I’ve always loved wearing jewelry and accessorizing my outfits in cute, sexy or cool ways depending on my mood. However, never in a million years would I have thought that I would end up making jewelry and playing with a torch. I say “playing” with utmost respect to the trade. I take necessary precautions, follow safety rules and do my best not to get hurt in the process. This doesn’t mean I don’t have fun. I have lots of fun.
I started taking professional classes at Miami Jewelry School in 2007. I thought it was going to be easy but I was wrong. It took me 3 whole months to learn the basics… and I still wasn’t good at it, or so I thought.
My first piece of “real jewelry” (other than the ones required in my curriculum) was a men’s ring I made for my brother. I remember giving it to him in December 2007. It was made with sterling silver, and I had the toughest time cutting the inside squares and rectangles. I can’t even remember how many sawblades I broke. Once I finished it and was proud of my accomplishment I gave it to EL Bro (that’s what I call my brother). He put it on and… it was 1 size too small. Noooooooooooooooo! I had to go back, resize it and finish it again. I hated it, he loved it. I hated that I had failed at a simple task of measuring. He didn’t care. He didn’t see it with criticizing eyes and I realized I was being to hard on myself; I still am, I must confess. Since then, he wears it everyday. Don’t believe me? Ask him. 🙂