Jewellery Classes, Pretoria, South Africa - Novus Jewellery Design Studio specialises in teaching you how to manufacture and design your own silver and gold jewellery. Daily classes and weekend workshops. We also supply a wide verity of jewellery manufacturing tools and equipment for beginners as well as accomplished jewellers.
I have been wanting to make these earrings for a while now, ever since one of my students from Brazil - Bianca - brought a similar pair to me for repair. I borrowed the idea of the spirals in earring form, and decided to add some deep hammer texture and a bit of drama in the form of fine gold plating with black oxidization.
Sterling Silver Earrings, fine gold plating, texture, patina.
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I do see that I have made quite a few rings and earrings so far, so I will try and focus on a few pendants, brooches or maybe bangles.This ring was made with a vintage brooch given to me by my Granny Emma. I think the stone is actually glass, but it does have a lovely warm colour that looks quite a lot like a brandy topaz.The ring on the bottom is just a wide silver dome ring, and the brooch is riveted on the top. I used rivets as I was unsure of the stone and didn't want to remove it just to solder, so I left it in situ.The "stone" has quite a few chips and scratches, but because it was given to me by my gran I wont be selling it (and I quite like the chips and scratches, it's a reminder that it had its own kind of history before you) Sterling silver ring with vintage brooch finding, riveted
This is last weeks project that I only got to finish today. This can be attributed to all the small stone tube settings. I will be the first to admit that my setting skills leave much to be desired, but this project gave me an opportunity to practice x 18. The pic on the right shows the tiny (1.5mm)stones set on the side of the tubes. For the cabs on the ends I used Iolites, I love their deep blue violet colour. (and its not green - I had to stop myself as I originally wanted to use peridot. If you didnt know, I have a thing for green stones...) Sterling Silver Earrings, constructed 25 x 12 mm each, Black and while cubic zirconia, Square cabochon Iolite. The design has quite an art deco feel to it, as well as reminding me of wings for some reason. Like a vintage aviators badge or something like it. Speaking of Art Deco, I was asked to be part of an exhibition in May with an Art Deco/Art Noveau theme. I did the design before I knew about the exhibit - so I was tuned in to what the universe w…