My name is Mel and I have just started a small jewellery design company. I make handcrafted one of a kind items as well as outsourcing the manufacture of some of my other original designs. We hope to have an online shop up and running very soon. I am currently finishing a City and Guilds basic jewellery course (for any not familiar this is a practical craft based qualification) but am finding that I have outgrown the course somewhat and my questions and queries have moved on to more technical aspects. I am now a member of the BJA (British Jeweller's Association) and am currently upgrading my work space - a new bench at last!!. I have lots of questions about finshing and polishing in particular as this is what is of great concern to me at the moment. I look forward to participating in a wider jewellery based community.