You have gotten very good advice from every one . I will give
you a little trick I’ve learned for tranferring designe to a
item for cutting out or engraving or carving: Pick up some
artist vellum from your art store or office supply house you can
use this to trace onto or just for drawing … use a pencel not a
pen and draw or trace your design unto the vellum then take a
piece of scotch tape or for larger pieces clear packing tape and
press this onto the sketch, then lift the tape off the vellum the
tape picks up the pencel sketch and then you just stick the tape
with the sketch onto the metal and start your work! The vellum
will not stick and tear to the tape when you seperate the two
like most other papers. If you need a reverse say for a pair of
earrings, turn thevellum over and retrace the sketchon theback
side and repeat the process.
This is great for custom orders for people. I always do my
drawings to exact scale for the customer on vellum then When I
do the piece it always is exactly like the drawing they saw and
there is no misunderstanding between you and them. I know some
one will say that you can’t show the fine detail in a drawing
the exact size- they are right. but my expierence is that the
customer is much more happier when they come to pick up the
piece and see all the extra detail work like milgraining or
engraving details that you have added to their piece for no
extra charge, then they are when they come to pick up what they
saw which was much larger in the drawing and has shrunk in size
so much that now they need a magnafying glass to see.
Another piece of info I’ve developed over my 30+ years of custom
order work: always do a personality profile on your customer
before you do a drawing. It will save you endless hours of
drawing and guessing. This only takes a little practice and 3
questions… I rearly ever have to do more then 1 drawing for a
customer which cuts my time spent with them to 10-15 minutes.
If you won the lottery and Inherated standard oil Company all
in the same day what type of car would you buy? you are single
and have no obligations. you also have free gas ond oil.
same situation: what style deram house would you build? Monye
is no object…
what type of furniture would you put in the Living room of
1 Will tell you a little about shapes soft curves or blocky
style, flassy or conserviative, or suttle flash( mercedes sports
2 contempory or colonial style house:translates into contempory
style ring or terditional style
3 Living room is where you bring strangers into your house and
sit them down to talk… this reflects what they want to reflect
to the out side world. crome and glass= flashy lots of
sparkle,soft over stuffed furniture= comfortable every day wear
jewelry with soft lines and curves. Queen Anne furniture=
antique style with soft flowing curves like the carvings on the
furniture.Oriental style furniture= square shapes and designs to
reflect the oriental carvings.
when some one crosses over into more then one style you can
combine the styles into one piece.
I dhaven’t had to remake a piece of jewelry in years bacause they didn’t like
the piece when they came to pick it up.
Remember that when designing for a customer you are working for
them and may not be allowed to make what you would like to make
or design. Custom orders are sure sales and will pay for all
your toys and will give you the money to make what you like for
your display cases or personal jewelry box .
Hope this helps you save years of headaces Vernon WilsonFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of C Gems
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Subject: Re: [Orchid] Starting a Barebones “Studio” at Home
You’ll probably be inundated with suggestions on this, but I’ll
get the ball rolling.
First advice, get a bench or make one. The one in Tim
McCreight’s book is a very reasonable alternative to purchase and
can be modified to suit your particular needs. I tried starting
out on an old table but most tend to be too short (and I’m only
5’1"!); my back hurt, I tired easily and generally my work
suffered. I consider my bench my most important piece of
Pickle pot - pass on the expensive ones in the catalogs and go
for a crock pot, preferably one with a removeable liner (easier
to clean and change pickle). You can either find one at a thrift
shop or buy one new for $20-30 at a discount store; again, try to
get one with a High/Low setting versus a single setting.
A flexshaft is well worth the initial investment; it fills the
functions of rough sanding, bur work, drilling and a host of
other things. You will negate the need for at least 3 other
tools, reducing clutter and ultimately saving money by having a
single unit to buy attachments for, knowing that you will be able
to continue to use them (not always true if you go with a variety
of ancillary tools).
Torch - figure out what you are going to use it for, not only
now but in the future, and get the setup that will handle the
maximum job you will EVER do. There’s nothing worse than
spending money twice because now you want to be able to repair a
chain or melt metal in a crucible and can’t do it without
investing in another piece of equipment.
For some larger and more expensive pieces of equipment I use the
ones at my local guild since I am a member; the number of times I
need to use them doesn’t make it worth the price at this point.
For transfering simple patterns to a piece, I often sandwich it
between two bench plates and crank down on them with a big
C-clamp, tightening it as far as I can and leaving it for a bit
then tightening it again and again until I achieve the depth I
want. Mostly I project what I want to use the equipment for and
take several projects at a time to reduce travel and turnaround.
For some really great tips and ideas on how to make/adapt some
of your own or garden variety tools, I strongly recommend Charles
Lewton-Brain’s book “Cheap Thrills In The Tool Shop”. He has
some really wonderful ideas that save money and time.