Years ago, soon after I started selling my handmade silver jewelry at art and crafts shows, a friendly older man approached me and told me that he like my silver wire jewelry. He then proceeded to tell me that he used to make personalized "name" jewelry and sell it at malls and carnivals.
He offered to show me how he created names in silver wire. He obviously was eager to show me his skills (and I was very curious to see how he did it) so I pulled out some round nosed pliers and 20 gauge silver wire. He immediately set to work making me a little silver perfectly aligned pendant! It took him less than 5 minutes - what a craftsperson!
He told me that I could take over his business, since he was no longer doing it. Honestly? I would love to be able to do this. I am tempted to give it a try - I think it would take me a LOT of practice to be able to create a piece as well done as that one he made for me so many years ago.
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!