Designer of the Month – Trisha Wood

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I am a self taught artist which changed into painting and making jewellery. I make memorial jewellery. Making them specifically developed not simply an ashes jewellery piece.

Let us know a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making market.

Jewellery maker Trisha Wood takes her motivation from the sea in her creations, which include tiny gems, crystals, enamel and resin in a modern and elegant design. Discover more about this months Designer of the Month listed below

Tell us about your work– are there any particular products or methods that you favour?

I use a great deal of tiny gems and crystals to improve the colours of the enamel, amethyst being the most popular then finishing of with high gloss resin.

I work primarily with silver and I like working with enamel. I like the way it lets you know how it wishes to end up!

How would you best explain your design style?

I explain my designs as stylish and modern.

Where do you like to get your inspiration from for your pieces?

I get my inspirations from my energy healing. I utilize the chakra colours as inspiration plus an excellent love of nature. I resonate with sea and majority of my work is coloured aqua blue

Do you have a piece that you have made which you favour or are especially proud of?

I enjoy it. It turned out just as how I imagined. A true statement piece full of my character!

I created a 4 setting charming heavy modern ring. I desired to make something where I might include all my preferred colours in one piece and deal to my memorial clients something more custom and modern than the very same choice across the web for ashes jewellery.

What is the one product in your jewellery making workshop that you could not live without?

May surprise some people however my mini spirit level! Dealing with resin I am careful about it setting even and level. I use it every day.

What approaching trends do you see being popular soon?

I have actually seen an increase in ashes being imbedded into silver whilst in the making process. Offers a mottled impact with the ended up piece, more discrete and extremely efficient. Plumes are a popular demand too. A reassuring message from a loved one

What is the most valuable lesson you have gained from your time in the jewellery making market?

If a customer needs something the other day, that is their absence of timing, not mine!.

Most significantly trust my gut impulse too. Time and perseverance is essential in our field, somethings simply can not be hurried.

My most important lesson whilst making is patience. I am a dreadful prodder! Enamel and Resin can not be rushed.

Do you have any specific suggestions that you would provide to up and coming jewellery designers, or somebody thinking about getting into jewellery making?

Guidance I would provide to someone thinking of entering jewellery is be real to yourself, be yourself. Follow your enthusiasm. Be client and practice loads!

Time for a bit of enjoyable in our quick-fire round!

Inform us your favourite …

Colour– Aqua BlueBiscuit– Anything by Fox sDrink– Coffee, by the gallon … Place– Anywhere in natureAnimal– Dogs. Any animal.Gemstone– AmethystFood– GreekSport– AthleticsCity– London

Many thanks to Trisha for being our Designer of the Month this month and for sharing this details

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Designer of the Month – Niyanta Shah

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Let us understand a bit about yourself, detailing your background, research study and training in the jewellery making industry.

She has likewise taken courses for jewellery design & & illustration, as well as wedding jewellery and tiara making at The London Jewellery School. She loves making delicate and dainty jewellery but wouldnt state no to huge and strong either.

I left school with average grades and entered into an average university to obtain a degree, then fell under a task I didnt find fulfilling however it paid the expenses. I kept sensation there was more to life. 2 years ago I made the brave decision to quit my job since I had discovered a true enthusiasm for beaded and wire gemstone jewellery! I took great deals of courses to learn as much as I could.

My favourites were Jewellery style and drawing and Wedding Jewellery and Tiara making from the prestigious London Jewellery School based in the heart of Londons world-famous Hatton Garden. I also found out a lot from some really generous teachers on YouTube, they taught with such passion that I would see hours of their videos. It was like the existing pattern of binge-watching a series on Netflix! I was connected!

Tell us about your work– are there any particular products or techniques that you favour?

I enjoy to use beads and gemstones. My preferred techniques are to wire wrap gems on earrings and beaded fringe earrings. Youll find a great deal of my photos on Instagram feature these 2 techniques.

How would you finest explain your design style?

Im still finding out about my special design and for that reason like to attempt whatever out! Presently, Im enjoying the technique to layer rows of beads for lockets and lariats. Its almost an art deco style and I love the rich, decadent appearance you can accomplish, advises me of the 1920s, think Downton Abbey!

Where do you like to get your motivation from for your pieces?

Im a huge fan of Bollywood and Im a British Indian so I take my motivation from all things BritAsian. A bit of Downton Abbey, some Bollywood glam, and Ill occasionally look at present jewellery patterns but also anything that pops into my head which can be a little haphazard given that I love to daydream and think of holidays or weddings and celebrations.

Do you have a piece that you have made which you favour or are particularly happy with?

She is 5 years old and is one of the very first luxury looking items I made. Its made with beautiful itty bitty beads and some swoon-worthy Swarovski pearls and has a Swarovski crystal beauty heart.

What is the one item in your jewellery making workshop that you could not live without?

At the minute its the Tulip beading needles. They are very versatile and strong too. Others are available and Ive attempted generic non top quality ones along with those by John James however the ones by Tulip seem to be the very best.

What approaching trends do you see being popular quickly?

This year has been a stinker for everybody and at the end of the year, I think Christmas is going to approve unforgettable gifts, such as thinking of you, or DIY your jewellery so packages and memento jewellery might be big! Were all remaining at house and making presents to ourselves this year. It conserves all the trips to the shops and undesirable returns.

What is the most important lesson you have discovered from your time in the jewellery making market?

If you let it, every error can be a lesson. There have actually been many times Ive invested hours dealing with a job just to slip up in an important step right near completion. In the early days, I would misery at my silliness and get so disappointed at myself. Its a lot of effort and time that goes into developing and making. Ultimately, I found out to see the knowledge in making errors.

We cant get anywhere without taking steps and despite the fact that one or two might be a slip or a trip we are still where we are and we arrived with the errors as well as the successes. Its likewise assisted me to see that I am more skilled now thanks to those errors and what I learnt from them.

Do you have any specific guidance that you would offer to up and coming jewellery designers, or someone thinking about entering jewellery making?

Yes, I would state go for it and do what you enjoy. Learn whatever you can, even from yourself and do not be scared to try all the strategies up until you find your true delighted location.

For instance, I utilized to remake my own jewellery that I d purchased from the high street. I d take it apart and see how it was made then enjoy a YouTube video to discover how to put it back together once again. Be creative and more importantly, have fun!

Finally, time for a bit of enjoyable in our quick-fire round!

Colour– Blue– the majority of my clothes appear to be blue– oopsBiscuit– Nice BiscuitsDrink– Pimms, or Coffee if Im drivingPlace– Anywhere in natureAnimal– ElephantGemstone– Rose QuartzFood– Cheesecake, though I never get to consume any!Sport– CricketFilm– Anything Harry PotterCity– London– its where house is

Tell us your favourite …

Numerous thanks to Niyanta for being our Designer of the Month this month and for sharing this information

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A Beginners Guide on How to Pierce Metal by Christine Pearson

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This is an excellent project when learning how to utilize a piercing saw to cut metal. Practice makes best when using a piercing saw, so do not be too disheartened if you break a few blades when you begin. It is crucial to have the blade in the saw correctly, have a comfy posture and saw gently without requiring– the saw will do the work!

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Keeping the saw blade vertical saw gently, following your line. Hold the metal down onto your bench peg– KEEP YOUR FINGERS BEHIND THE BLADE! Move the blade up and down without pushing it versus the metal. The blade will cut the metal on the down stroke. To cut a curve, gradually move the silver on the bench peg as you saw. Do not twist the blade or require, it will break. Rub a little beeswax onto the blade occasionally to stop it sticking. If you get jammed, or go off your line, carefully saw in reverse to return on track.

Originally trained as a Silversmith and Jeweller, BA (Hons) in Leicester, I worked for several years as a Jewellery Designer for a firm producing jewellery in 9ct gold in Worcester. The company produced my styles in their thousands using fly-presses and lost wax casting methods. It was amazing to see my pieces in the large high street jewellery stores.

It may not be recommended for some to utilize your stomach or chest to press the saw frame into the bench peg. As it can trigger bruising or injury for somebody who isnt strong. Instead, press the saw handle using your hands.

Cutting an internal shape.

Recent years found me teaching Resistant Materials in a secondary school and establishing my own workshop back in Leicester. I take pleasure in having the liberty to reveal my own concepts and produce my own work. I work primarily in silver and copper and recently have actually ended up being taken in and fascinated by enamelling. I enjoy the way you can combine the enamel colours in a imaginative and individual way.

I likewise make jewellery for private commissions and teach enamelling and silversmithing workshops to small groups.

Vintage lace and metal punches are utilized to add texture to the silver and copper. I then hand cut the shapes prior to drilling, filing, soldering and assembling my jewellery, all by hand. My silver jewellery is hallmarked in Sheffield.

Choose a basic shape for your style and draw it onto a piece of scrap paper. Cut the paper shape out with scissors.

A bit about me:.

Fine Permanent Pen– Posca Pen 0.7 BlackV Shaped Bench Peg With ClampAdjustable Saw Frame 6 ″ DeepSuper Glardon Vallorbe Jewellers Saw Blades Grade 4/0 Bundle Of 10Beeswax 28g/1oz BlockSterling Silver Sheet 1.00 mm Fully AnnealedImpressart 2 Hole Punch 3.2 mm And 4mm

I utilized a half round needle file and 600 and 1000 grit Wet and Dry documents to smooth my silver pendant prior to polishing on my polishing motor. The silver snake chain and a 5mm jump ring complete the design.

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My copper jewellery has layers of vitreous Enamel in different colours added, then fired numerous times, to around 800 *.

More about Christine Pearson.

Undo the bottom wingnut on your piercing saw then thread the sawblade through the hole. Make sure the stress is proper again before you start to saw– if the blade is in too loose or too tight it will snap, keep in mind to test by pinging! If you twist the blade while it is in the metal, it will snap– take your time as you saw.

Your posture matters. Sit in a comfy position so you are able to saw without twisting or bending forward too much. You will saw in the V shape gap in your bench peg. Position the metal over the V shape– holding it down strongly with two fingers. Hold the saw vertically and carefully stroke the blade downwards versus the metal to start sawing.

Influenced by nature, and almost anything on the planet around me, I develop individual pieces of wearable art. I utilize subtle textures, simple shapes and strong colours.

Position your paper design template onto your metal and carefully draw around it onto your silver, using a long-term pen. If you slip up carefully clean away the pen with a damp cloth or tissue and redraw your line.

Rest the top of your saw against your bench or bench peg. Loosen up the leading wingnut and insert the blade, check that the teeth in your saw blade are pointing down towards the handle of your saw prior to you tighten up the wingnut. Firmly press the manage of the saw towards the bench peg as you tighten the bottom of the saw blade into the bottom fastening. The blade ought to make a “ping” sound if you pluck it with your finger nail.

Based in my own workshop in Leicester, I am a contemporary Jewellery Designer, operating in Enameled Copper and Sterling Silver.

Put your blade into your saw.

Which metal piercing pointers would you include?

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