There have been several posts lately about jewelery designers
looking for someone to manufacture their designs. I have several of
these people as customers. And I could really make do without them.
I am so tired of so called jewelry designers that have never worked
a piece of metal in their lives, they just have lots of ideas for
jewelry that they want someone else to make. Please, go learn the
skills that so many of us have done and are doing, then go make your
designs yourself. I have more ideas for jewelry that I want to make
than I ever will complete in my lifetime. Plus these designs that
come from people who have never done the work always have to be
re-designed because they don’t understand the properties and
limitations of the materials. I don’t think anyone should be calling
themselves a jewelry designer until they have learned to carve,
cast, finish, solder and set. Along with drawing a picture, which by
the way is the very last thing I learned at Gem City College when I
went there to be a jewelry designer almost 30years ago.