The Ugly Side of Business

Many large retailers have programs for artists. This gets their products into larger chain stores and can be huge in building their business. It can also be crushing. I became involved in one of these this past year. Luckily I did not take any orders from...

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Which soldering surface is best?

Well the short answer… the one that works. There are a lot of theories out there about what is best. And each metal smith that you ask will probably give you a slightly different answer. Much of it is based on what we are comfortable using and there are...

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How to find stores to sell your work

I get a lot of questions around how to sell your work. So today I thought I would tackle the “how do you find the right stores to sell your work?” It is easy, and not so easy. The process is easy. The work and follow through isn’t. So if you want to go this route...

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How I Create Collections

Whenever I am asked how I create my collections I sort of scratch my head on how to answer. It isn’t a set process. But here is what generally happens and how the collection I am working on right now came to be. First let me say that collections are what I see most of...

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Do I need a Flex-Shaft?

This is a question I hear quite often in my metal smithing classes. Well, actually it usually goes more like: I have a Dremel, do I need to get a Flex-Shaft? My answer is usually it depends. It depends on how much you will use it. It depends on the type of work you...

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What do you do when your mind goes blank?

Yep, that is how I have been feeling. I am blaming it on the smoke. Sounds like a good excuse. Maybe it is the stress of this fire season. Maybe it is just one of the cyclic things that happens when you are trying to create. Maybe I am just flat out tired. Or maybe it...

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Just Anneal It

If you have taken one of my metal smithing classes you have heard me talk about annealing and work hardening. And I usually try to beat it into your brain to remember to anneal your metal when it doesn't want to easily move. Recently I was dealing with an old thumb...

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Unpredictability

I have to admit August is my least favorite month of the year. I am not a hot weather person, and I really don't like fire season. This month is the 10th anniversary of the big Joko Lake fire that went through our property, and again we are surrounded by fires and...

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