This personalized soundwave necklace was commissioned by a young man as a gift for his girlfriend. He put a lot of thought into the design and wanted it to be just right for her. We created a truly one of kind piece of custom jewellery for her to treasure. In addition to his personal sound wave he wanted to include her birthstone stone set in the bail of the necklace. This work in progress picture shows you a quick glimpse of how its made.
“Here I am soldering a custom bail so I can include the stone setting. The trick here is to solder the bail to the stone setting without soldering it to the pendant itself. I want the bail to be free to give the whole piece movement. To achieve this I am using yellow ochre, a pigment which protects the soldering from flowing where you do not want it to go.
Solder will only flow if a surface is clean. The yellow ochre ‘dirties up’ the area where you do not want the solder to flow. Sometimes the yellow ochre runs right into the joint you are trying to solder. It can be a challenge but with proper application the stuff really works!”
Working at the bench!
While it may look like my pinky finger is ready to casually hold a tea biscuit, in reality it is helping to keep my hand steady. Filing metal requires pressure. It is not soft and malleable like clay, you need to put some strength behind it. As I am pushing the file into this ring I am also pushing my hand against the bench pin. This helps to stabilize the ring so I can out some pressure on it and file away. My little finger is up in the air to help with the balance of the whole procedure.
Every action requires balance.
Creating using our hands reminds us of the importance of process. As we advance through the process of anything we see improvement. We learn techniques to make things more efficient and more precise. We refine our process by discovering ways to create balance.
Balance is what allows is to stand on one foot effortlessly. It is why sports professionals, musicians, artists and teachers make things look easy. It is balance that is the key to achieving excellence. To create balance in a part of your life you feel it is missing mindfully focus on your process and strive for excellence.
Language and voice work closely with the laws of manifestation.
Energy follows thought.
Thoughts are given life through vocalization.
Your voice creates a vibration which gives energy a direction in which to manifest.
Our future is being shaped by the vibrations of our thoughts and words!
It’s the first week of September which means back to school for our youth. The Royal Conservatory of Music has written this very informative article about the benefits of music education. Â The article is focused on children and their development, however as adults we can also benefit from taking music classes or being involved Â in a musical environment.
My favourite quote of the article is: “Music is inherently emotional, and musical memories are among the most visceral and vivid. Consequently, musicians must learn how to connect with people on an emotional level.”
The article goes on to say that even jamming with friends can create an environment of sharing, co-operation and collaboration. Â As our adults life become more busy and stress over takes our thoughts we can become more focused on our own lives and issues and less able to commiserate and share in others lives. Â This create a very insular environment and can lead to a self-centred attitude towards life.
Part of the article focuses on the long term health benefits of music education. Music education can offer improved cognitive function, help in recovery of an illness and can even compensate for hearing loss in older adults. Seniors with music training are able to differentiate between sounds in a noisy environment allowing them to carry on a conversation even with their hearing loss.
So next time your with a group of friends pick up some spoons and belt out your favourite old time sing-a-long song!
Read the full article here: Â https://www.rcmusic.ca/sites/default/files/files/RCM_MusicEducationBenefits.pdf
If you’d like to take your music education to the next level here are some resources in Toronto you might want to look into: