Jewelry Making in Taiwan

 

The rings that R and I made.
The rings that R and I made.

During the recent pre- anniversary holiday trip R booked a couple jewellery making workshop for  us to try out. It has been a long time since we attended a couple workshop.

If my memory doesn’t fail me it was the 2nd couple workshop which we  have attended together. The first one was a cooking workshop back in 2012 at TOTTS,

The jewelry workshop
The jewelry workshop

There were many stations for students at the Jewelry workshop.   There were about 5 couples and a single lady which attended the 2pm Saturday workshop that we signed up for.  It was really interested to see what went into the making of a silver ring.

Another view of the workshop
Another view of the workshop
The window view onto the road below
The window view onto the road below
The tools that we used
The tools that we used

It was the first time for me to be in a hands on workshop which involved the use of tools. I had fun playing with the different hammers and even used the blowtorch for wielding.

The apron that we had to use before starting the session.
The apron that we had to use before starting the session.
The key ring
The key ring

Each participant in the workshop had to use the key ring to self measure the size of the ring that would be made.  I was contemplating on whether to make a ring for index finger or my ring finger. In the end I decided on the ring finger as it would certainly sit more comfortably then on the index.

Engraving tools
Engraving tools

We started off the lesson learning how to engrave and were given copper plates to try out chiseling in the letters to form words.  It took me some time to decide what to engrave on my ring and after much consideration I decided on carving in our 5 names.

Our instructor for the day
Our instructor for the day

The pretty instructor taught us how to use the different tools that we will be using on our work bench. You can see her above giving instructions on how the blow torch was to be used.

The instructor showing how to knock the ring to size.
The instructor showing how to knock the ring to size.

We were taught how to knock the ring to expand it to our chosen size. It was interesting that a single piece of silver was able to shaped and molded into different sizes.

Creating the design for our double band ring
Creating the design for our double band ring
The finished product
The finished product

It took nearly 2.5hrs from start to finish to make the silver rings. It was certainly an experience which  both of us would treasure.

Have you made your own jewelry?

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Highlights of April 2015

A roadside purple bloom
A roadside purple bloom

April has been a really happy month for me. I recently returned from my 2nd couple trip this year.  I’ve been working hard  on focusing on my marriage and carving out time from our busy schedules to spend quality time with each other.

R and me at a Tea Making Workshop
R and me at a Tea Making Workshop

During my 4 day trip we visited many different places and attended two workshops.  In one of the workshops we attended we had the opportunity  to learn the history behind the traditional Hakka Thunder Tea (擂茶)  and were shown how to make it.  It was made using green tea leaves, black sesame, peanuts and puffed rice. We had the option of adding in raw sugar if we wanted it sweeter but I gave it a miss.  I also had my first encounter with fireflies and it was really a magical site. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the sight on camera as the fireflies are very sensitive to light and may get traumatized by the camera flash so we were not allowed to bring along any cameras or hand phones.

A dark pink rose
A dark pink rose

I shared more pictures of my previous trip to Taiwan where I saw really lovely roses  at a Rose Exhibition that we went to. It was  a treat to see so many different varieties of roses in a garden and I took hundreds of pictures that day.

Rock formation at Herping Island Park
Rock formation at Herping Island Park

Pictures to the seaside at Herping Island Park were also shared as each time I go on a holiday I try to visit different places of nature.

A Lantern display featuring sheep
A Lantern display featuring sheep

It was a visual treat for me when I visited the Yuanshan Flower Expo Park as there was a Lantern Festival on during the trip in Feburary.

Baked eggplant and homemade bread with bacon
Baked eggplant and homemade bread with bacon

If you were wondering what I’ve been cooking lately wonder no more as I  featured what yummy foods  that I have been eating lately.

embracing motherhood

The blog train that I hosted on Embracing Motherhood  came to an end with my own piece on motherhood where I shared  what motherhood means to me and what I have learned so far being a mother of 3.

I also shared two books which I have reviewed

Always there Bear ( for kids 3-6 yr old) 

Parenting with Presence 

Tiger girl shopping for shoes
Tiger girl shopping for shoes

April ended on a high note for me as Tiger girl and I got  invited down to Pazzion to pick out a few pairs of shoes for  Mother’s Day as an early Mother’s Day treat for me.

How was April for you?