So, as I have started to do Lapidary, I have been given a whole bunch of slabs on New Zealand Jade to play with! Exciting new pieces coming from these slabs in the coming weeks!
I have also managed to finish my first cabochon in Gympie-ite and have started a couple of others which are smaller pieces. It will be interesting to see how these turn out. This is such a great experience, learning how to cut gems to the way you want them cut. I am really looking forward to going ahead and cutting some more pieces but in a way that I want to shape and polish them. As I said – this should start happening next week! If I had more time I would love to be doing this more often and at this stage I can’t really afford to be going out and buying the machinery to at least trim the slabs!
This is where I need to be patient and just wait!
Im super excited! Today was my first day at the North Brisbane Lapidary Club in Northgate and I was shown how to create my first cabochon! Although I am still underway with this process and have the polishing to do I am really happy with the progress so far!
Just getting the shape correct is the challenge, but once you have that right you can go ahead and adjust what you like and create unique shapes as you like. I have a plan with this process. I want to be able to cut stones specific for pieces that I am creating and even look at butting up stones against each other in settings. Allowing them to create an image in their own right!
Next week I will have this one finished and polished up with my sights set on creating something else, cut to the way I want them!!
So last night I was sitting around playing on Pinterest (DAP Jewellery School) looking at different landscapes when I had an inspired thought. I have always been a little bit fascinated with Chinese culture and landscapes etc, and I started thinking about the name seals that the Chinese make. I actually have one of these with my Chinese name carved into it. So I thought that I would combine the two passions into the one form. Do small scale sculptures that are in a Chinese landscape theme with the shape of the name seal.
The seals usually have animals or a person on the top as they have to be usable but I like the idea of containing the landscape on such a small scale and only having a single tree or rock or combination on it. even with a bit of the landscape running down the edge of it like a waterfall…..
I’ve already cut the hebel stone and I am on my way!! !
Watch this space!
So last year saw the launch of DAP Jewellery School in Coorparoo. A huge undertaking that seems to be gaining momentum. I am really happy with the progress of the school so far with plenty more opportunities for promotion of the school and the work we are doing. Our program this year is filling up, with enamel, metal texturing workshops, colouring workshops, pmc and more. I have also been asked to do more external classes with groups in Nobby, Warwick and with the North Brisbane Lapidary Club. All of which helps with getting the studio name out there as well as my own.
But this year I would also like to do more in regards to competitions and exhibitions, working towards a new collection of sculpture, jewellery and more. This will be a lot of work but I think I really need to get my name out there as this all helps with getting the school known also. These are not necessarily jewellery based, although there is always and element of this in the mix, I do also want to explore more of the painting and the sculpture side of things. I am in the process of developing a catalogue of ideas and trying to get together a collection of images that I can reference.
What can I say, I like to be busy….
I am hoping to use this outlet more along the lines of my personal journey with the development of the exhibition pieces and collection. Documenting the designs, drawing and so forth….
First instalment should be just around the corner!
This coming weekend will see the doors open to the public for the first time, to celebrate the studio warming of DAP Jewellery School.
All are Welcome. Come and help the celebrations!
SO as you have noticed I have been hiding under a rock! Well that is all about to change.
In the past few months I have been looking to expand my teaching in opening a facility of my own, and it is finally coming to be a reality! DAP Jewellery School is opening in February with a new facility in Coorparoo!!
For all the information on courses that will be run through DAP please head to:
With this new facility I am wanting to offer to students more than what is being offered through other schools at present. I want to have this as a creative hub for all forms of jewellery manufacture!! Everything from silver smithing, resin, felting, beading, clay work, ceramics, small sculpture, PMC and more.
I am calling on all my great artist friends to share their knowledge and create an amazing hub for jewellery creation in Brisbane.
I will be adding more courses as time goes on to share with you all.
watch this space!
Finally it’s all come to a head with the launch of Sprocket Tags + Collars at the Farmers Markets in New Farm on the weekend. Furry Gourmet will be stocking our latest products of leads and collars and tags for your pet. We are also speaking with groomers throughout Brisbane to stock their shops with the tags.
Here are some images from the weekend, and thanks to all of you who came down and offered your support!