At 11:49 AM 12/6/96 -1000, you wrote:
Aloha to Orchid members:
My name is Jan Fouts. I'm a rockhound, a beginning silversmith, and am
also a faculty member at one of our community colleges. I've taken four
jewelry courses through the community colleges, with lost wax casting
really peaking my interest. I usually just lurk on my listservs,
absorbing lots of interesting but I must say that in the 3
days I have been subscribed to Orchid, I've learned a lot already.
I, like many others, are sometimes hesitant to pipe up and ask questions
of such a prestigious group for fear of being told to "read the
literature" or being flammed as stupid. Even my jewelry instructor
couldn't answer some of my questions and just left me to experiment by
Just like being a member of one big, happy family, I recognize some of
your members from other listservs I subscribe to, i.e. Artmetal, Jewelry,
Keep up the great dialog on the myriad of topics that you cover. I've
gotten in the habit of reading each and every email I receive even though
that means setting aside time to go through 100-150 a day.
Aloha to all. Jan
Believe me, there is a ton of great here; please don't hesitate
to ask any questions you may have. Everyone here has been terrific in
answering. No matter how "dumb" you may think the question is, chances are
there is someone else out there who wants to know, too! Some of the
techniques discussed here have arisen out of questions asked and the broad
spectrum of answers received. As you may have noticed, some things are
pretty standard but the variety of ways we apply them is incredible! Yeah,
some of us are from Artmetal and Jewelry as well as a few other newsgroups;
I ask my "stupid" questions there, too.
Come on in, the water's fine!
Original Designs and Period Jewelry