I guess one of the things I forgot to mention is a bit about my
I have done Elizabethan Costuming for 15 years now. I learned by
agreeing to have a dress done for a competition that was 2 weeks
away. The problem was, I didn't even own a machine or know how to
thread one. The result, my dress won.
I have always prided myself on pushing hard. Ask my apprentice, she
sometimes hates me! I try it, and when i mess up, I take it apart or
start over and try again, until it is perfect.
I have started in jewelry now. I have a design drawn up for a girdle
book that has no soldering or enamel on it at all. It is basic and
testing the construction design of the piece. I just know that to go
to the next design I have planned is going to require soldering at
the bare minimum. Hence, I need to learn that. I know how to set the
cabochons. Now it is up to learning the enameling piece. I COULD do
it with alot of "other" techniques, but that is going to look cheap
and that is not what I am going for. I refuse to epoxy and rubber
cement the whole thing together.
I am looking for classes here, but can't seem to find anything that
is practical for me. They want to teach me how to arc weld.... Not
what I need...
And as far as jewelry classes here,, I found alot on hemp
jewelry.... Again, not what I need...
So, for now it is trial and error method. But as that has always
worked for me in the past, hopefully it will continue to do so in
For those of you who sent me references to books and such, please
know that I have several of them on order now.. and thank you!!!!!!!
As the project progresses, I will be posting a project diary on my
site (when I finish developing it)...
I think I have way too many projects started! (lol)