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M. R.
Oakland, CA
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Membership: apprentice
Medium: Jewelry
Location City: Oakland
Location State: CA
Will travel?: Yes
Travel Distance: any
Duration: any

Skills to Offer:

I am a very logical and creative thinker who has had a little bit of benchwork experience resizing rings, repairing chains, and polishing pieces. I've also had a few experiences carving pieces in wax and setting round brilliant cubic zirconias in bead settings. I am very detail-oriented and take great care to produce my best work even though I'm in the early learning stages of this craft.

I hold the Diamond Grading Certificate from GIA, and the Colored Stones Certificate is in progress.

Description of Apprenticeship:

I am a jewelry designer who is looking to gain bench skills to be able to produce prototypes of my pieces. I am constantly sketching designs of which I do not draw well, and the only outlet I have for seeing these designs realized is to pay someone else to do the CAD designs and fabrication. My designs are clean and generally geometric, which I think requires fine-tuned skills in order to create products that look perfectly aligned and even to a consumer.

I am looking for someone to teach me who is patient and understands that although I may need time to process a skill that was explained, once I digest the information, I will not have to repeat the same questions. My goal for the apprenticeship is to be able to work independently on projects and produce professional quality work for customers.

If there is an opportunity to gain hands on experience with colored gemstones or learn a CAD program, I am equally enthusiastic about those facets of the jewelry industry because I know having knowledge of those components is valuable, as well as learning to work at the bench.
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