Why You Should Take a Class
by Judy Larson
There are many people who have a license that must be renewed periodically in the field of their work. Why? So they can keep up with new developments in the field, better ways of doing things, new safety procedures, etc. You may think that continuing education is not necessary, but would you want a Civil War doctor doing surgery on you? Some of my original college textbooks were not updated to remove using butter to treat burns. Some of the tools I purchased over 50 years ago are safety hazards to use-even when I know how to use them correctly.
There is always something new to learn, a new tip, tool, way of doing something, and new uses for everyday items. What I know for sure is that I don't know everything, and life is too short to learn everything I want to learn or make everything I want to make.

Most of us have learned a lot by trial and error. By taking a class, we can avoid some of the frustration of trial and error mistakes, not to mention the expense of wasted supplies. There must still be practice of a new skill to get it right, but with a class, you have the knowledge to perfect that new skill and make it work for you. You may already know how to do something but taking a class in that same technique may be just what is needed to get new ideas flowing.

Many of us cannot attend classes in person. On-line classes are great, especially when you can interact with others taking the same class at the same time. The best part about purchasing on-line classes is that usually you can view them over and over again. And with today's technology, you can zoom super-close in to see a specific technique, something you could not do in person. And new tools-don't get me started. I can't tell you how many tools I have purchased after viewing and/or using them in a class and found how much easier it was to do certain tasks with them!

Taking classes gives me the push I need to finish old pieces and/or start new ones. After seeing the Limited Time Offer of "Scrap Casting Fabrication & Jewelry Design" with Kim St. Jean for FREE (I own this course) on wirejewelry, I pulled out all the pieces I cast in my garage this summer with scrap silver. Then I started playing with some unfinished components I made during the year but never got around to finishing. All I need to do now is to add chain. During Holiday sales, I stocked up on snap sets and CZ's and have had a blast. So, even thinking about a class I took gave me the push I needed to finish some pieces.
Original Components:
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Finished Components, except waiting for the recipient to choose the CZ's on the bottom piece-they may not like my choices-and chain length desired. Hint: Solder the balls on first with medium solder. The snap-set prongs are so easy to melt that easy solder will be your best bet to use to attach them.
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Finally finished were some beach rocks where I had made the bezels, but did not go any further:
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And then I started playing with broom cast bits-not sure where it will go yet but I am excited about it!:
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Materials

16 Gauge Half Round Dead Soft Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-16HRD
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.51
  • Gold Club Price: $2.63
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24 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-24SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $33.24
  • Gold Club Price: $24.93
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Tools

Wubbers Wire Working Set - Basic
G15-11
  • G15-11
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $159.95
  • Gold Club Price: $119.96
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education