Just a note to say thank you for the invitation to those of us who
are a bit timid. I have posted from time to time but am mostly in
awe of the folks on Orchid who are so knowledgeable and so generous
with their time and expertise.
What have I learned from Orchid? That without people like Hanuman,
Ton and the people who run Orchid we would be so much less. A huge
thank you to them all.
That without the links to your wonderful sites I would not be able
to see so many beautiful pieces and know that there are so many
people who can do such beautiful work.
That those of you who are real jewelers also have problems from time
to time and need to figure things out, and yes…even admit to
That there are classes that could be attended if I am ever in the
position to do so. Dreams and hopes kept alive.
That when I run into a problem, there are people that could and
would help, even though they don’t know me.
That there are other Canadians out there who can and do create
That there is no shame is failing at one venture and having the
courage to try something else in a different direction. If you love
something keep going til it all falls into place.
That people have good advice and ideas on business and how to make
that process work. Not to mention the discovery that so many of you
do not like the sales or the dealing with customers aspect but learn
how to do it anyway. That is a big problem for me. Many thanks for
some informative reading on those subjects.
That there are new friends in the world…Hi Helen.
Most of my work is with polymer clay, with dreams of eventually
getting into the metal clays. Therefore, I work mainly in silver,
copper and brass, but I can make bezels, chains, do wire wrapping and
make my own findings. I am learning to do filagree, thanks to
Jeanne’s wonderful book “Silver Threads”. I cannot afford to work
with gems and the high end metals, but that may be because I love the
clay and its possibilities too much to give a proper try to the gems.
The clay is so forgiving and it’s pretty hard to make a mistake.
So…I’ve rambled enough… Just thank you all, many
times over, for the help, support and encouragement given to the
people you don’t even know you have touched.
Sheila… In cold and wet Ontario, Canada.