Will be away for a long weekend to attend the hallmarking seminar at The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office which I’m really excited about! Having watched the documentary on the Cheapside Hoard that was shown on BBC4, I’m more excited than ever at improving my understanding of how hallmarks help date a piece and provide historical details and give life to the exquisite piece of jewellery.
The collection is currently on display until 27th April 2014 at the Museum of London.
Another exciting update is, having seen updates on Facebook from the Craftsy page, I finally caved in and had a deeper look at the patterns available from AgaDesigns of jewellery designer, Aga Kruk. I couldn’t help but get a few patterns, including a free one for a textured multi-layered wire ring!
Texture wire ring pattern, free from AgaDesigns
Hoop earrings with stones, US$10 (approx. £6.38) from AgaDesigns
Topaz drop earrings, US$5 (approx. £3.19) from AgaDesigns
I really like the design of the hoop earrings, but for practicality’s sake, I never get earrings that end up being too heavy to wear that it’s pulling on your pierced ears. I got these because I felt like I could practice making these earrings and over time, I could make sterling silver cuffs using the techniques learned from following the pattern and for anyone interested, could make a matching set of a cuff and hoop earrings.
Once you’ve learned the skills to make certain pieces, you’ll find that you can do a lot of different things with what you know and branch out on your own, to create your own personal collection in your own designer style!
Any other jewellery designers you know of that have jewellery patterns to sell that you would recommend?
- Today only, Craftsy is having a spooktacular flash sale! (redpointtailor.wordpress.com)
- Unique jewellery bracelet designs (handmadejewellery.typepad.com)