Last weekend a group of friends and I went to make silver earrings with Kate from Grace and Flora . It made such a wonderful creative change from making cakes that I wanted to share our experiences with you.
Kate has set up her workshop in her pretty garden in Twickenham – it is a lovely airy space well equipped with all we needed for our session with added pretty touches reflecting her love of nature.
Kate makes beautiful silver and beaded jewellery which she sells on her Etsy site and has recently started to run workshops to teach others some of the basic skills. I found her through the wonder of Twitter and Instagram posts and booked the course for 5 of us.
We started the session by talking through our experiences with other past jewellery courses (largely not very positive unfortunately) but Kate was so welcoming and calm that we felt very reassured that this experience would be completely different.
She showed us some examples of earring that we could make – a variety of styles made using silver wire and strips of silver.
She then proceeded to go through the process for us, showing in detail how to get the styles started, we needed to cut file, shape and solder the pieces.
The soldering was definitely the trickiest part of the process to get right for me but totally fascinating when it did work!
Kate was always on hand to help us whenever we needed her and enabled us to make a variety of styles of design some dangly some on posts, some wire some using strip metal and with a whole host of finished and shapes.
It was amazing to see my earrings progress from a coil of wire through all the stages to the finished article.
Everyone was delighted with their finished pieces and we will definitely be back to learn more skills and try some of the other courses Kate has to offer.