could be more special and romantic than spending a day creating your own rings? My workshop is located in the beautiful landscape of the North York Moors near to Whitby, perfect for a romantic weekend away. This is a fun and relaxed day for anyone planning their unique handmade wedding – even complete beginners.

Terms and conditions

The studio is not currently wheelchair accessible and students with disabilities should enquire about the suitability of the courses prior to booking. If you book a class and you know you have mobility or other issues which may impact on your ability to attend, then subsequently cancel, no refund will be given. It is your responsibility to ensure you fully understand our accessibility limitations before you book.

Wedding Rings – 50% deposit is required to secure the date to make your own wedding rings and is non-refundable. If you subsequently cancel the booking, no refund will be given. If you have made arrangements to make your ring in gold then payment for the metal for your rings will be required in advance. If, for any reason you cancel your booking No cash refund will be given for metal if it has already been purchased. If the metal has not been purchased a full refund will be given for the metal price quoted.

If you are booked on a class, wedding ring day or course and you do not turn up on the day for any reason, no refund will be given. If you turn up and are considered to be incapable of working safely due to alcohol, drugs or general ill-health or fatigue, you will be excluded from the class with no refund. I reserve the right to exclude any student I feel may be a danger to themselves or other students.

If due to unforeseen circumstances a course has to be cancelled by me, you will be offered an alternative date or a refund. You will be given as much notice as possible, however, I cannot be held responsible for your travel or accommodation costs.

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