Those that attended the MWJA show last weekend were the smartest and
We had several great people there showing new products and teaching
Let me say, I am not a bench jeweler. But I have spent 1-1/2 years
training under a master bench jeweler and started and ran Rio's
production findings facility. So I have knowledge and the skills of
Blaine Lewis spent an entire day teaching everyone at the show some
of his techniques at the bench.
What he taught was not only extremely well thought out but he
explains everything so thoroughly everyone can understand it. At the
end of the day people were saying they were amazed at the simplicity
of what he was teaching and how they were now going to be able to do
more and make more with what he taught.
And at the end of the day I felt like originally I had been taught
the most difficult way to make jewelry. Now I am going to pull my
bench out and start working on the many pieces of jewelry I have had
just sitting there because from what I learned from Blaine Working
on jewelry is going to be fun.
In my opinion every one of you should go to his New Approach school.
Not only will you learn many important things but what he teaches
will save you time, frustration and will give you the ability to do
those jobs you fear doing. His techniques take the fear out of it
and by saving time they will increase your profits.
Ever have a fear of breaking or chipping a stone you are setting?
You'll learn how to set it without fear and know it won't ever come
out of the setting.
Ever had a soft stone to set that you can't polish the prongs or
clean them up after the stone is set because the stone is too soft?
You'll learn how to do this.
He goes into pave', invisible, channel setting and much more
including tools to use modifications and how the metal works.
Ever set a stone and place the setting on a shelf or in your display
case and have the stone become loose after a month or so because of
spring back in the metal? His setting technique will solve this
With what you learn from him you can easily make back the cost of
the course in just a week or less.
For those who have never taken a class or are planning on going to
school. I would say first go to New Approach then after you have
completed all of the classes if you want to throw your money away go
to your other school.
Not that you won't learn at any other school but from what I know of
other schools you would not be as well equipped to make jewelry and
earn a living from that education.
One local jeweler sends all of his bench jewelers to New Approach
and when they come back they are so much better jewelers than those
who have not gone.
I don't get anything for this endorsement. I believe anyone that is
willing to share their knowledge and expertise to others should be
Blaine is going to change this industry. Within several years
thousands of jewelers are going to learn from him and will be doing
more and making more because of what they learned from him. Those
that don't go to New Approach will be left behind.
You have to spend money to make money. This is an investment. If you
are able to do the same amount of jewelry in 2/3 the time of what
you are spending now, what could you do with that extra time? Spend
it with your family maybe or make more jewelry or maybe pick up a
You will improve your life by attending the school. What would you
pay to improve your life?