My course at Syntra

It has been a long time sines I wrote another blog post. I had to take exams at school. I will make it up to you now. We had an evaluation of our practical work and a few theoretical exams. My results were great! I’m really happy!

I’m following a technique course, I’m learning how to make jewels. I’m positive about it! I’m where I want to be and I’m learning so much. The course is intensive but I enjoy it. I would like to tell you all about it because I think it’s something to recommend! I get a lot of questions about it. I’m following this course at Syntra a school in Antwerp.

The course is named “Jeweller and goldsmith” We make classic jewels. It’s all about the techniques! The class consists of four parts. In part one you learn to saw, drill and file. Everything you have to know about the basics.

Part two is about soldering, melting, polishing. In part three we will learn how to make castings and rings. In part four we learn how to make a bracelet and we design a jewel of our own. I’m exited about the parts that still to come.

For every part we have a different teacher. The first teacher was great! She taught us everything she knows. She was always helping and making comments. I think that’s how you learn it. You can hear it. I’m happy I decided to follow this course and I would recommend it to everyone who is motivated to learn the skills! You can take the course in Belgium (more information here)

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Lulu frost – Transcend

Lulu Frost I hope you remember that name? You should!
One of my first, I think even my first blog post was about Lulu Frost. Lisa Salzer is the founder of this amazing brand! I love it so much. It’s such an inspiration source. This is their vision, click on play and see!

They now have a new collection. Their Fall/Winter 2014 transcend collection. They describe it as: “Our Fall/Winter 2014 TRANSCEND collection plays with the theme of clairvoyance, featuring moody combinations of black and navy gemstones, glass pearl globes encaged in black metal settings, and jewel-encrusted sunburst and wing motifs that give an impression of lightness and taking flight.”

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I think it’s great! It has style, its vintage, its classy and unique. My favorite piece are these earrings

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❀ Flo

Pictures are from the official site Lulu Frost.

Reading material

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This is the third post about books. I like to write about this subject. Previous year at the Academy of fine arts I followed the course jewellery history. Because I’m not on that school anymore, I don’t have this course anymore. I think it’s a pity because I liked it very much. I was so motivated to learn and hear all about the history of jewels. I think it’s fascinating.

It’s special what they could already do so many years ago! Because I’m interested in the history I’m looking for good books about that subject. In Flemish it is hard to find but in English there are a lot.

This summer holiday I went to London with a friend of mine. (I wrote about it here) She took me to the Victoria and Albert museum. The museum of art and design. It’s a treasure! They have a collection of jewels, so beautiful. A collection that tells you all about the history of jewels. The collection has pieces from ancient times until now. They have over 3,000 jewels! Jewels with a lot of different textures, materials, sizes, meanings, story’s, makers…We where in there for more than a few hours and it’s not that big.

Afterwards I had to buy the book. The name of the book is jewels & jewellery by Clare Phillips. This is the book I want to share with you today! It has all the information and is illustrated with clear pictures. I’m reading it now and it gives you a good overview

If you want to know more about the history this what I recommend!

❀ Flo

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“Energy Addicts” – Naomi Kishner

It’s everywhere on my facebook page, in the magazines and on blogs. I’m speaking about the jewellery pieces from Naomi Kishner.
You probably will have seen it and if you haven’t I will show it to you now. These are tree spectacular pieces for the body. I never saw something like this before!

The collection with the name “Energy Addicts” exists out of the tree pieces for the body. One for the head named “The Blinker” one for the under arm named “ The Blood Bridge” and one for the upper part of your back with the name “ The E-Pulse Conductor”

The pieces have a beautiful and unique design. I like the design’s so much! Well made, original and it has something extraterrestrial I think. The idea of the pieces is to take energy out of the veins. Because the energy in the world becomes fewer and we could take the energy out of our own body.

I think it’s a little bit creepy but it’s a interesting thought.
It’s original!

❀ Flo

Chanel – A childhood memorie

Chanel F14 Candy necklace Look what a friend sent me! Chanel made a really special necklace for this winter collection. You will recognize it immediately from you childhood. It’s a necklace made out of candy. THE candy necklace from when you were younger! I think it’s a great idea. I like it! It’s so original to take such a nice memorie and make it into a jewel. It is something so pretty. I think it looks great!!

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