Okay, all you Orchidians out there…I am stepping out of my comfort
zone to post this.
I really want and would love to have a place to share what I do with
gems and jewels, and I like to think I have some skills. I would
love to do this on Orchid. But I am scared to request a blog and put
my work up for you to see because (gasp) I am a wireworker.
There, I’ve said it. I work wire. I don’t make what I think of as
strange creations of wrapped wire and whatever unpolished rock takes
your fancy, but I do take some very nice stones that my talented
lapidary husband cuts for me and give these the best wire settings I
can make to show them off. I take a lot of time and care to make
these as best as I can. People do seem to like them and they buy
them. I teach classes on how to do the art. But since I don’t use a
torch, saw or hammer to do this, I feel…intimidated.
Some of you with tons of years at the bench would probably laugh at
me or tell me to crawl back and lurk as I usually do. (Yes, those of
you with GGs and master smiths that are here, you do really
intimidate me.) It’s not that I don’t know the basics of
silversmithing and gems. I do silversmithing and like it. It’s not
that I don’t want to learn more from others. I have learned a lot
here and want to learn more. But my wire and I - we are old, good
friends. And I am afraid you masters would laugh at me and call what
I do worthless and cheap, which it really isn’t.
So here’s my question. Would you welcome a wire wrapper’s work here?
Or should I just crawl back to my corner and lurk?
The Amethyst Rose