Category: Photo Diaries


Writing my school essays at the moment, but thought I should take a break to update you on my exciting silver smithing class. My teacher was Victoria Delaney and I think I put up a link to her webpage in my last post, here it is again, she’s amazing and young (wasn’t expecting that after viewing her work and achievements).

It was a cosy class, we were supposed to be 3 students but Jack (who seems to be a serial defaulter) didn’t show. I shared the class with Angela, a retired teacher, who is also a student at a sculpture class. She is in the process of building a massive Red Indian head out of metal cans. She has attended some jewellery classes so she knew lot more about the processes, but I tried to soak up as much information as I could.

Our project was to create cufflinks out of a sterling silver sheet and chain, I decided I wanted mine to be amoeba shapes, instead of regular everyday shapes but during the course of cutting and shaping, Victoria decided mine looked more like clouds, so clouds they became!

Here are the pictures from the journey :), I don’t think I’ll be able to take this many again as it was quite distracting, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the class.

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Hi everyone,

Sorry I’ve been away, school’s been tough. I took sometime off jewellery to concentrate and then went on a retreat to Iona last week. I’m working on a rose quartz and 24 carat gold antique piece at the moment, it has taken forever for the bits and pieces to arrive in the mail, I’ll upload another picture as soon as its done. I’m now using a slate slab I found on a beach on the trip as my work top.

Guess what I did last week; I took off on a spiritual journey, I went with student’s from the chaplaincy of University of Warwick and Coventry to an amazing Island in Scotland called IONA……I’m still floating down a cloud of euphoria.

It was quite ‘THE’ journey, it took us most of the day to get there as we took 3 trains to Oden, then took a ferry from Oden to Mull, a bus across the Isle of Mull, a final ferry to Iona, getting there at about 6pm.

We lived at a place called the McLeod center, where we all had to pitch in with setting tables, serving food, cleaning up and looking after each other. The best bit was we started and ended our day with a service at one of the most amazing Abby’s in the world…..wow.

The island is where the missionary Columba went on self enforced exile from Ireland, it is also the resting place of many kings. I met a jewellery designer resident on the Island Mhairi Killin, she does amazing work, artwork incorporating fabrics and beautiful jewellery, you can see some of it here.

Here are a few pictures I took in Iona.

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Clicker Happy

Finally got my camera, yipeeee!!!!!!…..bought a Canon instead of a Nikon, I was told that Nikon’s lenses are made by Sony and the Nikon I wanted was out of stock because the Sony factory in Thailand was destroyed by the flood. Oh well I love my Canon, and I got a package deal so it came with a Macro lens for my jewellery photography.

I’ve spent the last week or so learning how to use it, learning about aperture and shutter speed, ISO and Auto focus……I thought the camera would automatically take amazing pictures, but I’ve learnt the hard way that it has a lot to do with the Photographer. The camera only captures what you see.

Saw some amazing landscape pictures on a blog the apple of our eyes, it put anything I had to shame. I put up the picture above though, I took it while waiting for a train on the underground, what do you think?

Its 9 days to my silver smithing classes, I’m so excited, I can’t wait to take tons of pictures of the Jewellery Quater, where my classes would be holding. Being exposed to the experienced jeweller’s and smiths there, should help with my silver smithing and dissertation, which is on Intellectual property in the Jewellery Sector.

The topic is my way of merging my passion for jewellery with my Legal background, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping I get enough information for my paper as it seems a pretty unperturbed sector. Anyone who has a lead on this or is interested in the topic should drop a comment, I’d love to hear your views.

In other news, I announced the winner of the Amethyst Necklace from Last weeks post on the Facebook page and I would be posting the Strawberry Cheesecake Bracelet to the winner of the Auction, Congratulations to all of you who are now proud owners of a Baiye Original Piece.

Good nighty then.

xoxo

Angelbaiye

Birthstones are said to have healing powers, Amethyst the birthstone of February is believed to alleviate migraines and soothe the nervous system. Since purple is also considered to be the colour of creativity, an Amethyst in your workspace is supposed to enhance the creative juices in you. So  I decided to test out this theory and buy myself an Amethyst, the other powers of Amethyst can be found here.

The ancients believed that carrying or wearing the birthstone of a particular month during the month, would boost health and protection. Over time this belief has evolved and today we identify ourselves with birthstones assigned to the months we were born i.e. I was born in September so my birthstone is the lovely blue Sapphire.

I originally bought the piece of natural amethyst above to test the theory of  health, protection and creativity but  changed my mind as I realised I really did not believe in the theory and would therefore be the wrong guinea pig for this test. I’m a Christian so I honestly don’t believe in the theory of Stones having  powers.

So as not to waste this beauty, I wire wrapped it and added a 4mm purple Swarovski bicone, creating gorgeous pendant and I’m going to give it to the winner of the jewellery party raffle.

All attendees of the Jewellery Party that held on the 6th of February, 2012 are eligible to win this beautiful Natural Amethyst Pendant and Chain Necklace.

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I’m dead tired but decided to put up a post before I switch off.

First thing this morning I felt like calling the whole thing off, I was sooo scared, I was asking questions like what if no one comes? what if I’m dead bored? Can I handle this? well it turns out …….. I can.

The jewellery party was super fun,I had a really amazing day. I met all sorts of people, talked exchanged ideas and had a blast. I’d like to thank everyone that stopped by today, especially those that didn’t get invites but still showed up regardless.

For a first time event, it was pretty amazing, approximately 20 people showed up, some made custom orders, some purchased jewellery for mothers day while others silently browsed and moved on. We ate, laughed, took pictures and talked, I forgot my Laptop so there was no music *covering face* but there was hardly a dull moment. We even managed to spread some love dust on a couple, I’ll tell the story after Valentines, can’t let the cat out of the bag too early.

We had something called a wish list where everyone picked their most coveted items and got photographed in it. we’ll put up these pictures and anyone may contact me to order the pieces for these beautiful ladies.

Did I tell you guys I’ve enrolled for a silver-smithing course? that is step two of my plan, I’ll give you the details in another blog post.

Right now I’ve come to the end of the start towards making my hobby a business, from here on its a journey.

Here are a few unedited pictures, I would update the full album on Facebook as soon as I can.

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Snow Fever

Its snowing!!! *doing a little jig* I couldn’t update my blog  last night because……..I’ve caught the snow fever and I was out last night taking pictures.

I’m in love with the landscape and I love how everything changes when its covered in snow! As I walked to my first semi snow-fight, I could not help humming ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’ and smiling because I realised its more of a white valentines this year than Christmas.

These pictures have me craving for a DSLR, so I intend to pick one up this week *finally*…..I hope you like them. Enjoy

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Hi transformers!!!! (hahaha, that sounds so silly)

How has everyone been? drop me a line when you can, it would be nice to hear from you.

Sorry to everyone waiting for the strawberry cheesecake bracelet, it’s not done yet as our ‘Dear Friends’ haven’t delivered the Sterling Silver bracelets yet. But not to worry I’ve got Mischa to introduce to you at the end of this post.

I just finished watching a rerun of The X factor UK and one thing struck me…

…people kept talking about being yourself and letting the real ‘you’ shine through. I think this is a cliche

When you tell someone ‘Be yourself’, the usual responses are

‘yeah, yeah, be yourself’ …… followed by a smirk

‘of course I’m myself’

why wouldn’t I be myself?’……. and all the other defenses people give

I just checked the definition of cliche to explain the ‘be yourself phrase’ and it is very apt

A sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse

Wow!….Lost originality, ingenuity and impact……that is so true, no one really takes you seriously when you tell them to be themselves, but it’s really important advice.

The sad reality of it is that most people who aren’t themselves today, pretend to be what they are not, to please others. This doesn’t endear them to you, it pushes you away.

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Crystal Seven

Hi,

How’s everyone doing?

Its such a wet and dreary day, I sympathise with you if you live in Lagos, this rain means serious business. It started at 5:20am in Lekki yesterday and hasn’t let up.

Couldn’t get home last night, although my house was 7 minutes away. I wore wellington’s in my friends car because the car was flooded, :s  can you imagine water sloshing at my feet every time he pressed the brake’s?.

I’m tempted to put up pictures from yesterdays hazard but I’ll limit myself to just one…this particular one looks too fake to be true but its one of the consequences of being ‘posh’ and living on the Island.

Talking about Posh, I heard Posh Beck’s had a baby girl…..and guess what the little angel is called HARPER SEVEN!!!

Really? *sigh* I hear Harper was chosen because the name has a nice sound to it and Seven chosen as a second name because she was born on the seventh month at about 7am, and her Dad’s (David’s) jersey number was 7.

I’m showcasing a piece in tribute to the oddest baby name I’ve heard in a while, the piece is called…

*Drumroll!!!*

Crystal Seven

*Grammy award winner’s voice*

I’d like to thank God, Harper Seven and my blog followers for this inspiration. I named it Crystal Seven because Crystal has a nice Sound to it and Seven because my birthday is on the 7th of September….and also because I’m showcasing it in July.

Crystal Seven is made of swarovski crystal (crystal is the generic name given to colour by Swarovski) and 0.925 sterlin silver head pins, I haven’t attached the clasp in the pictures below but I intend to use 0.925 sterlin silver clasp.

The bracelet is made up of a Swarovski Crystal Bar, 2 Swarovski Crystal Cubes, 2 woven Swarovski Crystal Balls (made up of 16 Swarovski Crystal Bicones) and three sizes of swarovski bicones for the end. I bought these pieces randomly over a period of four months; the bar and some of the bicones, I got at the Swarovski Crystalise Store, off Regents Street in London and the cubes and smaller bicones I got at a store in Lagos.

Here are the pictures of Crystal Seven…the first one shows the original pattern……although I changed my mind as soon as I started crafting.

Have fun today people! 😦 the rain is still having its way,

#whispering so the rain God’s don’t hear: I hope the rain stops so I wouldn’t need a canoe to go home tonight.

Oyin’s Photo Diaries

Hi everyone,

Thank God its Friday time to boogie…….hehehe….do people still use words like that? 🙂

Anyway , the piece i’m showcasing today is called  ‘Oyin’. Oyin means honey in my native language: Yoruba.

The piece is named after my Aunt Oyindamola, cos we came up with the concept together.

It was made to add ‘pizzaz’ to her very elegant low cut LBD.

I took me about a month to get it right, took it apart countless times till I was satisfied.

I’m going to let the pictures tell Oyin’s tale.

 

 

Hope you like it, I’ll probably upload a picture of it on a model before the weekend is over.

Here’s the picture I promised……you like?

Have fun guys, live it up its Friday.

CIAO

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