with possible insurance problems, many places don’t like torches. Try
intricate piercing, or hammer texturing - the noise will get their
It depends on what you normally do in your work apart from
soldering. Riveting, bezel setting stones on prepared pieces, forming
up a ring on a mandrel, doming block & punches.
People like being able to handle the tools as well, particularly
small, pretty, old or strange-looking ones - I have an attractive
chasing hammer that is beautifully weighted, always popular, and some
We have a wonderful show in Oxfordshire every July, called Art in
Action, where artists set up a form of their workshop in marquees -
everything from glass-blowing, woodwork, metalwork, textiles, to
painting & sculpture.
I was fortunate to be invited to demonstrate three years running,
and the public were very interested in all aspects of the process.
Mind you, enamelling in a field with all the dust was challenging!
Sales were very high, and it seems that once people understand the
time & skills involved in making the work, they are prepared to pay
the price asked.
Hope your demonstration increases your sales.