[Welcome] New Members for April 19, 2010

Please welcome our newest members!

Mascha Bisson
Bonbon Bijoux
Montreal, Quebec. Canada

I’m a beginning jewelry designer interested in learning more about
the technical aspects of the materials I use including gemstone

Stephanie Amos
Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

I work in my home studio, making one of a kind pieces. Trained at
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada.

Apollonia Voss
Apollonia Voss
York, PA. USA


Hi there and Greetings from Central Pennsylvania.

I go by Apollonia online and in the historical recreation circles. I
have wide ranging interests and am trying to determine if formal
metals, jewelry, fine crafts or art education and a career shift is
is realistic option for me.

Brigit Johnson
Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canada

Many different interests and lots of questions for this amazing
resource. Thank you to all behind the scenes and thank you to all
who post such helpful

Heather L Lewis
Weaverville, NC. USA

Hello, My name is Heather and I am a self taught jewelry
designer/artist. I have been working primarily in wire and beads
until just recently. I have really been wanting to try to expand my
skills base to include some metalsmithing techniques. I have visited
the Orchid site many times and really appreciate all of the
wonderful and help that can be found here.

I have a shop on Etsy where I sell some of my jewelry. I also have
facebook and twitter accounts. Let me know if you would like to
share page info. thanks

Dara Panlilio
San Francisco, CA. USA

Hello! I’m just getting started in making jewelry and i really look
forward to learning from everyone.

Joshua J Wendler
Wellington, FL. USA

Hello all! I am a practicing metalsmith since 2001, currently
residing in south FL. I attended Colorado State University, where I
studied Metaltsmithing and Jewelry and earned my Bachelors in Art in

After school, I worked at a custom jewelry store where I learned a
bit about CAD/CAM and the production end of jewelry making. Wedding
rings are incredible symbols, and the the emotion attached to it is
incredible as well. Invaluable experience, hard work.

I recently moved to South Florida where I now do office work to help
out with my family’s business. I hope to get a setup again and begin
making art and jewelry again. It is needed! Drop me a line if you
are in the area or know any places to connect out here!

Gina M Connelly
Peculiar, Missouri. USA

Hi, I am a registered nurse in an ICU and a mother of five grown
children. I have been interested in jewelry making my entire life,
but only started taking various classes about 4 or 5 years ago. I
have a small “studio” in what is supposed to be my dining room! I
love metalworking and cannot learn enough. I am excited to be a part
of this group and look forward to learning as much as I possibly can.