My name is Cheryl Anderson and I’m a newcomer on the list. I am a
graphic designer interested in silversmithing, namely Navajo
Silversmithing. I love creating patterns and designs and I’ve been a
rockhound ever since I can remember. While all types of jewelry
appeal to me, I’m particularly drawn to Navajo silver jewelry. I
think the boldness and contrast of the stamped silver and stones is
what really hooked me. When I was younger, some of my fondest
memories were making seed bead necklaces with my father and bead
looming bracelets, imitating Native American patterns and designs.
My father was a painter and was particularly drawn to Southwestern
dress and life and Native American patterns, incorporating them in
several paintings that he sold.
I’m hoping that I can glean some additional on setting
up a small starter studio and what basic tools would be needed for
this type of work. I have Jewelry Fundamentals of Metalsmithing by
Tim McCreight and The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-Making Techniques by
Jinks McGrath and both have been quite informative and great reads. I
have a great, heavy and battered, yet sturdy old table that was given
to me a long time ago which seems suitable for jewelry work and I’ve
started building my library of resources and collecting cabochons and
beads. I’m really excited to get started with the basics to get a
good foundation and go from there. I’m just looking for a little
insight on going about getting started.
Thanks for the informative forums and tutorials. They’re very
helpful for those of us learning by trial and error.
Cheryl Anderson in MD