Exploring Africa Through Jewellery by L13

Hello, I am L13.  I am Claire’s quieter and somewhat more creative twin.  Over the past year I have become very interested in home-made jewellery, so much so that Mummy decided to incorporate jewellery making into my school.  Together we came up with a project based on African jewellery.  I have always LOVED African jewellery, so I was very excited.  Deciding on what my project would entail took a bit of work, but we finally came up with enough ideas to not only excite me greatly but also to keep me very busy 🙂  This post is about all my plans including what I am hoping to achieve during the duration of this project.

Research the History of African Jewellery 

In the only writing part of my project, I hope to learn not just the history, but also the regional differences and any nuances and/or meaning behind the jewellery (for example ceremonial jewellery).  I will write up my findings in report form and this will form the basis of my presentation.

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African Jewellery Party

Having attended a Pampered Chef Party with Mummy a few years ago, we thought it would be a great idea for me to hold an African Jewellery Party.  In case you do not know what these type of parties are like, I shall explain.  Parties of this kind are a way for an individual or company to introduce guests to their products, and hopefully sell some to them.  In this case, I will introduce the African jewellery to my guests with the goal of informing them about African jewellery in general and selling my own home-made examples.

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My party will include the following elements:

  • A Display of my African Jewellery

I will create a beautiful and hopefully eye-catching display of all the African jewellery I have made.  This display will entail a bust wearing a few of the pieces, plaster-cast hands which will display my home made rings and bracelets, as well as a few display boxes.  I will also have an extensive supply of the jewellery already packaged on display, in addition to some business cards.

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  • Presentation

The display (as described above) will also contain some information boards, based on my report, and will include some pictoral examples of actual African Jewellery.  I will present both my report and my jewellery in this presentation.  I will be talking specifically about tribal jewellery, symbolic jewellery in addition to exploring the methods used to make the jewellery.

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  • Demonstration

I will be demonstrating how to make one or two pieces of simple African Jewellery.  I hope to show you not only how the African people create the jewellery they wear, but also the skills I have learnt in the past few months.

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My Personal Objectives

Apart from gaining a knowledge about African Jewellery, I hope to learn new skills in jewellery making, in particular paper bead making and fabric wrapping.  I also own a small business making and selling hand-made jewellery and I am looking forward to introducing it to my guests 🙂

11 comments

    1. Squid, I just tried to comment on your blog but couldn’t see how to do it anymore. I LOVE your photos in your sidebar – you are such a gifted photographer (that is the message I would have left 🙂 )

      1. Aww, thanks! Hm… If you’re in the web version, then under any post should be a postcard-looking thing that is the comment area. A couple of my pages don’t have that though, and I trying to fix it. 🙂 If you are on a mobile device, you’ll have to scroll through all of the “sidebar” stuff to get to the bottom of the page where the comment postcard is. 🙂 Thank you though! God has really blessed me with some adorable owls to shoot and the camera to shoot them with! 🙂

  1. Hello, L. What a lovely post you have written. Your jewelry is beautiful. I wish we lived closer because I have a couple of girls who would love to attend your party and buy some of your lovely pieces. You have set out very specific goals and it sounds like you will be learning a lot about the African culture along the way. I am sure your presentation will be very informative and interesting. Best wishes on your party. I will be looking for your follow-up post so we can all see how well you did.
    P.S. I know you appreciate your mummy who is so supportive of your projects. She is FANTASTIC! (Shhhh. Don’t tell her. I wouldn’t want it to go to her head!;))

  2. It is so nice to meet the creative mind and artist behind some of the photos on here. I love how you are so knowledgeable of your products and the history of where it came from. Great job on the pieces I can see that quality is very important to you. Thank you for sharing, I hope your party goes well. Do you have an online store yet? I would love to see it. 🙂

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