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[Welcome] New Members for March 29, 2011

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Please welcome our newest members…

Carolyn Ward
Clearwater, FL. USA

The road that led me to designing jewelry began with the craze for
beaded wine glass markers. I decided to make a set myself, and went
to a bead store to get some supplies. The shop had a table for
customers who would like to learn to do simple stringing, and I was
talked into making a bracelet for myself. One bracelet and I WAS
HOOKED! Stringing led to wirework and wirework led to working with

I love making all types of jewelry, and in the past year Ive
developed a passion for metalwork. If I have a frustrating day, I
can always grab some copper and pound a design into it! My jewelry
is almost always one of a kind, but I would be happy to duplicate a
piece if I have the material available.

I have taken two one-week classes at the William Holland School of
Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia, one in wirework and the
other in cold connections with metal.

I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with my fianc, Peter, and
our cat, Pumpkin. I can count on Peter to give me feedback on my
designs, and Pumpkin is always willing to help supervise my work
from the side of my work table.

Mairi Theodo
Athena, Greece

i am form ellada (greece) and i am working with metal adout 10

William L. Mollohan
Tombstone, Arizona. USA

I’m a 65 year old male, I live in Tombstone Az. I worked for the
Federal Government for 22 years as a supervisor of physical
security, I started my jewlery and lapidary, wire wrapping and for
the past year learning all I can about working with metal, I went in
partnership with a owner of Blue Opal Gallery, he was a master
lapidary artist, and had a little jewlery experience, I’am a
graduate of Penn Foster Jewlery Design and Repair. They have highly
recommended your web site in which I do find Orchid a very very
useful site, I have been working around jewlery for the past 6
years. Now that I’m retired I donate alot of my jewlery works donate
for sale for Veterans Organizations, for there charity events I’am a
100% disabled Vet everyday is a adventure in Learning, I thank you
for a great Web Site. Thank you William Mollohan

Yolanda S Andersen
Weil im Schoenbuch, Germany

I am an amature jewelry maker and am learning to fabricate with
silver. I came to Germany from the US and am now getting back into
my favorite hobby.