And this is where all the jewellery happens ...
All jewelry is uniquely handcrafted using stained glass, copper,
pewter, silver wire, silver solder, glass beads, shells, pebbles,
feathers and many found items from nature.
I create a range of jewelry consisting of Earrings, Brooches,
Necklaces, Pendants, Bracelets and "Keepsakes" - items consisting of
brooches, bracelets and necklaces, using little family heirlooms in the
process, like photographs, buttons, pieces of lace from a baptism gown,
etc., as well a range of "Goggos" (Insects), that are used as brooches
or ornaments made out of a colourful variety of glass jewels, shells,
stones, crystals and glass (in fact, anything that captures my
imagination!) and pewter and silver wire.
I also do a range of Crystals on hand-crafted, silver wire stands,
each stand specially designed for a particular Crystal's shape, as well
as a variety of WANDS containing a crystal of your choice. Each item is
supplied with an informational, descriptive card, e.g. Rose Quartz is
placed in the lounge as it promotes, love, peace and harmony throughout
The healing properties of crystals are known world-wide and are also
beautiful pieces to display around the house.
Setting up a studio or workshop is as exciting as building or
decorating a new house! Your workspace can be as luxurious as a room or a
studio on its own, to a little corner set up with shelves and all your
equipment. If you have space, a couch is a welcome addition to sit and
ponder over a cup of tea what your next move is going to be!
To practice your art, the right ambiance goes a long way towards
sparking creativity and, of course, lighting is of the utmost
importance. Besides over-head fluorescent lighting, I have a vintage
lamp at my work-spot to give extra light. Hooks on the front of the
shelves offers easy hanging space for my most used supplies and tools.
I’m a great one for scouring second-hand shops and painting and
fixing up something I think will be useful in my workshop. Lumber yards
are great for finding old shelving boards and second-hand shops offer
great bargains in the form of sets of drawers or cupboards for storage.
The small green set of drawers in the right of the picture above is a
vintage cardboard, covered with leather, office item I found in an
Apart from shelving, peg-board and polystyrene sheets offers great
space saving features where you can utilise a wall to hang all sorts of
odds and ends like pliers, cutters, rolls of wire, pendant chains and
leather strips and finished pendants and earrings waiting to be packed
or displayed. Hooks inserted into the front of the shelves also offers a
great space to keep supplies handy.
A large workspace is a must for a vast array of tools! Of course you
don’t have to spend a vast amount of money to buy one – find an old door
at the lumber yard and placed upon builders’ trestles it makes an
excellent table for very little money.
I converted our under-utilised study for my workshop. It is not huge,
4m long by 2m wide and is fitted with built-in concrete tops at table
height stretching from wall to wall, giving me enough space to hold all
my necessities. There was even some space for a couch or stationery
cabinet (the stationery cupboard won the toss-up!)
I love using office sundries like letter trays, desk tidies, baskets
and plastic containers like ice cream tubs for storing my most-used
tools and most households have these items tucked away somewhere. Even
old tea trays can be utilised and glass jars are the staple bead and
findings holders. You can easily see at a glance when you’re looking for
something to use in your next creation. Scouring hardware stores for
tool caddies is also something I enjoy, men know exactly how to organise
all their tools! The black plastic little toolbox on the shelf has 15
little pull-out drawers, ideal for storing earring hooks, brooch pins
and other small items.
Thank you for viewing my work-space and I would love to hear about your studio or workshop!