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[Welcome] New Members for February 1, 2010


Please welcome our newest members!

Yvonne Elliott
CA. USA, 90068

I am an all purpose designer. Started out as a fashion designer, then
got into home furnishing. In that capacity I do graphic design,
furniture design, showroom design, and bedding design. But what I do
for fun is make jewelry. I made some in highschool, where my teacher
told me(after seeing how many sawblades I was breaking) “Some people
have a feeling for this, but you just don’t” Fortunately, I hold the
opinion that "if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly."
Therefore, I persevered. I studied year of silversmithing in art
school, another year in England, and then put it aside for I hate to
say how long. Around two years ago I took it up again. I still do not
enjoy sawing, although I no longer break sawblades. But I do love
forging, chasing and seeing the solder flow. I have no desire to turn
it into a business, as I believe that one should always keep
something for the sheer joy of doing it. Because I don’t enjoy being
anally precise, I choose designs that are “rustic” tolerant. To that
end, I am inspired by ancient jewelry.

Russ B Hyder
The Jewelry CAD Institute
San Diego, CA. USA

I apprenticed under two papered master jewelers in the 70’s for five
years in Boulder, Colorado. I moved to Tacoma, Washington to accept a
position as a bench jeweler in a retail store. Six months later, I
was the foreman of a 13 man shop. I started my own trade shop in 1984
and ran it to 1994 with 27 retail accounts. I then moved to
Scottsdale, Arizona for some relaxation only to find myself back at
the bench out of my home. I did some national accounts while in
Arizona and then accepted a position with GIA in Carlsbad, CA. I
instructed the graduate jeweler and applied jewelry arts programs
there. I was promoted to the product manager after two years and the
department manager from 2004 to 2009. After the downturn in the
economy and the layoffs at GIA, I opened The Jewelry CAD Institute
out of my experience with CAD programs, Matrix and Rhino which I
built the curriculum for at GIA.

I then added RhinoGold to the instruction of the jewelry cad
institute. I have modulated the programs which favors online
instruction with pdf files for download and flash videos for visual
effect. I am on my 2010 travel schedule where I go from city to city
once per month to instruct Matrix. We feel that online instruction is
not for everyone and have deemed it necessary to have that one on one