Jewellery update

Well my Microsoft word has given up. Maybe if I take advice from the guy from the IT crowd and try turning my computer off and on again. This morning I woke up late as I had stayed up late meaning no morning thinking/reading. But I did do my skipping and aerobic type exercise after work so at least I stuck to something. It’s probably not real aerobics, I just make it up. Why not? You may as well design your own life. Watched old movies up at nat’s. When I say old I mean whenever ‘She’s all that’ came out. Still waiting on pennies to buy wire for making jewellery with, can’t wait.

Here’s a photo of a plaited wire bracelet I made months ago. It’s made of silver-plated, copper wire and a polymer clay flower.Image

Here’s a plaited wire necklace made of silver-plated, copper wire and glass.

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Another wire wrapped glass necklace that appears to be a present look alike.

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Also wire wrapped glass and crocheted at the back.

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A bracelet with faceted Labradorite beads.

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Some crocheted wire bracelets with rose quartz beads.

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A crocheted wire bracelet with Labradorite beads.

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Crocheted copper wire necklace with polymer clay flowers, Labradorite beads, silver plated beads and pearls.

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There are more images of the rest of my jewellery on my facebook page www.facebook.com/jera.edwards

 

 

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A Positive New Year

So I’m sitting here singing along to music and going online seeing everyone achieving career goals and moving forward with life and it just makes me want to jump onto whatever fun train they’re on and get on with life too. I’ve decided to forget about things that weren’t good for me and make room for things that are important.  It’s always best to start the New Year with a positive outlook.

  • So my plan of action is first to clean my house. (you need a nice area to think) Also buy gas as it is cold, I’m wearing a hat and scarf in my bedroom and I can see my breath.
  • Next prepare for that interview that I’m freaking out over. (the usual) I am half prepared though so it should be fine.
  • Third go off to Glasgow this weekend to meet my friend for a wee girly night.
  • Finish my Futurama drawing finally so it can go up on my bedroom wall. Woop colour.
  • After that start designing again. Maybe something intricate and delicate inspired from the elvish style in lord of the rings.
  • Relearn how to use Rhino 4.0 C.A.D.
  • Relearn all my notes from college hahaha yeah ok maybe later
  • Draw paint ups of designs.
  • Make a portfolio

That should be it until I move up to Glasgow then I can make jewellery again at college.

In my social life meet up with my friends more, go back to that cool comedy show and actually see the whole show this time. (but this time sit closer to the back so they don’t talk to us) Better make it a Friday so the trains are running until 12. Travel sometime. Go see more bands live. Definitely buy more music, I’ve been listening to the same stuff for years. Maybe buy a ukulele even though I can’t play guitar…yet. Stop worrying.  

Night mews

That’s my sister’s cat, he always cheers me up.

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Future life goal

Future life goal

When I’ve had more experience with making jewellery I would love to go to Vancouver in Canada on a work visa for a couple years. I think it would be great character building and an enjoyable experience. I’ve seen photographs of Vancouver online which makes the place look stunning. I’ve always wanted to live in a city that was right beside the water, so you can have your career and still have a beautiful view for inspiration. That would be a great life goal to complete. I cannot wait to get there.

The spare time conundrum

When you’re younger you get home from school, do your homework (avoid it until the last minute), get dinner and go out to see your friends. Whilst you’re in college you find you hardly have time to leave the house because of the overwhelming amount of homework, even during holidays. So you barely see anyone and start to become detached to the outside world and end up using social network sites as the only contact with your friends. As you grow up, leave home and finish college you quickly realise that whilst you may now have all the time in the world for your friends they now have lives of their own so won’t always have time for you at the drop of a hat.

So what do you do? Do you sit at home wallowing or realise that you will need to fill that spare time with something that makes you happy. Sometimes you can’t rely on the company of others to keep you occupied and have to find other ways.

As a live aloner I decided that listening to music and doing art projects seem to be the only thing that keeps me sane. I started making jewellery using beads instead of precious metals and gemstones as my funds are quite limited due to a job that is getting me nowhere. So I’ve begun searching for a new job so I can finally get on with life. If these beaded jewellery pieces sell I can start saving up money towards making more jewellery out of metals. Other projects I’ve taken up are drawing using mixed media, re-learning German and writing blogs that are half worth reading. I know my writing is nothing compared to the serious writers. But I’m not a writer, I’m a jeweller so I don’t need my blogs to be ultra serious.

If you’re more academic than arty then you could try re-learning science, maths and languages.  Travelling would apply to anybody but I guess funding is needed for that. Or you could try the career everyone thinks they can do, photography. Yeah well when I needed to take professional photos of my jewellery I thought I can’t afford to pay someone so I will just do it myself. Then I found taking a decent photograph of my jewellery was incredibly hard as some of the gemstones were only 2mm and the camera I was using couldn’t pick up the quality of the colour and facets. Then there’s lighting to worry about. Photography is nowhere near as easy as it sounds.

There are also other options like music if you’re talented in that area. If you are not confident enough for singing or find your hands are too small to reach all the chords you don’t need to be a part of the band to make a contribution to music. There is a huge market for writing song lyrics as they are just as important as the music that goes with it.

Just keep doing the things that make you happy and figure out ways to get things moving forward on your own so that you’ll find you won’t need to rely on others as much.

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