Inlay Adventures – Part Two

As you will know, trying out new creative techniques can be both fun and frustrating all at the same time. As adults we often seem to set ourselves unrealistic expectations of obtaining a perfect result first time around. Unreasonably comparing our abilities as beginners to those of the masters.

To help to take the pressure off and give us a greater chance of success, it’s worthwhile taking time to ‘play’. Make models, build prototypes and test pieces. Just using the word ‘test’ or ‘experiment‘ takes away all the expectations of perfection, allowing us freedom to explore, create and learn.

With this in mind I’ve been continuing my experiments with metal inlay. This time I’ve been having a go at inlaying metal in a straight line into a flat sheet of metal. (Believe me when I say it’s much harder than it sounds!)

Whilst these are just my own personal notes, I thought they might be of some interest to you. Perhaps you like the idea of having a go too, or maybe you’re just curious to know more about metal inlay.

One thing’s for sure, running experiments enables you to learn so much more, building on failures being a very crucial part of the process.

These are my findings.

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Copying a Pattern onto Metal

As part of my experiments with metal inlay I’ve been investigating a different way of transferring a pattern or design onto metal ready for you to cut out.

I’m sharing this with you in case you’d not heard of this method and wanted to give it a try yourself.

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Metal Inlay

Inlay Adventures – Part One

If you’re anything like me you enjoy trying new creative techniques. It’s fun and very much part of the creative process, but can also be frustrating and time consuming.

Recently I’ve been taking time to explore new techniques in more detail before diving in to make a finished product. This is proving a great way to experiment and learn a skill with minimal risk and it’s much less daunting. An easy way to learn by my mistakes and build on my failures. To see what works and what doesn’t, what I like and what I’m not so keen on.

Rather than keeping this all to myself I thought I’d write my notes as blog posts on the off chance that you might be interested. Maybe you’d like to try the techniques too, or perhaps you’re just interested to see a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.

These are not designed to be detailed notes, nor will I promise lots of pretty pictures, just an outline of what I’ve been working on and my findings. I hope they will be of some interest to you.

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Textured Silver Pendant Workshop

Make your own jewellery - textured silver pendant necklace Workshop
Make your own jewellery – Textured Silver Pendant Workshop
Make your own jewellery

Are you in need of a little creative time out? An escape from your full on everyday life? Some down time?

Would you like to make your own jewellery?

This is an opportunity for you to have a go.

Use your hands to make something unique and individually yours.

Have fun in a friendly, supportive environment, creating your own unique textured silver pendant necklace.

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How to Repair a Necklace

How to open a jump ring to repair a necklace
You know that annoying feeling when your favourite necklace falls apart and you realise that you may never be able to wear it again? The good news is that, often it’s just a simple fix to repair – dare I say you may even be able to repair your jewellery without the help of your better half! Read on to find out how to easily repair a necklace (or indeed a bracelet) when it breaks.


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Silver Hallmarks

Sterling Silver and Makers Mark on ring

In recent months a number of people have asked me about silver hallmarks. It occurred to me that you might be interested to know a little bit about these too – who knows, you might even discover some of your own hidden treasures.


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An Island Day Out from Brisbane

Coochie Day Out

With the start of the Easter school holidays now upon us, like me, you might well be thinking of ways to entertain your children for the next couple of weeks. I don’t know about you, but I love to visit places which are easy to get to & enjoyable for all the family. With this in mind I thought I’d tell you about a little island just off the coast which to me fits the bill perfectly for a day out from Brisbane.


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Introducing the Jocale Design Gift Bag


We are all familiar with the expression that first impressions count. This naturally extends to gift giving. For most women opening a gift is very much a part of the experience. Somehow a beautifully packaged gift can create a great sense of anticipation and sets your expectations for what you are about to find inside. With this in mind, I have been considering for a long time how best to package your jewellery for you to allow you that brief moment of anticipation. Today I’m very excited to share with you the new Jocale Design silver jewellery gift bag!


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What To Do With Your Old Gold & Silver

Let’s face it gold & silver are expensive! Despite today’s throw away society, even if we are no longer in love with it, gold & silver are not something that any of us just throw into the bin. That would be such a waste of precious metal! So what do we do with it? A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to tour a Gold Refinery. This is what I learnt.


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