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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the Valentines Day holiday trip R and I drove up to Keelong City 基隆市. I’ve always love visiting the seaside and experience the sea breeze blowing in my face.
We drove from Shifen Waterfall Park to Keelong as it was on the way. The journey didn’t take too long and we manage to find the place following the GPS in the car.
The last time I saw unusual rock formations was in Jeju island where we saw the Jusangjeolli Cliffs. These formations were spread out over a bigger area as compared to those cliffs.
This particular rock formation required some vivid imagination on the part of the viewer to see how “turtle” it looked like.
The pavilion made a good resting spot to sit and admire the scenery. We didn’t really spend much time there when we were there as I was more keen to view the whole area.
We only stopped long enough to snap some pictures and a wefie.
While admiring the scenery we saw this parasailer moving near the rocks. He had a motor attached to the back of his set up and was able to control how high or low he flew. I would love to try parasailing one day but not sure if I will do solo like this parasailer.
There were many unusual rock formations around and people ventured out onto the rock formation for a closer look. R and I however kept to the path as I didn’t want slip while being on the rock as the ground was rather wet.
Have you seen rock formations at the seaside lately?
Heping Island Park 和平島公園
No. 360, Ping 1st Rd., Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan
Admission fee of NT$60 for adults and NT$40 for concession holders