I am really sorry that I haven’t posted anything for over a week but so much has been going on here I have barely had time to draw breath.
At the beginning of the year I decided to find out a bit about becoming self employed to see whether it was something I could do with Solunar Silver Studio. I made enquiries at the local council and discovered that they have an ‘Enterprise’ initiative going at the moment and I was assigned a ‘Business Advisor’ to have a look at what sort of business I was proposing and whether it would be a viable proposition. He has been a great help over the past few months – not only in helping me to develop a Business Plan and Cash Flow projections but in simply saying “I think you have the makings of a nice little business here”…WOW – was that a boost to my confidence!!
Anyway – he has helped me to submit an application for a start up grant, and although it is not for a huge amount, it would make a big difference to me. So I am awaiting the results of that now. Whether I get the grant or not, I plan to start Solunar Silver Studio officially on 1st June 2009.
To that end I decided to use up the stock of fine silver wire and precious metal clay that I already have in making findings that I can use in my jewellery in June – thus giving me a bit of a head start. So I was just about to start annealing wire and winding jumprings when I get a panicked request for a birthday cake required in 10 hours!!…that is from request to delivery, and I didn’t even have the ingredients in the house!! Now my madeira cakes take in the region of 1 1/2 to 2 hours to cook – and at least 3 – 4 hours to cool down enough to decorate. Adding the shopping time to that left me with less than an hour to slap on some form of decoration! Fortunately there had been no request for any specific decoration – in fact they had said just cover it with white icing and leave it at that, but my personal pride would not allow me to go quite that minimal so I quickly coloured the offcuts from the white sugarpaste icing red, yellow and blue and using a set of geometric shaped ‘canape’ cutters (dating back to the 70s!) I stamped out a hand full of shapes for each colour and stuck them on the cake at random. Total sugarpaste icing time 15 minutes! And – surprisingly – it didn’t look too bad at all!! Very bright and cheery and sort of … well … nondescript – but definitely partyish! Anyway – it went down well, or so I am told!
So, I am back to the jumprings now.
I have also spent a bit of time over the last week making my workshop ‘Studio’ into a rather more hospitable place since I am going to be spending a large chunk of my day working out there in future. I have added a layer of wool insulation to the interior of the walls and roof and covered that with hardboard which I have painted a bright sunshine yellow to help to brighten up the space both physically and psychologically…with the morning sun shining through the window and reflecting off the walls it really is a lovely little place to work! It has been physically demanding though and there have been times – particularly when trying to secure sheets of hardboard above my head with no one to help me – that I have literally seen spots before my eyes!
Although I have to share my 5 foot by 7 foot Studio space with the freezer and the gardening and Do-It-Yourself equipment I have built in plenty of shelves and drawer space and I have thick carpet tiles, a chair, ‘arty’ photos that I have taken on the walls, and a radio tuned to Classic FM to help me focus – what luxury!!….Oh! … and of course, my kiln(s) and ‘hearth’ and the rest of my ‘kit’! So I am sure I will have no problem working out there during the better weather months, but as I learned at the beginning of the year – the winter is a different matter! It is still a L O N G way off though!
I hope I haven’t lost all my condron.us visitors by not posting for so long….please come back….I promise I will post more often!!