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Nationality: Japan
Jewelry Making
Program: Short Course
Period: Feb. 26, 2024 – Mar. 22, 2024


I am a university student who has studied graphic design and crafts at a Japanese university. I joined the 4-week jewelry design course because I wanted to learn about jewelry making, which is what I love the most.

Mar. 29, 2024 | Posted in Reports, Jewelry Making , | Tags:, Reporter: A.T. | Course: Jewelry Making

Jewelry Making Short Course (#03) – A.T.

Jewelry Making blog I finished my second piece in the Jewelry Making class! It is a grape leaf pendant top made of silver. Unlike the first ring, it took a little longer because of the welding between the parts. In the process of polishing the surface and welding surface with a file, the teacher did not give the OK until even the smallest scratch was gone, which showed his high level of professionalism.

Jewelry Makingの授業で2個目の作品が完成しました!シルバーを使ったぶどうの葉のペンダントトップです。初回の指輪とは異なり、パーツ同士の溶接があったので、少し時間がかかりました。やすりで表面や溶接面を磨く作業では、細かい傷もなくなるまで先生のOKが出ず、プロ意識の高さを感じました。
Jewelry Making blog On to the third piece of work, earrings. Previously, we had been working with prepared designs, but I wanted to try making my own original designs, so I brought my own design ideas. I was happy to be able to make use of what I learned in the Jewely Design class.

3つ目の作品のピアス制作へ。前回までは用意されたデザインで制作していましたが、オリジナルで作ってみたいと思い、デザイン案を持参しました。野菜をモチーフにした3案デザインし、その中から枝豆のデザインで作ることに。Jewely Designの授業の学びも活かすことができて嬉しかったです。
Jewelry Making blog Cutting a silver plate with a thread saw. When cutting curves and corners, the blade of the thread saw is easy to break, so we cut carefully. Even so, I broke the blade several times… I still need more practice.

Jewelry Making blog To process unevenness on the cut parts, the parts are heated and embedded in a stand. This tool is probably called a “yani-dai” in Japanese, which softens when heated and hardens when cooled. In this state, the parts are hammered out using a hammer or a tugger to make the parts uneven.

Jewelry Making blog The unevenness of the part has been created. The design is now as I had envisioned, and it looks like edamame (green soybeans)! In the next class, we will polish it further and weld round wires to make earrings. Since there are only a few classes left, I will be happy if I can finish the earrings and create another piece of work in the next class.

Jewelry Making blog Jewelry design class. in the third class, we learned how to add color. We started by practicing drawing “cabochon” stones, which are not intricately cut. In order to express the three-dimensionality, brilliance and transparency of the material, different colors of colored pencils were applied in layers. In the next class, they will learn how to draw more complicated cut stones.

Jewelry Making blog After class, we often stroll around the city and can walk farther and farther. Beyond the Ponte Vecchio and over the river, there is a hill and a garden. The photo shows the central area of Florence as seen from the Bardini Gardens. The city center is noisy with many tourists, so I was healed by the quietness of the garden.

Jewelry Making blog Cherry blossoms were in bloom on the way to the garden. On the roadside, there were many wild flowers, such as violets and goldenrods, which are the same as in spring in Japan, and I felt the arrival of spring. By the way, pollen is also flying in Italy, so hay fever sufferers should be careful.

Jewelry Making blog There are many churches in Florence that are not famous as tourist attractions. The photo is the Church of Santissima Annunziata. The exterior is simple, but once inside, it was much larger than expected and beautifully decorated with very gorgeous ornaments. Each church has its own unique interior design, and it is quieter and calmer than a museum. Prohibitions on taking pictures, speaking out loud, eating and drinking must be checked at the entrance of each church.

Jewelry Making blog Sushi at the supermarket. 40% discount was 6.99 euro. It was expensive, but I missed Japanese food so much that I couldn’t resist. Japanese ingredients such as soy sauce and nori are sold in Italy, but they are very expensive. Also, if you want to make Japanese food at home, I recommend you to bring granulated dashi (Japanese soup stock)!




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