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#30 - Hey man don't worry about it, I'm pretty lucky in that I work …  [+] (3 replies) 11/28/2016 on how a rivet works +3
#37 - goombaslayer (11/28/2016) [-]
Man it must be awesome having that knowledge around you. Ive been with this dude for about 4 months now. Im not crafting jewlery though, im learning how to do repairs, so cause of that i dont have the option to melt something down. Im pretty good at sizing rings and mending cracks, along with working with tiny chains and cheap shit. But setting stones and tipping prongs is beyond me. And obviously im doing polishing wrong. I looked at other stuff and theres a good bit that i could be doing a lot better with. I guess its time to get books on books about this stuff and teach myself.
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#39 - sledmondson (11/30/2016) [-]
I just remembered a pretty good website that could help you fella. www.ganoksin.com/ got loads of resources on there and instructions and stuff.
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#38 - sledmondson (11/28/2016) [-]
Yeah books, books and more books. The other thing I'd suggest if you can is set up your own workshop at home and start making things. make a load of jump rings and make a trace chain, make some more twist them and make a curb chain, make some chain ends, make some pendant bails, make a ring, make a bangle, make an id bracelet, make a hinge, make a claw setting. If you can make it you can repair it. The upside to this as well is that if things don't get better with your mentor you'll have built a portfolio to help you get an apprenticeship or even a full on job with someone else. If there's anything you're struggling with or unsure of give me a shout, I may not have all the answers but like I said I have access to people who will =]
#21 - No it wont, you emery it however you want to but you just go d…  [+] (6 replies) 11/27/2016 on how a rivet works +2
#28 - goombaslayer (11/28/2016) [-]
Holy fuck. Yeah im under an apprenticeship and my polishing blows because i guess ive been doing it wrong this while fucking time. Did some reaserch on what you said and that all makes alot more fucking sense. God damnit. Ive been working with this dude for months. I wonder what else ive not been told properly. Im so fuckin mad right now.
Might be a bit of a chore but do you have any resources you like to take from to better your trade? I love this work but i cant make a carrer if im learning wrong.
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#30 - sledmondson (11/28/2016) [-]
Hey man don't worry about it, I'm pretty lucky in that I work with 3 other goldsmiths who have a combined experience of around 40 years so if there's something I don't know then most likely they will. I know you're in an apprenticeship so it may not end well but find a style that works for you and gives you the results and just do it your way. I've had no real formal training and have no qualifications other than I picked up some tools one day (a couple thousand pounds worth) and just started doing it, and it's gone pretty well for me so far, and anything I'm not sure of or outright don't know is just trial and error. the great thing with this trade is that it doesn't matter if you fuck up you can just melt down the metal and start again, all you lose is time (unless you crack/chip stones then you're fucked). I'm currently teaching myself how to pave set, and i'm assuming you know what that is and how hard it is, I am in no way experienced enough to be doing that but so far I've gotten some pretty encouraging results. There's tonnes of forums out there (try to avoid the amateur ones, they're just circle-jerks for people who have no idea what they're doing) and there's loads of great stuff on youtube too to help out. How long have you been under this guy and have you made anything yourself yet? Like projects and stuff?
#37 - goombaslayer (11/28/2016) [-]
Man it must be awesome having that knowledge around you. Ive been with this dude for about 4 months now. Im not crafting jewlery though, im learning how to do repairs, so cause of that i dont have the option to melt something down. Im pretty good at sizing rings and mending cracks, along with working with tiny chains and cheap shit. But setting stones and tipping prongs is beyond me. And obviously im doing polishing wrong. I looked at other stuff and theres a good bit that i could be doing a lot better with. I guess its time to get books on books about this stuff and teach myself.
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#39 - sledmondson (11/30/2016) [-]
I just remembered a pretty good website that could help you fella. www.ganoksin.com/ got loads of resources on there and instructions and stuff.
User avatar
#38 - sledmondson (11/28/2016) [-]
Yeah books, books and more books. The other thing I'd suggest if you can is set up your own workshop at home and start making things. make a load of jump rings and make a trace chain, make some more twist them and make a curb chain, make some chain ends, make some pendant bails, make a ring, make a bangle, make an id bracelet, make a hinge, make a claw setting. If you can make it you can repair it. The upside to this as well is that if things don't get better with your mentor you'll have built a portfolio to help you get an apprenticeship or even a full on job with someone else. If there's anything you're struggling with or unsure of give me a shout, I may not have all the answers but like I said I have access to people who will =]
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#22 - sledmondson (11/27/2016) [-]
Down not 'down up'
#12 - It's obviously been edited to say black. I can tell from the p…  [+] (1 reply) 11/26/2016 on Fucking lyle +35
#51 - tonitraktor (11/27/2016) [-]
**tonitraktor used "*roll picture*"**
**tonitraktor rolled image**have you seen quite a few shops in your time?
#6 - You mother ******, I just commented the same thing without scr…  [+] (3 replies) 11/20/2016 on huh +18
#9 - lulusaurus (11/20/2016) [-]
I guess you should had been 13hours quicker.
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