Books like "Jewelry
Concepts and Technology" by Oppi Untracht and "The Theory and Practice of Goldsmithing" by Erhard Brepohl,
Tim McCreight and translator Charles Lewton-Brain will become your
jewlery making source. These books are absolutely essential for the immense amount of jewelry knowledge and
techniques that can be referenced.
By mastering a tool and using it effectively you're developing a
skill. These skills can take years to master. An enormously gratifying challenge about metal-smithing is that you
never stop learning.
There are various ways of learning to make jewelry.
Europe and some USA workshops
have an apprentice system whereby you are taught for a minimum of 2 to 5 years in a practical working environment. This
way is an all round method method of learning and includes disciplines like repairs, polishing, setting, fabrication,
casting etc, etc. The advantage is that you get to
know how a
Jewelry Manufacturing Workshop is run on a daily basis in the commercial
option is to study at a technical college for a degree.
These options are full time commitments which might not suit a person who is in a
transition phase of changing careers with limited time to learn. The option there is to learn selective segments
Lessons. Find a suitable jewelry school in your local area that offers jewelry lessons to suit your
interests and schedule.
And finally there is the option
of being self-taught. The internet is a great tool for you. There are many
Jewelry Making Tutorials available. It
requires a lot of enthusiasm, self-discipline and the ability of finding solutions that work
for you. These attributes are commonly found in jewelry students. It is highly recommended to follow http://www.ganoksin.com/
and subscribe to the forum
http://www.ganoksin.com/orchid/orchid.htm where you will find a wealth of information particularly in
the archives section and can post your