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Hello, my name is Lynn and I design and make jewellery. All my jewellery is handmade by me in my smoke and pet free home on the north coast of New South Wales. Making jewellery is something I only started a few years ago after spending my entire working life making soft furnishings!!! I am now at long last accepting that I can create and that people like what I create, that I have a talent that needs to be set free to grow, to expand and I am loving the challenges, learning a whole new trade and yes I am developing, when I look at some of first pieces I cringe, but they are stepping stones to where I am going, and where I want to go. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who is supporting me in every way, encouraging me and giving me a little push if I start to doubt myself.

Old Coins

 

I thought I would do a little blog about the lovely old coins I am having so much fun with.

I can’t remember how I started using the coins but we have bought in so many in an endeavour to get a wide a selection of years as possible. In particular I like the old English coins pre 1900 with Queen Victoria as the crown head.

I mainly work with Australian and English coins but have some from other countries as well.

I have made key rings, pendants and necklaces for some lovely customers with their birth year dates, and for some of their grand children, where so far I have managed to match up coins that are 100years older than the person they are bought for. Also in some cases for parents born early last century (WOW fancy being about to say that “last century!!!”) Gee I was born “last century!!!”

Australia didn’t get her own currency until 1910/1911 and stopped making pennies etc in 1964 in readiness for we went to decimal currency in 1966.

I mainly work with pennies and half pennies. My first coins were wrapped with recycled copper wire as the base metals matched and I still do wrap some this way, but I also wrap with coloured aluminium wire and silver coated wire.

I used to only clean and polish the coins but now I am sealing them with resin to prevent tarnish and to protect them, I have been assured the resin will not harm the coin in any way. By creating a dome with the resin I am also giving the coin a nice highlight that wouldn’t be possible with only polishing.

I have recently started including the coins in my filigree necklaces, combining them with glass pearls and assorted other findings.

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Welcome to DragonzWench

 

Firstly about this blog and why I am doing it.

I started this blog as part of a challenge by the B’sue creative group to build a blog and design a new range that will hopefully define where I am going for the foreseeable future.

I am embracing this challenge and this blog, as I know in my heart it is where I need to go.

This blog is a huge learning curve for me and I know I will make mistakes, but we all learn through our mistakes, and I want to learn.

I want this blog to show the journey of my learning and developing of my jewellery designing and making skills.

I welcome all comments, questions and your thoughts on how I am progressing.

The only way to learn is to try, and yes to possibly fail but to learn from any failure to make a better more interesting and of course desirable product.

I have started from scratch a couple of very successful soft furnishing workrooms but have now stopped sewing and am following my creative side and making jewellery.

So the challenge to build a jewellery range does not daunt me BUT this blog does.

I made my first piece of jewellery in 2012 selling at assorted markets.

I opened an Etsy shop in June 2014 and am happy to say it is starting to do well.

I love thinking about the different places around the world that my jewellery has been posted to and the wonderful people that have trusted me enough to buy from me. I thank them one and all.

I have been fortunate to have some lovely customers, and some I have got to know apart from selling them something. I like the people I sell to, to know they are supporting an artist (if I made be permitted to call myself such) and that it is myself making their purchases.

I believe that people are getting tired of mass produced, of walking down the street and seeing others wearing the same as they are. I am an individual as we all are and I like my attire to be as individual as I am.

I have made a few pieces to order for customers taking a design of mine but finishing it “their” way, changing maybe a colour combination or something that makes it “their” creation made by me. I like this. My design idea, their input, to create their personalized piece of jewellery just for them.