Back to school! De volta à escola!

This year is full of new beginnings and great decisions among them i decided it was time to go back to silversmithing school at CJLX so that i can perfect my technique and to learn new and better ways of doing what i love.

So from today on I will be posting a few photos of the work i’m doing there.

Este ano é cheio de novos inicios e de boas decisões entre elas a de voltar a estudar joalharia no CJLX, para aperfeiçoar a minha técnica e aprender formas novas e melhores de fazer o que amo.

Por isso a partir de hoje vou publicar algumas fotos do trabalho que vou fazendo lá.

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New Pieces (necklaces and bracelet)

To celebrate the coming of Spring i have some new pieces. Hope you enjoy them and would be more than happy if you´d take them all home with you because i’m sure they look wonderful in anyone.

Para celebrar a chegada da Primavera tenho estas peças novas. Espero que gostem delas e ficaria muito feliz se as levassem todas porque tenho a certeza que ficam lindas em qualquer pessoa.

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Spring has sprung bracelet/Pulseira chegou a Primavera
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Spring has sprung bracelet/Pulseira chegou a Primavera
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Spring has sprung necklace/Colar chegou a Primavera
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Spring has sprung necklace/Colar chegou a Primavera
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Spring necklace/Colar Primavera
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Small Dark Spring necklace/Colar Primavera Sombria pequeno
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Small Dark Spring necklace/Colar Primavera Sombria pequeno
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Large Dark Spring necklace/Colar Primavera Sombria grande
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Large Dark Spring necklace/Colar Primavera Sombria grande

My at home work space

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Here it is, the place i call my shop. It is only a make shift workbench, but recently I decided to make a wall of inspirational images and now enjoy it even more so I decided to share it with the world.

Aqui está o sitio que chamo de oficina. É apenas uma bancada de trabalho improvisada mas recentemente decidi fazer uma colagem na parede com imagens inspiradoras e agora gosto ainda mais deste meu cantinho por isso decidi partilha-lo com o mundo.

Experiences

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to participate in a workshop of chinese (Macau) gold leaf technique in the Museu do Oriente. It was a great experience and I left wanting to somehow introduce the technique in some of my work. Still not quite sure in what way I can use it but I’m sure that will come to me sooner or later. Here are a few pictures I took there and of the one i did at home (it’s a bit weird because the glue aplied in the workshop dried too much and i used one that did not turn out so great).

Há duas semanas tive a oportunidade de participar num workshop de técnica de folha de ouro chinesa (Macau) no Museu do Oriente. Foi uma experiência muito boa e sai de lá a querer introduzir esta técnica, de alguma forma, no meu trabalho. Ainda não tenho bem a certeza de como a poderei usar mas tenho a certeza que me irá ocorrer, mais cedo ou mais tarde. Ficam aqui algumas fotos que tirei lá e também uma do quadradinho que fiz em casa (ficou um bocadinho estranho porque a cola aplicada no workshop secou demais e acabei por usar uma que não resultou lá muito bem).

Gold Leaf Rooster
Gold Leaf Rooster
Gold Leaf Rooster
Gold Leaf Rooster
Gold Leaf Goat
Gold Leaf Goat

The story behind my creations: Faux Shibuichi Copper triangle ring and earrings

I am always looking for new techniques online because I think it’s a great source of inspiration and a learning tool. Specially since I didn’t get the chance to complete my silversmith course.

On one of my researches I came across this great tutorial by Jane Font and so decided to try it myself on a little piece of copper that was laying around my atelier.

Although I used silver dust and not metalclay the result was so pretty that I made a ring and earrings with this lovely technique. It really was very fun making this 2 pieces. They are still available.

Faux Shibuichi Copper Triangle Earring
Faux Shibuichi Copper Triangle Earring
Faux Shibuichi Copper Triangle Ring
Faux Shibuichi Copper Triangle Ring

The story behind my creations: The triangle ring

This ring started to take form wile i was doing a commission piece for a 3D triangular bracelet, that ended up with a hollow design in which i made a triangular “skeleton” out of square silver wire. So for a long time triangles were on my mind along with this song and the result was this very simple and beautiful ring.

Triangle ring
Triangle ring

The story behind my creations: The Dew and Spring necklaces

All my life i have felt a special connection with trees, during most of my childhood the trees in me grandparents backyard were part of my games and plays. As i grew the connection with trees as living beings as remained almost unchanged, and amongst the trees is always a place i find peace of mind.

So for a long time I tried to bring something of that relationship in to my jewellery design. One day a few fallen branches got my attention and i decided to take them home with me although i didn’t know what to do with them, so the branches ended up living in my working space for a very long time, until one day i finally knew what to do with them.

And so the Dew and Spring necklaces were created. And will soon be joined by a few brothers and sisters, all made with fallen branches.

Dew Necklace
Dew Necklace
Sping necklace
Spring necklace

A piece of Nature you can wear