Oh boy… this thread takes me back . I became obsessed with “Indian” jewelry
as a young kid, living here in central NM, a hotbed of fine Native American silversmiths.
In the 1970’s everybody and their uncle was making jewelry , and I got on board fast, and I was good , like a child prodigy . However, I never got my solo act together until after I started making dies (1986) and sobered up (1988 ) , and I had gotten got burned out doing boring production work at a bench for someone else. Anyway , everybody has to start somewhere, and it’s never too late. I picked up a guitar again after 20 years of stupidity, at age 40 , 20 years ago . I used to be horrified when I was doing jewelry, because I read that Geminiis often change careers, and I wondered "WTF am I going to do instead of making jewelry ??? " . Then I got obsessed with pancake dies, and now it’s 30 years of that…twice as long as my jewelry career . Now it actually is too late to change
Anyway , I still make pieces for my wife once in a while. I’ve posted these on my blog page before; they’re from 3 or 4 years ago (I lose track of time easily these days ).
Keep at it, folks, you can only get better !
I don’t contribute much here, jewelry-wise , so bear with me telling the same old story and showing the same old stuff . I don’t exactly have a lot of material to work with .
Don’t get me started on dies , though , because I’ll chew your ears off