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....

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...