My Monday – A Year in Review: 2012 (Part 1)

I can’t believe it’s new year eve (again!).
Feels like we just stepped into 2012 and now we’re heading to 2013.

What have I done in 2012?
What have I reached in 2012?
Did I reach my 2012 goals?
Did I learn new things in 2012?
Did I take my jewelry making skill to new levels this year?

*Be sure you take a good position to read, this post is gonna be a long post lol*

New Techniques
This year I did learned some new techniques:

    Spike techniques
    Setting stone without netted bezel or prong
    How to use flexshaft
    How to make balled end

I planned to write about these techniques, but haven’t get the time (yeah yeah yeah, same old excuse -I know)

I hope these techniques could take my jewelry design and making journey to next chapter 🙂

New Tools
This year, specially during these last 2 months I decided to invest on some new tools -excluding replacing my old standard tools with new standard tools, lol.

I hope these tools can help me improve my skills, and my jewelries quality.
Have I told you before that I am that kinda person who always try to use finding objects around me instead of buying tools? Yes, I’m that kinda person. I always think that it’s better for me to save the money for materials than tools.
Maybe that’s because jewelry making hasn’t become a full time job for me. It’s more like a stress reliever and a hobby for me.
Or maybe because I haven’t make too much sales so tools investment is not my primary concern.
Therefore, if I buy any tools, that would be something irreplaceable (is it a real word?)

So here are my new tools:

    Micro torches (yes, I got TWO!!!)
    Flexshaft
    Caliper for beads and stones
    Needle nose pliers
    Hammer
    Lightbox and led lamp
    Some jewelry displays
    Wire burr/wire rounder
    US standard size ring iron mandrel (the old ones has innacurate size I think, and was made of wood)
    Acrylic ring sizer

Pretty much investment for someone like me. But I’m sure they’ll be usefull :p

Hey!!!! It’s new year already here..
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!
may this year brings us health, joy, prosperity and success 🙂

Guess I better stop here.
We’re gonna have our annual prayers 😀

See ya!!!!

2013, here we come!!!!!

My Monday: last week in review -> not too productive

Happy Monday!!!

How’s your weekend? I hope it was a great one. Mine was great too. Well, I didn’t go to somewhere specials, but I did have a great Saturday evening at my parent’s house (that’s not a special place, that’s A VERY special place).

Within this few weeks I’ve been quite busy preparing and coordinating a free basic metalsmithing class. Nooo, I won’t be the teacher. I’ll be one of the participants.
Why did I say ‘preparing and coordinating’?
We have to step back a bit, to my previous post (about Perhiasan Kawat, an informal group of some Indonesian wire workers)
Have you read it? Oh you have.. Thank you 🙂

Desia, the group founder, managed to make a free basic metalsmithing class, which will be taught by Al Margono (goldsmith/silversmith/and owner of Bengkel 13 – a manufacturer of custom jewelry).
This class will be held on mid November, and I was ‘honored’ to be the coordinator.

So, the main tools we’ll use is a flexshaft. Last Saturday I bought some flexshafts for all participants, and some hand torch.
Now I can hardly wait to try them lol.

I surely will share something from the class once I have time to write 😀

Last week I also considering to buy fine silver and gold-filled wire. Since these wires are pricey, I never use them (nor have them in stock) until today. But my newest design requires these wires. Well I think you’ll agree with me: a natural london blue topaz deserves fine silver and gold filled wire to wrap it, right?

I learned new technique too: spike technique. Unfortunately, I didn’t post anything about it lol. next Thursday, maybe 😉
I learned this technique to complete my newest design. I think this technique will be perfect for it.

What else did I do? Oh yes! I started to work on a custom order, using this spike technique too 🙂

Enough for last week.. Now for today: I just made my first balled-end wire 🙂
Just tried it and I think I’ve made it pretty good. Now I’m all ready for my london blue topaz..

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