Was: Crumbling sterling whilst soldering?
Years ago, a friend told me that her mother warned her not to get her
ears pierced. “Proper, well-bred Ladies do not get their ears
pierced. Only Gypsies have pierced ears.” That explains why so many
older ladies do not have pierced ears, for they were warned off by
their mothers. Curiously enough, my main customer base is ladies in
their 50’s to 70’s. Apparently, they understand and appreciate the
larger-scale jewelry Imake. The 20somethings and 30’s somethings
prefer really tiny, dainty jewelry that does not make a statement.
Personally, it’s a little boring.
I normally don’t make clip or screwback earrings, but am happy to
convert my earrings to screwbacks upon client’s request. Same for
post earrings. I don’t do post earrings, but can convert my earrings
to post earrings with a few tweakings. Ear clips, please, they do not
make the grade. High quality screwbacks are the preferred choice. It
is tough to find high-quality, heavy or sturdy screwbacks, and so
far, Rio Grande seems to have them. I’ll have to check wth Stuller,
since I order from them 90% of the time.
After spending years doing repairs, I can tell my horror stories of
jewelry repairs. I burned out after several years, and had to go to
start my own business, but I still do repairs as needed, and give
the client agood education. It’s the teacher in me. I’ve had some
pretty bizarrerepairs. and the last one was a Vietman chalice, that
took a few monthsfor me to come to a way to repair the badly broken
(and unrepairable) base. I did get it stable and base together, but
it took a lot out of me.