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messy bench (with tulips)

Messy Bench- featuring tulips, coffee money, projects due, practice plates, a toothbrush, a loop, pens/pencils, a scribe, gravers, screws, hex keys, and q-tips. In my big picture, my game plan is to have fresh flowers on my bench every Monday, a manicure on Friday, and afterwork cocktails at least once during the week. I’ve got the flowers now who wants to take me out for cocktails?

new year- 2015 achievements and 2016 goals

engraved borders

While it feels like learning hand engraving is the slowest possible thing anyone could ever undertake, I have to admit to some pretty radical accomplishments over the past year. Look back- A year ago I was turning out plates and plates of lettering and border design practice.  At the time, engraving these designs on an actual piece of jewellery, let alone a ring, still seemed way too daunting. Above is a hefty pile of brass test rings and slices of copper pipe to attest to my many hours of inside ring engraving practice.

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I’ve written an article

An article for the VMAA newsletter

What follows is an article I wrote about my new business for the Vancouver Metal Arts Association newsletter. The intended audience is primarily jewellery artists and professionals, and clearly (Thankfully!) I’m a better engraver than writer, however I thought I would reprint it here for anyone who may be interested in reading about my journey.

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“Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go.”

e e cummings

With the aim of becoming more accessible to clients, I’ve moved my wee studio into the back workspace of a cute little neighbourhood shop called Tiny Finery. Proprietress Stephanie Menard specializes in custom jewellery, and in her shop she carries handmade jewellery and gifts from local designers. We think its a good fit. You can find me here most weekdays working away in my cosy corner.


hand engraving?

Hand Engraver

Origin; 1500-10; Middle French engraver; en, (in) grave, adjective (dig, excavate).

Compare a computer font with a talented calligrapher, and you’ll notice a fine distinction that cannot be mechanically recreated. Similarly, a skilled hand engraver can achieve highly polished and beveled lines that sparkle with character and personality.

For who?

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new business

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

Neale Donald Walsch

Here it is,

‘Su Foster Jewellery & Engraving’

This is new! What’s happening? Who am I?

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