Welcome to Designs By Samra jewelry making web blog!
This is a personal endeavor to learn the art of jewelry making. Yes, I could easily BUY the jewelry I wear…but where is the adventure in that? Just imagine what the world would be like if Pierre-Auguste Renoir did not study the art of painting!
My beginnings are humble. I have learned a “few tricks of the trade” such as sawing, piercing and hammering metal. I have also learned how to oxidize metal using various methods and conversely how to clean the oxidation off. I have acquired quite a few metal stamps for stamping dreamy words and sayings on the metal pieces I have studied hot joining methods and intend to study cold joining techniques more thoroughly.
For now, I’m quite content as a self-taught metal-smiting student. Life responsibilities and limits on my time prevent me from taking a community class or learning at the knee of a well-known metal-smith. The web is my classroom. I welcome your suggestions and comments!
UPDATE: As of 2017 I have enjoyed taking classes at a local silversmith school, watching and learning from Mr. Soham Harrison on his YouTube channel, and as always I am grateful for my personal teachers, Mr. & Mrs. Trial and Error.