When I started, I was total and complete disaster. I had no
discipline and no patience. If something took longer than an hour,
I would screw it up for sure.
Way ahead of me there Leonid.
When I started making jewellery in copper (in my Dad’s shed) at age
16, I could not focus for more than a few minutes.
But I really wanted to make jewellery. In the end gave up.
A few years later I had the chance to work at Beadco. I learnt to
make bead earrings. Two minutes to make a basic pair.
That was my attention span. Then went on to make necklaces,
lengthening attention span.
Learnt to make moulds and cast resin. Impatience led me to
experiment. Can set RTV 24 hour setting time silicon in one hour.
Can get 2 hour setting time resin set in 10 minutes. Hint pushed it
till it exploded and then backed off.
First project at the School for Silversmiths, making a sphere,
nearly sent me crazy, friends would say I was already way past that. I
asked Wal why we had to make this he told me to see if I had what it
Well all my life I was told you will never do that, but I always
did. Wal got me really going, I wanted to make jewellery, it was a
I finished that project and could not believe it. Instead of making
a sphere I made a container took longer.
Now I can sit at the bench and time is not part of the equation. I
get totally absorbed by what I am doing.
As I usually make one piece at a time when it is in the pickle I
tidy my bench. Make a coffee or have a drink of water.
Design or prep the next piece or read the paper.
The point of this is that no matter what type of obstacle, mental or
physical, you can overcome it and make jewellery.
It does not matter if you make $5 dollar earrings or work in
platinum and diamonds there is a place for all levels of maker in
So newbies next time you think it is all too hard. Do not give up,
take a break re-think and re-try.