It’s hard for me to believe that in January it will be 2 years since Peridot Daisy started! Thank you thank you thank you to all my friends, family and especially my hubby who have supported and encouraged me to follow my dreams! And that includes all my amazing customers who are patient and grateful :) You all add to the joy I experience every time I sit down at the workbench.
This has definitely been a fun year here at the workshop. After leaving my part time job at the end of April, I experienced an influx of new customers and have kept my hands busy creating all sorts of lovely jewelry. Last Christmas I got a micro-torch that I mainly used for annealing thick gauge wire (to soften it for easier bending) and also for making homemade ball head pins, but I couldn’t help but want to dabble a bit in metalsmithing :) Recently I acquired a few more new tools and some copper sheet metal and started practicing my bezel-setting skills! Sometime next year I hope to have become proficient enough to officially add this type of jewelry to Peridot Daisy :)
While I’ve learned a lot of techniques in jewelry making in the last 2 years, many times I find it hard to create a new design without being inspired by someone else’s. One of my tutorial resources is jewelrylessons.com and recently I subscribed to their premium membership so I could have access to a series of lessons called Think & Design Jewelry Series. It teaches you how to take sketches you make of things that inspire you and develop it into an actual piece of jewelry!
The author, Eni Oken, focuses on the more “heady” part of designing jewelry—namely design theory and other aspects of art and architecture and then shows you how to apply that to jewelry making techniques. She also teaches how to experiment more efficiently and effectively! That’s one thing that will help me tremendously; I spend just about as much time experimenting as actually making the final pieces because I do soooo many custom orders. I’m telling you this because while I love my eclectic-ish mish-mash of jewelry, it excites me to think how this will help me develop more of my own personal style :) …Or at least some themed lines of designs!
If you are a fan of my Peridot Daisy Facebook page, you know that most of my communication has previously been there instead of here at my blog. I’m going to attempt to spend more time here, posting shorter, more interesting stuff with lots of pictures! I’d like to give you a more personal look at my space and what I do on a daily basis.
Lastly…back in the spring, I mentioned a new line of macramé jewelry that was going to come out this summer. I DO have a few pieces to sell that I hope to get on the website in time for Christmas, so watch for those! Here’s a sneak peek…
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