Behind the Curtain...


But How....

So often I have people at shows or even people I meet throughout my day who get confused when I say I make jewelry. Their minds immediately go to beads and strings so I often follow up with the description that I hand fabricate most of my work from precious metals.

A moment goes by and then looking even more confused they follow up with a list of questions until I explain that by fabricating I mean I build jewelry like a contractor would build a house but I use sheet and wire to build my little pieces.

Many people have no earthly idea what it means when I fabricate jewelry and I still have not found a better way to describe it. A picture is worth a thousand words so I thought I would share at least one. In this particular photo I am working on a cluster wrap ring.



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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try telling folks you're an art conservator..
I know what you mean

Louise said...

I know what you mean too. My husband is the worse for explaining what I do. When people ask him what kind of jewellery I make he says 'costume jewellery! I've educated him since :-)

KMJewelryStudio said...

I tell people that I'm a metalsmith and jewelry designer. i think metalsmith is a good word to use to get people to understand what you really do. Ofcourse, then they ask if I make swords and stair railings and i have to explain that I don't do blacksmithing.

Nice post!

kerin rose said...

tell them you are a modern alchemist!

~* The Beldame on Peach Street *~ said...

HEY! Is that MY ring??? I'm wearing it as I type!! :)