Thanks for you imput and the smiles. The first thing I teach my
students is to always be dumb enough not to know how to do every
thing. The second thing I teach is that my way is just that, “My
Way”. I think it is the best way or I would do it another way.
Then I teach them every way that I know of, or heard of, and
explain why I like “My Way” and why I think it is the best way
for “My Way”.
By the way, some one asked me off the list “What is bean
casting?” It is a really silly way of just pour silver in to a
can of dry pinto beans. You get a some very unusual free form
shapes. A little heavy, but fun to do some time with your silver
scrap. No need for even a flask flying aroung.
You know as I typed this I got a crazy idea for beginners that
want to start silversmithing and/or casting. I mean real
beginners. I will send one (1) once of silver shot to the first
ten people that join the new list for beginners at
Jewelrymaking@listbot.com and ask for the bean casting “start a
business” kit. The deal will be that I will send them one ounce
of silver casting grain, some beans, and a can with instructions
on how to bean cast. All for FREE! No shipping, no cost at all.
No catches, no sales, nothing, just the cost of an email. (Each
person would have to have a torch. If you do not have one a
$10.00 torch from Ace Hardware will do just fine.)
Then I will have those ten beginners bean cast the silver, mail
it back to me. I will solder on rings for pendents, polish them,
take photos of them for my web. Then mail them back with sterling
silver chains and instructions on how to sell them. Yes, they
must sell them and use the profits to start a silver jewelry
business. We will track their progrss on
Jewelrymaking@listbot.com and my web site for one year and see
This could be fun, real fun, or real embarassing, real
embarassing. So beginners spend an email (and maybe $10.00 for a
torch) and lets have some fun for a year.
PO Box 2433 Estes Park, CO 80517