JEWELLERY MAKING GROUP USES TECHNIQUE DATING BACK TO ANCIENT EGYPT

Crewkerne & District U3A jewellery making group uses a technique believed to date back to ancient Egypt. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings made using silver-plated copper wire are crafted under the expert guidance of group leader Tina Mortimer. Tina has been making wirework jewellery for more than 10 years. She was happy to supply the tools when the group began about four months ago, but now that members have become more adept at the craft, they are acquiring their own equipment.

Tina Mortimer said: “The jewellery is for our own personal use and for family and friends. The items make lovely gifts because they are individually made. It can take up to five hours to make a necklace but it is rewarding and therapeutic working out the colours to use and devising new patterns.”

The wirework jewellery is a fraction of the cost of other types and provides the dazzle factor. From time to time, Tina also runs jewellery making classes at Careford Lodge in Merriott. The U3A’s jewellery making group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please email tinamortimer5@outlook.com

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