1. HOW DID YOU LEARN TO MAKE JEWELRY?
In the early days, when my boys were young, I was working as a medical secretary at my local hospital and making jewelry as a hobby. I had a little board in my office with items I had made pinned on it for sale, and other staff members used to come during their lunch break to purchase my jewelry or give me their ideas to make a design for them.
I had studied silversmithing at our local college, and although I really enjoyed working with silver, it seemed to take forever to produce a piece of jewelry with all the filing, sanding and polishing involved. That frustrated me in those days, so I decided to look for other ways to make things. I studied beading, polymer clay, and wirework. and found this enabled me to produce pieces of jewelry within hours. It opened up a variety of ways to make something pretty and unique.
Following on from there, my husband would give me gifts of workshop vouchers for birthdays and Christmas so I attended workshops on PMC, glassmaking, etc. I even attended a course on pyrography, which I enjoyed very much! I often thought I knew how to make something. But, after attending a course, I would pick up tips and techniques that I had not thought of, eventually making the job quicker and easier. I have the ethos that learning is “life long,” so I will never stop learning.