Metal Stamped Jewelry Resource Website in Manila: Haponesang Sunog

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Haponesang Sunog or losely translated as the Sunburned Japanese Girl is a cute, generous, informative site.

This website has great information.

I was sucked into it when I was browsing Manila jewelry craft sites and one click led to another. It talks bout how to make circle blanks and rectangular blanks or where to buy them if you don’t want to make. It talks about metal stamp suppliers and her preparation for the metal stamping workshops that she was offering.

What I found interesting were a few pointers:

  1. The mention of a bracelet bending bar. A bracelet mandrel is used in metal forming which I’ve actually never used but which my teacher mentioned a long time ago.
  2. The advice to use a 16 oz or 1 pound hammer as lighter hammers wouldn’t impress on the metal as well.
  3. The recommendation to use 18, 20 or 24 gauge for aluminum and thicker for brass.
  4. The list of metal blank suppliers is also pretty, if you aren’t into making your own.
  5. The use of a paper cutter for rectangular blanks. I wouldn’t have thought it could take metal, so I’m surprised that such a low cost and easy hack works.

Some of this information is new to me while some of it are things that I practice myself. I’d add CKK Tools and Supplies as another really good supplier for jewelery makers because they have some serious stuff – roller mills, fantastic files, and drills. They’re expensive but they are the only carriers of jewelry supplies that I know. There may be others in Bulacan but I’ve never been so I can’t say.

In addition, the information is organized well and the writing is clear, which makes it a joy to read. I even stopped by her Etsy store, which I have not done for other sites.

In any case, it’s good to see another good resource for craft jewelry makers in Manila, and it’s nice to see information being shared.

 

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4 Soap Making Classes in Manila 2017

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Making soap is easy and surprisingly fun.

There are tons of online guides and great books on it, and when I started I read tons of stuff to make sure that I was doing it right and to counter check with other sources since I noticed some inconsistencies. In fact, my own comprehensive guide on soap making developed from my notes.

Still, sometimes it is pretty comforting to have someone sit down with you and go through it step by step. People get especially nervous around lye and have several concerns handling it for the first time.

There are classes everywhere for aspiring cold process soap makers, no matter where you are based in Metro Manila.

Makati

Craft Manila is located in the Pamana Building on Pasong Tamo in Makati. They’ve tons of classes, which run the gamut from book binding to jewelry making.

Their soapmaking class is taught by the proprietor of Simoy ng Harana, an online shop of scents that have been featured on Real Living (the best interior design website in the Philippines), and is Php 5,500 with a maximum of 8 participants.

While the most expensive of the classes I’ve found, it’s got a great track record and is centrally located, so you pay for convenience and expertise. They’ve partnered with Rockwell Malls and other well known companies to teach workshops on just about anything so these guys are pretty legit.

I find them really responsive on email while usually other businesses are more comfortable on cell or private messaging.

Email: hello@craftmnl.com.

Quezon City

Negoskwela has a plethora of courses for people who want to turn their crafts into a hobby, and I wish they were located somewhere easier to get to. People who are crafty who’d love to develop their talents but have got work might have a hard time getting here.

They’re located in CMLI Bldg. North Ave. Cor Agham Rd Diliman Quezon City and their day long soap making course is Php 2,800. I like their thrust of empowering people through entrepreneurship.

Email: info@negoskwela.ph
Landline: 924-5111 and 208-7211 to 13
Sun: 09253685306| 09253685307 | 09253685308
Smart: 09088124223
Globe: 09175118019 | 09175117925

Malabon

We’re getting further and further afield here. The Organic Artisan Lab runs Manila Soap Making, Cosmetic and Body Care Workshop on Facebook and are one of the most active presences on the web.

Their soaps look absolutely delicious, and they’re at 04 Asogue St, Tugatog, Malabon City. Their website and video tutorials are on the web, if you’d like to check them out. 

Email: theorganicartisanlab@gmail.com
Sun: 0922-814-1867

Muntinlupa

Soap Central is also pretty active on Facebook, and is at the LaRychean Building at 176 Tunasan Road in Muntinlupa. If you’re from the South, this is the prefect place to start. I think they are a great resource, and they are open every day till 6pm.

If you are thinking about taking the class in 2018, they’ve got you covered: they’ve already released the schedule for the year. They have classes on formulations for Php 2,500 and hands on cold process soap making for Php 4,500. they’ve got a free soap mold for those that sign up a month early, so sign up early! 🙂

Landline: 519-6974
Sun: 0932-880-5668
Smart: 0999-882-9080
Globe: 0917-519-9830

Jewelry Studio Rental in Manila

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Turquoise and silver rings by Mauro Cateb CC BY-SA 3.0

 

There were no silver smithing studios or classes in Metro Manila when I first started looking in 2014.

So I’m grateful – really I am – that when I started looking again, I actually found a silver smithing class in Metro Manila.

There is now one option for us desperate, passionate silversmiths instead of none, although of course the hours long drive to get to Soul Flower’s does kind of drive you nuts by the time you get there.

The only metal working class in Metro Manila is tucked into a 18 square meter room on Malingap Street in Diliman’s Teacher’s Village and is run by Soul Flower, a partnership between 2 friends.

They offer beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for silversmithing as well as other craft classes.

I’m excited.

I’ve trained as a metalsmith for a year aborad, and I do so love the work. I haven’t had a chance to get back to it since I’ve been preoccupied with other things, and have only lately started picking it up.

Will let you know how it goes.

🙂

 

Studio 925

Unit 2h, No. 22 Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: Mon – Sun / 11AM – 6PM

Email: hello@studio925.ph

Landline: +63 977 805 28 06