Hot Dot Designs School of Fashion Jewellery full time student has a hidden talent!
We all have secret desires and Melissa Wong is one of them!
Hot Dot Designs School of Fashion Jewellery Studio/workshop
Mellisa is a Term student studying Jewellery making and designing at
Hot Dot Designs School of fashion Jewellery. (a Sydney Jewellery School with a difference!)
What is this hidden talent you may ask well its food! Read more
I have just returned for Canberra with Miss Sharon, we stayed at the forrest Hotel and Apartments www.forresthotel.com Clean, comfortable, warm, with all of the creature comforts you could possibly want…….close to Gallery and shops, friendly staff & great coffee! Ticks all the boxes
Travelled to Canberra for “Gold and the Incas Lost worlds of Peru” at the National Gallery of Australia.
What a visual feast in history, colour, beauty, culture and so much more.My excitement level was kicking in!
The experience took me straight back to my student days studying ceramics at St George College TAFE (See my bio here) Where many hours were spent in the library , researching, documenting, drawing and marvelling in These amazing works. Read more
What can I say Fashion with sparkle! I had such fun designing these new jewellery pieces
I love spikes, I have spikes on my shoes and boots! Spikes on my dresses and tights!
Spike jewellery is available on my website www.hotdotdesigns.com.au
Carolyne B Designer Jewellery
Jewellery making Are you self-taught? Do you need lessons?
This is a big topic. Yes I do think there comes a time where you need professional help with not only jewellery making but whatever you choose to do if you want to get better at it.
There is always something that you need to know, to go further with your work.
You will know this when this happens. when you are stuck on how to do something whether it be a finish or a color combination or it just does not look right or sit right, and you don’t know how to correct it.
I hear the following words from women
I learnt from a Bead Craft Shop
I learnt from magazine and Books
I learnt from youTube
I learnt from a friend Read more
A story about three birds
Rin-Chen the Derbyan Parrott native to Tibet (sitting on my lap as I type) age not sure maybe 3 months still being fed so not weaned yet.
Calisie a cinnamon cheek conure native to South America…age 5 months we have had her for over 3 months, I have spent a lot of time training her. She is talking/laughing and playing ball….very sweet funny little bird. She vogues, lays on her back for tickles and comes for a walk with me in the mornings, oh and she is toilet trained…sometimes making a few little mistakes
Banks a Long Beak Corella, age 35 we have had her from a baby. She rules the roost and does exactly what she pleases! Banks talks has added nothing new to her repertoire in 30 years.
Her breakfast consists of warm porridge & rice or corn with vanilla paste or manuka honey. It has to be just warm or she will throw it off the balcony.
Says it all really! Read more
Jewellery Sale raises money for A21
We all have these moments in our life when we meet special people.
This story about one of those special people.
I first met Rose-Marie at the Craft & Quilt Show in darling harbour many years ago now, and knew from the moment she approached that she was special…she oozes softness and sense of calm & generosity.
She is a delightful intelligent woman, I consider myself lucky indeed that she firstly was attracted to my stand Hot Dot Designs & secondly she chose me Carolyne Brennan as her jewellery tutor. It has been wonderful to be a part of her creative journey.
Wow I am so excited with Summer fast approaching, be gone winter and come on summer!!
It is with excitement that I went to my wardrobe for one of my gorgeous summer Dangerfield dresses.
I am a bit sick of dressing for winter so summer here I come.
Then Oh shock horror…no jewellery to match!
Hot Dot Designs Zebra cup bur & reamer set
Industry Tips & Techniques
Cutting Wire and burring
When you are cutting wire for jewellery making if you do not use a quality pair of cutters you will always have a rough edge which will you will have to file away
You can use a small flat file, but this becomes a little tricky when you have to maneuver the file into small-complicated places, as working with, twisting, and shaping wire components free hand or on a wig-jig. Read more
Glass workshop Level 1 (beginners) with Hot Dot Designs
Results and images from the Dichroic glass workshop level 1 held in my studios
Student concentrating on cutting glass
In the beginning there were a few vague stares off into space, there always is with this workshop as the whole process of glass fusing is complicated to understand for the beginner.
If you have decided that you are serious about perusing making jewellery & working with wire, I would highly recommend that you invest in a quality pair of cutters.
I always use Lindstroms and have done for over twenty years and they are still going strong see website www.hotdotdesigns.com.au Read more