A few years ago I started to find a different way to use silver solder when making pendant necklaces. I started taking pieces of stained glass, wrapping them in copper foil and then soldering the copper foil. I wanted to come up with a new design for a silver pendant. From there I started to play with soldering on pieces of metal instead of stained glass.
There was one thing that made me excited about turning 60 years old in March. Once you are 60 years old, you are eligible to audit classes at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWL) as long as there are open seats and the professor approves it. You only pay for books and material fees. This is a bonus for going back to school to take a class in something I have always wanted to learn.
Before I created my first collection for my website, I was having a tough time trying to decide what to do for it. I wanted to find something very unique that would not be found elsewhere. In June of 2018, I went to the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI. When I saw the 'Golem Design Studio' clay beads and pendants, I knew I had found what I had been looking for.
Do you have treasured memories of jewelry that was your Mother's or maybe your Grandmother's that are true treasures you would like to have remade into something you would wear? Many times we inherit a jewelry treasure box from a loved one that is not our style but would like to have some of the jewelry made into something that we would wear to remind us of them. If this is true, look through your treasure box and see what you would like to have as a pendant.....
In December of 2017, I started to think about where I was in my business because 60 was approaching fast. When I retired from my full-time position as a Programmer/Analyst, my existing jewelry business was going to be my full-time job. However, fast forward five years and I am not where I want to be. I made the decision, 2018 is the year I am going to grow my business. I don't want to end up wondering what could I have done if I had really tried.
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