I met Sandrine last May when she attended her first jewellery making class; as she has since been to several of our courses I thought she would be the perfect person to tell you what to expect!
Thanks for sharing your experience Sandrine and for all of your support 🙂
What was the first course you took with us?
The first course I attended was the sterling silver ring making course, in May 2018.
What other courses have you done since your first lesson?
This was truly one of the best summer ever! Constant sunshine and making jewellery every weekend! Over a couple of months I attended the Beginners Beading, Making a Silver Bangle, Making a pair of Silver Earrings, Making a Spinning Ring and Beginners Silver Art Clay. After attending these taster classes I signed up to the 10 week Beginners Silver Jewellery Making Course in the Autumn and have now moved up to the Intermediate class.
Which has been your favourite class?
Wow! This is so difficult to answer, as, every time I went to a workshop, I fell like a little girl in a sweet shop! So happy!
I probably would say the bangle workshop and the beading workshop. I didn’t know what to expect with the beading but it was truly an amazing workshop, with key techniques to learn.
Why did you choose Hampshire School of Jewellery?
Well, believe it or not, but I had been looking to doing jewellery for the past 10 years! I wanted something that wasn’t too far from home because of my little boy.
With the Hampshire School Of Jewellery, I felt an instant warmth and connection, especially when Laura replied to my first enquiry e-mail.
What has been your favourite technique to learn so far and what else are you looking forward to learning?
It has to be soldering! I absolutely love it! Seeing the solder going up the joint is just fascinating.
This labour of love really makes you realise what really goes into hand made jewellery as opposed to mass-produced jewellery.
The next technique for me would be to learn how to make a stone setting. I love big statement jewellery as well as fine jewellery, bit, making a huge statement ring and learning how to make the bezel and to set the stone would be amazing!
What is your favourite material to work in?
I would have to say sterling silver, although I think that silver clay is fascinating. You start with clay, a natural binder and silver particules and end up with 99.9% silver! Wow!
Whats the one tool you cant live without?!
My soldering torch :0)
What courses are you planning to do next?
I was really pleased to start the 10 week course; getting on to this was like a dream.come true!
And, I am also planning to do the enamel class in April to learn another new skill.
It may sound really silly, but, making jewellery has really made a positive impact on my life.
If sometimes, I feel stress coming on, I go into the kitchen ( haven’t set up my workshop yet!) And make something: whether it’s cutting shapes or soldering something or making a fresh water pearls ring.
It really helps me to channel positive energy into something I enjoy doing tremendously.
Thank you to Sandrine for taking part in our blog series; if we have inspired you to have a go at jewellery making take a look at our Saturday Studio sessions. Just get in touch with any questions or to book.
Happy jewellery making