I am a relative novice. I took a city & guilds in jewellery design and have done some drop in classes so I have basic skills. I ran out of money to do classes so I am trying to teach myself, but get overwhelmed by the conflicting information available. I am inclined to make things that I feel safe with because I am always in a hurry to make things for shows and dont have a lot of time to experiment. My resolution for 2008 is to be more brave! I currently work nearly fulltime in an office but I am trying to develop my silversmithing skills to the point where I can cut back my hours and spend more time "making"