Hi there Folks,
Thank you all for your suggestions! I have been working at my new
job, and have not had a second of free time to even read Orchid, much
less ANY emails.
After seeing all the responses here I am wondering if I am in over
my head, and may just do as most suggest and source this one out to
have it set. I hate to not try to learn this just because there are
people who would not attempt it (no offense to anyone), so I will at
least give a shot at the learning process. I will get my hands on the
setting kit by Foredom as soon as I can, just because I am obsessed
with learning new things, and when a challenge presents itself to me,
I must rise to it (at least where learning jewelers skills comes in).
I will practice, and if I am just not ecstatic with my results I
will out-source the project. I know my nephew would not even notice
if the crowns were uneven or the settings aren’t perfect, but I will,
and so too would any other jeweler that might ever have to see or
service the ring, which would make me feel like I put out work just
to get it done and make a family member happy. I am a perfectionist
in my work, so I am thinking that he may never get the ring done in
time if I have to perfect my skills before I can set the stones, lol.
The fastest thing to do would be to pass it on, let him know that
there are just some things I have not perfected, and he will be happy
with my choice. I appreciate all the input.
I have been watching many videos on the Orchid network, and also on
the BenchMedia site, and it just does not look all that difficult,
but then again I know the jewelers on those videos have been
practicing for years, too. They make it look easy! LOL I do want to
learn the skills. I hate it to know there is more to learn, and not
have all the skills I can.
What really irks me is walking into a jewelry store and looking at
their “stock” jewelry and seeing how poorly things are set on what
should all be “Professionally made jewelry”. The customers just have
no idea how badly set most of the stones are in a lot of that stuff,
nor how much money they are wasting!
But I guess that opens a whole other can of worms for another post!
Thank you all for your suggestions.