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Su Trindle is a British designer and maker of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery. My favourite place to be is my small workshop in my garden. I work alone, singing along to the radio striving to create beautiful well-designed, contemporary jewellery and make a living at it. This last is important, not just to my creativity and ego but to help feed by boys and the dog.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

My First Piece of Metalsmithed Jewelry

Etsymetal Team are asking their members about their first ever piece of metal work (see links below). This was my first piece of metalsmithing, some years ago now. It's a bangle made of copper wire soldered and polished.This was the test piece and I then made it in silver. what did it mean to you? It took a lot of courage to sign up to the course and walk into my first class. I really thought metal working was what I wanted to do...................but what if I hated it, or was hopeless at it. I had no plan B. what materials? I worked in copper for the first few weeks, practicing annealing, manipulating , hammering, plaiting, embossing the metal. I remember it as a magical time and I couldn't wait for the next class. were you in class/ home?The class was at the local college here in Bath. 3 hours workshop time per week with Mel Sproat, a fine teacher who has a lot of patience and a huge fund of knowledge. I was fascinated by it all and so worried about getting it right. Ha! Learning to relax, make "mistakes" and value what it taught me was one of the hardest lessons. what would you do different now to it? Hmmm, I still like the simplicity of the design, but the metal is too thin and needs soldering in more places. If I re made it I'd add texture to one strip or maybe use 4 or 5 wave "strips" using mixed metals. Now, that's set me thinking. what did you learn from making it? Ooh, lots about annealing and fire stain and soldering and shaping and just how satisfying I find the whole process. I'm pleased to say I still haven't had to come up with plan "B". These fabulous Etsymetal Team jewellers will be blogging their own stories on this theme on Monday September 7, 2009 http://sarawestermark.blogspot.com/ http://ninagibsondesigns.blogspot.com/ http://daniellemillerjewelry.blogspot.com/ http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com/ http://duckduckgoosestuff.co.uk/duckduckBLOG http://discomedusa.typepad.com/ http://tangerinetreehouse.blogspot.com/ http://gentrydesignco.typepad.com/ http://andescruz.wordpress.com/ http://cynthiadelgiudice.blogspot.com/ http://elizabethrosasjewelry.blogspot.com/ http://ninadinoff.blogspot.com/ http://clarestoker.blogspot.com/ http://kerinrose.blogspot.com/
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9 comments:

  1. Sounds great! Can't wait to see some of your new creations

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  2. all these folks doing these fab courses! i really like the bangle; lovely lines :)

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  3. That's quite a classy 1st piece of work there Su. My first silver piece was a silver band ring, not half as exciting.

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  4. I liked it! Great first piece Su!

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  5. Plan A is a good thing :)
    Thanks Su.

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  6. That was an interesting read! Thanks for sharing, Su! I love it when you don't have the need to come up with "plan B"!

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  7. great post Su!...and look how different your work is now, with the colour!

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  8. how lovely!! i can totally see elements of you in it!

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  9. lovely first piece Su. I always have a, b, c plans, only because I like to do a lot of different things. I won't get rid of the a, just start adding the alphabet for more excitement.

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