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How to run a Workshop

Posted on 30th June 2020


Issue number Five of my Newsletter will be all about how I design, organise, run my Workshops and tips on how you can start by having some friends round and getting creative with my laser cut jewellery pieces.

It might seem like a steep learning curve if you have never done anything like this before, but I can tell you that everyone arrives wanting to enjoy themselves and will be creative folk like us. People arrive and you get the nice job of introducing people to each other and everyone will love the look of the table set up with all your acrylics. I am working on my Members Workshop in a Box where everything is provided for you. All acrylics, instructions, chain, clasps, gift bags... and even a video where I show how to make your piece.

All you need to provide is a table and chairs and you're away! You can pop on a 'Divas' YouTube playlist from your phone or laptop for some background sounds... some slices of Angel Cake (or is that just me?). More details and tips are in this week's Newsletter.





MEMBERS GIVEAWAY: ‘Lucky Dip Box’

Posted on 30th June 2020


Hi Gang... I spent a nice long Sunday afternoon preparing ten ‘Lucky Dip' Boxes of laser cut sample pieces. They can be attached to a Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings… it’s up to you! Only ten Boxes are available. Here’s how you can get your hands on one:

1. Tell three (or more if you'd like to) friends (UK only) about Colour Function - they can be Facebook Friends or 'IRL' people you think would be interested in receiving my free weekly Newsletters.
2. Then, email me with your postal address.
3. That’s it! You’ll receive your Lucky Dip Box in the post.

You don’t have to tell me who the three friends are, I trust you! :) The first ten emails from Members that I get will get one Lucky Dip Box each. I’ll let you know when I reach ten or I might make up some more Boxes as more emails come in.





Chain Gang

Posted on 4th June 2020


Chunky chain = chunky charms? Thin chain = little ditty charms? Not necessarily… When you have your charms in your hand make sure you have a selection of chain sizes to hand - it change the look of the whole piece. In one of me free Newsletters I’ll list where I buy my chains, and my fave ones that I use most of the time.






The Glues I Use

Posted on 4th June 2020


OK I’m gonna get nerdy with …Glues! I have a variety of glues that I use for specific tasks. 1: E6000. I use this glue to glue layers of acrylic together. 2: Transparent Adhesive. I use this this to stick rhinestones to the surface. 3: Two-part Epoxy Resin. Because this is much cheaper than E6000, I use this glue for bulkier items like jewellery boxes. 4: Hard as Nails. This is great for sticking layers of plywood together. It's very strong and doesn't need to be transparent. 5: PVA. A very thin layer of this can be used to stick fabric to plywood. 6: Crystal Clear Resin. I use a very thin layer of this before I sprinkle glitter onto the surface of acrylic or plywood.





5mm or 3mm?

Posted on 24th May 2020


Chunky chain = chunky charms? Thin chain = little ditty charms? Not necessarily… When you have your charms in your hand make sure you have a selection of chain sizes to hand - it change the look of the whole piece. In one of me free Newsletters I’ll list where I buy my chains, and my fave ones that I use most of the time.





From your computer to 'real life!'

Posted on 24th May 2020


I still find it amazing that a computer drawing can be transformed into a 'real life' piece of jewellery. One minute its a square piece of acrylic, the next its a pleasing shape, with movement, nestling among other colours as a piece of unique jewellery that no-one else owns.

I'll be starting off using the lips as a basic shape for you to learn how to use Illustrator.





Cupcakes and Jump Rings

Posted on 22nd May 2020


It's so satisfying when one of my Workshops is under way and everyone's engrossed in choosing their pieces and making their own unique piece of jewellery. Background music playing Angie Stone, networking, creating something new and taking it home in a gift box.

Yes, there might be the odd cupcake being nibbled, and mobile numbers swapped. Here's to the next one!





Make a Statement

Posted on 18th May 2020


I'll be sharing how to create something 'statement-y'. Start with a pen and paper and draw some simple shapes, make sure each shape is enclosed with no open ends. Then cut them out and push jump rings through to make a rough mock-up. I go into more detail about how you can create your own designs in my weekly Newsletter. Sign up by sending me an email at: hello@colourfunction.com

This is my Love Bird Necklace, it has eight colours including mirror blue and mirror green. I'm experimenting with colour-blocking - trying out the design in one colour only which will give your design a completely different effect. (And you don't have to buy so many different colours!)





It's me!

Posted on 5th May 2020


I was born and live in North London and have been designing and making laser cut jewellery for over five years. Acrylic (Perspex) is a great material to work with - it doesn't slide around while you work with it (unlike fabric!) and it's really versatile.

I work from my Home Studio using Illustrator surrounded by Vogue magazines, my drum kit and of course stacks of coloured acrylic and sketch books.















I've loved running laser cut acrylic jewellery Workshops for these companies:







© Elizabeth Joseph