Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Getting Kitted Up

With two large workshops at the Glass House in Port Macquarie this weekend I'll be spending a lot of time packing workshop materials and preparing kits this week.

One of the scariest things when you're preparing for workshops is when materials don't arrive in time and at the moment I'm sweating on 3 different orders. Two are scheduled to arrive the day before I get on the plane, but the third one is definitely not going to arrive in time - it's still scheduled for picking. I think I'll get on the plane before it even leaves the warehouse! Hmmm..... on to Plan B (you've always got to have a Plan B!).

In the meantime, I'm cutting......
trimming off loops (with my trusty shank removers...... love this tool!)
pre-spraying moulds.....
making chains......

counting (and re-counting), kitting and packing.

After cutting out over 100 ovals I'm really over this part of the kit preparation....... why isn't there an oval punch that fits this mould?

I also like to make up my own chains so that I can make them to the length that suits the jewellery and also so that all the components are secure. Sure it takes longer, but at the end of the day it's worth it.

So on with the kitting up.... there's a lot to be done. Later in the week I'm going to show you how I cast those gorgeous, but very fiddly little starfish you see above.

'Til next time.....

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