I first ran my business from a table in the corner of my one bedroom council flat. Yes – that means, workshop, design, admin and living space all mushed into one corner of a room. It didn’t work but it was free.
Promising? My current workshop – entrance to the right.
After throwing a slightly monumental hissy fit this afternoon about my current workshop and it’s general state of disarray resulting in my not being able to work in it while staying sane any more, I’m aware that actually I’m being an arse. I have come a very long way from that small table in my small flat and the amazing space I’m lucky enough to work in at the moment would make many makers jealous.
However, being too busy, lazy or daft to realise that I wasn’t looking after my space led to it looking like this… and when I opened the door to go to work this morning I imploded just a little bit…
My ‘main’ work space.
Enamelling work area.
So here is my resolution:
I am going to set aside time each month to upgrade my work space.
I don’t have pots of money or bags of time and clearly I’m no expert but I am going to share my progress and any tips, ideas and avoidable cock-ups along the way.
After 4 hours of shifting and sorting, building and re-organising I, with some help (thank you, Chris), have managed to bring some sort of order to at least a part of my workshop. A promising start, I think. Next up? Shelves, paint and more sorting.
3 hours in – I need a cuppa. I nicked the kitchen units from the ‘kitchen’ by the workshop.
4 hours – starting to see some order returned… designated areas for enamelling, buffer/grinder, photography and heatwork.
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I really like the contrast between the enamel colours and the textured copper in these bracelets. They are all for sale on my Folksy shop – except for those marked as SOLD of course 😉
Turquoise and blue bracelet -£18
Blue Flower – £20 – SOLD
Dotty Olive – £18
Lime and yellow bracelet – £18
Available now in my Folksy shop. Click the images or for more information.
Another selection of some of my experiments – this time my focus was on timing the etching process correctly and combining my existing opaque enamels with my newer transparent ones.
I’m pleased with the results!
All pendants are copper and enamel and have a diameter of 30mm.
A selection of basic pendants I made with the main purpose of testing my new transparent enamels. They’ve proved very popular so far though!
All are vitreous enamel on sterling silver with leather cord and silver plated clasp. Length of cord is designed to be worn as a choker, but would be just as attractive on a longer necklace.
There will be more to follow folks… watch this space!
Lime green with stripe
Pendent length 35mm
Pendant length 25mm
Blue/Green with stripe and texture
Length of pendant 35mm
Length of pendant 25mm
Deep turquoise with stripes
Length of pendant 25mm
I’m currently developing a series of jewellery pieces. This is the first of many test pieces I’ll make as I re-teach myself the skills that I first learnt in college and realise my ideas.
Copper and enamel pendant (test piece)