Flux Exhibitions
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Flux Studios Jewellery Exhibition- Summer 2013

***** Flux Summer Jewellery Exhibition – Vanguard Court Open Studios – 14/15/16 June – Save the Date *****

Friday 14 June – 6.00 – 9.00pm – Private View

Hello and welcome to the latest update on Flux Studios activities.

It’s our annual Summer Open Studio event next weekend, and we’d like to invite you our Private View.

Our exhibition coincides with Vanguard Court Open Studios Weekend as well as London Jewellery Week and Camberwell Arts Week this year and we have been inspired to invite you to see us at work! Watch demonstrations, discover how we conjour magical objects from metal. Ask us your burning questions and find out what inspires us……

innovative approaches to jewellery making at Flux Studios - using magnets to create beautiful wearables. Rare earth magnets, haematite, steel bar
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Instant attraction and magnetic charm at Flux!

Our theme for the term on Tuesdays is on the use of magnets for clasps in jewellery, and as it is our firm belief that play holds the key to true innovation, today we played like kiddies in a toyshop!
Drawing from the deep recesses half-remembered facts on the laws of magnetic attraction – along with some cautions for pacemakers and credit cards – students were sent on a hunt to find the most unusual magnetic objects..

Most expensive gemstone jadeite
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Jadeite shares top spot as one of most expensive gemstones

But for me none of these gems has the allure of Alexandrite, a spectacular stone that has the ability to change colour depending on lighting conditions. Blue-green in natural daylight, this remarkable gem turns pink-purple in incandescent light. It’s a magical night and day stone, truly a gem for the romantic heart.

So if you are looking for a gift that speaks romance and adventure, look for Alexandrite, choice of the tzars!

hands - on family workshop in cuttlefish casting with pewter at Flux studios
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Family workshop Fun!

Look at these fabulous pewter pendants / medals / objects made by children and their adults at Flux Studios this weekend!

We had an invasion of robot – spacemen whose inspiration came perhaps through cloudy skies on shooting stars.

Thankfully our own earth based ghoulies in the form of skulls, skeletons, spiders and night birds were at the ready to defend us!

Learn casting techniques for jewellery at Flux Studios
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Casting processes in metal – tell us a story and win…

Abundant lady – Tree of life – Fish and Heart – Paisley yellow and blue – Lady with a think bubble – Peacock – Pirate queen – Lunch – or an angry lady? – EarthFireWaterAir dancing goddess – Eye – Pear – Spare ribs

Or make your own interpretations from these fabulous results from our last (free) two day casting course here at Flux

Medusa Collection by Vicky Forrester
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Medusa Collection by Vicky Forrester

Reclaiming the power of the Snake Goddess, the Medusa collection combines leather and sterling silver into alluring coils that reflect the movement of the snake. Sharp points, hooks, rattling bone-like beads all combine to create edgy, powerful and seductive jewellery that can be worn in numerous ways on the body. These snaking coils can be twisted and manipulated to create unlimited sculptural and wearable forms that wrap around the hand, arm, neck, waist…all waiting to play with you.

Nick really pushed the techniques to produce all these rings!
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Testimonials – And here’s what they said about the Flux experience

We are of course always pleased to have feedback to help us improve on the services we provide here. I’m pleased to say that people like what we do, and we had so many good comments that I have felt a need to share them! “Lovely place.. great lunch”

“I have enjoyed learning several new metalwork techniques that have given me lots of ideas for future projects – many thanks!”

I have learned various techniques, all of which were new to me”

“I learned lots of techniques.. this has whetted my apetite”

“Very informative… for a beginner I learned a lot!”

flux studios, specialist jewellery school and studio in London
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New jewellery courses for 2013 – great Christmas gift ideas!

– 12 week jewellery courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
Subjects include:- hollow forming / folding techniques / simple stone setting / casting / textures on metal
– Open workshop days for advanced students

– Great value weekend courses for local residents

– FREE 2 day workshops for locals with kids at school

– FREE family workshops for locals

Flux Studios Exhibitions and events
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Flux Studios at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Join us at the Dulwich Picture Gallery for a delightfully festive evening of high end crafts, art, great food and wine!

We are particularly excited to have our newest members Elise Goldin, Barbora Rybarova and Ilona Guest all showing their work alongside our established Flux Jewellers.

If you’re a budding jeweller with a thirst for knowledge, Vicky Forrester will be selling / signing copies of her new book, “Elemental Jewellery”.

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weekend ring course 10/11 November – last places available

We had some last minute cancellations on our weekend course ‘Design and make a silver ring’

If you would like to join us for a weekend of creativity email me now;

if you can give me a good reason for giving you a place for free (instead of our highly reasonable £80 or £40 all inclusive fee) you might just get your dream come true.. what’s to lose?

Elemental Jewellery by Vicky forrester
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Elemental Jewellery Book – release date – 11 October 2012

Elemental jewellery contains 20 projects that aim to introduce new approaches to designing and making jewellery. Using Earth, Air, Fire and Water as sources of inspiration, the step by step projects explore how these themes can provide potent undercurrents in the conceptual, material and technical development of your designs. The book also contains 4 inspirational projects from special guest contributors Imogen Belfield, Henrietta Fernandez, Nora Fok and Louise Loder.

Specialist workshop in Keum Boo at Flux Studios
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Free Family Workshops in Jewellery, for locals, coming up!

Thanks to funding from Southwark Adult Learning Services we have more of our popular Family Workshops in jewellery making to offer the local community, and they are absolutely free! These Introductory family workshops aim to get children involved in making and enjoying their creativity. At Flux Studios we provide a supportive environment where families / children and their carers can actively engage with creative and craft processes together in the professional environment of an artist studio.

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Specialist Workshops for Jewellers

We have some very exciting jewellery workshops in specialist techniques coming up at Flux.

Here are two weekend courses coming up in the next months.

1. Sat/Sun 20/21 October – Keum Boo workshop with Barbara Yarde.

2. Sat/Sun 15/16 December – Etching Techniques for Jewellery with Becky Dockree