Many years ago I started dabbling in making jewelry, and have I have been crafting hand made pieces as a hobby ever since. I never took classes, and have only used beading, chain, and wire work techniques. I've used many different medias for artwork, but always had a special passion for jewelry making. This is why I have been eager to take the next step, and learn all I can about making jewelry, especially metalsmithing.
I attended college at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and was disappointed to find no classes for jewelry design and construction. Wouldn't you know it, the year after I graduated, they started an entire program for earning a degree in Jewelry Design. Figures! Hopefully my persistent inquiries had something to do with it!
For Christmas this year I received a wonderful gift, an extensive jewelry making kit that will begin my quest in metal work and soldering. Here is a link to view the set: Jewelry Making Set The only problem is, I don't know where to start! I cannot find any local classes that fit into my schedule (I work full time), so I am wondering if anyone can recommend some great books or dvds that will illustrate step by step instructions for beginners and beginner level projects. Any additional words of advice would be much appreciated!!
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