Over the past couple of years I’ve concentrated on getting the
quality of my work up to a consistent professional quality. I’m past
the point where I’m excited (and surprised) when something works on
the first attempt. I now can think through what can go wrong ahead
of time and plan accordingly.
And when something does go wrong, I can fix it. And the difficulty
of my work has progressed. All well and good.
The next step is to get my speed closer to “the standards.” I
realize that it will take repetition and practice. If I had to make
a living doing repairs today, I’d be living in a tent and eating
rice I don’t do a lot of repairs (I do mostly custom settings),
but today I was putting sizing balls into a 18k ring (with gem
protection, not removal) and was curious about how far behind
"standards" I currently am.
So, first question… how many minutes should it take for a decent
bench jeweler to install sizing beads/balls? Second question… is
there a reference chart somewhere that I could use as a benchmark
for my speed progress? Thanks for your help and for your daily
contributions. I look forward to them.