Nicola’s big quest to pass on her gem of a hobby

Nicola Gee, who runs jewellery making workshops
Nicola Gee, who runs jewellery making workshops
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If you enjoy making things and are looking for a new hobby, jewellery-making might be a gem of a find.

And grandma-of-three Nicola Gee is on a mission to pass on her skills.

Nicola, who lives in the Stanley Park area of Blackpool, has already been passing on her love of jewellery-making and will soon be running new classes for others to learn.

Nicola, who also works part-time at NST Travel Group in Blackpool, discovered her passion when she was at school – but it took her into later life before she decided to focus on it more.

She already runs regular jewellery-making workshops every Wednesday evening at In The Making craft shop, on Norbreck Road.

She has also run workshops for the Princes Trust, teaching young people.

And she will be running a course in September for six weeks at Palatine Library, on a Saturday morning.

Nicola said: “I teach the basics of jewellery-making, these courses can cost hundreds of pounds to study.

“But I am trying to make the course priced at a level which suits most pockets, so people can come again whenever they want.

“I charge £12 a session, and for this I provide everything – from tools to beads and wire to create their own unique piece of jewellery.

“This covers the cost for the new jewellery-maker to take home everything they make in that session.

“Some may go on to sell their jewellery and even create their own cottage industries.

“Who knows where they could take it from there? Cruise ships even employ jewellery-makers for holiday-makers to join in on their cruise.”

Nicola was inspired to start making jewellery at school after a teacher with experience in the field introduced it to her and other pupils.

She eventually went on to take evening classes and she has also studied crystal therapy, reiki and Indian head massage, before going on to complete a teaching qualification.

She said: “I got into jewellery-making at school.

“There was an after school club and one of the art teachers did silversmithing, so we did some jewellery-making.

“It was really good and I found it really interesting and after getting married and having children, I came back to it.

“Jewellery-making is now my passion and I just want to spread the word, I want to pass those skills I’ve learned on.

“I love seeing how much pleasure people get out of making their jewellery, seeing that finished project.

“Most of them are really interested in the mark-up – how much shops can charge for items of jewellery, compared to how cheaply they can make them themselves.

“It’s something which allows people to be creative, to make something they can keep, and it’s suitable for anyone of any age.”

Booking is essential for the workshops.

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