Learning new techniques related to your expertise can help you keep your product lines fresh. Recently, Iliana Tosheva , a self-taught jewellery designer, had the chance to do just that by taking a new class from Mastered, the online hub for mastering design skills.
After creating a product line in polymer clay, Iliana began exploring new materials. “I started with polymer clay, then moved to natural clays and now I am in a process of making a transition from working in clays to working in metals. I already work in copper, sterling silver, fine silver and vitreous enamels and I am really inspired by the incredible versatility and possibilities my media offers!” To help her take the next step with her metal working, Iliana dove into cuttlebone casting with a master jeweller from the Holt Academy in London.
Cuttlebone casting is an ancient method of casting metal which starts by carving a design into cuttlebone. Nicholas Yiannarakis, the teacher of the Cuttlebone Casting Class, enjoys this method of jewellery making because it’s so accessible. “In the beginning of my career I had very little equipment and not a lot of metal to work with. Recycling offcuts of metal was something I used to do to try and save myself some money. Cuttlebone casting was a economical and efficient method that allowed me to use my scrap metal in a creative way.”
Iliana got to learn from Nicholas one to one, and Mastered recorded it all for you to follow along with. “The experience I had will hugely affect my product line. As a result of my participation in the course, I am considering a new product line based on the cuttlefish bone casting technique I was introduced to during the course. It is a really low cost way of casting jewellery – perfect for those who would love to work from home and particularly for those new and self taught jewellery designers who are interested in creating organic texture and shape in a piece of jewellery.”
If you are interested in attending this cuttlebone class online to expand your jewellery making skills, Mastered is offering a discount on the class price in January as well as running a competition for the first 500 people who sign up for this or any course with Mastered. These will be the ‘Mastered Founding 500’.
All 500 will get:
- Their photo and a link to their shop/blog/social media site of their choice on our site.
- A badge to include on their own site.
- An exclusive 30% discount to use on their next purchase.
- Promotion across our blog and our social media
What’s more, one lucky person from the 500 will be picked at random to win a designer-maker kick starter package. They’re in with the chance of winning:
- A personal masterclass with the teacher of their choice
- A personal business overview to review their site/pricing/marketing strategy and anything else they need to know to make real money from their creative talents.
- £250 to spend on supplies/marketing.
Sign up with Mastered now to learn how to cast metal jewellery with cuttlebone.