Yea, if you can get a word in edgewise. We just had about eight or
ten (didn’t get an exact count, they move really fast) in our shop
for just that reason. I thought it would be about an hour
conversation, show them how to do some simple soldering, maybe size a
ring, or set a stone, and send them back to their wigwam.
Don’t underestimate the Girl Scouts, they are some smart cookies.
These kids show up with a list of questions about the entire business
process. Who sends us orders? How do we know how to do the work?
Where do we get our material? They saw rough stones on one bench,
more questions. They saw waxes in the process, more questions. Spools
of wire, sheet stock, rolling mil, rubber molds, steamer, plating
machine, ultrasonic, kilns, etc, etc, etc, questions, questions,
questions. These weren’t just kids rattling their mouths, they were
even taking notes. By the time the scout leader dragged them out the
door they had me showing them how to do plique a jour dragonfly
Exhausting to say the least. I don’t see how teachers and parents
keep from all being alcoholics, it took me three pints of stout just
to calm down after the ordeal, and then a couple more just to make
sure I didn’t have a relapse!
All in all it really it was a very present experience, and I would
highly recommend it to anyone with the time. (I was just in the mood
to rant). We even let them design their own troop ring, ( a little
rose with a birth stone in the center) and let them see all the
fabricated parts before casting each girl her own ring in silver as a
Christopher Arnett (ex Boy Scout)