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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?

Grass Hill Jewelry

天母店/松菸誠品店/京站店
報名電話: 天母店:(02)2875-5077
誠品松菸店:(02)6636-5888#1611
京站店:(02)2552-7937

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Herping Island Park (和平島公園) , Keelong- Taiwan

Looking out to sea at Herping Island Park
Looking out to sea at Herping Island Park

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. 

The park sign- Herping Island Park
The park sign- Herping Island Park

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 rock formations
The rock formations

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.

A rock formation looking like a turtle
A rock formation looking like a turtle

This particular rock formation required some vivid imagination on the part of the viewer to see how “turtle” it looked like.

A pavilion we saw while following the trail
A pavilion we saw while following the trail

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.

R and me
R and me

We only stopped long enough to snap some pictures and a wefie.

A man parasailing
A man parasailing

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.

Another view of the seaside
Another view of the seaside

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.

Another shot of the same rock formation. This time with my HP.
Another shot of the same rock formation. This time with my HP.

 

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

(Linking with Sweet Shot Tuesday, Good Random Fun, and Life Thru the Lens.)
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