Tips for taking your work to the next level

Check to make sure flat surfaces are truly flat. Take a piece of 400-grit sandpaper, place it flat on your work surface, and sand both sides of your piece. If the sanding pattern is uneven, where there are spots that are not sanded, then it isn’t flat. Cutting and...

Get out Quickly – Soldering Tip

What does “get out quickly” have to do with soldering? Recently I have noticed a number of students having trouble with their solder joins. They are seeing their solder flow, but when testing the strength of the solder join – like flaring a ring – the join fails....

Staying on Track: Part 3 – Getting the Work Done

It is all fine and good to have your projects and tasks listed out. And even better if they are prioritized. But if you don’t or can’t act on them, then what was the point? To make you feel bad? NO. Part 1 of this series was about getting all the information on paper....

The Ugly Side of Business

Many large retailers have programs for artists. This gets their products into larger chain stores and can be huge in building their business. It can also be crushing. I became involved in one of these this past year. Luckily I did not take any orders from the company....

Which soldering surface is best?

Well the short answer… the one that works. There are a lot of theories out there about what is best. And each metal smith that you ask will probably give you a slightly different answer. Much of it is based on what we are comfortable using and there are generally...

Atlanta Adventure – It begins here…

It is amazing how life has its own agenda. When I started my jewelry business, I really hadn’t gone back to making jewelry to sell it. It just evolved. Now I find myself here in this beautiful showroom. This dream started a couple of years ago when a number of...

How to find stores to sell your work

I get a lot of questions around how to sell your work. So today I thought I would tackle the “how do you find the right stores to sell your work?” It is easy, and not so easy. The process is easy. The work and follow through isn’t. So if you want to go this route...

How I Create Collections

Whenever I am asked how I create my collections I sort of scratch my head on how to answer. It isn’t a set process. But here is what generally happens and how the collection I am working on right now came to be. First let me say that collections are what I see most of...