Hello Judy and all others aswell,
I disagree with your statement about starting with the best. If one
needs to buy the best equipment and tools to start in the jewelry
tread, he will very soon realize that this he should start learn how
to paint or do some quilting. With all respect to the people who
paint or quilt!
I started with very little and used tools. A large majority of the
tools was made by myself like a polishing machine tumbler and other.
I’ve learned how to deal with the “unproffesional” stuf and know
what I can with it. As I learned from mistakes and correction, I’ve
bought better tools in order of more fancy and good looking. However,
I still work with my old ones and frankly enough they still give me
the finish I want.
It’s all -as far as I think- a matter of howmuch effort you want to
spend in learning it. The love you find in working with metals.
Howmuch fun you have dealing with this craft. I still have some
"first made pieces" and believe me it’s not worth it looking at it
laugh. But the point is, I’ve learned, I accomplished something,
I’m much much better as I was bevor. This is not achieved by better
tools but by being open mindet, focused on getting better and learn
from others as I still do today.
I agree however on playing instruments because sound can not be
better than the instrument itself. You go for the sounds and a good
instrument will sound much better then other cheaper ones. A
proffesional musician will not perform better with a cheap guitar
but a layman will not play better with an expensive one nor learn
I’m not using the expression that you can start of with a rusty file
and a hecksaw but don’t go to expensive if you learning working with
jewelry. After a while, you will find your way and your skills will
develop in the way you work. Change what have to be changed but
remember how you got there and the tools, well the tools are helping
you getting there but YOU need to make it happen, not the tools!
I’ve seen people soldering with a blow pipe and freehand. This guy
was awsome!!! I’ve looked to his jewelry and I’m still amazed what
he produced with this stupid copper pipe, his knowledge and
craftmanship !!! Ceck out the Maya culture, The phiramids, medevial
castels and much much more. Accomplished with very basic tools and in
a way which we not can with the their tools.
If you’re really out there to learn making jewelry then nothing can
stop you and you will keep-on going untill you achieve what you have
in mind. If it doesn’t work out from the first time then you’ll give
it another try. You’ll harden yourself by doing and making mistakes.
As american people use to say “the sky is the limit”. Well it’s
wrong! Space is the limit and finances too.
With all respect to Judy, I’m sure you just picked a wrong example
to make your point.
Keep up the good work and enjoy.