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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

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