Back to the Basics

As the new year begins, I've found it's important to remind myself to not look so much at this year's failures, but at all the growth I have made with my business since it's start in 2013. Let me tell you- it's been a LONG road since I first began. I took my first/only jewelry class in the spring of 2012 at SACI, in Florence, and fell in love with the craft. After coming home, I no longer had access to the tools and equipment the studio had to offer, so I couldn't practice the metal smithing skills I had grown to love. Shown above is my first ring project, which I was very proud of. I designed the ring, cut the metal, soldered each piece, and polished it. 

Since that class, I have not soldered or worked with the manipulation of metal at all. All my pieces are crafted by hand using materials that are already cut and polished. This year, I want to change that! As I said in my last post, I plan to start making RINGS again! There have been many requests for rings over the past few years since starting my business, but I never had the means or materials to make them. 2017 will be the year that I take matters into my own hands to everything I'm envisioning to the Ramblerose collection!

This means, I'm going back into training! I've found an amazing space and instructor who will help me advance my skills so I can bring all my Ramblerose designs to life. There are NO restrictions to what you can do if you know how to seek the correct resources.

Pictured below are my 5 projects from my first jewelry class back in 2012. My designs, my ideas, and my styles have changed so much since that time! I can't wait to see where my creative road leads in 2017.

riveted earrings, hand drawn, hand cut, hammered, and polished.

riveted earrings, hand drawn, hand cut, hammered, and polished.

stone set earrings and necklace pendant. hand drawn, hand cut, soldered, set, and polished.

stone set earrings and necklace pendant. hand drawn, hand cut, soldered, set, and polished.

2 layer brass cuff with crushed stone inlay.

2 layer brass cuff with crushed stone inlay.

xoxo

Maggie

WORK IT, GIRLMaggie Antalek