Monthly Archives: June 2012

yet another opportunity….

Heres another one. Seems to be opportunities everywhere at the moment. Awesome. I haven’t had anything to do with this one yet, and as there is plenty of time until it closes (20th July 2012) I might just enter. http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/2012_prize

Having said that, I know myself pretty well by now, and I tend to have good intentions to enter awards, but then let most of them slip by because I’m always too busy, got side tracked, etc, etc, blah blah blah. Really, I just have too many excuses and love to procrastinate. Well not this year…I’m keen to enter everything!

Just have to finish some work….

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National Contemporary Jewellery Award

Get your roller skates on – the application date for this closes 5pm friday 22nd June. I am definitely impressed with the 3 different awards for the winners – some money (always handy), a residency, and a solo exhibition.

http://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/gallery/page.asp?p=DOC-TXW-06-80-52

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Waterhouse

In the post this morning I received this letter, which I’m pretty happy about!

http://www.waterhouse.samuseum.sa.gov.au/

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knitting needles are handy…

I think I will start posting random bench tips.Having worked with many other jewellers over the past few years, I have always found it interesting to see how each individual adapts tools and techniques to suit their own making style, especially the delight jewellers take in adopting random and often unusual objects into our tool boxes. I think this should be shared.

#1 knitting needles

I’m sure I’m not the only jeweller to use this tip. I use knitting needles to make jump rings – they are perfect as the size is on the head, and are easily found at op.shops in bundles (I have quite a collection). Firstly I cut off the pointy tip, then drill a hole close to the end to poke the wire through before winding around the needle. Plastic needles are best as you can easily cut directly into the needle when cutting the wire. I also use the wooden handles of old paint brushes.

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