The Highs and Lows of Making Jewellery
Posted on 12 June 2013
When we were starting out we used to keep a punch bag next to the workbench. If a client asked what it was for I’d tell them that it helped me to stretch my back after sitting still for hours at a time. However, its actual purpose was for venting my anger when things went pear shaped. You’d be surprised at the amount of damage that a speck of solder, the size of a grain of sand, could cause when it suddenly developed a mind of its own and ran in the wrong direction. A 1mm faceted peridot which I’d spent ages setting on the inside of a wedding band would crack as I was burnishing the setting edge and the whole thing would have to be smashed out. We like to think we are patient people but sometimes rather than flinging a day’s work across the workshop, a good session with the punch bag would allow me to vent my rage and then crack on with the job in hand.
That was almost twenty years ago now and those bouts of frustrated anger have given way to a slightly calmer acceptance that fate isn’t always on your side and generally speaking everything works out in the long run. I did laugh the other day when I was visiting a stone setter we use in Hatton garden. He has the incredibly fiddly job of micro setting stones using a microscope, as I was leaving I spotted a punch bag in the corner of his studio. Been there I thought to myself!
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