The Downside of Metalsmithing

The downside of metalsmithing and making jewelry, is that sometimes it doesn't work the way you think it will. For instance, last week, I made two wonderful commissions, and sent them off to their new homes. One broke en route, and the other was the wrong size. Things must be re-done and reconsidered. It can be frustrating, but mostly in the sense of "what did I do wrong?"

Luckily, being a metalsmith and designer has helped me become a fantastic problem solver, who often thinks "outside the box". I often surprise myself with knowledge and ideas that I didn't know I had stored inside me. Not only that, but innovations to new problems.



  1. Trial and error! and I learn the most from my errors. I'm sorry to hear about your doozies. I have had pieces that have put up with vigorous filing, polishing, tumbling and stone setting- just to break in the bag while in storage! It is frustrating, but it also makes you pay more attention to it the next time. Oh the anxiety! Good luck.


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