Sunday, December 28, 2014

An introduction to metal

Fiona and I have had friends from Jakarta staying with us for the last couple of days.  After seeing the studio where I assemble jewellery after dinner last night our 7 year old visitor (Miss V) said she would like to make some leaf jewellery.

So mid morning Fiona, Miss V and I went to the audio-garage to work on some leaf-forms made from thin brass.

Following are photos of the collaborative-instruction process.

©2014 Fiona Dempster  - Hammering the fold in the metal
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Hammering the fold in the metal
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Artists at work
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Hammering the edges of the leaf-form
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Opening the leaf forms
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Demonstrating setting the leaf-forms on the small anvil
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Setting the leaf-forms on the small anvil
And the finished pieces which I had ground and polished. Miss V designed the embellishments for the pieces; and decided who would get which piece. The pendant with the purple crystals was for her mum; the smaller pendant with the purple, pink and blue crystals was for her; and the plain earrings would be a gift for a family member back home in Jakarta.

©2014 Fiona Dempster  - Two pendants and a pair of earrings
This was the first time Miss V had worked with metal working tools and the first time she had contributed to the creation of metal pieces. Pretty good outcome I think.


  1. What a lovely post! No doubt this will be an experience that Miss V will always cherish. Bonus-Her leaves turned out perfectly!

  2. Oh, lovely, B! What a great experience for Miss V! You must have had so much fun...

  3. Hi there AA & C - it is always a joy to introduce young folk to ar - not sure if Miss V will carry it on in the future - however not was a good experience and she has some joyful pieces to remember the time by. Go well. B


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