Hi again and thanks for your attention.
I’m 22, i don’t have any job, but i don’t spend a lot of money so that’s fine for now, i’m lucky enough to have a family to support me. I do earn a bit of money selling jewelry, but that’s not much for now. Once i went to a market and earned about 200€, that was quite a lot for only 5 pieces of jewelry. The most expensive one (80€) was a wire-wrapped necklace with some chased brass plates, patinated with rokusho. Maybe that was too expensive. Maybe too cheap. I still don’t know much about the prices. The ones i’ve put on etsy are much more expensive than what i think they’re worth, but this time i listened to my friends and tried not to cut prices too much. I still think they’re too expensive, though. I know professionals dislike when “amateurs” cut their prices, so i did the contrary to avoid bothering anybody.
The time i spend on working is really different every day. I can spend entire nights or days working and experimenting, and the next day i won’t do anything but watch jewelry videos and read about blacksmithing, chemistry or whatever. There’s not a single day without jewelry in my mind. I do spend all my life into it, even if i’m not working a lot. I also spend lot of time making tools and repairing broken things from the garbage to save money
I still have to find some kind of rythm, that would help me. But working with constraints drives me mad, and i have trouble working on things people ask me or tell me to do.
Whenever i make something for free, it’s the best work i do. The jewelry i gave as gifts is the best i could ever make. That’s kinda strange, but i feel relieved of any stress when i’m doing something i know people will like for sure, because it’s a gift.
I don’t live in my family’s home.
For a while i was travelling with a backpack and a tent, within Spain and France, but then i met people living freely, in abandonned houses, recycling everything they could, from food to furniture. That got me into making jewelry. I learned a lot with these people, they were not jewelers but could repair almost everything with anything. Many of my tools were made in this period, we had lots of space, lots of raw material, and a common experience to share.
But that life was illegal, we had to move on to another house every 6 months or so. I was too tired to continue living like this, so i gave up, i’m now living with my girlfriend in an appartment. That’s small. Too small. We live, work and sleep in the same room we work both (her as an illustrator). That’s why i had to make a ventilation and filtering system.
We’re lucky enough to have a small balcony, so i can make the dangerous stuff outside, but we plan on moving away from the city as soon as we can.
All my workspace/storage is a tiny 2x3 meters space, but for now that’s fine, i can still keep working.
About the photos, i’m sending you my etsy webpage in a message. For now i have to take photos of what i made recently, because those are things i made last year. Then i’ll share the link in public. (I must admit i’m not proud enough of what i did last year, so i really need to put the recent things along with it before sharing. I should not have made that webpage so fast, because right now i’m paying to have them online. Not much, but still is something…)
I never did a punch with my initials, but i’m planning to make one with my logo sooner or later. I like the idea of stamping my work. Of course i’ll share the pictures
Never thought about the scrap yard, but that’s a wonderful idea ! They do forbid the selling of cupro-nickel jewelry here in France, though, but i already did a lot of nickel silver jewelry. Those will be molten and worked into other decorative objects someday, i guess… That was quite disapointing reading the law… Belt buckles might be allowed, though, as it’s not really considered as “jewelry”.
About scrap metal, there’s a lot of scrap copper, brass and bronze in the garbage here. I never bought copper or brass plates, as i can find a good weight of them out there.
Aluminium is even easier to find, but i don’t like it. I do use some to practice engraving ( = waste a lot of plates), but i prefer copper alloys.
Once again, many thanks for your attention, that is really helpful.