Mother's Day Flash Sale!

Have you left your Mother’s Day present shopping to the last minute? Look no further! Handmade jewellery classes are on sale now with 10% off all one day and seven week classes.

Treat your Mum to a class where she will learn the basics of making jewellery by hand within the relaxed and social environment of my studio gallery, here in Glenelg South. Classes available include Make Your Own Earrings and Bezel Set Pendants as well as my seven week course, Handmade Jewellery for Beginners which has been postponed to start this Wednesday night (the 15th) at 6pm. There are still a couple of spots left for Wednesday nights if you missed the last cut off date.

To redeem your 10% discount, copy the code and book in now.

Super-Duper Discount Code: TreatsForMum

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Terms and Conditions:

Promotional code valid for use online or in store from 1pm 10/05/2019 to 1pm 11/05/2019 ACST

Valid for use on one day classes and seven week classes only.

Promotion excludes Gift Certificates and Private Tuition.

Term Two of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners Starts Next Week - Don't Miss Out!

My goodness, Term one has just flown by! We recently finished up with the first round of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners and had a lovely group of ladies come together each week to share their projects and stories. The class got off to a flying start with an introduction to the versatile art of ring making, a great beginners’ project. We then ran through some great techniques which helped students develop their own designs to finish with and everyone left with a very personalised piece of jewellery.

This term has also been jam packed with private classes which are a great opportunity for students to work with me, one on one, to take their jewellery skills to the next level. Two of my private students, Vesna and Lilly, have been working on their very own bezel set rings which introduced them to a wide range of useful skills while also leaving them with their very own custom-made ring at the end of the project.

The lovely Lilly Buttrose setting her first cabochon gemstone during our one on one class together.

The lovely Lilly Buttrose setting her first cabochon gemstone during our one on one class together.

Lilly’s beautiful finished silver ring.

Lilly’s beautiful finished silver ring.

Vesna’s gorgeous chrysoprase and brass ring all ready for setting.

Vesna’s gorgeous chrysoprase and brass ring all ready for setting.

If you are needing some time out for yourself and feel inspired to develop your sense of creativity, you have just over a week to sign up for the next round of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners. Running over seven weeks from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings, the class is a great place to start your jewellery making journey within the relaxed, social environment of my Studio Gallery in Glenelg South.

I have also just added some new dates for my one day classes, Make Your Own Earrings and Make a Bezel Set Pendant, as well as the term three dates for Handmade Jewellery for Beginners for your to mark in your calendars.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Claire Brooks Studio Gallery and look forward to seeing you next class!

Handmade Jewellery for Beginners Starts This Week - Sign Up Now!

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for my next class, Handmade Jewellery for Beginners, which starts this Wednesday, the 6th of February, from 6 – 9pm. Running over 7 weeks, the class will begin with the basics of jewellery making such as sawing, soldering, filing, texturing and hammering and will end with each student designing and making their very own wearable work of art. Don’t miss your chance to sign up to begin your creative journey.

My one day classes are also coming up very soon and are a great taster for those who want to see whether jewellery making is for them. Take some time our for yourself while hand making your own earrings or bezel set pendant within a relaxed and social environment.

Examples of the wonderful goodies you might like to create during my one day class,  Make Your Own Earrings .

Examples of the wonderful goodies you might like to create during my one day class, Make Your Own Earrings.

Make Your Own Earrings  will be running on Sunday the 17th of February, 2019, and will run you through all the basics that you need to know to make your very own pair of earrings. Image is courtesy of Sue and Judy who had their very own private ‘ Make Your Own Earrings ’ class in January.

Make Your Own Earrings will be running on Sunday the 17th of February, 2019, and will run you through all the basics that you need to know to make your very own pair of earrings. Image is courtesy of Sue and Judy who had their very own private ‘Make Your Own Earrings’ class in January.

Judy and Sue had never made jewellery before but were saw-piercing experts by the end of their class. They both left with a great new pair of earrings.

Judy and Sue had never made jewellery before but were saw-piercing experts by the end of their class. They both left with a great new pair of earrings.

During the class I will provide everything you need to make your own copper, brass or silver earrings.

During the class I will provide everything you need to make your own copper, brass or silver earrings.

A Bespoke Necklace for a Very Special Lady

Choosing to be a contemporary jeweller is certainly the road less travelled as far as career paths go. The journey is long, thoroughly rewarding and cannot be travelled alone. I am extremely lucky to have a great group of family and friends who have helped me along the way and if there’s one person who’s always had faith in my ability to turn my passion into a self-sustaining career, it is my lovely Mother.

Given our close relationship and shared passion for jewellery, Mum is usually the lucky recipient of my new prototypes or any pieces that never quite makes it to market for one reason or another. Though she is always very grateful, on the odd occasion I also like to take the time to make her a specially designed bespoke piece, and late last year I did just that.

Poor Mum has spent many hours being dragged along for yet another beach collecting expedition and as a result has become quite the fan of my Plastic Soup jewellery. Over the years she has developed an eagle eye for microplastics and at times gets more exciting than I do when she finds ‘a good one.’ It seemed only fitting that her next piece was to be a Plastic Soup necklace.

When constructing my Plastic Soup or Interlace Adornment, I always begin with a pile of sticks which I cut, file level and sand. I then create the tiny little boxes which will contain a precious collection of microplastics.

It all starts with a pile of silver sticks.

It all starts with a pile of silver sticks.

The box shapes are loosely based on the shapes of phytoplankton: the tiny organisms which sea creatures believe they are eating when in fact, they are ingesting microplastics. For mum’s piece, we decided on circular boxes and so I constructed a variety of sizes to suit the necklace.

To form the tiny windows of the boxes, I have sourced industry offcuts of thin acrylic which I use sparingly to minimise my contribution to the plastic problem. I hand cut the acrylic and then file it until it fits perfectly within the outer ring shape. I then create another, slightly smaller ring which sits within the large ring and forms a ledge for the acrylic to rest on to avoid crushing the tiny plastic fragments within.

Each box is originally made from flat sheet silver which I bend into a ring to form the circular shapes. To be able to solder the inner and outer ring together, one has to fit perfectly within the other.

Each box is originally made from flat sheet silver which I bend into a ring to form the circular shapes. To be able to solder the inner and outer ring together, one has to fit perfectly within the other.

The boxes fit just right and are ready to be soldered together.

The boxes fit just right and are ready to be soldered together.

Once all the components are ready, I bring them to the soldering bench. I first create a seaweed like structure to form the geometric foundation of the piece, then strategically position each box on the structure to give the illusion of the plastics being snagged within a seaweed tangle. As all of the Plastic Soup pieces are handmade and unique, they will sometimes come together perfectly and other times look a little unbalanced. At this point I will cut pieces off and reposition the components until I am satisfied with the composition.

The beginnings of an interlacing seaweed structure (and some earrings on the side).

The beginnings of an interlacing seaweed structure (and some earrings on the side).

Once the seaweed framework is constructed, I begin to play with a very sophisticated tacking substance (blutack) to experiment with the position of the boxes.

Once the seaweed framework is constructed, I begin to play with a very sophisticated tacking substance (blutack) to experiment with the position of the boxes.

Choosing where to hang the seaweed structure from can be a little tricky and it is always important to ensure that the piece hangs well when worn. Once I have decided on a suitable position, I attach the chain, check that all of my joins are well soldered and then construction is complete.

Now that the boxes are soldered in place and the pendant is well balanced on the chain, the piece is ready for filing and sanding.

Now that the boxes are soldered in place and the pendant is well balanced on the chain, the piece is ready for filing and sanding.

From there the most time consuming part of the process begins: clean-up. I file off any excess solder and scratches to the surface of the metal then sand the piece to remove the file marks. Any surface scratches will distract from the overall effect of the whole piece so I really take my time, spending days to ensure that the finish is consistent. This can be rather fiddly given the intricacy of the interlacing structure and so I have developed a range of tiny sanding tools to access those hard to reach places.

Once I am completely satisfied with the finish, I blacken the necklace and begin to choose the precious but deadly plastic collection to sit within the boxes: In this case, turquoise, blues and greens.

A freshly blackened seaweed structure ready for setting.

A freshly blackened seaweed structure ready for setting.

I then dust the piece and set the acrylic on the underside of the boxes. From there I carefully place the tiny collection of microplastics in their new home and close the lid. The protective tape is removed from the acrylic and the final piece is revealed.

The finished necklace all ready to wear. Photograph courtesy of  Bianca Hoffrichter .

The finished necklace all ready to wear. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

It was a little while in the making but Mum was thrilled when she received her bespoke Plastic Soup Necklace. The colours and length of the chain suited her perfectly and she ‘feels wonderful wearing the piece.’ It means so much to me to have her support and knowing how proud she feels when wearing my jewellery makes my day. Thanks Mum!

If you would like to commission a Plastic Soup piece of your very own, please contact me to make an appointment.

Merry Christmas and Thank You for a Great Year

Thank you all for making this such a great end to the year. With my crowd funding campaign done and dusted, I’ve spent the last two weeks madly working to finish everyone’s beautiful rewards as well as a few custom orders. I’m happy to report that everything is packed, posted or waiting to be collected.

A sea of Microscope Pendants, Rings and Earrings all ready to be set just in time for Christmas.

A sea of Microscope Pendants, Rings and Earrings all ready to be set just in time for Christmas.

Hundreds and Thousands of Hundreds and Thousands Earrings waiting to be packed.

Hundreds and Thousands of Hundreds and Thousands Earrings waiting to be packed.

Round one of the biggest week of packaging ever. Many hours and 64 hand written greeting cards later, my campaign duties are done and dusted.

Round one of the biggest week of packaging ever. Many hours and 64 hand written greeting cards later, my campaign duties are done and dusted.

I am going to be taking a well-earned break over Christmas but will be back by mid January refreshed and ready to go. Keep an eye out for all the exciting new things I have planned for 2018 including the opening of my new teaching space, a big online shop revamp and the official launch of my Interlace precious range amongst other things.

Thank you for your support during 2017 and wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

Only One Week to Go!

We are getting down to the pointy end of my crowd funding campaign. With only one week to go it’s so close that I can taste it! This week the campaign passed the 60% funded mark and sold out of large and small Microscope pendants which is absolutely amazing. Everyone has been so supportive and I am so grateful.

If you haven’t already donated, don’t miss your chance to treat yourself to some beautiful jewellery or sign up for my brand new jewellery classes. Your donation will go towards setting up a fantastic new teaching space and will help me to sustain myself by doing something that I am truly passionate about.

I still have some beautiful jewellery available through the  campaign . Don't miss your chance to be rewarded for helping me to set up a beautiful new teaching space.

I still have some beautiful jewellery available through the campaign. Don't miss your chance to be rewarded for helping me to set up a beautiful new teaching space.

Learn how to hand make your own jewellery by  signing up  for a class through my campaign page. Photograph courtesy of Perth Product Photography.

Learn how to hand make your own jewellery by signing up for a class through my campaign page. Photograph courtesy of Perth Product Photography.

If you can’t donate but would like to help get the word out about my campaign, please share the page with your friends and family. Just one share could really make the difference.

Woohoo! Metal Space @ Karma & Crow is over 50% Funded!

We’re just half way through my crowd funding campaign to start up a great new teaching space here at Karma & Crow Studio Collective and have just past the 50% funded mark which is fantastic news. I am absolutely overwhelmed by your support and so excited to get all of your beautiful rewards out to you. Please keep sharing the campaign with all of your friends, family to make sure that we keep the momentum up and get this fantastic space up and running.

Don’t forget that the campaign page is the place to go to sign up for exclusive pre-release entry to my new classes. I have four different class options available, a seven week ring making class, a one day earring class, a one day private party class (for you and five friends. Great for hens parties, significant Birthdays, team building or just because) and a one day private jewellery intensive.

When you sign up to my seven week Ring Making class you will learn everything you need to know about rings in a relaxed, social environment. A great introduction to jewellery making, this evening class runs for three hours per week and will take you right from the basics to designing and hand making your very own resolved piece.

When you sign up to my seven week Ring Making class you will learn everything you need to know about rings in a relaxed, social environment. A great introduction to jewellery making, this evening class runs for three hours per week and will take you right from the basics to designing and hand making your very own resolved piece.

Classes are suitable for beginners to those with more experience and are a wonderful opportunity to work with your hands in a social, friendly and welcoming environment. Once you have signed up, your class entry code is valid for a whole year so you can choose the class dates which suit you best. I will be launching an enrolment page from my website early next year and will let you know as soon as it’s online.

If you love my new Hundreds and Thousands range and would like to learn how to design and hand make your own earrings, sign up for my one day Earring Making class. Running for six hours on a weekend, this class is suitable for absolute beginners and everyone will leave with at least two pairs of finished earrings.

If you love my new Hundreds and Thousands range and would like to learn how to design and hand make your own earrings, sign up for my one day Earring Making class. Running for six hours on a weekend, this class is suitable for absolute beginners and everyone will leave with at least two pairs of finished earrings.

Sign up for a class and be one of the first to use our beautiful new teaching space at Karma & Crow. I can’t wait for you to become part of our creative community.

Introducing Hundreds and Thousands - New Earrings Just in Time for my Crowd Funding Campaign

This month I have been busily preparing to raise money for tools for my new jewellery classes here at Karma and Crow Studio Collective. Part of the deal with crowd funding is that I give you beautiful rewards in exchange for your generous donations. Coming up with a list of enticing rewards has been a great excuse to design something different and so today I introduce my new jewellery range, Hundreds and Thousands.


Naturally, I always manage to come up with the best ideas when I am in the middle of a huge project and have absolutely no time to work on it. Sure enough, this range of earrings was no different. The idea came to me at least three years ago and as much as I have tried to keep my focus and finish other projects before I jump into the next one, this idea just wouldn't stop nagging me. 

I started where any good piece of jewellery begins for me – in model form.

I started where any good piece of jewellery begins for me – in model form.

Following a similar geometric aesthetic to my Interlace adornment, Hundreds and Thousands are hand cut from a single sheet of copper and hung from matching sterling silver hooks. There are nine different shapes in the range and I am offering them in either duck egg blue or rustic blackened copper.

Each pair of earrings are hand cut from a single sheet of copper.

Each pair of earrings are hand cut from a single sheet of copper.

I designed a new hook to match the geometric shapes on the earrings

I designed a new hook to match the geometric shapes on the earrings

My new earrings: Only three years in the making! A small happy dance may have taken place when these were finally finished. 

My new earrings: Only three years in the making! A small happy dance may have taken place when these were finally finished. 

If you would like to snap up a pair of Hundreds and Thousands just in time for Christmas, keep an eye out for my Crowd Funding Campaign in November. I will be offering these as well as some beautiful new opal jewellery and exclusive pre-release jewellery classes in exchange for your donations.