Saturday, 14 June 2014

Contemporary Upholstery

Following on from my traditional upholstery post, the second day of the upholstery course was spent doing something more contemporary. I was doing up a retro sewing stool, so the method of approach was very different. To work out how to tackle it, we had to strip it bare and take it apart, which was a little scary! I was worried it would never go back together again, but I took lots of photos to jog my memory! We used spray glue, rubberised hair (which is an amazingly quick alternative to horse hair,) the staple gun, and decorative nails. I've got to say, although I like to do things properly, I definitely preferred this way of working, more problem solving and quicker results!


I chose to use some of the skimmer bird fabric I designed myself, which was left over from my degree show chair, I think it suits it pretty nicely.


The course was two days at Huntlands Farm and Lucy was a great teacher, take a look for more courses here.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Jewellery Taster Session

Back in May a friend and I went on a taster session with the Manchester School of Jewellery. In just three hours we tested so many different techniques and learnt a lot, I think we'd both like to go back. We learnt how to texture the metal with various techniques, how to create dome shapes, how to create split rings and how to solder. Testing was done on copper, as it's a cheaper metal, and when we were happy with our designs, we then translated these into silver. We had a choice of creating a pendant, a pair of studs, or a pin. I chose the studs, and created a hammered effect, with a domed shape.

Copper tests


Finished studs

Soldered backs