Silversmithing is something that I’ve wanted to try since I was a teenager. My dad is in the industry (he’s a watchmaker and repairer & sells jewellery), and wanted me to get in to it at around the age of 16, but you know how it is, you know everything as a teenager and I definitely did not want to do that! Until I was 18 and decided that I did want to do that, but had no money to do it, duh!
For the last few years it’s come back to the forefront of my mind, just hovering, waiting for me to do something about it. So, after looking for teachers/courses near where I live and having no luck, I decided to ask a friend to take a break from her extremely busy schedule and spend a day teaching me the basics! Needless to say, I loved every minute (thanks again, Helen!) and I’ve slowly been building my skills in my spare time since.
The first few soldering attempts resulted in frustrated flailing and swearing a lot, but my fear of the blowtorch is finally subsiding, aaaand I’ve only managed to cut myself once (those who know me will find that impressive) !!
I’m hoping to have a few rings listed on my Etsy soon, and see what happens from there!