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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

I had written a long 3 paragraph post today, with a quote about working hard and excellence in the first paragraph and the picture below showing you how I had achieved making earrings out of art clay…..

….but I got distracted while posting the picture and ended up reading other WordPress blogs relating to Jewellery. I stumbled on a blog where the blogger had asked for feedback and was responding to her readers requests, It reminded me that a friend of mine had advised that I write less words and put up more pictures in my posts.

I’m therefore putting myself out there today and asking you all to give me feedback on this blogging hobby of mine…..what do you think? less words? more pictures? more recaps of my day? or just pictures of jewellery and new items I’ve made.

It’s your opportunity to say what you think, what you’d like to see i.e. pictures of random strangers modelling my jewellery?

You can even say you hate the colours of my blog and it constantly hurts your eyes, I wouldn’t mind. ūüėÄ

 

FEEDBACK PLEASE! I’m actually apprehensive by the prospect of having you critique etransformed but go right ahead and comment!

xoxo

Angelbaiye

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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Friendship: Dinner for two?

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Had such a fulfilling day today.

Went shopping for nick nacks for my jewellery party display and found the most amazing things, in the most unlikely places, the picture above is a glimpse of part of the display but you don’t get to see the whole thing yet, you’ll have to wait for the pictures on facebook :p.

Got in from dinner and Bible study a few hours ago and we talked about friendships.

The word friendship is now so dilute, it means very little to so many people. Others don’t value the tag and take liberties, hurting others along the way. Social media such as Facebook and twitter have helped make it possible to have “fast food” friends, fleeting internet relationships with no substance. People estimate and value themselves on how many friend’s, followers or ‘voltrons’ they have and not on how many friendships they have been able to build.

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Party……..Ahoy!!!!

Baiye Jewellery host’s its first University of Warwick Jewellery party!!!!!

Valentine’s is in the air and it’s the time for a little self pampering and gift giving to loved ones.

So we are having a jewellery show case and lunch party (drinks and finger food) at the University of Warwick Chaplaincy on Monday the 6th of February 2012 from 12pm to 6pm and would love for you to stop by.

There would be items on sale from the album Jewellery Party Pieces on my Facebook page Baiye Jewellery

You can either stop by to view the pieces, model the jewellery, buy a gift or have a drink and a slice of cake.

It is also an opportunity for you to have a one on one discussion with me for custom made items in time for Valentine’s Day.

So if your in the area, we’d love to see you: Chaplaincy, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 7ES.

xoxo

Angelbaiye

(Whisper)¬† There is a raffle at the venue ………drop in and you could be the winner of a pair of bespoke Baiye earrings.

January, has come and gone and 2012 is on its way to the end.

It was a great month all in all, I had exams, beaded a little for a jewellery party (I haven’t hosted yet) and did a bit of research on jewellery photography and birthstones.

Learning about Garnet, the Birthstone of January was fun. Most people associate Garnet with burgundy as it was named after the red seed of the pomegranate fruit, it is said that the stone signifies everlasting friendship, constancy & trust and wearing the birthstone associated with your date of birth would bring good luck and protection.

Although the more prominent garnet is the deep red gem, it comes in all colours except blue and I have fallen in love with the green hued variety called Tsavorite.

I made two pendant necklaces in honour of this shade of garnet for the Jewellery party, the first one called the snow king I used as a banner at the top of this post and the second called the wishing well would be put up after I tell you about my ‘photography’.

My pictures are improving albeit slowly and I’ve come to appreciate those who practice the art of photography in a professional capacity. I recently opened a store on Etsy, an online community that celebrates all things handmade and I’ve been taking pictures for both my Facebook page and Etsy shop.

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