REVIEW | Jewellery Making Course, Yorkshire
My love for making things started when I was about 9 years old and friendship bracelets were a big thing. Those ones with the brightly coloured thread that you knotted. I could bash out a good 10 an hour and would be dishing them out in the playground before you could sing “If wannabe my lover you gotta get with my friends”.
In more recent years, I’ve tried my hand at candle making, knitting, rag rugging (?!?) and have failed pretty miserably at them all (look in my spare room if you don’t believe me). So when I saw that the lovely Zoe, owner of Hello Halfpenny, not only sold her beautiful pieces of jewellery but even invited people into her workshop to make their own designs I knew that was a bit of me!
A few minutes walk out of Halifax town centre in the very quirky Croft Myl, was where I found myself one Sunday afternoon ready and raring to make a set of stacking rings fit for my middle finger.
After a bit of GCSE Maths to work out the length of silver and copper I’d need for my rings (who said learning Pi would never come in handy!?) I was well away sawing, filing and soldiering like a pro. Harder than it looks – but there were cakes on hand to keep up the energy levels! You make your rings pretty much from scratch and are trusted with a whole range of dangerous looking instruments!
Zoe is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and was on hand the entire time to help you if things all started to go a bit Pete Tong. The sessions last about 3 hours and everyone gets to make 4 rings (1 copper practise and 3 silver). You’re shown how to create different finishes on the rings with various hammers and oxidising techniques so what you go away with is completely unique and personal to you. I absolutely love my rings and I’m so proud that I’ve actually made them with my own fair hands!
I can’t recommend attending one of Zoe’s classes enough – they’re informal, fun and you get a real sense of achievement when you leave. And the fact that you start and finish something in one go rather than it being over a few weeks (I’m all about instant results!) makes it a really winner for me.
Zoe’s own handmade silver jewellery (hellohalfpenny.com) is well worth a look at too it’s perfect for Mother’s Day, valentines, bridesmaid gifts – any occasion!
Thank you so much for having me!
The stacking ring jewellery making course is priced at £55 for more information see www.hellohalfpenny.com
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