Try to have several different projects going all the time, and do
This is what I do now. When younger I would do “production runs” of
the same piece. Now that just hurts. So if I need to make 5 of the
same ring now I make one at a time and as I have different
workstations for various tasks, keeps me moving around the workshop.
To make a reticulated ring:
I cut the shank
Take to soldering station and reticulate quench
Go back to bench and file.
Go to ring bender and round up. A $200 Pepe ring bender and it is
worth the money comes with metal and nylon? inserts. Bend all my
shanks in this to start.
Back to bench to do final alignment Go to solder station and solder
and pickle Think about cleaning bench, make a coffee instead LOL
Remove from pickle rinse in bicarb and water dry off Go to my "bash
the sht out of it station" 4 by 2 plank in vice with holes for
mandrels shove up mandrel and bash the sht out of it, I really like
Go to sanding bench and sand smooth surfaces to 3000 grit scratch
All benches are within 15 feet of each other, moving from one to the
other changes my body position from seated to standing and back to
Then I make the next one.
If I made five at the same time I would be in pain. And my ADHD
would be screaming. When I started making jewellery I made bead
earrings only took a minute or two so the ADHD did not get the better
of me. When I started to learn silversmithing the fascination of it
all over came most of the ADHD.
I thought I had developed Aspergers, but my mates assured me I am
just a cranky old bastard, what a relief. LOL
Yes it takes a bit more time so I put my prices up to cover the
If you only have one work station you are asking for physical
trouble unless you take breaks.