Making a pendant

[caption id="attachment_84" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Hand engraving "][/caption] I thought I'd put up a couple of pics every once in a while to show some of the processes I use to create my jewellery. I use a variety of different modelling techniques. For this one, I am using the outside of a plastic gear I scrounged from an old printer, combined with a copper sheet that I have hand cut and engraved.



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After I have got the design engraved onto the copper and the copper cut to fit exactly in the center of the gear, I make a mold of it with liquid silicone rubber. Hopefully when the rubber cures and I cut it apart, I will get a perfect wax replica of this model!

Want to quit your job and just play in the shed?

Looks like my dream of making my own jewellery full time has finally arrived. It was something I thought about and was working towards, but never had the guts to give up a steady paycheck and step into the unknown realm of home business. A couple of weeks ago the decision was made for me as the company I was working for closed it's doors and now here I am. Free to make whatever I want. Freaky. Anyways, I have been banging and grinding away in the shed, creating some of the tools and things I am going to need to make my shop run smoothly. And then..... make some jewellery.

It's gonna be good.

My mechanical heart

It's been a while since I have made anything new, but the 109 collective art show spurred me on to create this baby.

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She's made of copper and brass with sterling silver rivets. The little porthole door opens and closes to reveal the inner workings of the heart.

My jewellery has a style: Steampunk

Looking back through some of my old drawings and jewellery designs, I realized that I have always been drawing designs with lots of gears and mechanical bits and pieces. I never made any of them cause I thought people wouldn't really be interested in them. But in the past few years, Steampunk has emerged, which if you haven't already heard of it, could be probably most precisely described as victorian sci fi. Yep, bring technology back to where everything was mechanical- you could actually see machines working, gears moving, things ticking. Now throw in a couple mad inventors, creating giant, steam powered robots or whatever other equally fantastical machines you can think up- possibly an airship or two and you have steampunk...... And so, I no longer make jewellery that has lots of gears and things. I make Steampunk jewellery.

It's all on

Well, it looks like the jewellery thing is actually happening! Today, the owners of  "Handmade in Byron Bay" came over to take some photos of me working in my shed to put together a little bio of me. I have a couple of pieces in their shop right now and apparently they are generating a lot of interest. Sweet. Here is one of the cute little metal bugs. I like to imagine little people flying around in this contraption.

In the beginning

So here I am, starting a blog. It's not the type of thing I would normally do- I don't read blogs, and I never learned to type properly. So why would I start now?  I guess I could give you a bit of background of  why and how I got here.  I have been in the jewellery industry for about 16 years now, have always been employed by someone else, and I was pretty content. Either that or too scared to make a change. Maybe a little of both. Well, a couple of months ago, I learned that my job was at risk, due to the GFC, and that gave me a boot in the butt to start making a few changes. So, I have decided to start my own business "Lost Wax" and this blog will be a peek into that process for me. Starting from having no idea about setting up a small business and hopefully ending with some form of success.... or at least me learning something.