I’ve gotten a few emails from old friends who are interested in my jewelry journey so I thought I would answer some of their questions in my posts. What got me started making jewelry? The short answer is: I don’t know. But I think it’s because I live in an artsy area of the country and I see more handmade jewelry that anything that might come from “where the kiss begins at Kay.” Also, I took Mary Hettmansperger’s class almost as a lark and a good reason to get out of town for a week. This class alone had a profound effect on my interest in this art form.
Next: It’s not THAT expensive to start, and I recommend just getting a basic jewelry tool kit, a butane torch, and some copper and brass, both 24 gauge. You don’t need a disc cutter right away; you can cut a circle with some good lightweight snips.
A small vice is welcome but not necessary. A texture hammer is a plus but a ball-peen hammer is a must.
Craftsy has classes, and there are books everywhere. Just dive in. It’s pretty clear from my posts that each piece gets better and easier to make. My best advice: just do it!
Almost every day I learn something new. Yesterday was about a product that will protect my wire by coating my tools. I set aside a few tools specifically for wiring and coated them with guarded expectations. But I am happy to report that this product works and works well. No more scratched wire!!! I’ll try to share these revelations as I encounter them.