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Lost Wax Casting jewellery course

Our latest lost wax casting course is underway and we thought we’d share some images of the great work our students have been making.

Our lost wax casting course is run over 4 weeks and each student is encouraged to experiment and explore different wax working techniques to create original jewellery pieces. Students are also taught how to clean up castings and finish the silver jewelery and most students walk away with rings, earrings and a couple of pendants that are ready to wear. On top of everything else, the class is fun! And, just like all the jewellery courses run at Northcity4, the urn is on the boil and the biscuit jar is full.

This is a great class for the novice as the casting is done at casting businesses in the city, which is an enjoyable way to learn about outsourcing and the jewellery industry. So trips to the city between classes are part of the learning experience.

The next lost wax casting jewellery course starts on Thursday 4th September from 6-9pm.

 

Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting jewellery course

Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting course

Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting jewellery course

Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting course

 

a bangle made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

earrings and a ring made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

earrings and a ring made during our lost wax casting course

earrings made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

earrings made during our lost wax casting course

 

 

Riveting

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Work by Jane Harrison that incorporates rivets and printed sheet metal

Riveting is such a great jewellery making technique. I used it a lot when I was a student/recent graduate as it was a great way to avoid soldering!  I also loved the mechanical quality of rivets as opposed to the glueing type of technique that soldering is. And apparently rivets are one of the oldest types of fasteners and date back to the bronze age so they have a healthy provenance!

Riveting is a type of ‘cold-joining’ technique, so called because there is no torch involved (you do need a torch to anneal your rivet wire but no one ever mentions that!) Other types of cold joining used in jewellery are screws, tabs, knots and even bezels as the metal is worked cold over the gemstone. The process of riveting involves drilling matching holes in whatever it is that needs to be joined then sliding a rod or piece of wire through the holes and forming a head on either side to clamp the two pieces together.

Because there is no heat involved in making the connection, it is a perfect technique to use when making jewellery from materials that don’t solder such as: plastic, wood, aluminium, titanium, rubber, fabric, etc. They are also an excellent way to incorporate movement in a piece of jewellery and sometimes they’re good to use when you just want the decorative element that riveting gives.

So, if you’d like to learn how to rivet or even if you know how and you want to update and extend your jewellery making skills, our Upskilling: Riveting! course starts next week! It’s only two sessions for $175 on a Wednesday night and we have two big gas heaters to keep us warm (as well as endless cups of tea and anzac biscuits).

I will be the tutor of the course and we will be covering standard rivets, flush rivets, tube rivets, ball-headed rivets, extended rivets and others. Have a look below at some examples (click the images for source).

Anna

tube rivets use to make bails on pebble pendants by Ashley Akers

tube rivets use to make bails on pebble pendants by Ashley Akers

Earrings that use ball-headed rivets to incorporate movement by Rachael Sudlow

Earrings that use ball-headed rivets to incorporate movement by Rachael Sudlow

 

Iron Cuff by Janos Gabor Varga incorporates rivets to make the hinge as well as rivets as decorative elements

Iron Cuff by Janos Gabor Varga incorporates rivets to make the hinge as well as rivets as decorative elements

 

Work by Jane Harrison that incorporates rivets and printed sheet metal

Work by Jane Harrison that incorporates rivets and printed sheet metal

 

A ring joined with rivets

A ring joined with rivets

 

Work by Northcity4 artist Emma Grace using rivets

Work by Northcity4 artist Emma Grace using rivets

 

NC4 ’4′ MBWN

We may not make it to every gallery opening but we know where else to find wine . Moreland Women’s Business Network MBWN is a local networking group organised by the fab Elissa Grassa, Economic Development Officer for the City of Moreland.  This one actually had fellas as quarterly they are invited along to broaden networks and foster inclusivity. Held at East Elevation cafe and events space in Lygon St the wine and chocolate were top notch… Monsieur Truffle artisanal chocolatier is onsite!

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Sensational name tag alignment from Katherine Bowman… crapola Caz Guiney and Anna Davern

Whilst spreading the word about contemporary jewellery  and Northcity4 jewellery classes and seminars we have met some great local business women. Toula from Your Smart Accounts is assisting us with our book keeping whilst Meg Steele runs workshops on assisting teachers to Prevent Burnout and Find Balance, check it out.

The next Moreland Business Women’s Network is on:  Wednesday  2 July ?6 pm – 7.30 pm

Moreland Civic Centre, Concert Hall?, 90 Bell Street Coburg (Car park and entry on Urquhart Street)

This is the blurb… Whether you are an established business woman, entrepreneur, just starting up or have an idea for a business then the Moreland Business Women’s Network (MBWN) will have something for you.

Remember to bring along your business cards, brochures and promotional material to display.

Bring a friend, colleague or client. The more the merrier.

Help spread the Word. Think you might know someone who would be interested in this? Why not share it?

To register for this event visit bizMoreland website. 

 

 

 

Lost Wax Casting course starting this Thursday

Our next Lost Wax Casting course starts this Thursday. Come along and learn some great wax working skills and walk away with some beautiful silver jewellery! This time around the course will be taught by Katherine Bowman and Kathryn Wardill. Both fabulous teachers and regular Northcity4 folk (KW also teaches our Upskilling: Stone Setting! course)

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work by Lost Wax Casting teacher, Kathryn Wardill

Lost Wax Casting course

Work by Lost Wax Casting teacher Katherine Bowman

Students learn the fundamentals of the casting process as well as how to outsource to jewellery businesses in order to create your own unique jewellery pieces. Students will be introduced to a range of wax working techniques, as well as very simple metal finishing processes in order to be able to create their own jewellery.

No jewellery making experience is necessary and there is an extra cost for cast silver items.

Check out some of the work by our previous students:

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

earrings and a ring made during our lost wax casting course

earrings and a ring made during our lost wax casting course

earrings made during our lost wax casting course

earrings made during our lost wax casting course

 

 

Northcity4 monthly lunch

Tomato Soup with cream, pesto and just-baked sourdough casalinga from Natural Tucker? Yes please!

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Flourless upside down pear cake with pomegranate seeds? Yes please!

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Chocolate coated strawberries? Yes please!

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The soup and cake came courtesy of Ali Limb and the chocolate coated strawberries were a goodbye present from Bianca Librandi. It was a lovely lunch to farewell Bianca and welcome Jana to the Project Space and we were joined by Amanda Verschuren, an artist friend of Inari’s visiting from WA.

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Ali dishing out the soup

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lunch guests L-R Amanda, Inari, Jana, Cass, Ali and Emma

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L-R Jana, Bianca and Ali

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upside down pear cake with pomegranate seeds

Guest Post by Project Space artist Bianca Librandi

We really are very sad to be saying goodbye to Bianca Librandi at the end of this month. Her six month tenancy in the Project Space has come to an end and we invited her to share her experiences with you here. Don’t forget, this means that there is a vacancy coming up in the Project Space in June and we invite you to apply. It sounds like Bianca has had a fantastic experience and you could too.

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Bianca at her bench in the Project Space

How the last 6 months has flown by! I’m very sad to say my time at Northcity4 is coming to an end this week. It has by far been one of the best decisions I have ever made for my jewellery career. I am so grateful to have been surrounded by the most talented and creative contemporary jewelers in Melbourne. Not only are they super talented but they all are so warm and really share a feeling of community in the space, whether it be through casual conversations or through monthly lunchtime catch ups.

Bianca's bench in the project Space

Bianca’s bench in the project Space

In my time at Northcity4 I produced and refined my production range “Celestial Spheres” for my label White November. I was lucky enough to participate in The Big Design Market in December last year and now regularly partake in design and craft markets all over Melbourne and Sydney. Being able to show and talk about my work to the other artist was an invaluable experience.

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White November stall at the Big Design Market

White November stall at the Big Design Market

White November stall at the Big Design Market

I was lucky enough to participate in one of the Sublimation Workshops offered by Northcity4 and taught by Anna Davern. I really enjoy this class and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in gaining new skills. The class was run seamlessly and I was always busy. The possibilities were endless and I really had fun with it.

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Bianca’s sublimation samples

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Bianca’s sublimation samples

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Bianca’s sublimation samples

Just like to say a big thank you to all the amazing people (and poodle Humphrey) who run and work within Northcity4! I’m sure connections and friendships I have formed over the past 6 months will continue to blossom. x

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Plants in the Northcity4 space

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Humphrey will miss you too Bianca!

Stone Setting course starts next week!

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Our next stone setting course starts on Wednesday 4th June.

Continue to build on your jewellery making skills and gain additional experience in a range of techniques; suitable for continuing students and those with some jewellery experience. You will learn how to create a piece of jewellery incorporating a simple bezel to set a cabachon cut gemstone or found object. You can choose to make a ring, pendant or earrings.

Stone setting runs for three classes and will be followed by the two week riveting course.

Your teacher will be the wonderful Melbourne jeweller, Kathryn Wardill.

 

Project Space Availability

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We are very sad to soon be saying goodbye to Bianca Librandi. Bianca has been in the Project Space since late last year and has been a fantastic asset to the Northcity4 community.

This is good news for you though because it means that from mid June there will be a bench in the Project Space available for a maximum of six months for you to Make Jewellery! Our Project Space provides a great opportunity for you to work on a grant outcome, postgraduate study, transition from study to studio, mentorship, internship or artist in residence (interstate or international). And you get to be a part of the fantastic Northcity4 community.

Applications are due on Friday 6th June to start working in the studio mid-late June.

Rental $50 per week (price includes GST and utilities such as electricity and water).

Project Space tenants have the following facilities available to them:
• Access 24 hours/day
• Use of shared equipment
• a jewellery bench and small storage unit
• Art & Sustainable resource library
• Communal area for research, meals and conversation
• Kitchen
• Private office space for client consultations & meetings

Project space tenants must supply their own hand tools.

Fire at the Glasgow School of Art

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art on fire

It was very sad to wake to the news this morning of the fire in the Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building is described as “a work of architectural heritage of world renown and its influence on 20th century architecture is immeasurable”. The fire apparently started when a projector exploded in the basement and the footage of flames coming from the fifth floor roof seem to suggest that the damage will be extensive.

The Glasgow School of Art offers courses in Jewellery and Silversmithing, fortunately the jewellery school is located in a separate campus and has not been affected by the fire. An academic interviewed on BBC news (link above) said that “the school is a very tight community which is attached to the GSA as an institution, and part of that institution is the building itself. Watching it go up in flames is like losing something that you’re very fond of.”

I remember a very strong sense of camaraderie and community when I studied Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts, and being very attached to the buildings that housed it. And that was when it was located in some very run down warehouses in Balmain, before the move to the beautiful Rozelle campus. I can imagine being particularly fond of a building that has interiors such as these…

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It will be very sad indeed if all of this is lost.

Anna

Daily goings on at Northcity4

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L-R Amelia Reynolds, Jana King, Bianca Librandi

We had all our project space tenants in at the same time today! It was great to see so much industry going on.

Jana and Amelia are both recent arrivals and you can read more about Bianca and Jana at our Project Space Artists page – Amelia’s details will be up there shortly.

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Jana and Amelia

If you’re interested in applying for our project space your can find more information here. As the tenancies last for a maximum of 6 months, spaces become available regularly.

And don’t forget we offer lots of short jewellery making courses from our fabulous studio in Brunswick, Melbourne.