Alan Rvere produced a video on making a box, but it doesn't have a
dome. Still, it's a good resource. I wish I had viewed it prior to
my taking the test if for no other reason than to reference tools
that would've helped save time. Since the test is timed,
specialized tools are quite helpful.
It's a really good idea to get some experience with sterling. The
same advice is pertainant to those with little experience in working
with platinum or wax. The test is designed to put those who have
broad knowledge, but perhaps not so deep, and those with very well
developed skill in fewer areas on a more equal footing. Therefore,
if you have 8 hours to make one project yet your familiarity with
that material allows you to get it done in 6 hours, you can use the
extra time on a project that you are less familiar with.
The silver box, in my opinion is the more challenging, precisely
because it's not your average job. But these jobs do come up from
time to time. At least with the certification, you can spend some
time preparing. The real challenge is figuring out how to make an
18 karat cigar holder when a client casually brings the job by and
says they need 2 of them made in 3 weeks!
JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler since 1997