Recent events have meant that I had stopped going to my local jewellery making group. Luckily, I have been able to attend for the past couple of months. I really enjoy the catch up with friends, the cake, and all the chat.
I decided one month to have a go at a tutorial at the group. One by the amazing Nicola Beer, that had been in ‘Making Jewellery’ magazine. I did not get very far at all, I think this is mainly because with tutorials, I need to concentrate more. Trying this tutorial at the group did have its perks, one of my friends introduced me to the wire straightener tool. I had never used it before, and was astounded at how well it worked.
I finished the tutorial later, and added my own twist to it.
The next month, the theme of the group was ‘Red’. I had no idea what to take, so just picked up some red 1 mm copper wire with my usual tools. During the group I played with the wire, I had a vague idea of making some kind of ear cuff but that was all. I call the results my ‘squiggle’ pieces. I am really pleased with the ear cuff, and may do some more in different colours.
This months theme was ‘pearls’, I grabbed some random blue pearls from a bead scoop and some wire to take with me. During chatting I decided to create a heart pendant, I think that the jewellery making group is really inspirational. I always seem to create something there that’s different from my usual or get ideas from the other members of the group on how to improve something.
I recommend anyone to join their local jewellery making group. It’s great to meet like-minded people, somewhere you can chat about jewellery making with others who know what you are talking about. My local one is in Accrington, Lancashire at Space2Make.