Wednesday, 28 January 2015

From Tiny acorns (of ideas ).............

Hello everyone- hope everyone enjoyed Part One of the Build a Line Challenge Blog Hop, kindly  sponsored  and tutored by Brenda Sue of B'sue Boutiques, there was a lot to read  but it was lovely to see everyone's ideas blooming. Looking forward to  Part Two.

I found some old photos of early jewellery that I made today and realised that they are the beginnings of the idea that I am now expanding upon so I thought I would share them with you.


This is a piece I made when studying silversmithing at adult evening classes quite a few years ago. I was a struggling single parent to a young child and had to rely on my neighbour to babysit so I could attend. It was hard work dragging myself out of the house on those dark winter evenings when I was already tired. But totally worth it for the confidence it inspired and the people I met there  and the silversmithing qualification after a year.

This was a supplementary piece for my end of year assessment- the copper  ( was plumbers pipe cut open with snips and hammered flat - I couldn't afford to buy silver even back then when it was  just£11 for a 10cm square! )   ovals are hand cut and rolled through a rolling mill with leaves. You can see the photo section under a glass lens bubble- looks like an interesting idea?



 Here is a bracelet I made using bezels with photos set under krylon triple thick spray- waaaaaay before I discovered ICE resin. The krylon worked ok  but did become tacky  with age and then got dirty.  But you can see the idea was brewing....  The photos were from an image that I still use now and it remains one of my favourite photos- the woods and river with reflections (was first up pic on previous blog post)


Here is a close up- you can see I still hadn't discovered how to use headpins and was still constructing my own with a loopy end! 

Why not share some of your journey in a blog post- would love to see?
 Please leave me a comment so that I know you visited :D
 Linzi X



17 comments:

  1. It's good to look back and see where we have been.
    Cheers
    Lynn

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  2. Linzi, look how far you've come since you ventured out to take that class! You have beautiful jewelry and a book to show for your efforts. That is fantastic from my point of view! I'm enjoying being part of this chapter with you. Keep up the good work. I love your theme!

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  3. Wow what amazing work!!! I love your work and I am thrilled to be on this fun filled adventure with you!!! ~Warm Regards Louise

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  4. I would have do to have taken that course...still would. No where around where it's being taught....come to think there is a lamp worker who teaches...hmmmm. Excellent post!

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  5. Linzi, I can relate to the "dragging" yourself out to reach a goal but you did it! These pieces are great and it's neat to see how your idea has germinated.

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  6. Linzi, great blog and I can so relate to dragging yourself out for your classes. I don't have classes but with my health issues, working and taking care of my in laws my jewelry takes some serious extra effort. Love your work and you are an inspiration to us all~! xXx

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  7. Beautiful jewelry and I am glad you did drag yourself out to those classes! Looking forward to seeing more. ~Ingrid

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  8. I just love your way with color and composition, Linzi ♥

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  9. Great story, Linzi!! The bracelet is beautiful. Love the shades of green.

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  10. This is a wonderful post, Linzi! Thank you.

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  11. Linzi, I had a similar feeling when I took my first metalsmithing class. My kids were in middle and high school; I was able to leave work early two nights a week to attend class, but what I couldn't do was the extra studio time needed on the weekend. I felt I did poorly in the class because I broke one of my pieces and didn't have time to fix it, so I never looked at my grade until four years later, when I finally worked up the courage. So silly, but that's how I felt.

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  12. Thanks for the follow-up post Linzi. Very interesting. I was dragging myself out in the cold nights since I was the one babysitting my 6 month old niece so that my sister could go take a silversmithng class.

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  13. Nice work, Linzi. I love the greens. :-) ~Elizabeth

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  14. I worked so I can tell you that I love your photo idea

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  15. I worked so I can tell you that I love your photo idea

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