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[Welcome] New Members for April 12, 2010


Please welcome our newest members!

Tracey M Johnson
Wanderlust Jewelry Company
Bloomington, MN. USA

I am an artist first and foremost. Secondly I am a jeweler.

Laurie Mattingly
Isabelle Designs
Memphis, TN. USA

My passion is jewelry. I am for the most part a self taught artist. I
started in beaded jewelry about 9 years ago and have progressed into
silversmithing which I adore. I am like a sponge, always wanting to
learn something new. I have been silversmithing for about 1 1/2 years
now and do not see it stopping anytime soon. I am still learning as a
silversmith so advice is welcome. I travel around to regional arts
and crafts show to sell my jewelry and I have two websites. One is and the other is My
biggest headache with silversmithing is soldering. Getting the solder
to flow sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out. The books make
it sound so easy, but it is NOT easy. I did spend 2 days with a
Silversmith about a year and a half ago, and she was great! I learn a
lot, but I still find that I have a lot to learn. I am happy to be
part of your forum and look forward to getting lots of good advice

Mathew Waehner
Raleigh, NC. USA

I am a lapidary artist, eager to learn more about the craft.

Karen Lee-Thompson
Corvallis, Oregon. USA

I live in Oregon. I’m setting up my studio right now. Have renovated
my garage and set it up with water, heat and a hood. I am working
with enamels, silver, and a little gold. I really enjoy forging and
construction. I am a member of Seattle Metals Guild. Would love to
find out if there is an active guild in Oregon.

Stelios Alexandris
Athens, Greece

I am 45 years old and I’m working on jewelry making since1982.From
1996 I am a model maker at one of the best companies in Greece.The
company sells the products to many countries in Europe.I love making
jewelry models and I also love reading walking and playing volley.

Alfredo Lagravere
Lima, Peru

My name is Alfredo Lagravre Camacho, i studied chemical engineering
in Univeridad Nacional de Ingeniera from Lima Per. I am working like
jewelry artisan since 2004, because i was interested to develop this
field because i love it. Thank you so much Alfredo Lagravre C.

Jean Corkins
Durham, NC. USA

I am a novice metalsmith. I have taken classes but I do not have a
huge amount of time to devote to practicing things I have learned.
My husband has built me a studio and I am slowly filling it with
equipment. I guess my dream would be to be a designer and jeweler
full time…For now I need input, tips and practice!!