I’ve got a very loose workflow going, it’s kind of a one for me, one for you thing. I make a new piece from a sketch or just playing around and I wear it for a week or so before I make another. That way I get a feel for it and decide if there’s anything I would change about the construction. And if no one notices it, I don’t get in any hurry to duplicate it ; ) I used to be in a mindset about jewelry that was instilled by production jewelers that led me to create a lot of duplicates and to try to build up my speed. But this time around, I like to make new stuff every day, and I don’t want to feel like I’m on autopilot in the studio. I want to feel like I’m actively engaged and learning from the creative process. Producing new challenges, rather than a pile of repetitions. For the most part, I love the differences that separate the art world from the craft world, but when a painting is admired-the painter isn’t asked to reproduce it, the value increases. Jewelry is inherently different as an object and in the way that people relate to it, but the creative process is still the same.
Back to the workflow, there’s a lot of waiting involved in metalsmithing. Somethings always too hot to touch, or soaking in the pickling acid, or maybe you just haven’t decided how you want to work a detail. This makes you have several pieces going at the same time in various stages, so one piece is being polished while another is getting sketched and all states in-between.