I am new to the jewelry crafts, and I have already learned much from
the archives and the current discussions here. In particular, the
mention of Viking Knitting in yesterday’s digest was of interest as I
am currently producing various sizes and styles of loop-in-loop
I would like to solicit recommendations from the members here as far
as what courses would be of benefit for a new goldsmith (avoiding the
term silversmith as it is usually associated with the manufacture of
large items, flatware, etc.). I work full-time in emergency medicine
and am looking at this as a hobby with the potential for added
income. Then again, my idea of a hobby also includes teaching
recreational scuba diving, which includes carrying liability
insurance and maintaining some expensive life support equipment.
In other words I am not adverse to spending some money on training
and decent equipment with which to work, it is just that as a
resident physician I am somewhere on the pay scale higher than a
technician but lower than a nurse. I am looking for courses that
would be condensed (2-3 days when I can fit it into my schedule), not
too expensive (~$500 or so), and that would potentially lead to the
ability to sit for the bench jeweler certification exam.
I would also like some reading recommendations (I have already read
"The Complete Metalsmith" and “Basic Jewelry Making Techniques” cover
to cover), and suggestions as far as how to approach a jeweler with a
request for part-time apprentice experience.
Thanks for your time!
Rudy Bescherer, Jr.