Course: Jewelry Making
Program: Master Course
Period: Sep. 3, 2018 - Apr. 26, 2019
Kelsey is a goldsmith and jewellery designer from Canada. She has been making jewellery in various capacities her entire life. Over the years her work has evolved from simple plier work, into more complex fine jewellery construction. She has studied jewellery making at numerous institutions around the world and completed several apprenticeships under Master goldsmiths. She is thrilled to be a scholarship recipient of the Accademia Riaci’s International Art & Design Competition, and looks forward to learning from the Italian Masters in the year to come.
Jan. 25, 2019 | Posted in Jewelry, Blog , Student Reports | Tags:Kelsey MERKELY, Jewelry | Language:
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This week before moving forward on our second project, we finished our leaf. Here I am preparing to solder the three parts together to make a final pendant.
Here we working with the engraving instructor to get our metal set into wax so we can practice our engraving.
Here is a close up photo of how we use an oil lamp and wax to set our metal plate into the wax.
After our metal is set into the wax, we begin sketching our patterns onto the metal.
My classmate watches the engraving master sketch.
My classmate and our technician watch the master engraver sketch. The technician translates for us and tells us that he’s sketching grape leaves.
My engraving practice show traditional line patterns unique to Florence.
We move on to our next project. A set of hand constructed Florentine earrings. This is the pattern layout for the earrings.
In my free time I enjoy exploring Florence. This is a typical view down an alleyway.
The beautiful Santa Croce Church!