Joanne Tinley Jewellery will be 10 years old
on Wednesday 1st September,
and I’d love you to help me celebrate!
Although it really doesn’t feel like it, nearly ten years ago I started the adventure of setting up my own jewellery design business. Daisychain Designs officially began on 1st September as a kitchen table-top business, and two sheds, several website changes, a move into the Sorting Office Studios, a name change to Joanne Tinley Jewellery and much more later and here we are!
I’ve learnt a lot along the way and met some fantastic people, both online and in real life at my classes, craft shows and open studios so I wanted to celebrate this milestone with you.
Each day for the next week there will be a new blog post with a new birthday present
I’ve been busy filming new Skillshare classes, writing a new ebook, and working on a great new project that I can’t wait to share with you, and each day will bring free places on the classes, free copies of the ebook and much more.
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Fancy a fun day of jewellery making tomorrow? There are two places left on my Spinner Ring workshop – and if you follow the link here to my newsletter you’ll find a Valentine’s code that gives you a discount!
I started making a stone setting when Caroline was here for her tuition, mainly as a teaching example but also because I’ve been wanting to set this gorgeous deep glossy black onyx for months! We both chose the same paisley shape for our pendants as it complemented the stones we used so well – have a look at this post to remind yourself of the labradorite pendant that Caroline made.
I set the stone setting aside half done when we moved onto other techniques but I’ve actually come back and finished teaching example without it sitting in a small box for months! I decided I wanted to hang it from a long chain, with a couple of smaller beads as well, and soon found (in one of those small boxes) a sweet little hollow bead that I’d decorated with the same flower texture I’ve used around the onyx.
The only thing I couldn’t decide was which beads – more onyx or rutilated quartz? Onyx won – here’s a tip for you, if you’re ever in doubt about which way a design should go take a few photos as they’ll give you a different viewpoint and that might be what makes the decision for you.
Onyx and Paisley is now in my etsy shop looking for it’s new home – if that’s with you then you can find it over here!
I am getting better at remembering to take photos of my work in progress, and at taking photos before I send commissions out, but as many commissions are presents and I can’t show you the photos straight away I quite often forget to show off the jewellery after the recipient has safely opened it! This was a commission from earlier this year….
A lovely lady bought one of my spinner rings at our Winter Open Studios, and her husband commissioned me to make her a matching anticlastic bangle with spinners as her birthday present – something I was obviously delighted to do! I love making anticlastic bangles, but adding spinners to them is rather more fiddly as they can get in the way a little in the last stages of forging the main bangle.
They are worth it though! The Birthday Girl was pleased too – apparently she loved it and it survived a marathon 2pm-3am party, staying safely on her wrist during all the dancing!
If you would like me to make you your own anticlastic bangle, with or without spinners please do email me, but why not come and learn how to make your own? Come along to the Beautifuly Curving Bangles workshop on Saturday 4th July for a great day hammering, soldering, more hammering, lots of fun, great company and plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits!
All the details you need for the Beautifully Curving Bangles workshop are here, and you can easily book through that page too. At the time of typing there are 4 places left!
There are exactly two weeks until the Sorting Office Summer Open Studios!
The studios are currently busier than ever as we’re working on our usual projects as well as making the studios as perfect as can be – new displays on the walls, lots and lots of bunting, and we’ve even done some gardening out the front! Well, container gardening anyway – we are in the centre of Eastleigh town after all!
For the first time this year we are trialling opening on two days. As usual the Saturday 11am-5pm opening coincides with the fantastic Eastleigh Unwrapped Festival with events on for all the family. We’ll be hosting some of the events, and will also be doing some workshops and demonstrations ourselves. We’ll also be open on Sunday between 11am and 2pm which will probably be a bit of a quieter time to visit!
It would be lovely to see you! Follow this link for more details.
A selection of my Woodland Collection is now available at the lovely Foxy Lots Gallery in Melton Mowbray – and very appropriately my Fox pendants and brooches are included in the selection.
I met Kim and her lovely helpers at the British Craft Trade Fair last month, and she asked me to make a special necklace for her, a necklace version of my Fox Cubs brooch with the two fox siblings curled up together. I am really pleased with how it turned out, so expect to see that design added to my website soon!
Every piece of jewellery at Foxy Lots is made in the UK. You can see a small collection of their stock on the website here, but to see it all you will have to go and visit! I know I’m slightly biased as I lived in Leicestershire for 10 years, but the whole county is well worth a visit!
I had a special visitor in the studio last week. Well, all my students are special, but Caroline was extra-special as she had travelled all the way from Switzerland to come to me for a couple of days tuition – I am so flattered! I’ve had students from mainland Europe before, but they’ve always booked a lesson with me when they were coming to the UK anyway. Caroline arranged her visit to the UK around my lesson!
Caroline is a very talented metal clay and Russian filigree artist and teaches both techniques from her studio at home, so she was already confident with several silversmithing techniques. The techniques that she wanted to learn from me were stone setting ones, techniques that she could use with her silver clay as well as using in the more traditional ways.
We covered three stone setting techniques, and each time Caroline designed and made a beautiful pendant to showcase her new skills. The first was the beautiful labradorite at the top of this post, set on a silver paisley decorated with a sweet flower pattern. She made the pendant for her daughter and cut a fairy from the silver behind the stone – I forgot to take a photo of the back of the pendant, but if you have a look over on Caroline’s blog here you will see a photo on the lovely blog post she wrote. I was rather surprised and impressed with myself that I could understand most of what she wrote, and Googe translated the rest of the French for me! By the way, if you look in the photos above you can see the spinner ring that Caroline made for herself following my Spinner Ring ebook.
For the second pendant Caroline already had a stone that she was keen to set, one that had been proving a challenge. Kyanite is a rather fraglie stone, and as an added extra this one was also very irregular, more of an elongated nugget. It was lovely though, and we had to do it justice! Caroline practice her soldering skills to solder prongs through sheet silver to hold the stone securely from both sides whilst still letting the light shine through it. Gorgeous!
For our third technique I suggested that I teach Caroline how to set small round faceted stones in a tube setting. We only had a couple of hours left at this point, so Caroline kept the pendant design simple, but I think that the off-set tube setting works beautifully.
All in all a couple of very busy and satisfying days, and it was so lovely to meet Caroline in real-life at last after meeting through my Facebook page! Do go and have a look at the blog post she wrote and at her lovely work!
I think my Branching Out project in the June issue of Beads and Beyond is my favourite so far this year, partly because I love how the pendants turned out and partly because they really show off what beautiful designs you can create just by piercing inside a simple piece of silver. And partly because I love sawing and piercing!
The theme for this month was “anything goes”, so I decided to design a pendant that would go with almost any outfit, day or night. You can also have a go at designing your own pattern or picture to pierce from a simple piece of silver. Just remember to keep the shapes simple for the best effect. The templates I drew for the two pendants in the magazine are printed on the pages, but I’ve also included them for you to download at the bottom of this post.
My next project for Beads and Beyond uses the jeweller’s saw quite a bit as well, but I’ve also written a Sawing Masterclass article to help you get more confident and improve your technique!
I am so excited to finally have my new Felted Jewels collection on my websites! It took longer than I orginally planned to get the photos taken. The pendants I was going to take into be photographed were sent up to Angela Learoyd’s Gallery for her Outside the Lines exhibition straight after the BCTF, and so I had to make some more to be photographed. Everything is done now, though, and I’ve been busy behind the scenes putting everything together for the big reveal – and here it is!
The Felted Jewels Collection combines beautifully textured and tactile sterling silver with rich jewel-like colours of Merino wool. The collection began with large oval and smaller round double-sided pendants , with one side featuring a textured asymmetrical heart and the other a beautiful pierced design through which the needle-felted wool peeks. Matching round brooches have now joined the collection, and the first sets of cufflinks are also sitting on my workdesk as I type, waiting for their felt, and so they will be on the website as soon as I can get them photographed too! I am sure it won’t end there – owls and butterflies are featuring in my sketchbook at the moment! There are currently three different designs and five colours of wool – emerald, ruby, amethyst, turquoise and tourmaline.
I designed the collection because I wanted to add jewel-like colours to my silver jewellery without relying on gemstones, and it’s taken about a year from the first initial plans to the finished pieces. I was delighted at how well the pendants were recieved at the BCTF. They are selling well at their first exhibition at Angela Learoyd Jewellery, and by the end of this week a selection of pendants, brooches and cufflinks will be flying off to Leeds and Padstow.
To celebrate the launch I have a little offer for you, as you may have noticed from the photo at the top of this post! Place an order for a Felted Jewel of your own before the end of the weekend, use the code “merino” and get 15% off your order. The code will actually work on any jewellery on the website, so if there is a piece of jewellery you’ve had your eye on for a while now is the time to treat yourself!