How many of the Orchid group have "personal" jewelry?
Like most of you whose postings I’ve read, I have very little. In
fact, none of the pieces I’ve made in the last several years are in my
personal collection. I kept the first project I ever made in class
(an inlaid silver ring), the first piece I ever cast (a silver pin)
and a little silver stickpin that I like to wear. The funny thing is
that I don’t wear rings, I seldom work in silver any more and I never
work in wax.
In my earlier jewelry-making days, I apprenticed for a year with an
accomplished goldsmith and one day I commented to him that it was
painful having to part with my “babies” � my latest creations. He
said something like, “Don’t be silly. You can always make a new piece
and you need to eat.”
So now, when I make a piece I really like, I keep it long enough to
wear it once or twice and get a good slide of it … and then I kiss
it goodbye and hope it goes to a good home!