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> It's not longer about being a goldsmith, metalsmith or what ever
> you may want to call ones self today, all one needs is a computer,
> a CAD program and a sense of design and there you go. You're now a
> "jewelry designer". It's easy to find someone to grow or mill your
> design and cast it, and let's face it the finishing processes is
> very important (to me it makes or breaks a piece) but there is so
> much poorly finished pieces out there I really don't think the
> consumer knows the difference.
It's up to us to educate the consumer. I have a computer and am
learning CAD and I just built a foundry furnace and am learning sand
casting. I make all my own wire and sheet and alloy my metals. I
also use a microscope and a GraverMax. I think you're making a lot of
assumptions. Let me make one: It's time for some people to retire.