Don’t Give up…2017 is upon us…

2016 is nearly over.  What have I accomplished in the my jewelry making adventure?  Well, it’s been a slow year for me.  What about you?

In my personal life, we’ve spent months searching for that perfect home.  We finally found it!  A 1924 Sears catalog home.  Well built, cozy and perfect!  Moving and settling in was less than perfect, as you probably already know.

With my jewelry bench set up in the basement, I now feel ready to pick up where I left off. My etsy stores are open…check, my facebook page is up…check…my blog is current…check!   Just need to get instagram back up and running with updates on my new projects.

With 2017 just around the corner, I’m starting to think about which jewelry making projects I’d like to work on.  A new ring design…a new bracelet…how about earrings?  One of the most wonderful things about learning to make jewelry is that you can make what YOU want to wear!  The world of jewelry is at your feet!  The sky really is the limit!

What about you?  Are you trying to get your priorities for the coming year in order?  Yes, there is more to life than learning how to make jewelry…but it’s one part of my life that I truly enjoy!  I’m not giving up!

I’d love to hear about your 2017 projects!

Samra  🙂

 

 

 

 

Take The Plunge…Silver Smithing Class

Have you ever wanted to take your current skills to the next “level”?  How much will it cost?  How much of my time will it take up?  In the end, will it be worth it?  The answer is a resounding  “YES”!  Here’s the scoop in my location, Cleveland, Ohio.

I found an amazing teacher through a web search.  She was skilled, knowledgeable and witty.  The witty part was especially fun!   I talked a good friend to take the class with me.  That arrangement worked out beautifully since we took an evening class!  The length of the class was three (3) hours, once a week for five (5) weeks.  The price of $150.00 was very reasonable.  Even though it was a beginner’s class, we were able to make a very substantial sterling silver ring with a stone cabochon setting.  The price for supplies was only $15.00!  All the tools we used belonged to the instructor and were left at the studio at the end of class.

I’m so glad I took the class!  I bumped up my jewelry making skills, made a new friend and found that IF I want to use the instructor’s tools (for a small fee) I can!  Also, the instructor would be available for further instruction.  By the way, she also offers an intermediate silversmithing class.

Please be sure to stop by her studio to see all that she offers.  You’ll be very glad you did!  If you have any questions about taking a silversmithing class I would be happy to share with you!   Have fun!  Here’s the link to an awesome experience:

SAS Design Studio:  http://www.sasdesignstudio.com/

 

 

Reading…The Complete Metalsmith

The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated HandbookThe Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook by Tim McCreight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOVE this book! The instructions are concise, clear and easy enough for a beginner (me) to understand. There are many reference charts and tables that offer valuable information. I picked it up from my library and quickly realized it was a KEEPER!

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