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> I do understand that some folks want to pour metal onto something,
> or into something, and assemble something from the resulting
> organic shapes that are formed by the action of gravity. But, again
> just from my perspective, why not spend the same amount of time and
> energy with hammer and saw and file and learn to make well crafted
> jewelry by the skillful application of tool on metal?
Not so very long ago when I first took a few classes in making metal
jewelry, my teacher told me that her casting classes were for the
more advanced students who already had a good understanding of
working metal using "basic tools and equipment." I am still working
metal using basic tools and equipment - - and loving every chance I
have to use them. (though I have not yet learned how to melt and
make my own ingots) Perhaps one day I will learn how to be a real
"goldsmith." Thank you Michael!