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Introducing - Kimberly Coleman


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Kimberly Coleman
Pittsburgh, PA. USA

I am currently trying to learn all I can about making jewelry. I
have taken some short classes on metal fabricating and wire wrapping,
but I am going to be taking one on one lessons from a local
silversmith shortly. I have been trying to learn equipment - that
seems to be the most time-consuming thing. One thing at a time. I am
an attorney in my daytime life but would someday love to shuck the
law career and be a full-time jewelry designer and
fabricator.


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I am currently trying to learn all I can about making jewelry.  I
have taken some short classes on metal fabricating and wire
wrapping, but I am going to be taking one on one lessons from a
local silversmith shortly.  I have been trying to learn equipment
- that seems to be the most time-consuming thing.  One thing at a
time.  I am an attorney in my daytime life but would someday love
to shuck the law career and be a full-time jewelry designer and
fabricator.

kimberly, i would start carving ferris carving wax (three
harnesses) as soon as you have the time, it is easily done very well
with a dull steak knife, wood carving knife, etc., a dulled out
pairing knife is perfect, rub a sharpening stone up and down the
blade until it doesn’t cut your skin, dull to keep down beginner
cuts, besides cutting shapes you can smooth the surface just as
effectively by scraping with it, it is also good to practice and
experiment with a small chisel tool, cheap miniature wood chisels
are easily purchased, also wax tools, heated especially, are
another awesome way of manipulating wax to make some dramatic looking
artwork, you start out simple with this and you will get into it,
guaranteed, and you don’t have to be good in any particular way,
there is room for abstract as well as realistic, and then the
castings can then be further manipulated by cutting,
grinding/filing, hammering, soldering to incorporate into
fabrication work and it has you at another advantage because you can
add other carved materials to your pieces like woods, bone, shell,
oh yes and when you get a flex shaft and utilize that, you will have
another world at your disposal, and grinding gemstone as well to
come, wish i became a lawyer, dp