Andria Brice Goodliffe
TPT & BDC
Tauranga, New Zealand,
Artist, tutor & aiming to improve!
Welcome from way up here in Auckland, New Zealand.
Might I explain to the others a little more about your position.
Andria ia part of a team which runs a small but perfectly formed
jewellery area as part of a vocational-training arts workshop called
the Turning Point Trust.
She had the foresight to hire me to go in and organise their
jewellery equipment and tools and arrange a workable studio workshop
area for her and the other tutors to teach from. It’s a start-again
type of situation for adult students with a very wide range of skills
I tried to keep the workshop free of bench-mounted motors and other
large and dangerous spinning things, emphasising hand-technology. My
belief is that the more motorised equipment you have the more
students would need to be very well-supervised. So using low-tech
hand tools, beauty-board buffers, burnishers, and UPcycling cheap
car-parts into decorative and personal hand-tools might encourage a
holistic approach to the tools plus a gentle intro into the
therapeutic side jewellery-making.
Andria was very receptive to these ideas and as a tutor was patient
and showed great adaptability… I suppose that is called
multi-tasking? Very essential in this workshop.
One problem that stumped me was re-hardening the steel tools we
fashioned from car engine valves. I annealed the valves, filed them
into decorative punches, then went to harden the working end.
But neither quenching in water nor in oil would harden the steel.
Maybe I’ll start another thread called ‘Hardening steel - recycled
Auckland NEW ZEALAND