Recently, I have been interested in applying for the JA Masters
Test. I’m sure these questions are old ground for many but, I
wasn’t aware until a couple of years ago that such a test existed.
I’ve been mulling over the idea of taking the test but time is
always of the essence. Frankly, I work my kahonies (or kahonettes
if you prefer) off and making these pieces for nothing have always
kind of chapped-my-cheeks. And, paying for the privilege kind of
works across my grain. However, I do see the need for an industry
standard and something other than a self-accreditation. I can’t
tell you the number of self-styled or company certified “Master
Jewelers” who think casting is something performed exclusively in
Hollywood. (Man, that felt good:-)
To my point: In the literature I see that JA requires one to
fabricate a dome box with a flat set cross on top. In over 25 years
of making jewelry no one has ever asked me to make a box.
I’m thinking of making a prototype in silver but, I’m faced with a
couple of problems. One, I don’t really work in silver. Oh sure,
occasionally some fixey thing. Two, I’ve never made a box.
So, brothers and sisters of the bench, how do you make a stinking
box with a dome top. I can flat set and have built many catch and
hinge systems through the years, but, again, no box.
Books, references, web sites, whatever.
Not too proud to beg!