Hello Ted - I would like to offer my encouragement to you to hang in with Orchid. Having retired from a 40+ year career in fluid power and mechanical engineering, I really appreciate your showing and discussing additional ways to “skin a cat” while still achieving a great result. Your post on belt buckle manufacturing using stamped tabs is an extremely good example.
Orchidians, with all due respect to all of the jewelry arts training organizations, the vast majority of the training and info provided is excellent. Ted is showing us an optional way to perform tasks beyond what might be considered the norm and stands a good chance of being the difference between overall success and failure. And for what little my background supports my opinion, I have found that nearly all discussions of engineering and production material lack the zip and pizazz found when reading a New York Times Best Seller. And it does take a lot of words to properly give sufficient info to another so they are able to replicate the originator’s result
So please hang in there Ted, there will always be some who dislikes something about someone but, there are some of us who look forward to your posts.