Hi, My name is Molly and this is my blog; Beaute Beads. Here you can follow me on my journey as I learn and develop new jewellery manufacturing skills. I began making jewellery from beads at a very young age. As I grew older I became more curious in the endless possiblities of Jewellery Design. I am studing an Advance Diploma of Jewellery Design. I have been introduced and have commenced using Silversmithing processes, general use of precious and non precious metals, casting, gem setting, bezel making, shaping, annealing, soldering, inlay, burring, texturing. You can expect more learned techniques and visions of my progress in the future to come.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Finished Topaz Siver Ring & Other Projects

Hello,
hope all has been well for you!

I have just finished up my very first semester of my Advance Diploma of Jewellery Design course!
I have had a brilliant time so far!
It is labelled; the Jewellery Construction Workshop I have the privilege of working in; is the best of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!
I have been given 3 weeks holidays which I am hoping will fly so I can get back to the workshop!
My Mystic Topaz Silver Cuttlefish Textured Ring is finished! In one of my previous posts I shared with you the state of its construction; The ring, bezel and topaz had not been put together at that stage.
This was one of my assessments!

My finished Mystic Topaz/ Cuttlefish Textured Silver Ring:

I also recently completed another assessment which required me to use at least one technique of texturizing metal. Prior to be given this assessment I had practiced pressing lace into metal in a rolling press. Revealing a new surface in the metal, displaying the lace patterning. I had to anneal the metal (I used Copper) before hand to allow the metal to be soft enough for the pattern to imprint in its surface.
However with my new fascination of the cuttlefish texture, I decided to cast again in cuttlefish bone. This time I made a heart pendant casting! Which revealed the texture of the cuttlefish bone chambers superbly! This one has actually been sold! However I plan to make many more of same, similar and various designs. I used Sterling Silver (0.925) to make the heart pendant.

Also I have been given a custom order request! Which entails a Australian 10cent piece sized heart, which was requested to also be casted in cuttlefish bone! This picture is of my progress so far! After the holidays I will finish cleaning it up, give it a good tumble polish and attach a Sterling Silver chain to it.


Here are some images of my cuttlefish heart pendant in progress and its completed stage.

The carved Cuttlefish bone prepared for casting:

 
Post-casting and overall clean up:


After further clean up and attachment of jump-rings and chain:


 
After final polishing (completed):
 
 Thank you for reading!
*~Molly~*
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Photo Post - Meet Archer

Here are some wonderful pictures I managed to take of my beautiful blue heeler cross kelpy Archer :) He is 6 years old! He knows how to: Shake, High Five, Beg, Pick-Up, Stay, Go, Come, Roll Over, Sit, Up, Down, Go to your bed, Lay, Drop. :)

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Silversmithing and Gem Setting

Hello, How are you?
I have been absent for a long while now, one of my later posts I had mentioned I would be having new beginnings in my Jewellery adventures. I was enrolled and accepted into an Advance Diploma of Jewellery Design. I have been attending this course since February this year. This course goes for 3 years.

My classes include:
Jewellery Workshop - Involving:
- Casting
- Soldering
- Bezel making
- Silversmithing
- Annealing
- Rolling metal thickness down
- Gemstone setting
- Filing
- Sanding
- Polishing
- Sawing
- Oxidizing
- Shaping ring bands, around mandrels
- Use of inlay: the process of sawing out a pattern of one type of metal, then replacing this cut out shape with a different metal, allowing for colour and texture contrasts.

Overall I have been designing and creating my very own jewellery made from a variety of metals. These metals include:
- Fine Silver (0.999)
- Sterling Silver (0.925)
- Copper
- Brass
- Nickel
- Eventually I will be able to work with gold


My other classes involve:
- Jewellery rendering and design - Drawing, and designing your jewellery design ideas, learning techniques and textures in drawing.
- Jewellery History - Involving researching of contemporary jewellery, history and recognized jewellers, basically lots of research about jewellery design and history.
- Digital Design - Where you learn how to use Photoshop and graphic programs to create realistic blue prints of your designs. I have recently learnt how to use Adobe Illustrator.

Here is are some images of what I have made and achieved so far this year:


Zircon Dome Flower Ring:
My Second College Assignment I had completed, this ring is now on display at my college.
Description:
A sterling silver ring (0.925) with a dome feature which includes: A nickel dome structure inlayed with brass, a sterling silver plate with pierced flower design and a fine silver (0.999) bezel tube with a zircon crystal.


My first assignment in which I completed.
Also this is the first ring I have ever made.
 Materials include: Sterling Silver (.925), Fine Silver (.999), Hard-grade Sterling Silver solder and a gemstone. Techniques I used to achieve this piece: Annealing, Soldering, Sawing, Filing, Sanding, Shaping softened silver around mandrel into ring shape.




The beginning progress of my cuttlefish-textured sterling silver ring (with titanium dyed topaz):
This ring has been crafted by casting sterling silver in a prepared cuttlefish bone. At this stage I had also begun crafting my titanium dyed topaz stone setting.. I will be ready next week to bezel set the topaz. and then the finished product.. the topaz and its bezel will be soldered onto the ring once my ring is fully prepared.










Thank you for reading
- Molly xx
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Photography & A Little Update

Hello Everyone :o)
How are you all?
As some of you may know one of my other favourite activities is Photography!
This year I have taken many pictures I am really proud of, some of which I am sharing with you today!
I like to photograph animals, nature, people and landscapes! 
However!
I am always eager to try new things! Therefore, if you have any suggestions on what you think I should photograph next, Please feel free to let me know! :)

Today I also have a little update for you.
I am currently living in Perth Western Australia.
I am now completeling my last/12th year of high school via correspondence.
Currently my favourite activities are: Photographing (as I mentioned already), Blogging, spending time with my family, going for walks in the sunshine and spending time with my pet cat Arfa!

At the moment I am not beading or making jewellery as with the recent move it has been slightly difficult to get supplies! I am intending this week to have a good look at the local shops for new materials, including some plain white buttons I can dye in all pretty colours! 

Thank you for reading my new post! I hope you are well and you too are finding your inspiration!
Before you leave! Please feel free to view my photographs below and also check out my photography page on Facebook: Miss Mollys Photography

~ Molly xo

My beautiful darling niece Lila <3
My absolutely adorable nephew Luukas :o)
These flowers are actually very tiny in real-life
I risked a sting with this shot hehe





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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Update on My Recent Events & My New Finished Project

Hello Everyone :o)
I have had so much happen in the last few months! I have moved interstate from Queensland to Western Australia. Began new schooling, met up with family members whom of which I haven't seen in a very long time.

I have just given you the simplest version of events at 1/1000 of how much detail I could give you! Haha. I won't though as I know how boring it can get reading forever.

Well. For my very first tafe project I got to choose to plan and make something of my choice! Of course I chose to make jewelry!

What I made!
Below are pictures of this truly beautiful bracelet I am so please with! I have actually kept it for myself which I rarely keep jewellery I make for myself!
I have also made with it, a display box lined with purple fabric and cushioning.
It has a beautiful bow and swirl charm with draping chain on the front.

I would love to know what you think! 

In the past Beaute Beads has focused very much on my jewellery that I have made.
I now want to involve and encourage you and other jewellery designers and creators. Even people who are starting jewellery for the first time!
I want this blog to be useful and helpful to others, not just for myself!

How I will do this (what to look forward to):
  • More tutorials 
  • Jewellery creation/design competitions
  • More jewellery making tips
  • Shouting out for other jewellery designers/creators!
Next year I am going to be doing a Diploma in Jewellery Design!
I can promise you I will take you along my journey and I can guarantee you will get to see the best of things to come!

I am so excited! I will get to learn how to:
  • Silver smith
  • Solder precious metals
  • Cut gemstones
  • Make glass beads
  • Bend and mold metal 
  • Plus more!
Thank you for reading my update, leave a comment below with your blog link and I will pop over and visit you! :) <3

~Molly x



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